When a city has been welcoming visitors and residents alike for more than 300 years, there are bound to be ghosts – or at least plenty of tales about them.
Such is Williamsburg. Originally settled in the late 1600s, Williamsburg is one of the oldest cities in the country and its history stretches from colonization, revolutions, civil wars, and two world wars. Countless people – famous, infamous and unknown have passed along its streets and visited or lived in its buildings and grand houses.
Williamsburg has some great stories to tell. Not the least of which are the tales of its ghosts.
Take, as just one example, the story of the Wythe House. Built in 1750 as a wedding gift to law professor George Wythe (who later became one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence), the house has served as a private home, military headquarters during the Revolutionary War, and is now a museum.
The house's ghost story starts with Lady Ann Skipwith, who never lived in the house, but who visited it in 1780 with her husband, planter Peyton Skipwith. It is believed that Ann took her life in the house in an upstairs bedroom (although some others believe she later died in childbirth). Others believe she tripped and fell down the stairs to her death.
However, paranormal sightings of a young woman coming out of the upstairs bedroom and looking at herself in a mirror, then disappearing through a door, are not infrequent. Some sightings also have taken place in the bedroom.
In addition, there have been infrequent sightings of soldiers dressed in Colonial garb appearing in the quarters. Museum employees also have reported feeling cold spots at the top of the stairs, as well as the feeling of being grabbed or pushed. Doors have reported to open and close by themselves and other people have reported hearing footsteps above them when on the first floor when they're certain they're alone in the house.
Carter's Grove is another spot in Williamsburg believed to be haunted. Another home also built around 1750, the house is reported to have some paranormal activity, even though no deaths are said to have taken place there.
Colonial Williamsburg's President's House also is purported to have paranormal goings on, as well as at least one building on the campus of the College of William and Mary.
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