The Ghosts of Yorktown
Posted on August 15, 2017
HAUNTED YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA
Ghosts of yorktown: a brief history .
Yorktown is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities. In the 1700’s, the nearby York River provided easy access to ships carrying slaves and goods from other countries. People from many walks of life flocked to the city, creating a dangerous atmosphere. Criminals, sailors, and drunks walked the streets of Yorktown waiting for ships.
Yorktown is also famous because of what has come to be known as The Battle of Yorktown . In early October 1781, General George Cornwallis marched Northward with his 8,000 British troops. When they reached Yorktown, they set up camp to wait for British reinforcements. As history reveals, this proved to be a fatal mistake. General George Washington was aware of the British troops residing in Yorktown and took advantage of the opportunity.
The American and French soldiers joined forces and surrounded the British, both on land and at sea. In an act of desperation, Cornwallis and many of his men tried to escape through the York River, leaving the injured behind. The attempt failed and Cornwallis had no choice but to surrender. On October 19, 1781 , British troops signed a treaty.
Throughout history, many tragedies have befallen the streets of Yorktown. The town has become one of the most well-known American cities—as well as the most haunted. The Americans, British, French, and Germans, as well as the citizens of Yorktown, all lost people in tragic deaths. Even more occurred during the Civil War.
Many witnesses have reported seeing and hearing strange phenomena in Yorktown’s houses, streets, fields, and woods, with no logical explanation. The ghosts of Yorktown mourn the loss of loved ones, or are just lost themselves, and roam the streets for something they will never attain.
Cornwallis’s Cave, The Ghosts of Yorktown
When the American and French armies attacked Yorktown, many of the soldiers and the citizens of the town took refuge in various places. One of these places is known as Cornwallis’s Cave .
It has not been proven that Cornwallis was present in the cave, only rumored. Records of the cave date as far back as the eighteenth century during the pirating days. Smugglers would often use the cave as a hideout. There are also rumors that the cave was used as a place for satanic worship and rituals in the 1970’s.
Throughout history, witnesses have claimed to have heard strange voices and sounds coming from inside; men’s voices, whispers, moaning, and even the reciting of incantations. They insist that there is something evil inside. What is in that cave will never be known because officials have closed it off to tourists. However, one can still peek inside or hear those strange sounds.
Thomas Nelson House
Thomas Nelson was very influential and well-known in the 1700’s. In addition to a successful merchant and general during the Revolutionary War, he also signed the Declaration of Independence and became the third governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1766, Thomas inherited his father’s house and owned it during the siege of Yorktown. He lived in the house with his wife, Lucy Grymes, and their eleven children.
When British troops invaded Yorktown, Cornwallis took refuge in Nelson’s house. When Nelson found out, he gave orders to bomb it. During this bombing, many British soldiers lost their lives. One soldier, in particular, was on a stairway that is currently off-limits to visitors today. The soldier has made his presence known throughout the years.
In the twentieth century, the owner at the time was hosting a luncheon. Guests began to ask her about the supernatural presence in her house, which she denied. Suddenly, the door leading to the stairway opened with abrupt force. It was so strong that the room started to shake, something crashed into the sideboard, and several dishes shattered on the floor.
The Civil War, Too
In addition to the siege in the Revolutionary War, the house also experienced the horrors of the Civil War. The house was used as a hospital to care for wounded soldiers, with the fatally wounded being cared for in the attic. Many surgeries were performed in this house, resulting in the repugnant odor of decaying flesh. In one specific case, a soldier fell in love with the nurse that was caring for him. Unfortunately, he died before the two could be together. Witnesses have reportedly seen his ghost from the window in the attic, fuming and covered in blood.
In later years, ruins of another house on the property were found. During the siege, cannon fire destroyed the house, resulting in the deaths of a number of British troops. Witnesses have claimed to have seen figures of men dressed in red dashing throughout the grounds, ducking behind trees. They appeared to be hiding from enemy fire, unaware that they perished over two centuries ago.
Yorktown: The Moore House
On October 19, 1781, one of the most notable events in American history took place at the Moore House . The British admitted defeat and signed a treaty, giving Americans their independence. However, the affairs leading up to this monumental event in historywas marred by tragedy. Bombings destroyed over half of Yorktown and many people were killed.
One of these unfortunate souls was a man named John Turner. On October 13, 1781, during an attack, Turner was wounded. He was rushed to the Moore House and was tended to by his wife, Clara. Sadly, Clara couldn’t save her husband and he was pronounced dead. His wife’s grief was so great that she died of a broken heart. While Turner’s relationship to the Moore family is unknown, his body is buried on the Moore house grounds.
Witnesses have reported seeing a crying woman, wearing a long dress, on the Moore house grounds. It’s believed that this is the ghost of Clara Turner, still mourning the loss of her husband.
Built in the early eighteenth-century, Dudley Digg’s house is one of the last two colonial wooden houses still standing. Inherited from his father Cole Diggs, Dudley lived happily in this house with his wife, Martha Armistead, for years.
Tragedy struck, however, when Martha died during childbirth. Dudley mourned her loss but remarried a woman named Elizabeth Wormley years later. He had nine children with her and had a successful professional life. As a delegate for York County for 25 years, he was close friends with Patrick Henry, and the two would often protest English rule.
Even though he succeeded in life, he never forgot about Martha, and would often pray to her in times of trouble. This remained the case until his death in 1790.
In 1960, when the house was renovated, workers heard cries coming from the back bedroom. After quietly sneaking up to the room, the horrified saw a woman hovering above the bed in a blood-soaked nightgown.
Since then, other witnesses have reported experiencing supernatural phenomena while near the house. Witnesses say that Martha pleads for help, while holding her arms out.
When the British signed the treaty for surrender at the Moore house, townspeople and soldiers gathered to witness this historic event. The mood among the British soldiers was a somber one. The tired, sick, and saddened soldiers had mixed emotions about the signing. The British band began to play a song called, “The World Turned Upside Down.”
At what is now known as Surrender Field , visitors have heard this song being played with no musicians present. The song reportedly plays for hours reminding tourists of that historic day.
In addition to the mysterious music, witnesses have reported hearing cannon fire and seeing ghosts resembling colonial soldiers. It’s rumored that one of these ghosts is George Washington’s stepson. Born to Martha Washington, JohnParke Custis (known as Jacky) skated through life, living off his inheritance and failing at nearly everything he tried. He was flighty and Washington spent a lot of time cleaning up his messes. Wanting to prove himself to his stepfather, who reportedly loved him dearly despite his misbehavior, Jacky enlisted in the Continental Army as they were headed to Yorktown.
Unfortunately, because of Jacky’s pampered lifestyle, he found it difficult to adjust to the life of a soldier. He was constantly surrounded by many horrors, including blood-soaked fields, cannon fire, and death from disease. Jacky ended up falling ill and was unable to move from his bed. This prevented him from going back into battle, even though he desperately wanted to. Constant attempts to cure Jacky failed and he died at the age of 28.
At night, in the woods and on the field, a man can be heard reportedly calling out for guidance. Witnesses have claimed to have seen a man running through the grounds aimlessly and frantically. It would seem that, even in death, Jacky still wants to please his stepfather.
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Yorktown Great Valley Road
Yorktown was a busy city in the colonial era because it was the primary port for ships. Among the many ships to travel the waters of the York River were the slave ships. When slaves were transported to auction, they were all forced to walk the Great Valley Road. If they fell from exhaustion during this journey, they were beaten to death.
People have reported feeling an overwhelming sense of sorrow when traveling down this road. On one occasion, a girl-scout troop was traveling down the road. They were all laughing and enjoying each other’s company, when suddenly, they all started crying uncontrollably. When the crying stopped, none of the girls could explain what had come over them.
The Swan Tavern
The Swan Tavern was a popular place in the eighteenth-century to eat, sleep, drink, and grab a newspaper. However, the tavern was destroyed during the Civil War. While the tavern has since been rebuilt, it fails to capture that colonial-era charm that it used to have.
When excavating the property in 1935, a human skeleton was found. Whose skeleton it was is unknown. However, when walking the grounds, witnesses dating as far back as 1877 have reported seeing a cloaked man appear and then disappear before their very eyes. Historians theorized that this person could be one of many that were robbed and killed for their money. This was an unfortunate, but common occurrence in Yorktown at the time.
In the colonial era, Yorktown was a busy, bustling city. Its streets were crawling with all sorts of people from all walks of life. The siege in October 1781 changed all of this. After the battle, many lives (soldiers and civilians) were lost, and over half the town was destroyed.
Many locals believe that the souls of these poor people still roam the Yorktown area. Witnesses have seen and heard strange things in houses, fields, and taverns throughout Yorktown. Do you believe in ghosts? To be sure, why don’t you take a trip to Yorktown?
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The Nelson House is an imposing edifice by anyone’s standards. Three stories tall and on a hill overlooking the York River, the house was believed to be for a time, the headquarters of British General Cornwallis during the American Revolution, and was a frequent target of American and French cannon fire during the siege of Yorktown. During the Civil War the house became a Union hospital, and it was on the third floor where the most grievously wounded were cared for.
Gangrene, no air conditioning and the top floor of a brick house in the Virginia summer must have led to some inhumane conditions, and it is said that the windows had to be kept open so that the stench of decayed flesh could escape.
It’s not surprising then that people have seen specters on the third floor. It’s also not surprising that the young people of Yorktown might wander onto the grounds of the Nelson House at night. Kids are attracted to haunted locations the ghosts to their graves, after all.
It was one moonlit Halloween night, when five young friends were wandering behind the Nelson House. One girl happened to look up to the third floor and saw a window opening. Realizing that there would be nobody in the house since it’s a museum and empty after hours, the girl stood transfixed. Soon the small group was staring wordlessly, listening to moans and voices coming out of the open window. Soon after a man’s face appeared through the opening, bloodied and seemingly angry and full of hatred.
With that, the Halloween excursion on the grounds of the Nelson House came to an end, with the small group in full flight down the main street of Yorktown, Virginia.
Yorktown is rightfully haunted. From “Cornwallis’ Cave on the banks of the York River, to Crawford Road – the town is a magnet for urban legends and ghostly tales. Cornwallis’ Cave is despite its name, not definitively proven to be linked to General Cornwallis, leader of the ill-fated British Troops at Yorktown. Some say British troops did shelter in the cave from the incessant bombardment of Colonial and French artillery, others claim that it was the citizens of Yorktown themselves. It’s generally agreed that at some point after the war the cave was enlarged, and perhaps used by smugglers. Though it’s now gated, voices are still heard at night coming from the darkness. Some say it’s the voices of Revolutionary War soldiers, the moaning of the injured and dying hiding in the cave, others say it’s the sounds of a satanic cult thought to have used the cave in the 1970s.
Just as Yorktown’s claim to fame is tied to the American Revolution, so to are most of the ghost stories from the area. Cannon fire and the sound of drums are heard wafting across Yorktown Battlefield, part of Colonial National Historical Park, more than two centuries after the armies left the field and after the reenactors have left for the night..
John “Jackie” Custis had the good fortune to be the son of Mary Custis, more famously known from the name she took in her second marriage, Martha Washington. Despite having failed miserably at nearly anything he had tried in his short life, he was making a name for himself as aide de camp to his stepfather, General Washington. Now as bad as the horrors of war were, the horrors of camp life could be even worse. It has been said that more men died from diahrea in that conflict than in battle, and there were several diseases which could strike a camp at any time.
Jackie picked one of these up during the siege of Yorktown, falling deathly ill. Luckily for Jackie in some respects, with the commanding officer not only your employer, but your step-father, he could afford the best in medical care. Unfortunately in his case, this meant you got the razor taken to the veins in your ankles rather than leeches, and bleeding the patient wasn’t an effective remedy for the disease – likely typhus – which took his life.
For years afterwards, and occasionally to this day, the transparent figure in a white nightshirt with bloody bandages tied around his ankles has been seen rushing towards Yorktown battlefield. The locals and some historians make the claim that this is the ghost of Jackie Curtis, due to the obvious, as well as his blonde hair.
If you walk into town from the Yorktown Victory Monument, you’re in for a Colonial era treat. The remaining houses on Main street are from the Colonial period, and it’s an incredibly tidy walk back into time. On your right is an open field where once stood the home of William Nelson, one-time governor of Virginia, appointed by the King himself. On moonlit nights, British soldiers are seen racing across the yard, fleeing from the sounds of cannon which the living cannot hear.
Across the street is the Thomas Nelson home, son of William Nelson. Thought by many to be the best example of Georgian architecture in Virginia, the home was originally built by William’s father. However William was so prolific in the breeding department, that he needed a larger home for his brood, and it eventually came down to his son.
Thomas was well known, newly instated governor of Virginia, as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, three time member of the Continental Congress and prominent local businessman. Another title which Thomas Nelson held was head of the Virginia militia, consisting of about 3,000 soldiers.
According to legend, as Yorktown was his home, the Marquis de Lafayette invited him to watch Captain Thomas Machin’s battery’s first shells to be launched at the village.
“To what particular spot,” Lafayette reportedly asked Nelson, “would your Excellency direct that we should point the cannon.” Nelson replied, “There, to that house. It is mine, and … it is the best one in the town. There you will be almost certain to find Lord Cornwallis and the British headquarters.”
“A simultaneous discharge of all the guns in the line,” Joseph Martin wrote, was “followed [by] French troops accompanying it with ‘Huzza for the Americans. … the first shell sent from our batteries entered an elegant house formerly owned or occupied by the Secretary of State under the British, and burned directly over a table surrounded by a large party of British officers at dinner, killing and wounding a number of them.”
Later it is said, that Nelson offered the gunners a financial reward for every shell which hit his house. His money was relatively safe in that there are only three spots in the brick where shells are believed to have struck. One of these shells tore through the wall and into a hidden staircase, where according to legend, a British soldier had taken shelter from the bombardment.
Now to have chunks of masonry as well as a cannonball tear through your torso when you believe you are safely hidden makes for a fast exit from the mortal coil. And as they tell us on Ghost Adventures – and they should know – sudden death often leads to a haunting.
Cut to early in the twentieth century when a new tenant of the Nelson House is in residence and hosting a swanky dinner. The subject of ghosts come up and the hostess is asked if the place is haunted. And it must be remembered, the place looks haunted, if nothing else. The hostess replies that there is the story of it being haunted by the ghost of the aforementioned British soldier, but she expressed her incredulity in the matter.
As if on cue, the door to the secret passage where the soldier was mutilated blew open with great force and a clamor, leaving the audience in stunned and somewhat terrified silence.
During the Civil War, the Nelson House was used as a hospital for injured Union soldiers, which meant likely even more pain, grief and gore than that shed during the Revolution. Author Pamela K. Kinney describes the scene, “Filled to the brim with the wounded, the odors of decaying flesh made it difficult to breathe and the windows were kept opened. The third floor held the most critically wounded. No doubt, many died, and not peacefully, in their sleep. “There have been reports of rotting flesh, gusts of wind rushing through empty hallways, and voices when those that heard them were alone in the place,”
The attic is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier who fell in love with his nurse, and despite her attentions, died in the house. Others have heard the sobbing of a woman on the third floor, so perhaps it’s the unfortunate young man’s nurse who shared his affections?
Nearby is the Cole Diggs house, built early in the eighteenth century, and seemingly with more of the dead than the living within its walls. The small house has been the site of hauntings from both a colonial era man as well as a colonial era woman, both manifesting themselves and going about their business as though the past two hundred years never took place. The apparitions are a regular enough occurrence to have ran two different tenants out of the home, until a couple moved in who enjoyed the otherworldly presence.
The old medical shop in historic Yorktown has a ghost of a romantic nature, or perhaps jealous is a better term. A young lady who lived there tells tales of incredible poltergeist activity, including the hurling of flowers and vases, deadbolts closing on their own, footsteps and acts of a more mischievous nature. It seems that the ghost is jealous of would be suitors, and frequently disrupts her dates by doing things like conveniently throwing the breakers in the house, and otherwise behaving in a none too friendly manner. She reports that it has also followed her on occasion, and even managed to get left behind from time to time.
There are ghost tours in the spring and fall of historic Yorktown, and they are the perfect excuse for a nighttime walk through through the haunted landscape. Not that you need a ghost tour to have an excuse for a walk down Yorktown’s haunted main street. It’s an eerie feeling to cross the fields contested at Yorktown so long ago, to walk the darkened streets where cannonballs brought death from the sky. In the light of a hot Virginia summer, Yorktown retains its colonial era charm. And at night, the present slips away altogether. A walk down the darkened main street, where nearly every house has its ghost story leads to the ramparts of the Revolution, where one dream died and another began.
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So I wouldn’t make the trip to Yorktown unless I was nearby, which is fine as it’s a short drive from Colonial Williamsburg. As such, it makes a great side trip as another ghostly stop on a colonial era ghost tour. Sleep in Williamsburg but get yourself to Yorktown. Unlike its noisy neighbor, Yorktown is a quiet spot to step back into time, which might explain why so many of the departed have a hard time leaving.
Editor’s Note: This article wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful books of L.B. Taylor, Jr.
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April 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm
I’ve lived in Va. most of my life having grown up in Chesterfield/ Richmond. I’ve toured a lot of Civil War battlefields feeling some kind of intimate connection ever since my mind started retaining memories.
I’ve lived in Yorktown since 1980.
I have really been wanting to go tour Bacon’s Castle and do more research on Nathaniel Bacon for a long time. Do you or have you written anything about this subject ? I enjoy your writings.
October 30, 2015 at 2:26 pm
the Nelson House is on th YORK River!
January 26, 2017 at 3:19 am
i just noticed that also! Good catch! did the author acknowledge?
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Moore house, spirit manifestations started after the national park service’s restoration efforts., a battle erupted here, killing not only a farmer but a town lookie-lou., description.
The Moore House Museum is a two story, 1730 Colonial style home, which is operated as a house museum. The Moore House Museum does a good job showing what life was like in the 18th century. Replica era furniture of the time can be found on display in the rooms. Stepping through the front door, is like stepping into the 18th century. A tour guide, dressed in 18th century attire will guide you through the museum.
It was sturdily made in the first place, and must have been well taken care of over the years, even surviving a shell exploding in its living room during the Civil War battle which took place here. When the smoke cleared, the home was still upright! Even more amazing, when abandoned for 15 years or so, it was in good enough shape to be renovated.
The land where the Moore House now sits became part of a land grant in the 1630s, “patented” by Governor John Harvey, and was named “York Plantation.” A hundred years later, in 1730, a family home was built by Lawrence Smith II who owned this 500 acre plantation which he called “Temple Farm.” In 1754, this farm was inherited by Lawrence Smith’s son, Robert, who was the third generation of Smiths to work this farm. Unfortunately, Robert ran into financial difficulty in 1760, and was forced to sell the family’s 500 acre estate to his brother-in-law, Augustine Moore, a man who was a successful merchant. He moved his wife and only son into this plantation home to be a gentleman farmer, which was popular thing to do in Virginia as well as other places in the South.
It was a beautiful location, far enough out of Yorktown, yet within riding/walking distance. It seemed like a great idea at the time. He didn’t know that this property would be involved in two wars, one which would affect his family personally, The Revolutionary War came to Yorktown, but this home wasn’t near the major fighting. While the farm wasn’t in any of the direct battles, Augustine Moore’s twenty year old son, Augustine Moore Jr. was fatally shot while working the fields.
While he lost his only son, Augustine Moore did have the honor of having the British sign the surrender conditions at his home, a momentous occasion which later saved this home from the ravages of decay 100 years in the future. During the Revolutionary War, The Moore House and farm was the spot picked by British Commander Cornwallis to sign The Articles of Capitulation to end the Revolutionary War on October 19th, 1781.
After the death of both Augustine and his wife Lucy in 1797, this home and farm passed into the hands of Hugh Nelson. Throughout the first half of the 19th century this home and property passed through the hands of many owners. The Smith family lived here from 1830 – 1860. When the war broke out, the Smith family moved to a safer location.
During the 1862 Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War, the Moore House wasn’t so lucky. It was situated between the Union forces on Wormley Creek, and the Confederate front lines located in Yorktown, which would be any homeowner’s nightmare! While no one in the family who lived here were silly enough to stick around, the house suffered considerable damage from flying shell fire, a little off their mark. To add insult to injury foraging soldiers in search of firewood helped themselves to the wood siding and other usable wood which would be easy to carry away.
After the end of the Civil War, the now woe-be-gone Moore House sat abandoned, being unlivable. However, in 1881, in preparation for the 100 year anniversary celebration of end of the Revolutionary War, this house was repaired and renovated so that visiting dignitaries could actually sleep in the place where the British signed “The Articles of Capitulation.”
The National Park Service, during the time between 1931 and 1934, restored the Moore House to its original colonial appearance, after first establishing the Colonial National Monument. Archeology and historic images were important tools used by the National Park service to authentically undertake such a restoration project, the first one they had ever attempted. The newly restored Moore House was dedicated as a museum on October 18-19, 1934, which was the 153rd anniversary of the surrender of Cornwallis and his British army at this very site.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
Augustine Moore Jr. was shot by a stray bullet when he was working the family fields during the Revolutionary War.
A local merchant John Turner, who lived in Yorktown though it was safe to watch the shelling of the British Army in Yorktown just days before they surrendered. He probably knew it was dangerous, but that he would be careful and it wouldn’t happen to him. Right! He was wounded as a result of the shelling and died in his wife’s arms, as his wife helplessly watched. There was nothing she could do to save him.
John Turner’s remains are buried in the Moore House family graveyard which is near the Moore House. The dates on the graves are from 1730 – 1800s, the final resting place of the families who lived here.
The manifestations of the entities started making their appearance after the Park Service fully restored the home to its 18th century decor and style, which may mean the entities who reside here were alive in the 18th century.
The entity of Augustine Moore Jr.
Sheets on the bed in the master bedroom have been found with indentations as if someone had been sleeping in this bed.
Tour guides showing groups around the home felt that an unseen, friendly presence was overseeing their tour, like a good host would do.
Psychics who came to investigate the home, sense the presence of Augustine Moore Jr.
Other entities may keep the spirit of Augustine company!
Two candidates would be the entities of John Turner and his grief-stricken wife.
Sheets on the other beds in the bedrooms on the second floor also look like others had slept in them.
In the parlor, there was a depression in a red velvet chair, like someone was sitting there, enjoying the atmosphere and decor.
To make up for dying so young, the entity of Augustine Moore Junior is residing in his family’s home, with perhaps John Turner and his wife keeping him company. John Turner wasn’t expecting to die and his wife was traumatized by his death. Chances are they are both buried in the Moore House graveyard, which is an easy walk to the house itself.
Yorktown Battlefield Yorktown, Virginia 23690 (757) 898-3400
The Moore House Museum can be found on the Yorktown Battlefield, on Moore Lane and Hamilton Road, about 1.5 miles from the Yorktown Visitors Center, on route 238. There is a small park entrance fee, payable at the Visitors Center.
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This house dates back to 1806, and is now owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy. It is said that there is a playful ghost on the premises that likes to grab people's feet while they're sleeping. (Some believe the ghost only targets female virgins, for some reason.)
The very first house on the plantation was built in 1613--reportedly the oldest house in the U.S. But it's the mid-18th-century house here, possibly owned by private residents, that has a ghost story involving a painting in a second-story bedroom. It's a portrait of Aunt Pratt, and its story began ...
Appomattox Manor was the former plantation owned by Dr. Richard Eppes, which became Union headquarters during the Civil War. Now a restored museum, the manor is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Union soldier. So the story goes, a nurse had been hiding him in the basement ...
Parkers Battery was part of the Confederate defenses known as the Howlett Line, and saw frequent battles. It was occupied by Confederate forces until the fall of Petersburg, and some may still remain today. Witnesses describe apparitions of soldiers in the bunkers, and the soldiers are said to look either ...
Old Central State Hospital
Central State Hospital, previously Central Lunatic Asylum, was the first institution in the country for African Americans of "unsound mind." In the 1840s, if slave owners could pay the fees they could have their slaves committed. Some of the old grounds still operates as a hospital; other buildings have been ...
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Built around 1754 as a private home, the "little stone house" located a few blocks from Poe's boyhood home has housed a collection of Poe artifacts since the early 1900s. At about this time began the rumors of its hauntings. At least three ghosts are believed to reside or at ...
Julep's is a restaurant now, but in 1826 it was the weapon shop where Daniel Denoon, an apprentice gunsmith, was shot to death by shop owner James McNaught. Denoon's ghost is said to have inhabited the restaurant ever since 2003, when the new owners began a remodeling project that turned ...
Museum of the Confederacy
Part of this museum is the former White House of the Confederacy, containing Civil War artifacts, manuscripts, Confederate imprints (books and pamphlets) and photos--and that's not all: It also has a ghost. This portion of the museum is believed to be haunted by the spirit of Jefferson Davis' 5-year-old son.
Governor's Mansion - Executive Mansion
The Virginia Governor's Mansion, or Executive Mansion, is the oldest occupied governor's mansion in the U.S., serving since 1813. In the 1890s, the apparition of a lady was seen sitting at the window by then-governor Philip McKinney. She was seen later by a police officer, and since then has caused ...
This was the site of a old house built in the mid to early 19th century. The house has been gone and the site of the house is now home to a United States post office. However, the house back in the mid 1800s owned 125 acres that today is ...
Point Lookout Light
Lexington park, maryland.
The rich history of paranormal activity at this 1800s lighthouse and surrounding area is said to stem from centuries of shipwrecks and bodies found washed ashore. The site has been featured on many TV shows.
Point Lookout State Park
At Point Lookout State Park, formerly a Civil War prison camp named Camp Lincoln, there is a lighthouse that is rumored to be haunted by a Civil War soldier. He has shown up leaning against the door frame in photos taken here. Also here is the apparition of a woman ...
Linden House Bed and Breakfast Plantation
Reports say that this historic bed-and-breakfast is no longer open for business. When it was, it was often visited by ghosts. The building was known to harbor mysterious aromas, and footsteps were often heard on the 3rd and 4th floors. Strange lights, orange and yellow in color, were said to ...
Many past tenants and residents of this stately home have reported sighting the apparition of a sad, elderly man on the stairs. He is believed to be Benjamin Green, a former resident of the house. Private residence, do not disturb. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
At Randolph-Macon College, three places are rumored to be haunted. At Mary Branch, a girls' dorm, at least two ghosts are said to reside. Doors open and close by themselves, and objects are moved or disappear. In the SAE Fraternity House, witnesses have described strange noises and apparitions of soldiers ...
Murfreesboro, north carolina.
Chowan University has a ghostly "Brown Lady" on the third floor of its Columns Building. Her footsteps have been heard, and security guards have chased her thinking she was a prankster. And at Belks Hall, the ghost of a little girl who fell down the stairs while riding a tricycle ...
Stratford Hall Plantation was the home of the Lee family, including two Declaration of Independence signers, and it was Robert E. Lee's birthplace. It is said to be haunted by Elizabeth McCarty Storke, rumored to have had an affair with Henry Lee, Robert E. Lee's step-brother, when she was only ...
Thomas Randolph and son William Randolph III built the plantation in the 1700s, and it is reported to still be privately owned. Rumor has it that it's haunted by a female ghost who, in life, was forced to marry against her will. Believed to have died of a broken heart ...
Nell Cropsey House
Elizabeth city, north carolina.
The Nell Cropsey House is a private home that is known for its namesake ghost, the beautiful Nell Cropsey. She moved here with her parents in 1898. She became engaged to the sheriff's son Jim Wilcox, but in 1901, she vanished from the house. Jim was arrested on suspicion of ...
The Old Mansion - Bowling Green Farm
Bowling green, virginia.
The ghost of Colonel John Waller Hoomes, who built this house in 1670, haunts his old home, some say. His daughter Sophia has been witnessed around the property as well, usually riding in a coach to visit her father's home. And one more ghost who resides here is a Mrs. ...
Mysterious fires broke out at the Mills House in January 2014, destroying it. The place was a historic home to bachelor farmer Buster Mills, the last of the Mills family who lived there; he died after a stroke in 1989. Locals remember Buster talking about "haints" in the home's front ...
This old farm house is currently the home of both female and male spirits including a child who likes to peek around corners at you. There have been photos of a lady dressed in turn of the century (1800's) clothing as well as a man dressed in military clothing. ...
Amelia Wildlife Management Area
Amelia court house, virginia.
A ghostly "charred lady" is said to roam the wildlife reserve, but she has company, as other apparitions have been seen here as well. The spot has been a dumping place for murder victims as well as a party spot for teens.
Summerseat Farm is believed to be haunted and has been investigated by ghost hunters, who found lights had come on after they had turned them off. Visitors have witnessed bed covers that move on their own and a rosary that swung by itself. The property includes a family cemetery that ...
Lamb's Creek Church
King george, virginia.
The historic Lamb's Creek Church dates back to the 1700s, and legend tells of a ghostly woman in white who appeared kneeling at the chancel rail to two Confederate soldiers.
Pocomoke State Forest
Pocomoke city, maryland.
Witnesses have reported seeing apparitions of slaves around the forest and the surrounding swamp area. Some say the slaves stem from slave abuse that used to occur here, as well as slave masters' affairs with slaves that yielded babies who were promptly drowned in the swamp.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Church creek, maryland.
The 27,000 acres of tidal marshes, forest and ponds that make up this refuge are said to be haunted by a demon mule. Long ago, the beast was known to attack loggers and fishermen, so the locals hunted it and chased it to its death in quicksand. The unhappy mule's ...
Deep Creek Vintage
The former plantation manor housing the store was built about 1750 and enlarged until the 1860s. Its ghosts, of which there are many, have been heard and seen. Typical activity includes footsteps, knocking, soft voices and singing, and people (especially women with long hair) being touched. More rarely, objects ...
Snow Hill Inn
Snow hill, maryland.
Although no longer in operation as an inn, the 1830s building is said to have a ghost known as J.J. He allegedly committed suicide by slitting his throat, but there are doubts as to whether this was truly what happened. Regardless, J.J. still resides at the place, according to reports. ...
Chatham Manor was a plantation overlooking the Rappahannock River, began in 1768 by William Fitzhugh. It had a dairy, icehouse, barns, stables, fish hatchery, orchard, mill and even a horse racetrack. Many famous historic figures have had ties here, visiting for elaborate parties. The home has been the site of ...
Historic Kenmore Plantation
This 1752 mansion is haunted by the husband of George Washington's sister, Betty. Colonel Fielding Lewis, who died in the 1780s, spent many an hour in the upstairs bedroom worrying about money. His ghost can be seen in Revolutionary-era attire poring over his documents. His footsteps have been heard as ...
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Explore the dark side of Yorktown as you tour the haunted streets under a cloak of darkness. Your guide will take you by some of the most haunted locations, and tell you about the history and ghost stories associated with each. The ghost tours are led by actual paranormal investigators who have conducted thorough research into the unexplained and have investigated countless reports of paranormal activity ranging from historical locations to private residences.
Some of the reports you'll hear along the tour have been gathered by the investigators themselves, published in books, and passed down through history. Bring your camera and take pictures along the tour. Many visitors to these colonial streets have caught photo anomalies that appear to be much more than orbs.
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The Haunted Yorktown Battlefields in Yorktown, Virginia
A haunted location: Yorktown Battlefields in Yorktown, Virginia.
Details: Plenty of Civil War Era ghosts wandering around.
And legend is if you sit on a hill on the battle fields at midnight and stare at the moon for a few seconds, then look at the battle fields the soldiers are still there fighting.
Written by: Gwenyth Poler
Published on: July 29, 2023
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