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The Williamsburg Village is a museum made up of 160 renovated buildings located on 175 acres. This restored 18th century village is experienced like a living museum, where visitors can see how the colonists lived, and experience a taste of colonial life -- perhaps including some of the original residents.

Several Ghost Tours operate in Williamsburg. Here are some of their stories.

 The George Wythe House was built during the mid-1700's and was designed to be a wedding gift for George Wythe and his wife. George Wythe was America's first law professor, and the teacher of Thomas Jefferson.  Sir Peyton and Lady Ann Skipwith would come and stay for extended periods of time, up until 1779, when Ann died in childbirth.

After the capitol was moved to Richmond, in 1780, the Wythes moved there. George was poisoned in 1806. When the Wythes moved out, Sir Peyton's brother, Henry Skipwith, and his wife, Elizabeth, moved into the Wythe House.  

Some of the Manifestations
Colonial Woman apparition - Around midnight, some report a  clicking going up the main staircase. Many think it is Ann Skipwith, running up the staircase in anger, after having a fight with her husband.  On her way back to the house, she lost one of her dress shoes, and the clicking rhythm sound still heard could be the sound of one shoe missing.

She also has been seen combing her hair at her dressing table. A custodian reported he saw a colonial woman in an evening dress standing on the staircase. Thinking she was a guide, he went over to speak to her. She vanished into air.

A Wythe House hostess reported she felt a tapping on her shoulder. But she saw no one. When the house was empty, a hostess heard furniture being moved around.  At the top of the stairs there are cold spots, even on hot days.

While walking through this cold spot, a hostess suddenly felt a presence try to push her back.  Other employees have seen a friendly group of see-through "gentlemen," sitting in wingback chairs by the unlit fireplace in the study.

The Peyton Randolph House


In Williamsburg Colonial Village, the home faces market square, and is one of the original structures.  This two story Colonial mansion was built in 1715 by Sir John Randolph. His family lived there throughout the 1700's, and was eventually sold to someone outside of the family. In 1824, Mrs. Mary Monroe Peachy owned the house. One of her children died after falling from the tree.

After the Civil War, a young orphaned soldier stayed with the Peachy family while he went to William and Mary College. He came down with tuberculosis and died there.

Many have heard the shattering of a mirror and the sound of heavy footsteps. In an upstairs room residents have awakened in the middle of the night, to see a white, shimmering, male figure.

The Grieving Old Lady Who lives upstairs

Late at night in the small rear 2nd floor bedroom  there have been reports of a thin old lady in a  gown and laced night cap. Visitors reported that she would wake them up politely by calling them by their names, and then she would wring her hands and cry. Could this be Mrs. Peachy?

The Ludwell-Paradise House

This two story brick House  became the home of Lucy Ludwell in 1806. She loved to take baths several times a day in the second floor bathroom ans was considered to be a little strange.. By 1812, she was committed to the state mental asylum. For over a hundred years, various residents of this house report the sound of someone taking a bath in that bathroom. It is Lucy Ludwell back in her beloved bathtub?  Are all three houses still haunted?

Come and find out.

 

   

   
 
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