The history of wars, deaths, and violence permeate the very soil of the state creating many haunted places in Virginia. These places make it the perfect destination for those that love the paranormal and searching for ghosts.
8 Haunted Places in Virginia
Fredericksburg, VA, is one of the oldest and most haunted cities in America. Local folklore speaks of apparitions on Sunken Road, at Chatham Manor, Fall Hill, and in various homes in the historic district.
People even claim to hear voices of Thomas Jefferson and other colonial leaders, in the corridors of the Rising Sun Tavern. In fact, there are enough paranormal occurrences and ominous locations that multiple haunted tours have opened for business.
The Weems–Botts Museum located in Dumfries, Virginia’s oldest chartered town, is often referred to as one of the most haunted sites in Virginia. Once home to Parson Weems, the biographer for George Washington, today the museum is rumored to have a flurry of paranormal activity.
Civil War soldiers are said to haunt the nearby cemeteries and park while a child, who still talks to ghost hunters in the voice of a little girl, haunts the home.
During October celebrate all the scary things here in the Burg with the Haunted Harrisonburg Ghost Tours, a one-hour, outdoor walking tour of downtown’s haunts.
Visit the Virginia Quilt Museum to see and feel the presence of Civil War soldier, Joseph Latimer or stay at the Joshua Wilton House to hear the sounds of children laughing and playing in the middle of the night. Is the attic light on at the Hardesty-Higgins House? Hear more insight to this and many other creepy tales during the tour.
Ranked 15th in the “TOP 100 Most Haunted Places in the United States” and has featured on A&E’s History Channel and two episodes of “My Ghost Story”, Bio Channel’s hit paranormal tv show. The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum has also featured in many other publications and paranormal shows.
Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel, with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda, welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began, and the railroads became a supply route transporting troops, supplies, and the wounded to Gordonsville.
In March 1862, the Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital and provided care for over 70,000, both Confederate and captured Union soldiers. Between 1865 and 1877 during the reconstruction period, the hospital provided care and education to the newly freed slaves as a Freedmen’s Bureau.
As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this elegant building returned to its role of the hotel. Have you ever wondered what happens at the Exchange Hotel Museum after it closes for the night and everyone has gone home? Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum takes on an atmosphere all its own.
There have been many reports from our guests of unexplained activity. Our guests have claimed to see orbs and columns of light traveling from room to room. We have seen and heard doors opening and closing on their own. Guests have experienced other phenomena such as seeing full-bodied apparitions of doctors, and soldiers in the hotel and on the grounds.
Guests have seen nurses dressed in black period clothing on the stairs and heard screaming and moans of sadness throughout the Museum.
St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, VA was used in the early 20th century to perform methods like electroshock therapy, lobotomies, and other archaic practices on patients, who did not always survive the tests.
Additionally, the property was the site of an extremely violent Civil War battle, and visitors today report hearing rifles or cannons firing and smelling gun smoke when walking the grounds.