Finding Fredericksburg's Ghosts and Haunted Places
Fredericksburg 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.
Want to enjoy a ghostly evening, but not with an actual ghost? Join a scary story event, a creepy tour under the city, or murder mystery night. Here are a few ways to experience the paranormal in Fredericksburg!
Fredericksburg Hauntings– This leisurely paced, 90-minute, guided tour through Fredericksburg covers many local haunted sites and their stories. Costumed guides walk you through haunted streets by candlelight, which adds a nice spooky touch. The tour combines history with the folklore surrounding Fredericksburg’s battles and colonial past.
Phantoms of Fredericksburg– This evening walking tour allows you to “meet and photograph” the ghosts of Fredericksburg. These group tours traverse down streets and alongside graveyards, while sharing Fredericksburg’s history.
Witches, Ghost, Thieves, & Mayhem Tour – Olde Towne Carriage Tours of Fredericksburg offers an hour long, family-friendly tour through the haunted areas of historic downtown Fredericksburg!
Guides will share the folklore of each location, as well as a bit of Fredericksburg history. These locations/stories include:
• The Ghost of Chatham
• The Ghost of Fielding Lewis
• The Witch’s Pond
• Demons in Dark Corners
Deep Creek Vintage Ghost Tours/ Paranormal Investigations – Interactive tours of this 1750’s manor house include stories of ghost encounters, as well as an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon ) session with participation in its analysis. Through this tour you’ll learn to use various scientific ghost hunting equipment and put it into action. This event is suitable for adults and teens accompanied by an adult.
Not paranormal, but certainly spooky…
Tunnel Vision Tour – SOLD OUT- While this fantastic opportunity to tour the tunnels below Fredericksburg has sold out, The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, building owners, and tenants, plan to offer more tours in the future. The Tunnel Vision Tour includes the building at 826 Caroline Street, and underground tunnel access in its basement. The tour goes into detail on the building’s history, as well as the history of the tunnels that run underneath Fredericksburg’s historic district. Refreshments form local businesses will be offered.
Enjoy scary stories?
Spooky Stories by the Shore – October 21 only- This is a great option for families that want to get in the Halloween spirit! Enjoy hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, with (family friendly) spooky stories, and other surprises. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight, and blanket. Amphitheater seating provided, but spaces are limited. Pre-registration required. Kids must attend with paying adult. Recommended for children 5 years + with adult. 6:40pm-8:00pm at Motts Run Reservoir
Red Dragon Brewery Ghost Story Night – October 9th only- Drink a pint from Red Dragon while listing to a seasoned guide from Fredericksburg Ghost Tours tell you local stories about Fredericksburg history, local paranormal encounters, and Fredericksburg folklore!
(No so) Haunted Events
The Haunted Hill – If you’re looking for an intense, haunted house-style experience try The Haunted Hill, in Spotsylvania.
Groups take a hay-wagon to the “haunted” woods. Then, traverse through nearly a mile of “live ghouls, zombies, clowns, mazes, and various other scares.”
The Haunted Hill NOT recommended for children under 12, those with medical conditions, or the faint at heart.
Potomac Point Winery Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner – October 17th only – Enjoy a Halloween themed Murder Mystery Dinner at Potomac Point Winery. “This insanely fun, murder mystery style event is going to put you right in the thick of the action, as you walk onto our Hollywood (or Stafford) movie set and become an extra in your very own vampire flick!” Ticket includes a gourmet buffet dinner and special “tasting and treats” dessert.