Northern Virginia is full of ghostly tales. Most relate to historical events since the region is jam packed with history from Colonial Times, the Revolutionary Era and the Civil War.
Due to the rich history this region has, there are many ghostly tales and reports of paranormal activity (and perhaps some exaggerated recounts). There are a number of ghost tours in Northern Virginia. These tours offer visitors a good glimpse into the past and hear about the haunted stories that have grown to become a part of history and/or legend. These ghost tours are interesting to both history buffs and those fascinated by paranormal activity.
Here are a few of the best known local tours. I've been on most of these, and some of them multiple times, each time learning something new or different.
Footsteps to the Past
This tour is located in Old Town Alexandria and is run by a historian group that also leads other local history tours. The tour is rather interesting as the guides provide a nice narration of early Alexandria and how each ghost story relates.
|Tour guide from Footsteps from the Past tells a ghostly tale in front of Carlyle House|
In addition to the regular ghost tours, Footsteps to the Past offers other special events periodically which are of interest to those who love history and hearing about paranormal activity. These special events typically require an appointment or reservation whereas the regular ghost tour you can obtain by walk-up. For prices, tour dates and information on special events, visit the Footsteps to the Past website.
Ghost & Graveyard Tour
The Ghost & Graveyard Tour also takes place in Old Town Alexandria and meets at the Ramsey Visitor's Center. During this tour visitors are led by a guide who is decked out in 18th century dress and leads you through Old Town with haunted stories and accounts of ghost sightings.
The stories related include tales of both love and anger passed down through tales of the past experiences of people long gone from Old Town. The tour lasts about an hour. You can learn more about this tour, and any other special seasonal events, on the Alexandria Colonial Tours website.
Leesburg Ghost Tour
The Leesburg Ghost Tour is described as a 2-hour tour that is a bit different than the typical ghost tour. This tour blends history with paranormal research, investigation and lets tourists get an up close and personal view of the paranormal tools of the trade.
The tour starts about 9 p.m. and takes you through downtown historic Leesburg. You can learn more about this tour on the Virginia Scientific Research Association website. This one is on my list of things to do.
Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tour
A bit off the beaten path, about an hour south of the District, this tour takes place on the streets of historic Fredericksburg and lasts about 90 minutes. Visitors have the opportunity to view purportedly haunted streets, see buildings said to be frequented by ghosts, and hear all of the ghost stories that are connected to this city rich with early American history.
|Visitors will see many historical structures on the Ghosts of Fredericksburg tour, some reputed to be haunted|
Whether you live in the Northern Virginia area, or are visiting, if you enjoy ghost tours, these are a few of the best and most popular picks in the region. Also keep in mind ghost tours are typically seasonal and run from March/April - November, and in the warmer months there are usually additional tours available. Happy haunting!