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Haunted Virginia , Ghost Stories

Updated on November 5, 2012
Arlington National Cemetery is supposed to have its share of ghosts and paranormal activity.
Arlington National Cemetery is supposed to have its share of ghosts and paranormal activity.

Haunted Virginia , Ghost Stories

Virginia is supposed to be one of the most haunted states in the United States. Believe it or not but Virginia has all kinds of spooky paranormal things going on including a few ghosts and a vampire or two. If you take a few minutes to read the stories below you'll read all about the more famous ghost stories from all over the great state of Virginia.

Arlington Cemetery is supposed to be one of the most haunted locations in the state of Virginia. It is the Old Post Chapel at Arlington Cemetery that is supposed to be a hot bed of paranormal activity. Thousands of military men's funerals were held in the Old Post Chapel and it appears a few of them weren't quite ready for eternal rest. Soldiers on duty in and around the Old Post Chapel report that locked doors will be found open and open doors will be closed and locked. A woman crying loudly is often heard just inside the front of the chapel. A beautiful dark haired Spanish woman in black mourning clothes is often seen setting in the chapel but when she is approached she vanishes. Many soldiers on guard duty late at night have reported loud organ music coming from the locked Old Post Chapel. A small boy is quite often seen running through the chapel but he vanishes as quickly as he appears.

Over in Fairfax at the George Mason University there is a gazebo near the campus lake and a young man with water dripping off of him is quite often spotted in the gazebo. People who approach him say he is very sad looking and looks to be crying. There is said to also be water dripping off of him. It is reported that around 1920 that a young man did in fact leave a suicide note in the gazebo and then he drowned himself in the campus lake.

In Manassas Virginia there is a ghost called Lucy who is said to haunt the Old Town Inn and that she is both a playful spooky ghost and a ghoulish one also. It is said that she will appear to people at first as quite normal but then she will deteriorate right in front of people and look and smell like a rotting female corpse.

Colonial Williamsburg is supposedly a hot bed of paranormal activity with ghosts around every corner. Bacon's Castle is supposed to be Virginia's oldest home dating back to 1665 is home to several ghosts and plenty of mysteries. A ball of blue light is often spotted both inside and outside the house and it has been seen by many many people over the years. Some people have claimed the ball of blue light has been seen to roll across the yard , up the outside wall of the house and then it seems to perch at the highest point of the roof. A black woman's head is seen floating around the property with a white turban on. People quite often see it and freak slap out.

Items in the Bacon Castle are said to be quite often thrown around and books will be found thrown off shelf's and furniture over turned when the house is opened up in the morning. A ghost cat is said to live in the house. It is said to be a large yellow cat of around 20 pounds and its said that the cat will walk across the room , leap up on someones lap and vanish.

A horse and buggy is often heard riding up outside the house but no house and buggy is ever seen. The house has even been heard to neigh and its said you can hear the horses hooves on the ground.

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Hollywood Cemetery In Richmond Virginia is supposedly home to many ghosts and ghouls and it is here where the Richmond Vampire was said to live.
Hollywood Cemetery In Richmond Virginia is supposedly home to many ghosts and ghouls and it is here where the Richmond Vampire was said to live.

The Richmond Vampire In Hollywood Cemetery

A railroad tunnel collapsed at near by Church Hill and buried several workers alive. However it was reported that a very scary being that had its clothes hanging from it and fangs in its mouth emerged from the cave in and ran towards the near by James River.

The creature raced into Hollywood Cemetery and disappeared into the mausoleum of W.W. Pool where it vanished and it could not be found. Two men were told to stand guard overnight at the door to the mausoleum and the next morning every casket in the mausoleum was opened and searched but no living being could be found.

A small hole about 5 inches across was found in the back of the mausoleum with cold air coming from it was discovered but even though they tried they could not open up the hole any bigger. But the men searching swore that no man or even a child could have went down that hole. The hole was filled over with cement and the patch can be seen to this day. And many many times over the years the wild strange looking vampire has been spotted and reported by many different people.

In case you're wondering Hollywood Cemetery got its name from the many Holly Trees that used to be all over the cemetery.

Yorktown Virginia

At the home of Revolutionary War General Thomas Nelson a young British soldier was killed and his ghost in a red coat uniform is spotted around the house. Quite often people report he is wearing a red coat uniform with a very large blood stain in the chest area.

You can enjoy a really great candle lit ghost walk most nights in Yorktown Virginia. If you're into history and ghosts then Yorktown Virginia is the perfect place for you.

Monticello Near Charlottesville Virginia

Monticello was the home of President Thomas Jefferson and its said that Jefferson has never left Monticello. Many people have claimed to hear Thomas Jefferson whistling as he wonders the grounds. Other people claim to see President Jefferson walking around and he has even walked up to some people and asked them what they are doing there.

Richmond Virginia

The Richmond State Capital building is where part of the building collapsed and killed 60 people in 1870. And even though there is no sign left of the accident people often report hearing the sound of walls crashing down and people screaming and begging for mercy.

Hillsville Virginia

Here is where the historic Carroll County Courthouse is and on a dark day in 1912 five people were killed including the presiding judge and the county sheriff. Visitors to the Courthouse often report hearing gun shots and pleas for mercy. A woman dressed in a red dress is also reported here but no one knows who she is.

Lexington Virginia

The Virginia Military Institute is located here and the Civil War played a big part in VMI's history. Many young cadets from Virginia Military Institute died fighting in the American Civil War. Many of the young V.M.I. cadets died during the Battle of New Market and are buried at V.M.I. In Jackson Memorial Hall many people have claimed to see the ghosts of the young cadets who died walking around as if they are lost.

Do you know a ghost story about Haunted Virginia. Why not post the ghost story you know in the comment section below and thanks for taking the time to read my Hub Page about Haunted Virginia.

(C) September 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost.
(C) September 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost.

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      joe m 

      4 years ago

      Got into the halloween mood and started looking up ghost stories and reminded me of my own. I saw a figure at Monticello on top of the house looking at the sky (I don't remember if it was through a telescope or not, it was awhile ago). I didn't want to interrupt the tour guide with my question, but when I looked away and then looked back the figure was gone. I've always assumed it with good 'ole TJ himself but I can honestly say that I have no explanation for it.

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      Thomas Byers 

      4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for your great comment. It is appreciated.

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      4 years ago

      tbmassaro53: This is crazy that I stumbled upon this! I grew up in Battlefield Park in Richmond, VA!!!

      My mother saw a confederate officer dressed in grey two times in our house. I saw him when I was three years old. I ran down the lighted hall into my parents unlit room and saw him from the light in the hall. I went screaming back into the kitchen and told mom I had seen a man in her room. She knew what it was but didn't tell me, of course, until many years later. We no longer live there and I often wonder if the other owners have seen him, too.

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      Josh Woods 

      5 years ago from United States

      Wonderfully spooky stories. I especially enjoyed the story of the Hollywood Cemetery Vampire. I have always been fascinated with vampires, excluding the sparkling vampires of the Twilight series. Many believe that if Vampire are real that they have shape shifting abilities. I have read accounts of people reporting seeing pale men attacking citizens and then running away. When the pale men would get caught they would transform into various forms including rats and the most famous bats. I don't believe in the stories, but they are very interesting.

      Really great stories, but I really enjoy your personal experiences with the paranormal like

      Hope to hear more from you soon.

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      6 years ago

      Wow these stories are truly frightful.

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      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome. Thanks for the comment.

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      Ghost Hunter 

      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this page on Haunted Virginia.One of the best I've seen in a while. Thanks Crazyhorsesghost.

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      6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I never knew there was so much paranormal activity in my home state! I live maybe 30 minutes from Hollywood Cemetery and have been there many times, but I don't think I've ever stumbled upon the W.W. Pool mausoleum. Will have to have a look next time!

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      VMI stories i have heard 

      6 years ago

      in the summer of 1993 i visited VMI with a group of friends. We were all in Union uniform. The few days prior to going to VMI we were reenacting the battle of second bull run in Virgina hence the union uniforms. We came to visit fellow friends who were attending VMI also reenactors that fought for the confederacy. The school would not allow us to wear our union uniforms in the school, so we took our coats off and they said that was permitable. We got a full tour of VMI including the chapel which we were told was the most haunted place in all the school. walking in there i got an erie feeling of being watched and a sense of me not being welcome there. There is a mural of the battle of New Market painted on the back of the wall in the chapel that has been said to come to life at night. Cadets during there rounds of roving watch were to walk thru the chapel touch the mural and walk back out. in stead of walking thru we were told that the cadets were so scared that they would run in touch the wall and run out. well one night a roving cadet was running thru the chapel doing his rounds He touched the mural and ran back out but when he got outside there was blood on his hand and arm from touching the mural. also i was told that one cadet not sure what year, committed suicide in the chapel by fixing his bayonet to his rifle, resting it against one of the pews and jumping from the second floor impaling himself on his rifle. another cadet hung himself in the chapel. I was also told a psychic stayed the night in there and when he came out he was crazy. when we went into the basement of the chapel they had a museum down there full of Civil War artifacts and im wondering if the items were or are causing the paranormal activity. These were all things i was told about by staff and cadets at that time of the visit. But i will never forget about the uneasiness upon entering the chapel myself.

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      7 years ago from Torrance, CA

      very interesting. I have a couple of friends who live in Fairfax.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I love these stories. I have always wanted to spend time in Roanoke, VA where the colony vanished in colonial days. Great work!

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      jason m 

      7 years ago

      I live in gettysburg VA come visit if you likr ghost i live 45 min from the battlefield

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      8 years ago

      I live in Varina outsise Richmond,va lots of Civil War history here. A fully clothed Confederate soldiar was found in front of my house many years ago. to this day, I see a man dressed in fine clothing wandering around my property. the soldiar was dug up by Daughters of Revolution. Battlefield park is about a mile from my home. late at night ,you can hear soldiars marching & shadowry figures moving thru park.

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      Cindy Riley 

      8 years ago from Marana

      This is an awesome store, I hope you don't mind I shard your story on facebook for so many others to read, see I have so many relatives that live near Virginia and wanted them to read your story.

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      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks everyone. Virginia is supposed to be one of the most haunted states in the United States.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Hi CrazyHorsesGhost....there are many unexplained things in and out of this world....I enjoyed reading about Virginia's share of "haunts." Thanks!

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      Veronica Bright 

      8 years ago from Nebraska

      Another wonderful hub. I absoultely love stories of the paranormal. I have heard that Virginia is one of the most haunted States in America.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      8 years ago from New England

      My Mom lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. I found this fascinating. I'll send the link your hub to her.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you for sharing your ghost stories! :0)


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