James River Plantation
The vengeful spirits of
Haunted James River Plantations
Want to stay at a romantic yet haunted plantation? Check out Edgewood
www.edgewoodplantation.com is located on the James River
Plantation corridor. Conveniently located down the road from the haunted
Shirley Plantation and Westover Plantation. Many of these area plantations
were used as hospitals for the wounded Civil War soldiers during the
Battle of Richmond. Despite Union troops besieging the area, the houses
were saved from destruction due to the plantation mistresses extending
care to the wounded, Union soldiers who laid all over their property. This
beautiful country is still well preserved and hidden from urban
TRAVEL TO HAUNTED ALEXANDRIA
Haunted Gadsby's Tavern, Old Town Alexandria
Outside of Washington, D.C. on the other side of the Potomac River is
Old Town Alexandria, Arlington, Leesburg and Manassas VA. These historic towns
are full of ghosts and unexplained phenomenon. Northern Virginia was the
southern host of the Civil War. This destination is an
essential stop for any serious spirit seeker. Civil War buffs will be
overwhelmed by the amount of Civil War sites in Northern, VA. There are
too many to list on this site, so I selected some of the top points of
Where to stay:
||Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St. (703) 838-8000. Elegant 18th
century, four-star hotel in located in historic Old Town Alexandria.
Offers all the amenities. www.morrisonhouse.com|
||Sheraton Suites Alexandria, 801 N. Saint Asaph St. (703) 518-8791.
Located in Old Town and offers a weekend "Civil War Package."|
What to see:
||The Ramsay House, 221 King St., Old Town, Alexandria (703) 838-4200.
This house is the oldest house in Alexandria dating back to 1724. Today
it serves as the visitors center. Stop by here to find out about
historic walking tours and obtain admission tickets to area museums.|
||Alexandria National Cemetery, located at Wilkes & Paynes Sts.
3,500 Civil War Soldiers are buried here.|
||Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home (1795), 607Oronoco St., Alexandria
(703)548-8454. The home where Robert E. Lee lived until leaving for West
Point. Open for tours.|
||Christ Church & Cemetery (1773) located at Cameron &
Washington Sts. George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended church here
||Confederate Statute "Appottomax" located at Prince & Washington Sts.
||Woodlawn Plantation (1805) 9000 Richmond Hwy. (703) 780-4000. Very
haunted, just ask the staff. Doors open and close on their own,
furniture moves around in the middle of the night.
||Custis-Lee Mansion, also known as Arlington House located at
Arlington National Cemetery. This plantation was the home of Robert E.
Lee, his wife and children prior to the Civil War. The family fled the
home during the war and eventually lost the house. One of Robert E.
Lee's son's fought the government to have the home returned to the
family after the war, back but by then thousands of dead were
buried on the property. A great home not to be missed.
||Manassas National Battlefield, Manassas, VA. Site of one of the most
prominent battles of the Civil War.
Where to eat:
||Gadsby’s Tavern (1770) 134 North Royal St. (703) 838-4242. Colonial,
dressed staff serve traditional colonial fare at this historic and
||La Gaulois Cafe, 1106 King St. Old Town, Alexandria (703) 739-9494.
Not haunted but offers excellent French food and charming atmosphere.
Open for lunch and dinner.|
Halloween Ghost Tour : http://ci.alexandria.va.us/
Tours of Civil War battles:
||Occupied City: Portrait of Civil War Alexandria, VA by Jeremy
Harvey, order from 800-388-9119.|
||To find about Civil War events in Alexandria call (800) 388-9119.
TRAVEL TO HAUNTED LEESBURG
||Balls Bluff Cemetery - Haunted. Located on Rt. 15 North of
Leesburg, (now in the middle of a subdivision of new houses thanks to
greedy developers in Loudon County). This cemetery is all that remains
of a deadly battle during the Civil War in October, 1861. The cemetery
is reportedly haunted. Ghosts of soldiers have been sighted here.|
||Oatlands Plantation, located on Route 15 South of Leesburg.
Greek Revival mansion built in 1803. Special candle light tours at
Where to eat:
||Balls Bluff Tavern , Loudoun Street , Leesburg.
TRAVEL TO HAUNTED RICHMOND
Edgar Allen Poe House, Richmond, VA
Retrace Robert E. Lee's and Jefferson Davis's last
days of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA. Despite the destruction of the
Civil War, this river city still offers plenty of historic and haunted
sites. Relive the somber experience at Appomattox where the Civil
War finally came to an end.
Where to stay:
||The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St. (800)
678-8946. This historic hotel opened on Halloween in 1895. Renaissance
revival style hotel features fine and casual dining.
||Linden Row Inn, 100 E. Franklin St. (800)
678-8946. This 1847 historic hotel is a Greek Revival townhouse
furnished with period antiques. Edgar Allen Poe played in the yard as a
What to see:
||The White House of the Confederacy, 1201 E.
Clay St. (804) 649-1861. Home of Jefferson Davis and his family from
1861 to 1865. One of Jefferson Davis's son's died tragically by falling
out of a second floor window. President Lincoln sent a condolence letter
to the Davis family, despite being at war.
||Hollywood Cemetery, Cherry & Albemarle Streets.
Famous Civil War heroes buried here along with a famous warlock. Many
tales of haunting at this site.|
||Edgar Allen Poe House, E. Main St. (804)
648-5523. Historic house where Edgar Allen Poe stayed.
||Slayer Creek Battlefield - located several miles west
of Richmond on the road to Appomattox. Reportedly haunted.|
||Appomattox Court House National Historic Park.|
TRAVEL TO HAUNTED SHENANDOAH, VA
Front Royal, Va
Settlers traveling westward passed through Front Royal, VA before making
their brave way through the Blue Ridge Mountains. A hundred years later, the
Civil War raged through this quiet town. Today, Front Royal is a small,
hilly town with lots of well preserved history and a few ghosts. If you
plan to visit Front Royal, go in the Spring through October 31st. because this
town closes during the winter due to snow.
Recommended sites to visit:
||Prospect Hill Cemetery - located on Prospect St.
||Belle Boyd Cottage, 101 Chester St. (504) 636-1446. Home of female,
confederate spy "Belle Boyd."|
||Warren Rifles Confederate Museum, 95 Chester St. (703) 636-6982. The
museum contains wonderful artifacts from the Confederacy donated from local,
private collections. See the rope used to hang John Brown, the abolitionist in
Harpers Ferry, VA. Also on view is a Confederate soldier's hip pierced with a
||Front Royal - Warren County Visitor's Center, 414 E. Main St. (800)
338-2576. Pick up a map of the Battle of Front Royal Driving Tour.|
New Market, VA
Stonewall Jackson defeated the Union army at the Battle of New Market. Good
site for hunting ghosts.
Recommend sites to visit:
||The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park & Hall of Valor Civil War
||The Bushong Farm is located on the battlefield. A family lived in the
house during the battle and hid in the basement while troops from the
Confederacy and Union charged through their farm. The house was used as a
hospital for the injured soldiers.|