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James River Plantation

The vengeful spirits of Virginia...


Haunted James River Plantations

Want to stay at a romantic yet haunted plantation? Check out Edgewood Plantation 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 contamination.




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 interest.

Where to stay:

bulletbullet 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


bulletbullet 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:

bulletbullet 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.


bulletbullet Alexandria National Cemetery, located at  Wilkes & Paynes Sts. 3,500 Civil War Soldiers are buried here.


bulletbullet 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.


bulletbullet Christ Church & Cemetery (1773) located at Cameron & Washington Sts. George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended church here (pictured below).


bulletbullet Confederate Statute "Appottomax" located at Prince & Washington Sts.


bulletbullet 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.


bulletbullet 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.


bulletbullet Manassas National Battlefield, Manassas, VA. Site of one of the most prominent battles of the Civil War.

Where to eat:

bulletbullet Gadsby’s Tavern (1770) 134 North Royal St. (703) 838-4242. Colonial, dressed staff serve traditional colonial fare at this historic and haunted tavern.


bulletbullet 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:

bulletbullet http://www.civilwartrails.org/
bulletbullet http://www.civilwartraveler.com/virginia/
bulletbullet http://www.alexandriacity.com/

Local Guides:

bulletbullet Occupied City: Portrait of Civil War Alexandria, VA by Jeremy Harvey, order from 800-388-9119.
bulletbullet To find about Civil War events in Alexandria call (800) 388-9119.


bulletbullet 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.


bulletbullet Oatlands Plantation, located on Route 15 South of Leesburg.  Greek Revival mansion built in 1803. Special candle light tours at Christmas.

Where to eat:

bulletbullet Balls Bluff Tavern , Loudoun Street , Leesburg.


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:

bulletbullet 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. www.jefferson-hotel.com


bulletbullet 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 child. www.lindenrowinn.com

What to see:

bulletbullet 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. www.moc.org


bulletbullet Hollywood Cemetery, Cherry & Albemarle Streets. Famous Civil War heroes buried here along with a famous warlock. Many tales of haunting at this site.


bulletbullet Edgar Allen Poe House, E. Main St. (804) 648-5523. Historic house where Edgar Allen Poe stayed.


bulletbullet Slayer Creek Battlefield - located several miles west of Richmond on the road to Appomattox. Reportedly haunted.


bulletbullet Appomattox Court House National Historic Park.

Visitor guides:

bulletbullet Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau www.richmondva.org
bulletbullet Richmond History Center, 105 E. Clay St., (804) 649-0711. Offers themed tours including ghost tours, Civil War tours, Poe Haunts tour plus more. www.richmondhistorycenter.com
bulletbullet Richmond Tours offers historic tours of Richmond (804) 213- 0151 www.RichmondTours.com



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:

bulletbullet Prospect Hill Cemetery - located on Prospect St.
bulletbullet Belle Boyd Cottage, 101 Chester St. (504) 636-1446. Home of female, confederate spy "Belle Boyd."
bulletbullet 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 bullet.
bulletbullet 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:

bulletbullet The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park & Hall of Valor Civil War Museum www.vmi.edu/museum/nm
bulletbullet 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.