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August 19, 2008

Tavern Ghost Walks: Warm nights and chilling experiences in CW's Historic Area

Join in a chilling prowl through Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area on a Tavern Ghost Walk.

Let your imagination wander as your guide depicts dramatic tales of the ghosts that are said to still haunt modern Colonial Williamsburg’s taverns and sites. The tour serves as a wonderful after-dessert treat to a delicious dinner at the taverns or simply a one-of-kind way to spend an evening.

The walking tour explores the modern accounts of ghosts in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area discovered by employees and guests. The walk’s stops may include stories of ghosts from sites such as taverns, merchants’ shops and the cemetery, as well as the Peyton Randolph House or the Capitol. On this distinctive contemporary tour, the guide speaks of the spirits that present-day Colonial Williamsburg staff or guests have encountered in each of these sites.

“Some of our own employees and guests have seen and heard things that they could not easily explain,” said Bruce Luongo, manager of tavern programs. “Their stories have given Colonial Williamsburg an exciting new way to share the town's history with our guests."

"I love having the opportunity to tell stories of people's experiences with spirits," said Tavern Ghost Walk guide Leslie Stanton. "The tour is being constantly refreshed with authentic staff and guest's descriptions of fresh encounters with ghosts in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area."

The Historic Area is full of current accounts of mysterious 18th-century ghosts, along with the occasional story of familiar contemporary spirits. Be prepared, you might even get to experience the presence of spirits on your tour, as many guides and guests alike have been said to encounter a ghost while on a tour. Guests on the family-friendly ghost walk will each receive a collectible souvenir pin to commemorate the tour.

The Tavern Ghost Walk is offered evenings in the summer and fall beginning at 7 p.m. The tour begins at the Shields Tavern and reservations may be placed by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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