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October 27, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fall Evening Tours Explore Ghosts Past and the Present

Colonial Williamsburg’s fall programs have a haunted history to tell. From the builder of Shields Tavern to the crew of Blackbeard, the Historic Area is the setting for tales of ghosts past and present.

Through Tavern Ghost Walks, guests hear spirited, 21st-century folklore of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. The family-friendly, one-hour walking tour features modern-day ghost stories and experiences of guests and employees. Nightly tours start at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. No tours will be given Dec. 4 during Grand Illumination. Ticket: $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12.

During “Listen, My Children: Legends, Myths and Fables for Families,” storytellers share their tales as young and old hear some of the same legends that entertained families of centuries past. The program takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 5-19 and Thursdays through Nov. 24. Ticket: $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12.

Guests are the jury in this candlelit inquiry into the charges of witchcraft brought against Grace Sherwood in 1706 during the evening program, “Cry Witch.” Guests ask questions of the witnesses, weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of the “Virginia witch” at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23 and 24. All tickets $12. Not appropriate for young audiences.

During the one-hour walking tour, “Ghosts Amongst Us,” guests enter the sites and meet ghostly inhabitants and those who have lived to tell of their supernatural experiences. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Lumber House Ticket Office, Nov. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 24. Ticket: $12. Not appropriate for young audiences.

When the notorious Blackbeard hoisted his flag, it signaled to his victims that their time on earth was at an end and many of his crew were tried and hanged here in Williamsburg. On the walking tour, “Pirates Amongst Us,” meet ghosts of his crew and hear their own tales of Blackbeard at 7:30, 7:45, 8, 8:45 and 9 p.m. in the Secretary's Office next to the Capitol building on Saturdays, Nov. 5-19 and Wednesdays through Nov. 23. Ticket: $12. Not appropriate for young audiences.

At the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, historian Carson Hudson discusses how Colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors. The program takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 and 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31.

His book, “These Detestable Slaves of the Devill,” will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. A book signing follows these programs.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, museum ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides admission to the lecture.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St.

For more information or to make reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 229-2141.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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