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September 25, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fall Evening Programs Explore Ghosts Past and Present

Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City is the setting for tales of ghosts past and present this fall.

Through Tavern Ghost Walks, guests learn of the ghosts some claim still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City. The family-friendly, one-hour guided walking tours are offered nightly and meet in front of Shields Tavern. Ticket: $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Tour times and ticket information are available at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com or by calling 1-800-HISTORY (1-800-447-8679).

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. at the Lumber House Ticket Office, Wednesdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21, Thursdays, Sept. 27 and Nov. 22, Fridays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 and 18, Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, and Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 20. All tickets are $14. Not appropriate for young audiences.

Cry Witch explores the charges of witchcraft brought against Grace Sherwood in 1706 during the evening program. 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. Fridays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 and 16, Mondays and Tuesdays, Oct. 1-2, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 22-23, Oct. 29-30, Nov. 5-6, Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20, Wednesdays, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14 and Thursdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22. All tickets $16. Not appropriate for young audiences.

Pirates Amongst Us examines the crew of the notorious pirate, Blackbeard, who were tried and hanged here in Williamsburg. On the walking tour, meet ghosts of his crew and hear their own tales of Blackbeard at 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:30, 8:45 and 9 p.m. in the Secretary's Office next to the Capitol building on Saturdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, and Wednesdays, Oct. 31 and Nov. 21. All tickets are $14. 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. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, they conducted several witchcraft inquiries. The program takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 and 11:30 a.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 this program. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, museum ticket, Annual or Good Neighbor Pass 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.

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 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 Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. 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.

Revolutionary City® is a registered trademark 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 www.history.org.

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