August 13, 2004
Edgar Allan Poe, eerie ghosts and spooky legends return to haunt CW
Master gothic storyteller Edgar Allan Poe brings Colonial Williamsburg’s the bewitching season to life this fall, where ghost stories and colonial legends are sure to send a shiver up your spine. Thrillingly popular, the Ghosts and Legends Package casts its autumn spell on the historic town with tales woven from colonial mysteries and the unexplained in the former 18th-century capital of Virginia. Add to the intrigue a stay at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s five hotels, where some say centuries-old spirits still reside.
Hauntings have been reported throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area and fall is the time to track them down. Visit the Capitol to witness “Cry Witch,” the dramatic candlelit re-creation of a colonial Virginia witch trial. Come to the Courthouse of 1770 for “Spellbound” and hear storytellers spin mysterious colonial tales.
Edgar Allan Poe comes to life in nationally known actor David Keltz, who returns to the historic Williamsburg Inn and the Williamsburg Lodge for the fifth consecutive year to offer three spine-tingling performances Friday, Oct. 29. The Williamsburg Inn’s elegant Rockefeller Room is the setting for afternoon tea with Poe ($30 adults/$15 children ages 12 and under). With night fall, Mr. Poe will meet guests for dinner in the Tidewater Room at the Williamsburg Lodge ($55 adults/$30 children). And, if you dare, celebrate midnight with Edgar Allan Poe at the Williamsburg Lodge ($25 adults/children should be in bed!). Each frightful option offers a cash bar. Poe books, gifts and collectibles offered by Jackson Enterprises, Inc. will be available for sale and signing by Mr. Keltz.
Keltz’s captivating interpretation of Poe has entertained audiences from the British Broadcasting Corp. and the Smithsonian Associate Program to numerous educational institutions, historic inns and conventions since 1992.
The Ghosts and Legends Package is available Sept. 10 – Nov. 23, and includes two nights’ accommodations at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels, a length-of-stay ticket to the Historic Area, breakfast daily, a special tavern dinner – Mr. Shields Bountiful Feast complete with strolling balladeers and all you can eat-at Colonial Williamsburg’s James Shields Tavern, and a lantern-guided ghost tour in the Historic Area.
The two-night minimum package is priced per person, per night, based on double occupancy and does not include tax. Prices start at $94 for the Woodlands Hotel & Suites; $139 for the Williamsburg Lodge; $156 for Colonial Houses (28 restored and reconstructed 18th-century homes); $204 for the Providence Hall Wings of the Williamsburg Inn; and $277 for a deluxe room at the Williamsburg Inn historic main building.