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September 12, 2003

Ghosts, Legends and Edgar Allan Poe Lend Theme to Autumn in Colonial Williamsburg

Ghosts, colonial legends and master Gothic storyteller Edgar Allan Poe bring the bewitching Halloween season to life at Colonial Williamsburg, where fall programming is spellbound with the supernatural that’s sure to send a shiver up your spine. A favorite with all ages, the annual Ghosts and Legends Package adds more chill this year to its tales woven from colonial mysteries and the unexplained in the former 18th-century capital of Virginia. Guests will receive popular books about local ghosts that lend an eerie theme to an autumn stay at one of the historic destination’s four hotels, allowing them to read about the centuries-old spirits that some say still reside at several Colonial Houses and Taverns.

Hauntings have been reported throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area and this is the season 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 for “Spellbound” and hear storytellers spin mysterious colonial tales.

The weekend prior to Halloween, Edgar Allan Poe comes to life in nationally known actor David Keltz, who returns to the Williamsburg Lodge for the fourth consecutive year for three spine-tingling performances Saturday, Oct. 25. Afternoon tea ($32.50 adults/$16 children 12 and under), dinner ($58 adults/$30 children) or, if you dare, midnight with Edgar Allan Poe ($25 adults/children should be in bed!) are the frightful options.

A masterful performer, Keltz has interpreted Poe since 1992 for the British Broadcasting Corp., the Smithsonian Associate Program, and numerous educational institutions, historic inns and conventions. His spirited Poe captivates, chills and entertains.

The Ghosts and Legends Package is available Sept. 2 – Nov. 23, 2003 and includes two nights’ accommodations at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels, a length of stay ticket to the Historic Area, a special tavern dinner at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s authentic dining taverns (sites of more reported hauntings!), a lantern-guided ghost tour in the Historic Area, plus one copy of the book “Ghosts of Williamsburg” per booking and one copy of “The Blue Gowned Ghost” per child.

The two-night minimum package is priced per person, per night, based on double occupancy and does not include tax. Prices start at $96 for the Woodlands Hotel & Suites; $148 for the Williamsburg Lodge; $156 for Colonial Houses (28 restored and reconstructed 18th-century homes); $211 at the Providence Hall Wings of the Williamsburg Inn; and $279 at the Williamsburg Inn main building.

The Colonial Williamsburg Company-Hospitality Group, a subsidiary of the non-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, operates four hotels, 11 restaurants and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Revenue generated supports the foundation’s educational programs and preservation. The nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at

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Carol C. Godwin
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