Haunted Places in Tappahannock, Virginia



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    Linden House Bed and Breakfast Plantation

    Caret, Virginia

    7.4 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Reports say that this historic bed-and-breakfast is no longer open for business. When it was, it was often visited by ghosts. The building was known to harbor mysterious aromas, and footsteps were often heard on the 3rd and 4th floors. Strange lights, orange and yellow in color, were said to ...


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    Stratford Hall

    Montross, Virginia

    15.7 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Stratford Hall Plantation was the home of the Lee family, including two Declaration of Independence signers, and it was Robert E. Lee's birthplace. It is said to be haunted by Elizabeth McCarty Storke, rumored to have had an affair with Henry Lee, Robert E. Lee's step-brother, when she was only ...


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    Lancaster Tavern

    Lancaster, Virginia

    24.1 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Built around 1800, this historic inn and tavern is said to have a friendly ghost who makes breakfast every morning. The smell of bacon is said to come from the kitchen very early, before no one living begins cooking.


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    The Old Mansion - Bowling Green Farm

    Bowling Green, Virginia

    27.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The ghost of Colonel John Waller Hoomes, who built this house in 1670, haunts his old home, some say. His daughter Sophia has been witnessed around the property as well, usually riding in a coach to visit her father's home. And one more ghost who resides here is a Mrs. ...


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    Point Lookout Light

    Lexington Park, Maryland

    30.3 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The rich history of paranormal activity at this 1800s lighthouse and surrounding area is said to stem from centuries of shipwrecks and bodies found washed ashore. The site has been featured on many TV shows.


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    Point Lookout State Park

    Scotland, Maryland

    30.5 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    At Point Lookout State Park, formerly a Civil War prison camp named Camp Lincoln, there is a lighthouse that is rumored to be haunted by a Civil War soldier. He has shown up leaning against the door frame in photos taken here. Also here is the apparition of a woman ...


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    Lamb's Creek Church

    King George, Virginia

    32.3 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The historic Lamb's Creek Church dates back to the 1700s, and legend tells of a ghostly woman in white who appeared kneeling at the chancel rail to two Confederate soldiers.


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    Brooker's Site

    Mechanicsville, Virginia

    33.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    This was the site of a old house built in the mid to early 19th century. The house has been gone and the site of the house is now home to a United States post office. However, the house back in the mid 1800s owned 125 acres that today is ...


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    Summerseat Farm

    Mechanicsville, Maryland

    34.2 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Summerseat Farm is believed to be haunted and has been investigated by ghost hunters, who found lights had come on after they had turned them off. Visitors have witnessed bed covers that move on their own and a rosary that swung by itself. The property includes a family cemetery that ...


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    Randolph-Macon College

    Ashland, Virginia

    35.6 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    At Randolph-Macon College, three places are rumored to be haunted. At Mary Branch, a girls' dorm, at least two ghosts are said to reside. Doors open and close by themselves, and objects are moved or disappear. In the SAE Fraternity House, witnesses have described strange noises and apparitions of soldiers ...


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    Deep Creek Vintage

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    40.4 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The former plantation manor housing the store was built about 1750 and enlarged until the 1860s. Its ghosts, of which there are many, have been heard and seen. Typical activity includes footsteps, knocking, soft voices and singing, and people (especially women with long hair) being touched. More rarely, objects ...


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    Mills House

    Beaverdam, Virginia

    40.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Mysterious fires broke out at the Mills House in January 2014, destroying it. The place was a historic home to bachelor farmer Buster Mills, the last of the Mills family who lived there; he died after a stroke in 1989. Locals remember Buster talking about "haints" in the home's front ...


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    Museum of the Confederacy

    Richmond, Virginia

    41 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Part of this museum is the former White House of the Confederacy, containing Civil War artifacts, manuscripts, Confederate imprints (books and pamphlets) and photos--and that's not all: It also has a ghost. This portion of the museum is believed to be haunted by the spirit of Jefferson Davis' 5-year-old son.


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    Governor's Mansion - Executive Mansion

    Richmond, Virginia

    41.2 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The Virginia Governor's Mansion, or Executive Mansion, is the oldest occupied governor's mansion in the U.S., serving since 1813. In the 1890s, the apparition of a lady was seen sitting at the window by then-governor Philip McKinney. She was seen later by a police officer, and since then has caused ...


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    Julep’s

    Richmond, Virginia

    41.2 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Julep's is a restaurant now, but in 1826 it was the weapon shop where Daniel Denoon, an apprentice gunsmith, was shot to death by shop owner James McNaught. Denoon's ghost is said to have inhabited the restaurant ever since 2003, when the new owners began a remodeling project that turned ...


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    Edgar Allan Poe Museum

    Richmond, Virginia

    41.2 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Built around 1754 as a private home, the "little stone house" located a few blocks from Poe's boyhood home has housed a collection of Poe artifacts since the early 1900s. At about this time began the rumors of its hauntings. At least three ghosts are believed to reside or at ...


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    Chatham Manor

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    41.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Chatham Manor was a plantation overlooking the Rappahannock River, began in 1768 by William Fitzhugh. It had a dairy, icehouse, barns, stables, fish hatchery, orchard, mill and even a horse racetrack. Many famous historic figures have had ties here, visiting for elaborate parties. The home has been the site of ...


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    Historic Kenmore Plantation

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    42.1 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    This 1752 mansion is haunted by the husband of George Washington's sister, Betty. Colonel Fielding Lewis, who died in the 1780s, spent many an hour in the upstairs bedroom worrying about money. His ghost can be seen in Revolutionary-era attire poring over his documents. His footsteps have been heard as ...


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    Waverly House

    Richmond, Virginia

    42.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Many past tenants and residents of this stately home have reported sighting the apparition of a sad, elderly man on the stairs. He is believed to be Benjamin Green, a former resident of the house. Private residence, do not disturb. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Fall Hill Plantation

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    43.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Fall Hill Plantation is a private residence haunted by a Native American Sioux princess named Katina who was engaged as a nanny for the Thorton family who lived here in the 1770s. Witnesses have described Katina's apparition as well as moving shadows, disembodied voices, electrical anomalies, and doors opening by ...


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    Rosewell Plantation

    Gloucester Courthouse, Virginia

    44.1 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    This 1725 mansion is said to be a hotspot for ghostly goings-on. Gutted by fire in 1916, the ruins were donated to the Gloucester Historical Society by its last owners and the site is now open to visitors several days a week. The four chimneys and the east wall remain, ...


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    Edgewood Plantation

    Charles City, Virginia

    44.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    At this 1849 plantation house, Lizzie Rowland is the ghost in residence. It is said that she is waiting for her beloved soldier to return from the Civil War. Her ghost is said to peek out from behind a curtain in an upstairs window, watching and waiting. Edgewood Plantation was ...


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    College of William and Mary

    Williamsburg, Virginia

    45.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The College of William and Mary, the second-oldest college in the nation, has several legendary campus ghosts. One, who resides on the third floor of St. George Tucker Hall, is said to visit students who pull all-night study sessions. Another haunting happens in the Wren Building: Footsteps are said to ...


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    Shirley Plantation

    Charles City, Virginia

    45.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The very first house on the plantation was built in 1613--reportedly the oldest house in the U.S. But it's the mid-18th-century house here, possibly owned by private residents, that has a ghost story involving a painting in a second-story bedroom. It's a portrait of Aunt Pratt, and its story began ...


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    King's Arms Tavern

    Williamsburg, Virginia

    46.1 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    This tavern is believed to be the residence of a ghost named Irma, who died in a fire in this area during the 1700s. Since legend has it that the fire was started by a dropped candle, the ghost is known to blow out candles and perform other helpful tasks ...


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    Orell House

    Williamsburg, Virginia

    46.1 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Strange occurrences that have been reported here include a water faucet that turned on by itself multiple times in the bathroom and a glass that was removed from the medicine cabinet, taken out of its plastic wrap and thrown on the floor.


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    Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum

    Waldorf, Maryland

    47.3 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The historic house museum is said to be haunted by the apparition of Mrs. Frankie Mudd. Witnesses also have heard unexplained voices, and during a Civil War reenactment, electric candles in the windows repeatedly turned on by themselves. A human-shaped bed impression routinely appears in a room where John Wilkes ...


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    Aquia Church

    Stafford, Virginia

    47.5 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    This church, built in the mid-1700s, and its cemetery are said to be popular spots with the haunts. The old graveyard has tombstones dating back to the 1730s.


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    Appomattox Manor

    Hopewell, Virginia

    47.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Appomattox Manor was the former plantation owned by Dr. Richard Eppes, which became Union headquarters during the Civil War. Now a restored museum, the manor is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Union soldier. So the story goes, a nurse had been hiding him in the basement ...


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    Parker's Battery

    Chester, Virginia

    49.4 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Parkers Battery was part of the Confederate defenses known as the Howlett Line, and saw frequent battles. It was occupied by Confederate forces until the fall of Petersburg, and some may still remain today. Witnesses describe apparitions of soldiers in the bunkers, and the soldiers are said to look either ...


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    The Ambler House Ruins

    Williamsburg, Virginia

    49.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The circa 1750 Ambler House burned down three times: Once during the American Revolution (it was restored by Colonel John Ambler), again during the Civil War, and a third time in 1895. Its ruins are tended to by the National Park Service. The ghost here, Lydia, is said to walk ...


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    Tuckahoe Plantation

    Henrico, Virginia

    49.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Thomas Randolph and son William Randolph III built the plantation in the 1700s, and it is reported to still be privately owned. Rumor has it that it's haunted by a female ghost who, in life, was forced to marry against her will. Believed to have died of a broken heart ...


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    Weems Botts Museum

    Dumfries, Virginia

    51.3 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Weems–Botts House Museum is dedicated to the history of Dumfries and the two people who lived here: Mason Locke "Parson" Weems and attorney Benjamin Botts. Weems (1759-1825) was a clergyman and author, the first biographer of George Washington, who created the cherry tree story ("I cannot tell a lie, I ...


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    Carter's Grove Plantation

    Williamsburg, Virginia

    51.3 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Carter's Grove Plantation is private property now and no trespassing is permited. It was built in 1755 for Carter Burwell, grandson of Robert "King" Carter on the site of Martin's Hundred, a tract first settled by English colonists around 1620. The settlement was eradicated in the Indian Massacre of 1622. ...


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    Boxwood Inn

    Newport News, Virginia

    53 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Built as a 21-room private home in 1896, this inn is believed to be haunted by the helpful spirit of Nannie Curtis, wife of the home's original owner. She apparently likes the current owners who saved the building from demolishment and restored it to its original elegance. When the new ...


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    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

    Church Creek, Maryland

    53.5 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The 27,000 acres of tidal marshes, forest and ponds that make up this refuge are said to be haunted by a demon mule. Long ago, the beast was known to attack loggers and fishermen, so the locals hunted it and chased it to its death in quicksand. The unhappy mule's ...


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    Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre

    Lorton, Virginia

    55.5 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    At the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, the ghosts in residence like to rearrange chairs and place settings or manifest as lights that glide around backstage.


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    Occoquan Inn

    Occoquan, Virginia

    56.7 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The apparition of a Native American man has been seen in the Occuquan Inn, built in 1810. Legend has it that the man was enamored of the owner's wife, and he was shot when the owner caught him sneaking down the stairs one night. His ghost has been seen in ...


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    The Loft Gallery

    Occoquan, Virginia

    56.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    A haunting experience happened at The Loft Gallery in the 1990s when a painting flew off a wall. Then, one early morning in October 2006, an artist saw a glowing mist float through the gallery. Witnesses also report footsteps, creaking floors, and doors closing when no one is there.


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    Woodlawn

    Alexandria, Virginia

    56.8 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Historic Woodlawn was originally built in 1805 for Martha Washington’s granddaughter Nelly Parke Custis and her husband Major Lawrence Lewis. Now a museum, the place is rumored to be haunted by some of its many generations of former residents.


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    Surratt House Museum

    Clinton, Maryland

    58 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The historic 18th century inn and tavern building, now a museum, was once owned by Mary Surratt. Her son John sometimes met with friends there, one of whom was John Wilkes Booth. These meetings were said to be when the plot for the assassination of President Lincoln evolved. The guns ...


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    Old Central State Hospital

    Petersburg, Virginia

    59 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Central State Hospital, previously Central Lunatic Asylum, was the first institution in the country for African Americans of "unsound mind." In the 1840s, if slave owners could pay the fees they could have their slaves committed. Some of the old grounds still operates as a hospital; other buildings have been ...


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    Oxon Hill Cemetery

    Oxon Hill-Glassmanor, Maryland

    61 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    This cemetery is located off Oxon Hill Road, catty corner to Levi's Barbecue, behind the Post Office. About 10 years ago my husband and I were hanging out with a group of homeless people. We would go to wherever they set up camp and just sit around and drink and ...


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    The John Douglass Brown House - Fawcett-Reeder House

    Alexandria, Virginia

    61.5 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The John Douglass Brown House, aka Fawcett-Reeder House, was built in 1772 and was allegedly visited by George Washington during his lifetime. Around the colonial home, witnesses claim to have seen apparitions of ghostly Revolutionary War-era soldiers.


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    Ramsay House

    Alexandria, Virginia

    61.5 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Ramsay House is used as a visitor information center, and originally was named for William Ramsay, Scottish merchant and city founder. Witnesses claim to have seen apparitions in 18th-century clothing in the building's basement.


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    Cator House

    Cambridge, Maryland

    61.6 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The Cator House restaurant is reportedly haunted by original owner Emily Cator, who originally built it as an inn. Staff members claim to have heard and felt Emily's ghost.


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    Gadsby's Tavern

    Alexandria, Virginia

    61.6 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Gadsby's Tavern was built in the 1770s and reportedly was visited by many of the country's founding fathers. According to rumor, the tours through the historic site do not include one of its rooms, which is closed tight. Why? It's said that a lovely ghost resides there. Legend has it ...


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    Bayly Orem House

    Cambridge, Maryland

    61.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    This historic house dates back to 1888, and now serves as a complex of quaint apartments. A former tenant claims the front parlour room is haunted, and reported flickering lights, objects being moved by unseen hands and the faint sound of ghostly laughter when there was no one around. (Submitted ...


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    Lee-Fendall House

    Alexandria, Virginia

    61.9 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    The Lee-Fendall House museum, once used as a Revolutionary War hospital, is said to be haunted by female apparition in period clothing, a woman and child who appear on the back stairs, and the sound of an antique telephone. The site has been featured on an episode of TV’s Ghost ...


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    Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

    Bristow, Virginia

    63.2 miles from Tappahannock, VA

    Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, explored on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters, is said to be haunted. The complex includes an 1822 courthouse and jail, 1830 farmhouse, 1875 church, 1928 one-room schoolhouse and the Brentsville Tavern archeological site. Knocking sounds and apparitions have been reported in the jail, as well ...


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