Haunted Places in Washington, Virginia



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    Conyers House

    Sperryville, Virginia

    12 miles from Washington, VA

    A man named Sim Wright lived here from 1924 to 1964, with his wife Martha. It is said that he still haunts the inn to this day.


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    Black Horse Inn

    Warrenton, Virginia

    21.1 miles from Washington, VA

    A variety of ghost stories surround this former Civil War hospital. From a laughing nurse, to a ghostly tapping that people say sounds like dancing, to a possible humbug of a ghost who delights in toppling Christmas trees; the Black Horse Inn has more than it's share of ...


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    Belle Grove Plantation

    Middletown, Virginia

    22.6 miles from Washington, VA

    Belle Grove Plantation, built between 1794 and 1797, was once the home of Revolutionary War veteran Major Isaac Hite, Jr. (President James Madison’s brother-in-law) and was the headquarters of General Philip Sheridan during the Battle of Cedar Creek. It is believed to be haunted by an apparition of a woman ...


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    Wayside Theatre

    Middletown, Virginia

    22.7 miles from Washington, VA

    Wayside Theatre is believed to be the forever home to a ghost of a former caretaker who perished in a fire. His activity centers on the back-porch costume storage, the basement, and the balcony. Seat CC1 is often found to be mysteriously lowered.


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    Wayside Inn

    Middletown, Virginia

    22.8 miles from Washington, VA

    Wayside Inn is reported to be the oldest inn in the U.S. that is still in operation. Room 14 is rumored to be haunted and is the source of the most unusual happenings in the inn. However, witnesses have seen and heard strange things all over the inn.


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    The Grey Horse Inn

    The Plains, Virginia

    22.9 miles from Washington, VA

    The Grey Horse Inn is no longer in operation; the owners of the historic inn retired and sold the property to private owners in 2011. Reports say that on the property a ghostly scene replays of a Confederate soldier being killed.


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    TWA Flight 514 Crash Site

    Bluemont, Virginia

    29.4 miles from Washington, VA

    Paranormal investigators were called to the forested area by passer-by's who reported hearing screams and seeing glowing apparitions moving around the forest at the crash site. Visitors have reported weird activity associated with a large limestone rock located at the site, and people have reported been pushed by unseen entities. (Submitted ...


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    The Inn At Willow Grove

    Orange, Virginia

    30.5 miles from Washington, VA

    Strange things are afoot at the Inn at Willow Grove. Folks have reported hearing noises from vacant rooms and mysterious footsteps. The apparitions of Confederate soldiers also have been witnessed sitting under a large tree in front of the inn.


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    Hickory Grove Chapel

    Haymarket, Virginia

    31.5 miles from Washington, VA

    There are a lot of stories about this little white building that has been left to rot for the past 4-5 decades on Logmill Road in Haymarket, Virginia. Some call it the "Old White Chapel," others the "Hickory Grove Chapel". At least one person says it was never ...


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    Abram's Delight

    Winchester, Virginia

    31.5 miles from Washington, VA

    Abram's Delight was the residence of five generations of the Hollingsworth family, beginning with Abraham Hollingsworth in the mid-1700s. It is now a historic museum complex and is rumored to be haunted by Mary, the daughter of David Hollingsworth, and perhaps one other gentleman ghost. The gentleman appears as a ...


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    Cork Street Tavern

    Winchester, Virginia

    32.4 miles from Washington, VA

    The restaurant building here dates back to 1827, and Cork Street Tavern by name to 1985. Two ghosts are said to reside here, John and Emily. John Mann's spirit wears a long black frock coat, and Emily's voice is often heard calling John's name. The ghosts play tricks by moving ...


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    The Lafayette Inn

    Stanardsville, Virginia

    32.5 miles from Washington, VA

    Rumor has it that a phantom bloodstain in the foyer returns daily from a Confederate soldier who long ago committed suicide after the stress of learning his wife had been unfaithful with a Yankee soldier. The soldier's ghost is said to wander the halls at night with a pistol, still ...


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    Mayhurst Inn

    Orange, Virginia

    33.3 miles from Washington, VA

    At this 1859 inn, folks have reported some strange happenings. There is a general feeling of being watched, and in the Madison Room, some have found the windows to open by themselves.


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    Manassas National Battlefield

    Manassas, Virginia

    34.5 miles from Washington, VA

    Historic Manassas National Battlefield Park contains an unfinished railroad ordered by Robert E. Lee. The Civil War-era railroad site is said to be popular with the spirit set, as several accounts of paranormal activity surrounding the area have been reported.


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    Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

    Bristow, Virginia

    35.6 miles from Washington, 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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    Central Park Aquatics Center

    Manassas, Virginia

    35.7 miles from Washington, VA

    Having worked at Central Park Aquatics for almost a year now, I and any of the other employees can tell you, hands down, this place is haunted. We hear voices when the building is empty, things move around, and we hear our diving blocks being adjusted. I've worked here ...


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    Oatlands Plantation

    Leesburg, Virginia

    36.9 miles from Washington, VA

    Oatlands Plantation was once a 3,500-acre wheat and wool producer with over seven dozen slaves. Now a historic site of only 260 acres, the 1804 manor house museum is rumored to be home to a few spirits. Doors are said to randomly lock on their own, and witnesses and paranormalists ...


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    Olde Towne Inn

    Manassas, Virginia

    37.2 miles from Washington, VA

    A ghost called Miss Lucy is said to haunt rooms 51 through 54. She is rumored to levitate guests and frequent the tavern.


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    Civil War Museum - Exchange Hotel

    Gordonsville, Virginia

    40.2 miles from Washington, VA

    The Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel is rumored to house some residents who died over a century ago. The hotel became a hospital in 1862, and was considered America’s first triage hospital. One of the ghosts here is believed to be a Union corporal who was the last ...


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    Virginia Quilt Museum

    Harrisonburg, Virginia

    42.5 miles from Washington, VA

    This 1856 antebellum home was formerly known as the Warren-Sip House, and during the Civil War, it served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Visitors to the current museum have reported sighting the apparition of a Confederate soldier on the second floor of the building. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Castle Hill Manor

    Keswick, Virginia

    44 miles from Washington, VA

    Castle Hill Manor is a privately owned historic mansion said to be haunted by a female ghost who wears perfume and sometimes appears in a room known as the pink bedroom. Former owner Amelie Rives is suspected to linger here in spirit as well.


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    By the Side of the Road Bed and Breakfast

    Harrisonburg, Virginia

    44.1 miles from Washington, VA

    This historic b&b was built just a bit after the American Revolution, and it was used a Civil War hospital in 1864. It is said that when the area was burned by Union soldiers, the flame-retardant building just wouldn't catch fire, so it became a sort of haven during the ...


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    Aquia Church

    Stafford, Virginia

    44.3 miles from Washington, 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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    Ball's Bluff Battlefield

    Leesburg, Virginia

    44.6 miles from Washington, VA

    Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park and National Cemetery is a 223-acre park that contains a Civil War battlefield and the third-smallest U.S. National Cemetery. The 1861 Battle of Ball's Bluff took place here, and 54 soldiers are buried in the cemetery. The park, which offers tours and over 7 miles ...


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    Cost Plus World Market

    Washington, Virginia

    45.1 miles from Washington, VA

    I use to work at this store years ago and can tell you (and I'm sure you can ask other people who have worked there) that this place is truly haunted. When I worked over night here or worked a closing shift there were many strange happenings. There was always ...


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    Fall Hill Plantation

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    45.3 miles from Washington, 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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    Weems Botts Museum

    Dumfries, Virginia

    45.9 miles from Washington, 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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    George Mason University

    Fairfax, Virginia

    46.6 miles from Washington, VA

    The crew team at George Mason University has reported seeing the ghost of an old man near the docks or dam. Legend has it that he's Old Man Johnson, a deceased area rower who, in the 1970s, found his wife having an affair. The distraught man went out rowing and ...


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    Haunted Cottage - Booth House

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    46.8 miles from Washington, VA

    Paranormal researcher Vince Wilson operates this cottage and attraction that offers ghost tours, paranormal research training, and seances. The school is said to educate pupils on the history of ghosts starting with the first known hauntings in ancient Babylonia. It is called the Booth House because John Wilkes Booth is ...


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    Historic Kenmore Plantation

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    46.9 miles from Washington, 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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    Chatham Manor

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    47.2 miles from Washington, 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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    Piero's Corner Italian - Carlos O'Kelley's

    Fairfax, Virginia

    47.6 miles from Washington, VA

    This location was once a "Carlos O'Kelley's" restaurant. Now it is an Italian place called "Piero's Corner." Back when it was Carlos O'Kelley's, it was said that a dishwasher who worked there hanged himself in the building and haunted the premises from then on. Numerous waitstaff reported ...


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    Harpers Ferry Guest House

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    47.9 miles from Washington, VA

    There are believed to be at least five apparitions that haunt this historic bed and breakfast. Guests have reported seeing the apparition of a hostile man in a brocade vest, who has been known to push guests around. Other apparitions seen include a woman in a grey dress, often accompanied ...


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    Harpers Ferry

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    47.9 miles from Washington, VA

    Known for its battles during the Civil War, the national historic park is believed to be haunted by ghosts of its past. Many apparitions have been seen here, including a well-dressed man in a brocade vest who glares in a hostile way. A woman and child believed to be the ...


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    St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    47.9 miles from Washington, VA

    The heritage listed church is believed to be haunted by a ghostly reverend, who has been seen praying at the church altar late at night. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Historic Hilltop House

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    48 miles from Washington, VA

    Folks must have been shocked to witness apparitions of soldiers marching through the rooms at this 1888 hotel. Reports say it is now closed, and its renovation is currently on hold.


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    The Loft Gallery

    Occoquan, Virginia

    48.5 miles from Washington, 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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    Occoquan Inn

    Occoquan, Virginia

    48.5 miles from Washington, 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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    Bridgewater College

    Bridgewater, Virginia

    49.4 miles from Washington, VA

    Cole Hall at the est.-1880 Bridgewater College is rumored to be haunted by its namesake, Dr. Charles Knox Cole. Built in 1929 by Cole's daughter, Mrs. Virginia Garber Cole Strickler, the hall is an auditorium, and Mr. Cole's ghost is said to attend the plays shown there. The ghost sits ...


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    Deep Creek Vintage

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    49.6 miles from Washington, 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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    Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre

    Lorton, Virginia

    49.8 miles from Washington, 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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    Brunswick Heritage Museum

    Brunswick, Maryland

    50.3 miles from Washington, VA

    This 1904 building now houses a railroad museum, and is allegedly haunted. Staff and paranormal investigators have reportedly encountered the apparition of a woman in a white dress, a ghostly curator who modifies exhibits and a spook who likes to tamper with a model railway. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Monticello

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    51.1 miles from Washington, VA

    People believe that Jefferson has never left his beloved Monticello and they claim to see Jefferson's ghost wandering the grounds and also to hear whistling, something that Jefferson was prone to doing as he toured the property.


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    Poor House Farm Park

    Martinsburg, West Virginia

    51.9 miles from Washington, VA

    The original stone house in the historic park is believed to be haunted. Witnesses say they have felt a heavy presence inside, during which it is difficult to breathe. Also, a soldier's apparition has been spotted on the park grounds.


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    Apollo Theatre

    Martinsburg, West Virginia

    52.5 miles from Washington, VA

    The vaudeville venue built in 1913 is the home of a ghostly former manager. He has been seen standing outside the building smoking a cigar. His cigar smoke has been smelled by witnesses as well.


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    Old Hampshire County Jail

    Romney, West Virginia

    54 miles from Washington, VA

    Built in the late 1700s, the old jail has a legend attached. It seems that in the late 1800s a sheriff was shot to death by a gang of bandits on the staircase leading between the jail and the attached brick building, which was the jailer's family home. He was ...


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    Marwood Mansion

    Potomac, Maryland

    54.1 miles from Washington, VA

    Witnesses in this former house of the Gore family say they have seen the bathroom window open by itself, the toilet flushing, and steam coming from the tub, as well as eerie sounds from the basement. An apparition of the family's butler has been seen on the steps and around ...


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    Spook Hill

    Burkittsville, Maryland

    55 miles from Washington, VA

    This stretch of road near the battle site of Antietam is known for a mysterious phenomenon. Folks say that if you put your vehicle in neutral at the base of the hill, the ghosts of Confederate soldiers will push it back up the incline. Rumor has it that the ghosts ...


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    Woodlawn

    Alexandria, Virginia

    55.1 miles from Washington, 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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    Antietam National Battlefield

    Sharpsburg, Maryland

    57.1 miles from Washington, VA

    This historic Civil War National Park battlefield from 1862, where many lives were lost, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of soldiers and the sounds of phantom gunfire and shouts, drum beats and war songs. Some visitors have presumed to be looking at reenactors playing a part in ...


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