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The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

345 W Duke Gloucester Street/meeting point, Williamsburg, VA 23185
1-877-624-4678
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Ranked #19 of 30 Activities in Williamsburg
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Owner description: The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, based on the research and writings of acclaimed author L. B. Taylor, Jr., is the oldest ghost... more » Owner description: The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, based on the research and writings of acclaimed author L. B. Taylor, Jr., is the oldest ghost tour in Williamsburg and second oldest in the USA. Taylor’s first book, The Ghosts of Williamsburg and Nearby Environs, led to a series of books documenting hauntings and paranormal activities in Williamsburg, the Virginia Commonwealth, and Mid-Atlantic region. The only tour company licensed to use L.B. Taylor’s stories, we include true stories told on the campus of the College of William and Mary. Our skilled story tellers weave nearly a dozen exclusive and authentic tales into a comfortable stroll through the dark streets. The stories are spooky, but not too scary for children. In 2012 we launched a late night, adults only tour. Our widely popular Extreme Ghost Tour is dark, edgy, and intense. Experience this late evening walk...if you dare. Our groups are kept small in order to enhance the storytelling and overall experience, with time provided for guests to take pictures. Join us and be a part of what so many satisfied guests from around the country and around the world have experienced over the last twenty-five years. « less
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Severn, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

On September 4th, my husband and myself along with his sister and her husband from California were signed up for the 8:00 p.m. Original Ghost Tour. We were told to meet in front of the William and Mary bookstore at 7:45. We were there at 7:00 as were 5 other people. At 8:00 no one had shown up to give... More

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

Your experience was not typical. You have been given a refund and please accept our sincere apology. Occasionally we must cancel tours. Customarily we call and/or text every guest and have someone go to the site in case anyone has slipped through the cracks. I was sitting in front of the bookstore and was wearing a red ghost shirt, yet... More

Pittsboro, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We went on the extreme ghost tour last night and it was fantastic! It was my first ghost tour so I wasn't sure what to expect! It met at technically 10 but we were told to show up at 945. I couldn't help but get a little annoyed at the people who showed up late at 10:06..(please if you go... More

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you chose us for your first ghost tour, and appreciate that you took the time to share! Genuine stories told by skilled storytellers is a simple concept that is timeless. Thank you for your honest and helpful review. More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Why would I pay for someone to tell me stories about ghosts and walk in the dark when I could have stayed home and read Mr Taylors books. And I do believe in spirit's

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

We take all VALID reviews seriously, especially negative ones. Our ticketing systems cannot confirm that you took our tour. The review itself is little more than a vague, general statement devoid of detail or substance. We DO NOT post negative reviews on competitor’s sites. We do not post positive reviews for ourselves or get friends or family to “boost” our... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We went on the extreme ghost tour with Clare. She is worth the trip alone. She was very entertaining and informative. My boyfriend even got an EVP in front of the jailhouse which was creepy. It was a little on long side, 2 hrs, but still fun.

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

“Creepy”! “ Entertaining”! “Informative”! We couldn’t ask for much more! You have nicely summed up our Extreme Tour! Both of our tours have 1 1/2 hours of story telling, but we realize that taking pictures is important to our guests, so we do allow some time for that. We have noticed that guests don’t mind as much in the cooler... More

Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took the "Extreeme Ghost Tour" with Clare and it was super cool! I love ghost tours and this one was totally worth it! It was a 2 hour long tour and she'll give you lots of time at each stop so that you can take pictures. Clare is a very good story-teller, she kept me at the edge of... More

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your authentic and sincere review. Masterful story telling and well written true stories are what make our Original Tours as popular now as they have been for 30 years, and our three year old original Extreme Tours an immediate success. More

Dunkirk, Maryland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I walked the tour at 10:00 pm with Carter. The guide Carter was a very good story teller and he kept us on pins and needles. The tour could be more exciting if you could actually go inside one of the homes. If it cost more money to go in the homes, we would pay it. It... More

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

Thank you! Our story tellers are exceptional, weaving in just enough history to put our stories in context. No ghost tours go into the buildings at night. More

Burke, VA
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151 reviews 151 reviews
55 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were excited to stay up late and have a fun time on the extreme tour. We should have signed up for an earlier tour and caught a few extra zzzz's. The "ghost" stories had no backbone. A room at the Williamsburg Inn is haunted - why? The rebuilt colonial kitchen is haunted - why? Standing in front of the... More

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your well written and sincere review. Our guides tell true stories each in his own style. Our web site clearly states that this tour is definitely not for children, yet people bring them along. This occasionally causes our story tellers to hold back a bit. Our guides monitor Tripadvisor because they take their jobs seriously and will... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had Carter as our tour guide on Aug 27, 2014 for the 10:30pm tour and boy when I tell you he is good, he is very good! He took us around colonial Williamsburg and told us stories of true encounters. I tell ya, by the second house I was ready to go because of how scared I was lol... More

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

Thank you, Edith. Our story tellers enjoy guests like you....appreciative, fun loving, and ready to run! More

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is our second time doing this tour. It's spooky but not scary or gory. Our guid was very knowledgable about Williamsburg's history. She was a great storyteller and every story she told was from the book "The Ghost of Williamsburg". We will return for Halloween the extreme tour, which promises to be much scarier.

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for recognizing what sets our tours apart , i.e., exclusive rights to tell LB Taylor’s stories and well trained story tellers with professional standards. October is a very busy time for both tours. Our Extreme Tours sell out quickly most nights, especially around Halloween, so don’t wait too long to purchase those tickets. More

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My review is for the extreme tour that starts at 10:30pm. Carter, our guide was excellent, but standing for long periods was uncomfortable as the tour lasted 2 hours and it was hot and humid. Best to do this tour in cooler weather. Content of the tour was interesting and would scare children under 13. Taking pictures is permitted.

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angelaghost, Manager at The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for writing, and mentioning that time is allowed for taking pictures. Our stories and unexpected happenings frighten some adult guests, and we do not like to have guests leave early because their children are upset. You enjoyed everything about our tour except the heat; our guides and other guests would agree! Just as we cannot control the ghosts,... More

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