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The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

Address: 345 W Duke Gloucester Street/meeting point, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 1-877-624-4678
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Ranked #24 of 54 Activities in Williamsburg
Type: Ghost & vampire tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, based on the research and writings of...
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Type: Ghost & vampire tours, Sightseeing Tours
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.

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Westover, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Tour was okay. Guide very good, but more about history then ghost. I like history, but purchased ticket for a different experience. Don't purchase this time of year if cold weather is not your thing or if you have a difficult time walking. Interesting and would recommend if you want a good tour with some interesting history. Didn't see any... More 

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

Thank you for choosing and recommending one of our ghost tours and indicating that you plan to come back again. “Interesting history” into which our true stories are woven is necessary to provide context, and helps to explain the presence of spirits. While actual ghost sightings are extremely rare, strange but unseen events are often caught by cameras. There are... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our ghost guide Clare on this candlelight tour! Clare was wonderful with her facts and highly entertaining! Plus we did have some amazing paranormal activity which occurred on the tour! This Extreme Tour is NOT for Children!! It was two hours of sheer delight!

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Extreme Tour and love getting feedback like this! Seasoned guides like Clare know that authentic stories presented in an entertaining way can often recreate the same excitement and fear for our guests that was felt by those who actually experienced the hauntings. Although we can’t promise our tours will experience the paranormal, unexplained... More 

Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I would consider this an average ghost tour. The woman who did the tour was nice enough, but was not really dramatic or that interesting. She stated she has been doing the tour for a few years and it shows. I thought she was kind of going through the motions. We have been to several in Savannah, GA and felt... More 

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

Thank you for getting in touch. We use feedback from authentic reviews like yours to refine and improve our tours. Based on your other Williamsburg reviews, you have very high expectations; we do as well. When we identify your guide, we will pass along your comments. Other TA reviewers have mentioned preferring our tour to the Savannah and even the... More 

Maryland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you like ghost stories and history go on this candlelight tour.The guide was knowledgeable and the two hours went by quickly. You should bring a camera to take lots of photos. You may even catch a ghost watching you! A bargain and spooky fun!

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

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our tour; you mentioned the duration was two hours, so this must be the Extreme Tour. As expected, only a tiny percentage of our guests review us on TripAdvisor. A fraction of a percentage will post on our website or on Facebook. We are truly pleased to have your honest and genuine feedback. “A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We went on the 8PM tour on October 26th and had a great time. Our guide Aileen told great stories and made it fun. There were kids on the tour but she made it interesting for them as well as the adults. This is a fun tour with plenty of colorful ghost stories. Recommended. Enjoy!

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

We love evaluations like this because we can tell how much you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Many of our guides have been with us for years. They intertwine individual personalities and experiences into their tours to create a unique experience for our guests. Eileen likes to have fun, so it is not surprising that you... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I took this tour with Carter as our guide. The stories were great and the way they were told made me want to hear more. It was a fun group and I would love to do it again some time. Don't forget to take your cameras!!

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

Thank you for your feedback. We have a diverse group of guides on our Original and Extreme tours. While no two guides are the same, our seasoned guides are adept at drawing guests into the stories as participants rather than observers. Our tours provide details such as names, dates, etc. and tell you up front that L.B. Taylor did the... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We went on the Extreme Tour on Halloween night with Woodie as our tour guide, He was great - told some of the history or the building (or site) before getting into the ghost story. He answered all questions put to him and again gave some background. The tour was scheduled for two hours but ours went for more that... More 

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

Thank for sharing your appreciation of our late tour and Woody. Our Extreme guides are also trained daytime historic guides, so they have insight into the local history. Our guides take pride in providing guests with an enjoyable evening. Negotiating dark streets and allowing time for taking pictures occasionally causes our tours to run a bit longer, particularly when the... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Our tour guide was Clare, we went on the Extreme Tour on Sunday Oct 26th. Clare was very knowledgeable of Colonial Williamsburg as well as the ghost stories surrounding the area. the tour was inexpensive and you get what you pay for!!! I dare skeptics to go! Great experience!!!!!

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

Thank you! Our Extreme guides are all seasoned professionals who have been with us for many years, yet all are very different in their style. Guests and other guides have remarked that Clare seems to ‘transform’ during her tours which makes for an intense and spooky experience. More 

Hampton, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

As folks who have a real interest in the paranormal we've been on many ghost tours. This was the best one hands down. The Extreme lives up to its name. Our guide was Claire. Story telling was awesome. She was seriously scary. At the jail I heard someone whisper in my ear then something touched me on my arm. When... More 

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

For a guest who has been on many ghost tours to say that our Extreme Tour is ”the best one hands down” is a great compliment and endorsement. Just reading about the whisper and touch you experienced gives me chills! Thank you for mentioning our reasonable ticket price. Offers of discounts and deals should not be a factor in deciding... More 

Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My wife and I did the Extreme Ghost Tour, so I wanted to be clear on that and to remind you not to take children on this tour. I haven't done the normal tour, so I can't comment on it, but the Extreme tour was some of the best entertainment I've had in some time. Our tour guide, Jim Carter,... More 

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

Jim is quite a character! He is one of our more experienced guides, and he loves to entertain! Thank you for not revealing too many details about our tour. The unexpected can be more fun and more frightening. More 

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