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Address: 345 W Duke Gloucester Street/meeting point, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 1-877-624-4678
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Description: The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour, based on the...
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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Original tour

Highly recommend, we had a great time with Eileen, she was very educational and comical, we did have a few chilling moments, and if you are a skeptic it will probably atleast... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If traveling to Williamsburg for business or pleasure...or have family arrive in town like I did this is a must! My brother and his family and myself met our guide Woody in the historic area. The group we toured with was about 20 people. We started our tour promptly at 9:15 and had sceptics and ghost believer's all ready to... More 

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

We truly appreciate it when our customers take the time and trouble to review us. Thank you. Many folks also post testimonials and pictures on our website, and there are currently 489 genuine testimonials and hundreds of photos dating from 2001 on our homepage! As you mentioned, we limit group size in order to enhance the experience for our guests.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Highly recommend, we had a great time with Eileen, she was very educational and comical, we did have a few chilling moments, and if you are a skeptic it will probably atleast open your mind, I would recommend to anyone at any age, lots of fun!!!

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

Eileen has been a ghost guide for many years, enjoying guests and ghosts alike. She believes that if she isn’t having fun, the guests probably won’t have a good experience. She will be delighted that you enjoyed her tour! The Original Tour is fun and family oriented, with at least 8 stories that were researched and documented by renowned author... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We have been on many ghost tours, both in the USA and the UK, and this was the best hands-down. The extreme tour delivered on every level. The guide was entertaining and chilling. The stories were credible and beautifully told. The atmosphere was dark and ancient. If we come back to Williamsburg, we are coming back on this tour.

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed and appreciated our Extreme Tour. True stories, well told in a “dark and ancient” atmosphere continue to make this tour a success. Thirty years ago we introduced ghost tours in Williamsburg, and were the first to offer a late night, adult oriented ghost tour the Extreme. If you crave more spookiness, there are close... More 

Ashville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We experienced the Extreme Ghost Tour on 7/14/15. Our entire group (three twenty-somethings, one fifty-something) had a great time. Carter, our guide, was very knowledgeable and an excellent, enthusiastic storyteller! The tour was a perfect mix of historical details and ghost stories. A nice bonus is the chance to see Colonial Williamsburg after dark, when the crowds have gone home... More 

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

As someone who has experienced many tours you have noticed and appreciated what is special about our tours, i.e. top notch storytelling with a perfect mix of history and true ghost stories. Jim Carter has been a ghost guide for almost twenty years and is a master storyteller. Colonial Williamsburg after dark does have a more authentic feel, an observation... More 

Ossining, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My girlfriend and I did the extreme tour with Claire, and it was awesome. Claire is so into it and is a terrific storyteller. She knows the legends and history and had us legitimately scared. I got a terrific picture of a figure right in front of me. We've done ghost tours all over and this is the best one... More 

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

Because Clare lives in a haunted house, she is a fervent believer in ghosts. Many of our guides and guests have experienced the paranormal on our tours, a chilling and exhilarating occurrence. Capturing the image of a ghost documents that spirits are genuine. We are thrilled that you ‘got one’. We do ask that people do not bring young children... More 

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My fiancé and I did the Extreme Ghost Tour on July 16. Our tour guide was Clare and she was excellent!! She really got into the stories and imparted her belief in the paranormal on the group. There was one unfortunate part of the tour and that was the other patrons. We were sad to see how rude they were... More 

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

Entertaining and thrilling our guests are of utmost importance to us. Our guides take great pride in their tours, and nothing makes them happier than to hear directly from our guests that they had a wonderful time! Unfortunately people sometimes behave badly, affecting the enjoyment of the other guests and the flow of the tour. Clare is a seasoned guide... More 

Cold Spring, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We have a family of 5, kids age 15, 13 and 9. We all went on this tour and everyone at least tolerated it. My wife, the 13 year old, the 9 year old and myself loved it. The 15 year old was slightly to busy being cool. Our guide had some great stories, used humor well, although a little... More 

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

We are thrilled that you enjoyed our Original Ghost Tour. We loved hearing about your 15 year old “busy being cool”, and the ‘'freaking out”of your 9 year old. It demonstrates your sincerity and appreciation of what we do. Thank you. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My wife and I did "The Extreme Ghost Tour" last night 7/1/2015 and it was very poorly done. Our guide Brandon was not a story teller or at least he was not one last night. He used a lot of umm and uhs. Very disappointed! Also is says not recommended for children there were children and someone who could not... More 

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

Thank you for your input. Genuine reviews are welcome. Although we have a fairly rigorous training and testing program, not all guides are successful. Your guide was new, young, and very nervous. Devastated by the review, he has voluntary removed himself from our tours. Incidentially, yours was the only negative feedback we received about that tour. Even though we ask... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Carter was a very enthusiastic and great tour guide. Had a great time listening to the history behind the stories.

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

Thank you for your review. Jim Carter delivers our stories in an interesting and entertaining style. He is indeed an enthusiastic story teller! Thank you for mentioning your enjoyment of the history behind the stories, necessary for them to make sense. We hope you will return for another great experience with Jim or perhaps another of our guides. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This was such a fun and creepy date night! My boyfriend and I were in Virginia Beach for vacation when we found this gem! Carter our tour guide was amazing and his delivery of the stories was perfect! I jumped, I looked over my shoulder, and learned about the town! Definitely recommended. We did the extreme 10:30pm tour!

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

“Fun and Creepy” is our goal for all of our tours. Jim Carter has been telling LB Taylor’s stories for us for decades, and just continues to get better! Each tour is a different experience, depending upon the guide and the ghostly activity going on that evening. We take great pride that we do not write five star reviews for... More 

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Address: 345 W Duke Gloucester Street/meeting point, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 1-877-624-4678
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg

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