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The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

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Address: 345 Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: +1 877-624-4678
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As the second oldest ghost tour in the USA, The Original Ghosts of...

As the second oldest ghost tour in the USA, The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Walking Tour stands above all others as the most authentic and successful ghost tour in Williamsburg. With exclusive use of the copyrighted research and writings of acclaimed paranormal author L. B. Taylor, Jr. our tours are based on verifiable facts and actual hauntings, not fabricated tales or unsourced stories. Our seasoned and mature guides are talented and entertaining storytellers who bring the hauntings to life, drawing guests into the experience with them. Paranormal events do happen on our tours, and we will take you to secret locations where the hauntings are likely to occur. So be sure to bring a camera along with your courage!

Our 30 year old, 90 minute family friendly Original Ghost Tour meets at the William & Mary Bookstore in Merchants Square. In 2012 we launched the first late night adult ghost tour, the EXTREMELY successful Extreme Tour. This 2 hour tour is for ghost lovers who like being scared. The Extreme Tour meets at Bruton Parish Church.

Our guides proudly carry lanterns but we won’t dress up and play act or hype ourselves then fail to deliver what we promise. For the last three decades we have toured many thousands of happy guests who return year after year, knowing that nobody does a ghost tour like we do. After all, we invented them!

 

Authentic stories, small groups, talented storytellers with a genuine love of entertaining, coupled with reasonable prices make us the most enduring and elite ghost tour in Williamsburg. Don’t take our word for it. Check out our website to view hundreds of genuine testimonials and breathtaking pictures. After all, “seeing is believing!”

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My wife and I really don't get a chance to go out together having kids. We thankfully had my parents around so we decided to go do something "adultish" in williamsburg since we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on the Extreme tour because a friend had been and recommended it. This tour was theatrical and a bit scary. Although I do not believe in ghosts, at times I found myself drawn into the moment. Highly recommended.

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

Thank you for joining us on our popular Extreme Tour, the first ghost tour of it’s kind in town. Good storytellers are hard to find and take years to develop their art. Turning them loose with L.B. Taylor’s research can create a lethal combination of dramatic and scary. We are so glad you enjoyed the tour. Thank you! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I really don't get a chance to go out together having kids. We thankfully had my parents around so we decided to go do something "adultish" in williamsburg since we both love the history of the area. We are pretty skeptical of this stuff but enjoy the history aspect of it. Clare our ghost tour guide was... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your fun time in Williamsburg and your enjoyment of our ghost tour! When you said, “I loved it”, that said it all. Good storytelling, documented hauntings, limited group size, and guides who have been doing this for years elevates the experience for our guests. Please come back. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been on many ghost tours in various historic cities and this was probably the worst one. Ghost tours are made by the storyteller and the older man that did this store was not engaging and the stories just rambled on and on.

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

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your tour experience. Will you please contact the office with the guide's name, which tour you took, Original or Extreme, and the date of the tour? We cannot address the issue without more specifics. It would be easy enough for us to post numerous fake 5-star reviews for ourselves or post negative... More 

Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were here on one of the hottest nights and still had fun on this tour! The guide had great stories to share.....he led our group with a candle which added to the spooky atmosphere and we walked along the dark streets feeling you were back in time...my granddaughter took many photos and a few of them did indeed have... More 

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

Wow! Sounds like a great time. You enjoyed the stories and captured orbs in your camera. Enthusiasm like yours adds to the tour experience for our guides and guests. Thank you! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

I'm not sure what I thought it was going to be but I felt like a kid around a campfire telling hokey ghost stories. Maybe that is what is is supposed to be? This was my first Ghost walk. We covered about 2 blocks and stopped for little Ghost stories reported by our guide. I was not impressed by the... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. You had a wonderful storyteller and you heard true stories written by LB Taylor. There are so many things to do in Williamsburg. Ghost stories may not be your "cup of tea". More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

I suppose since we were on a ghost tour, I should expect it to be hokey. Clare did not disappoint. She was enthusiastic and dramatic, I will give her that. If you believe in ghosesses I suspect you will dig this tour. I was not a fan.

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

It sounds as though ghosts and ghost tours may not be your thing, but you seem to have appreciated Clare, one of our most requested guides. There are many other evening activities in Williamsburg, so we hope that you find something else to do. More 

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Our family fully enjoyed our tour with Kim! She did a great job at telling the history of each of the buildings we stopped by, and was particular at giving plenty of background info, that although seemed irrelevant to a ghost tour, but was still interesting. At times it seemed more like a history lesson than a spooky tour, but... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing and recommending our family friendly Original tour. We are pleased that you had a good time, because that is always our goal. While it is not possible to separate the history from the ghosts, we listen to feedback from guests. Our guides are constantly ‘tweaking’ their tours to make them even better, so thanks again for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

We had a great time on our Ghost Tour. Clare was fantastic! Great stories about the Wren House, the Wythe House, and the Randolf House. It was fun to go back in the day time to see if the spooks were still there.

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

Yes, we do believe in ghosts! Our "great stories' were written by LB Taylor, and we are the only tour company on the planet with permission to tell them. By recounting the hauntings in a storytelling format, guests are drawn into the actual events. When you tour Colonial Williamsburg in the daytime, you may capture a spirit in your camera... More 

Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

We had a great time on the Extreme Ghost Tour with Clare as our guide. My friend and I took 3 different ghost tours of Williamsburg and this one was by far my favorite. This tour definitely gave me the chills so if you aren't looking to be a little scared I wouldn't recommend this one. However, if you are... More 

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

Thank you. To be considered the best of your three ghost tour experiences in Colonial Williamsburg is quite a compliment! Our experienced team of guides enjoy what they do and it shows! Your sincere comments will help travelers choose the best tour. Hope to see you again. More 

Abington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

I took a group of teenagers from the ages of 14-18. We had a great time. I do not remember the guides name. He said has been doing it for 17 yrs. He kept everyone's attention and made the stories believable. He had a good sense of humor and easily switched between joking and dramatic. We did the extreme tour.... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. Your guide's name is Carter, and we agree that his skill as a storyteller makes for a very enjoyable experience. We are fortunate to have talented and seasoned guides. Our stories are based on the writings of L.B. Taylor, a former NASA research writer who published over 30 books about the paranormal. Being the second... More 

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