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Are You Brave Enough to Spend the Night at the Most Haunted Hotel in Williamsburg?

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Evie M.
Evie M.

I love Williamsburg. It is a lot more than a tourist attraction and the best place to get strawberry jam in the United States. There is a rich history here in Williamsburg, and that means lots of ghosts, too.

And one of the most haunted and historical places in Williamsburg would also be one of the few places in the state you can catch a good night's rest and a ghost sighting or two if you're lucky and you believe, of course.

One of the fascinating things about Williamsburg is its roots in the beginnings of the United States. It just so happens the famously haunted Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center also was around in the early days. Williamsburg was the first permanent English settlement on the East Coast and hosted one of the most famous and bloody battles in history--the Battle of Williamsburg.

The Battle of Williamsburg, also known as the Battle of Fort Magruder, took place on May 5, 1862, as part of the Peninsula Campaign, a Union offensive move during the Civil War against the Confederate Capitol in Richmond, VA.

Many soldiers died a gruesome death in the Battle of Williamsburg

As the history books often tell us, there were many left dead---1,683 Confederate and 2,283 Union soldiers. Until the third day after the end of the battle, which led to Union victory, and General Joseph Johnston the along with the confederate troops to Richmond. By the third day, they were still finding bodies. Soldiers left alive were burned to death in a fire they set to the woods.

Fort Magruder Hotel happened to be at the core of some of the most brutal fighting during the Battle of Williamsburg. During the making of the hotel, the construction crew discovered artifacts from the battle, along with skulls and different bones assumed to be from a mass burial pit that was standard practice after many Civil Wars for their dead.

It is the spirit of the fallen soldiers that are said to haunt the hotel grounds and surrounding areas.

There have been many reports of hauntings over the years from both employees and guests. Sets of keys will disappear, housekeepers staying at the hotel saw spirits and moving furniture. One housekeeper says one night she asked the ghost of a man who'd died of a heart attack on the toilet to return the keys she lost earlier. She found the keys on the floor beside the toilet.

However, she claims it wasn't an error as they were not there moments before. There's the story of a couple staying in the hotel who had a blow-up over an expensive missing necklace. They'd looked all over the room for the jewelry and couldn't find it. But when the husband checked again, he found it in the drawer he looked in last.

Guests have seen Civil War soldiers standing in their room at night, including a woman who saw a "red-headed Confederate officer" in her room one night who disappeared in front of her.

Whether you believe in spirits or not, there is no denying the rich history surrounding Williamsburg and the Fort Magruder Hotel. I, for one, can't wait to book a room for the night. Are you brave enough to spend the night in the hotel?