September 20, 2002
Ghosts, legends and Edgar Allan Poe lend eerie theme to autumn in CW
Ghosts and witches and Poe, oh, my! Colonial Williamsburg’s fall programming is spellbound with the supernatural that’s sure to send a shiver up the spine. The bewitching season’s new Ghosts and Legends Package adds more chill to the air than usual with tales woven from colonial mysteries and the unexplained in the former 18th-century capital of Virginia, lending an eerie theme to an autumn stay at one of the historic destination’s five hotels. Consider a possible overnight encounter with centuries-old spirits that some say still reside at several Colonial Houses and Taverns.
Hauntings have been reported throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area and this is the season to track them down. Visit the Capitol to be witness and judge at “Cry Witch,” the dramatic re-creation by candlelight of a colonial Virginia witch trial. Come to the Courthouse for “Spellbound” and hear storytellers spin mysterious colonial tales.
Halloween weekend, the master of gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe, comes to life in nationally known actor David Keltz, who returns to the Williamsburg Lodge for the third consecutive year for three spine-tingling performances Saturday, Oct. 26. Afternoon tea ($30 adults/$15 children), dinner ($55 adults/$30 children) or, if you dare, midnight with Edgar Allan Poe ($25 adults—children should be in bed!) are the frightful options. A masterful performer, Keltz has interpreted Poe since 1992 for the British Broadcasting Corp., the Smithsonian Associate Program, and numerous educational institutions, historic inns and conventions. His spirited Poe captivates, chills and entertains.
The Ghosts and Legends Package is available through Nov. 24 and includes two night’s accommodations at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels, breakfast daily, a Freedom Pass good for one year and a special tavern dinner at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s authentic dining taverns (sites of more reported hauntings!) followed by a lantern-guided ghost tour in the Historic Area.
The two-night minimum package is priced per person, per night, based on double occupancy and does not include tax. Prices start at $76 for the Governor’s Inn; $84 for the Woodlands Hotel & Suites; $126 for the Williamsburg Lodge and Colonial Houses (28 restored and reconstructed 18th-century homes); $187 at the Providence Hall Wings of the Williamsburg Inn; and $242 at the Williamsburg Inn main building.