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September 27, 2006

Dare to be scared at CW's evening programs this fall

As it draws closer to All Hallow’s Eve and Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area is shrouded in darkness, guests can take advantage of a variety of evening programs meant to entertain, educate and maybe even send chills up their spine.

Hear accounts from employees and guests about supernatural sightings! Make a reservation for a Tavern Ghost Walk to hear local stories of ghost sightings and other strange occurrences. Each hour-long tour begins at Shields Tavern, itself an oft-mentioned haunting hotspot, and then visits other sites in the Historic Area, including the Capitol, King’s Arms Tavern, the Prentis Store and the Peyton Randolph House. Decide for yourself if Williamsburg is haunted. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children.

An “Evening in a Haunted Tavern” is offered to guests staying in Colonial Williamsburg hotels beginning in October. An extended version of the Tavern Ghost Walk, the program begins with the traditional ghost walk and concludes in the Shields Tavern for refreshments. Guests will then embark on an extensive tour of the tavern, room by haunted room, to listen to the stories exactly where they took place. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children.

The “Legends, Myths, Mysteries and Ghosts” walking tour offers a historic look at spooky tales in addition to the contemporary. Ghost stories and other unexplained mysteries were retold just as often in the 18th century as today. Costumed tour guides lead guests to various historic sites. The stories and locations vary by tour, but each experience is sure to make guests wonder if the story is true and look twice when they see a funny shadow in the corner. Tickets are $12.

The “Cry Witch” program allows guests to participate in the re-created 1706 trial of Grace Sherwood, “the Virginia Witch.” Participants can question the witnesses, weigh the evidence and help decide whether the woman is guilty or innocent. Tickets are $15.

In the past, some crimes have been punished in ways that seem downright gruesome today. The walking tour, “Crime and Punishment,” examines these topics in colonial Virginia. Guests will get to meet three people from the past who were involved in real 18th-century cases involving both crime and punishment. Guests will have the opportunity to compare 18th-century justice to that of today. Tickets are $12. The evening programs and walking tours run through November 19. Not all programs are suitable for young children.

From now through November 21, the “Legends & Ghosts” package offers hotel accommodations in one of Colonial Williamsburg’s properties, daily breakfast at their hotel, an admission pass to Colonial Williamsburg for their length of stay, dinner one night at a colonial tavern and tickets to the “Legends, Myths, Mysteries and Ghosts” walking tour. Enjoy regular visitation of the Historic Area during the day and then return at night to watch for mysterious specters under the cover of darkness. Prices start at $72 per person per night based on double occupancy at the Governor’s Inn, and there is a two night minimum. For reservations and more information, call 1-800-HISTORY.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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