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Williamsburg, VA is a town full of rich colonial history, but some sites have a spookier backstory. Click to learn about the haunted Bruton Parish Church.
Williamsburg, VA is chock-full of rich American history. It once served as the capital of the Virginia Colony in 1699, and it was one of the first fully-planned out cities in the New World, making it one of the most modern towns in colonial America.
There are endless historical landmarks throughout Williamsburg, so locals and tourists can get a deep understanding of what life was like for America’s earliest settlers.
However, some sights are best to leave unseen, like the ghostly spirits lurking around the Bruton Parish Church.
Only for the daring would we recommend that you continue reading and learn more about this haunted landmark in Williamsburg.
The Bruton Parish Church is the oldest structure in Williamsburg, dating back to 1683. The colonists originally built it to house two separate parishes in the Virginia colony, and to this day, it is an active place of worship for Episcopalians.
Like most old colonial buildings in Virginia, it was used as a field hospital to house wounded soldiers during the Civil War. After the Battle of Williamsburg, almost 100 Confederate soldiers would be laid to rest at the Bruton Parish Church.
People who want to see the church can also view the beautiful, beautiful cometary that surrounds it. You can read individual stories of each fallen Confederate soldier and get a good idea of what life was like during the Civil War era.
The wife of colonial Reverand Jones is also buried in the cemetery. She passed away due to complications of childbirth.
When Reverend Jones’s wife was lying on her deathbed, he confessed his unconditional love to her. He claimed that he would never be with another woman for the remainder of his days. Once she passed, Jones left Williamsburg for quite some time.
Three months later, Jones returned with a tombstone bearing his deceased wife’s name. However, some residents claim to have seen the late Reverand’s wife roaming the church’s grounds after her burial. Rumor had it that her spirit couldn’t rest peacefully until she reunited with her husband.
Unfortunately, her spirit wasn’t pleased with what, or rather who else, he had brought back with him: a new wife!. After Reverand Jones arrived in Williamsburg with his new wife, the appearances of his deceased lover didn’t stop. People would still see her at the church. Only now she didn’t seem very happy.
Most people come to Williamsburg to get a glimpse of pre-Revolutionary War America. There are countless historical landmarks packed rich with stories about colonial settlers and more. However, Williamsburg has a spookier side that is chock-full of eerie thrills. Experience it all with our Williamsburg Ghost Tour.
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