Halloween is oftentimes associated with all things that go bump in the night. Whether it’s a sudden chill up and down your spine, misplaced objects around the house, or odd creaks and whispers through the rooms, most people like a good, otherworldly thrill. If you’re one of these people, then you just might enjoy a stay in one of our haunted B&Bs:
Black Horse Inn in Warrenton, VA boasts not one, but FOUR ghosts on the premises, and with its history as a Civil War hospital, one can see how it could be haunted by the past. The first ghost is a woman believed to have been a Civil War nurse in the hospital, and she has been known to laugh in the ears of gentlemen, perhaps trying to comfort them as she did her patients. The second ghost leaves an impression on the bed in the Burgundy Room every once in a while. The third, the “Ghost of Christmas,” knocked over the Christmas tree three years in a row, breaking all of the ornaments every time. And finally, the fourth ghost is called “the Dancer,” because of the lively tapping heard at night at the top of the staircase. (Thanks to BedandBreakfast.com for this collection of ghost stories from Black Horse Inn.)
Mayhurst Inn in Orange, VA dates back to 1859, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a historic figure or two would still be roaming the grounds: “folks have reported some strange happenings. There is a general feeling of being watched, and in the Madison Room, some have found the windows to open by themselves” (hauntedplaces.org). The inn was also featured in Virginia Lifestyle Magazine’s article “Haunted Places to Read About…and Visit.”
Boxwood Inn in Newport News, VA offers up some paranormal activity of its own: “The gentle spirit here is said to be one of Nannie Curtis. Harmless activity is the norm, such as doors opening and closing on their own. She is also said to enjoy knocking on doors in the morning. Sleeping in is apparently not her idea of fun for this world. There is also an elderly gentleman, holding a cane, who appears on occasion” (VirginiaGhosts.com).
Think these B&Bs are haunted? Make a reservation, and find out for yourself!