Legends of witch trials and ghostly hauntings abound in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia!  At the center of Colonial Williamsburg is The Revolutionary City, a historic and educational re-creation of life in Colonial Williamsburg during the American Revolution, which lasted from 1775 - 1783.  Colonial Williamsburg definitely ranks as one of our favorite dog friendly travel destinations. 

Ghostly specters are supposedly still seen in historic Colonial Williamsburg.  Photo Source: Colonial Williamsburg  Tour and Ghost Walk web site

The city looks and feels very authentic.  American “Colonists” not only dress in period costume but wander the town in character, re-enacting scenes from life during the era and engaging tourists in 1700’s conversation!  One such gentlemen approached us, eyeing our Siberian Husky, Icy, curiously That’s a fine looking animal you have there, sir!and proceeded to make us an offer to purchase her for 100 quid!  We had some really fun banter with him, explaining that our precious FurKid was NOT for sale at any price!   

Spending Halloween or Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg is certainly fun and educational, but some of it’s history can be downright scary!

American "Colonists" discuss & debate the issues of the day

One of our favorite activities was a guided candlelight Tavern Ghost Walk.  A small group of us met late in the evening in front of one of the historic taverns to begin the tour.  Our guide fascinated us with bizarre ghost stories, where people have sworn they’ve seen and heard ghosts that still haunt the old buildings.  It turns out the historic Revolutionary City, with many of it’s original buildings still in tact, has quite a haunted past!

Oh, Daddy, I told you not to practice witchcraft here!  The Colonists do NOT like that!

As we walked thru the Revolutionary City by candlelight, listening to our guide recount stories of the ghosts that supposedly still haunt the taverns and historic buildings, our dog Icy started to become antsy.  This was very out of character for her, but we chalked it up to being in a strange place, walking around in the darkness of night.  

As our tour wound down people left the group, slowly making their way back to their hotels.  After a few minutes we realized there were hardly any people left on the cobblestone streets of the Revolutionary City.  It was eerily quiet and dark.  Icy was becoming more and more agitated. 

Suddenly, Icy started barking wildly for no apparent reason, lunging at one of the deserted historic taverns!  It was so eerie, it made us a little jumpy ourselves.  We quickened our steps and hightailed it back to our hotel! Our dog friendly hotel was on premises inside the revolutionary city, so thankfully we didn't have far to go. 

When we made it back to our hotel room we breathed a sigh of relief – Whew!  That was weird.  It took a few minutes for Icy to calm down, but she soon settled down on her blanket and fell fast asleep.

What made Icy act so weird??  Was it just the cold night air and the unfamiliar darkened streets?  Or had she sensed something else, perhaps something from the spirit world that only she could sense?  Hmmm…. I guess we’ll never know for sure!

Not only is Colonial Williamsburg a great pet friendly vacation spot, it's also a wonderful travel destination for kids. It's fun and interesting for the whole family and the kids will learn what life was like during the American Revolution.  I especially like Colonial Williamsburg as both a Halloween vacation spot and a Christmas vacation destination for the whole family. Including the dog!

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Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging said...

One of the things I love about the east coast is the history there. I would love to take a tour of historic places in PA. I hear that there's a battlefield where you can still hear the battle and see ghosts.

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

I love that about the East coast as well, So much history and apparently so many spirits! Trip Advisor has a post today on the most haunted hotels in the U.S., very cool I don't think I'd want to hear battles and see battlefield ghosts, that might be too scary for me! Thanks for stopping by & for hosting this blog hop!

Unknown said...

What a perfectly fun spooky outing! Good for Isis for being on high alert. You have me going to my local paper to check out spooky walks around my little town.

Robin said...

Such a spooky story! Dogs and cats are so good at making us believe there are things around us that we can not see. This sounds like it was a really fun trip! I love these little haunted walks. We have a few of them in the Detroit area too - our local cemetary hosts one. I would love to come to New England sometime and see all of the hauntings coming to life in October.

Michelle & The Paw Pack said...

Sounds spooky for sure! But fun too. I've never been to Colonial Williamsburg, and had no idea it was dog friendly. So cool!

Kamira Gayle said...

Oh my! I've never been to Colonial Williamsburg however it sounds interesting. I think Icy saw a ghost for sure! Thanks for sharing your adventures. This place sounds like a great place to visit for the whole family.

Tail Wag Wisdom said...

That sounds like a fun adventure. I visited Colonial Williamsburg when I was a kid. I definitely wasn't out at nighttime. That would've creeped me out. We have a ghost walk in my town, but that's generally during daylight hours. I think nighttime always makes the "maybe" ordinary seem a bit scary. I always pay attention to how my pup reacts to things as well. They do know things we don't.

Dash Kitten Crew said...

Oh wow I WISH I could see this place, it looks the perfect photography spot. So many characters and so much fun!!

Dash Kitten Crew said...

Oh wow I WISH I could see this place, it looks the perfect photography spot. So many characters and so much fun!!

Beth said...

I have not visited Colonial Williamsburg since I was a kid, but I loved it then. I would have definitely been spooked by Icy's reaction that night.

Britt K said...

I've never been to Colonial Williamsburg before, but it sounds like so much fun. My husband and I are both history buffs, so I'm sure we'd get right into this. The fact that it's dog-friendly is even better! I'll have to show him this so that we can plan to visit some day in the future.

LaylasWoof said...

OMD it looks like so much fun and would love to visit a place like that, will have to put it on my bucket list.

Anonymous said...

This sounds SUCH a fun place to visit and I am so GLAD you didn't sell Icy for a hundred quid LOL!!!!

Marjorie and Toulouse

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh, this looks like a fun place to go! That pic of Icy with hu-dad by the pillory is priceless! I do love to visit historical places, and the fact they are dog-friendly really makes it even better! Oh, my Icy...I bet she sensed some*thing* there for sure! Okay, I have the chills now! Perfect place for Howl-oween!

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