Halloween is almost here, and there’s no better time to gather around a cozy campfire and tell ghost stories about the most haunted places in our area.
Northern Virginia is filled with historic sites, specifically from the Civil War. Folks that have lived here for generations can surely tell you a good story or two about hauntings they’ve experienced themselves or people they know. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, a good story is always welcome.
Warning: The details of some of the following sites may be violent in nature.
Bull Run Stone Bridge – Manassas, VA
Built in 1815, this bridge played an important role in the Civil War because of its strategic location. It was destroyed in 1862 and then rebuilt in 1884.
This bridge can be found at the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Ghost hunters and paranormal investigators claim to see the shadows of Civil War soldiers crossing the bridge, as well as faint sounds of cannon fire.
Colchester Road Overdrive, aka “The Bunnyman Bridge” – Clifton, VA
While this location may not have a lot of official historical value, any long-time Virginia resident can tell you the story of the Bunnyman Bridge. There are a number of different stories regarding the overpass, but they all circle around a main theme:
While transporting inmates from an asylum prison in 1901, a transport bus overturned on the road, allowing ten of them to escape. Eight of them were found, except for two- Douglas J. Grifon and Marcus Wallster. People began to find skinned, half-eaten rabbits hanging from trees in the area shortly after the incident. Even after authorities found Marcus Wallster’s body, the incidents continued.
While no incidents have been reported since the 80s, this overpass has become a popular spot for teens to hang out during Halloween. Because of this, police officers are stationed in the area that night to prevent pranks and accidents.
Olde Towne Inn – Manassas, VA
This is a classic hotel haunting. Located on Main Street in Old Town Manassas, this inn is a very popular destination for thrill-seekers during Halloween. So popular that people tend to book stays for Halloween night way in advance hoping to get a glimpse of Miss Lucy, a ghost that walks around the property scaring guests and staff alike!
Did you know that there is a historic site right here at the Community Center? While not spooky, this grave site will be turned into a beautiful small site dedicated to the family it belongs to- but that’s a story for another day.
Not interested in visiting truly haunted places on Halloween? You’re invited to our 2020 Halloween event! Join us on October 31 from 1:00pm-4:00pm for some safe trick or treating! More information on this event can be found here.
Have a safe and spooky Halloween!