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Gadsby’s Tavern

Alexandria, Virginia

One day, two hundred years ago, a man brought a young woman to stay with him at the tavern. She was ill, and he hired a doctor in an attempt to save her, but he asked no one know her name; shortly thereafter, the nameless woman died. After the woman died, the man left enough money for her medical bills and burial and then disappeared. One can still visit the nameless grave in the heart of the town. The staff at Gadsby’s and certain visitors have reported seeing a candle in the upstairs room where the woman died as well as ghosts. Others have reported hearing footsteps and a woman’s cry.

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sara mitchell says:

February 21, 2006, 7:03 pm

i think this true

mia says:

March 11, 2006, 11:38 pm

ok now that was retarded cuz i use to live there and in the heart of the town there is only 3 graves of 1 family. and they ALL have names!!!! Thanx for ur time though!!

shawna hallinger says:

December 2, 2006, 3:29 pm

I think it’s ture.

Bandcamp says:

January 8, 2007, 5:20 am

I think you’re gay

Bandcamp says:

January 8, 2007, 5:24 am

I use to live in Gadsby’s Tavern when I was younger. One night I woke up and heard moaning coming from another room down the hallway. When I got to the door I saw a strabnge light coming from under the door. I opened the door and saw the ghost masterbating with the candle.

Simon Johnstone says:

September 12, 2007, 11:39 pm

The story is true, although incorrect with the details. The young man and woman were husband and wife and had just disembarked from a ship at the port of Alexandria. She is buried in the St. Pauls Church cemetery, and her gravestone says “the female stranger” instead of giving her name. There’s a great tour in Alexandria of all the major document ghost. The company is Alexandria’s Footsteps to the Past, and their guides are phenomenal. I’ve done the tour several times, and it never gets old.

Smith says:

October 23, 2007, 7:48 pm

Oh my Gosh I was a little girl and i was playin in the park and a women came down and touch me on the arm and now im tryin to find wo was the women with no name.

but u care ire says:

October 23, 2007, 7:49 pm

this is gay

Zack says:

November 8, 2007, 2:59 pm

The forest behind my house is ScArEy! I was walking with my friends on halloween night around 9:55pm and we stopped on a bridge, i turned and in a frightful panic told evrybody to get the heck out of the forest! Behind one of my friends was a scarey looking man with yellow burning eyes that peered with anger strait at us (this is a true story!) As we got out of the forest’s ditch and up into the court the man started walking towords us but as a group of kids showed up walking down towords the forest’s path back deep into the froest the mand dissapered into the dark. It was scarey the most because the next day we heard on the news that the group of kids that went down to the forest’s path had gotten killed from fright of seeing a ghost!

rod says:

February 7, 2008, 6:27 pm

this stories seems outragiously Stupid or retarded , makes no sence, sorry, one masterbating, one coming out of a forrest yellow eyes in anger, i mean come on what is up with this, never hear such a thing :Z

Brenn says:

March 20, 2008, 7:13 pm

Hi! My name is Brenn.I would like to experience the paranormal activity here.I am looking to become a full time C.P.I. someday and I think that this would be a great place to start. Please contact me if anyone is interested in helping me out. Thank you for your time. cpimetallicats@myactv.net

Kasper says:

July 11, 2008, 10:05 am

Why are you commenting on this if you dont have anything to say other than joking around with it?
You must have some interrest in ghosts since you are at this website. Am I right?

blah blah blah says:

October 18, 2008, 7:15 pm

SO FAKE WHEN I WAS TEN I WENT THERE WITH GIRL SCOUTS A BUNCH OF FRIENDS AND I SLEPT (STAYED UP ALL NIGHT)IN THAT VERY ROOM I BROUGHT AN EVP (electronic voice phenomionom) i did an evp session i didnt catch anything
or see any thing but 2 years after that my friend got survierly sick and died but the doctors didnt know what she died from though

Scott says:

March 21, 2009, 5:32 pm

This story is true. I am a native of Alexandria and this has been told for many years here exactly the way Simon Johnstone has explained it. There has also been tales of hauntings near Minnie Howard school behind Bradlee Center and the woods on the back side of St. Stephens/St. Agnes on St Stephens road.

Melanie says:

June 19, 2009, 4:45 pm

I was here because i went on a class trip to DC and we went here and ate then when i was done eating i wanted to go up to the hotel part of the tavern where she died with one of my friends but they said we couldnt so i took a couple steps up to the hotel part and looked up as far as i could see and i got chills down my back and it looked very old.

white light says:

August 12, 2009, 11:43 am

not to long ago in oakland maryland a women died in her home,the last words out of her mouth were that her husband was coming for her and the ligt went out,(my uncle was actually there)so he left but he had left something at the house he had to go back,the light in the room was on he shook it off and tried to turn it of but it wouldnt go out,he tried he even tried to take the light out,then he heard a noise and saw a bright white light he ran down the steps but while he was going down he felt her hand on his back and heard her whisper “you can go,my husband is here”.he went outside and looked up into the bedroom…the light was off

Lisa says:

November 16, 2009, 2:26 am

It’s at least comforting to know that there are a few serious people here and not a bunch of immature idiotic kids talking about sex acts and ghosts. To the first few posters, don’t bother posting if you’re just here to act like idiots. Some of us actually enjoy reading this.

Lisa says:

November 16, 2009, 2:31 am

I just moved to Alexandria and have had some very strange things happen in my apartment. The night before my fiancee left to go back to Chicago, at about 4:30am the stereo in my living room came on by itself for about 20 seconds and then turned off. It woke both of us up. Tonight, out of the blue, one of my trophies fell over of its own accord. It’s admittedly freaking me a bit. Does anyone know any history on the Foxchase area???

Cierra says:

April 5, 2011, 9:33 am

whose the author?

crishia says:

August 19, 2011, 1:22 pm

i think that people are so inmature and need to grow up this seriouse its not some kids porn site and not a cartoon so get seriouse or get off

fhygtujho says:

September 30, 2012, 11:42 am

@Crishia, learn how to spell child

Zumi says:

June 15, 2016, 4:46 pm

I choke on lemon cake here once. A nice man in a corduroy shirt help me but I do not remember leaving the place. I woke up in Prospect Hill Cemetary.

Mary says:

June 28, 2016, 4:52 pm

Zumi please??? Can you see my words? Please answer me!!

Zumi says:

July 15, 2016, 3:59 pm

gray men give me lemon cake, best I ever had in my life!!! They say there is more enough for life if I go back with them.

Zumi says:

July 25, 2016, 3:06 pm

Zumi not scared anymore! My doggie is back and his head is not bloody now.

Zumi says:

July 27, 2016, 4:29 pm

So many flies and worms on opi

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