The Hauntings of Colonial Williamsburg Part 2 | Guest Dr. Kelly M. Brennan

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Williamsburg, Virginia, has a long history. Before it was Williamsburg, it was known as Middle Plantation, an unincorporated town founded in 1632. In 1699, it changed its name to Williamsburg. In 1932, Colonial Williamsburg opened its first public exhibition building. The site spans over 300 acres and includes 89 original buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It also is home to some residents you can’t see—ghosts. In this episode we talk about the tavern hauntings.

About our guest:   Dr. Kelly M. Brennan is a historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where her research fields of expertise include sex, death, magic, ghosts, “insanity,” and crime and punishment. She is the former creative lead for Colonial Williamsburg’s “Haunted Williamsburg.” She teaches a course at the College of William and Mary on the commodification of the supernatural in the United States.

About Colonial Williamsburg: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational institution and the largest U.S. history museum in the world. The Foundation preserves an extensive collection of 18th-century buildings and artifacts and operates two world-class art museums. You can get more information at colonialwilliamsburg.org.


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