The city of Norfolk has roots that date back to the 17th century, so it’s easy to believe that it might be a bit haunted. Over the years, Norfolk has experienced dangerous storms, countless battles and even a fire in 1776 that rampaged through much of the city. Norfolk is filled with mysteries for those who dare to solve them. If you are looking to add a little spook to your fall getaway, check out a few of these spine-chilling adventures and learn about Norfolk’s haunted past. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
- Hunter House Victorian Museum: Norfolk’s Hunter House Museum was built in 1894 for the merchant banker James Wilson Hunter, along with his wife Lizzie Ayer Barnes and their three children. The beautiful home was designed and built by Bostonian architect, W.P. Wentworth, and is doused in Victorian furnishings and decorative arts belonging to Hunter’s family. The museum opened in 1988, and there are said to be “spirits” that roam the home, due to the many deaths that took place there through the years. Most of the Hunter family is buried at close by Elmwood Cemetery.
A Night at The Museum: See another side of the Hunter House Victorian Museum, on October 31, with your chance to tour the Hunter House on Halloween night! The event is free for museum members and $10 for all other attendees. Spooky refreshments and ghostly treats will be available for purchase in the museum gardens. All proceeds go directly to the restoration of the museum’s archives and future educational programming. For more event information, click here.
- The Hermitage Museum & Gardens: The beautiful Hermitage Museum & Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, is an early 20th century museum located on the shore of the Lafayette River. The art collection at the Hermitage is nationally recognized, with a 5,000-year span. The 12 acres of gardens and grounds
Mysteries of the Museum: Join the Hermitage, on October 26, as they host a spooky interactive event, kicking off the fall season. Learn about new areas of the museum, along with a closer look at some of the works in the Hermitage art collection that have a mysterious history behind them! For more event information, click here.
- Elmwood Cemetery: Norfolk’s notable Elmwood Cemetery is where many historical figures are laid to rest! Established in 1853, the cemetery is filled with monuments and pristinely kept landscaping. The cemetery abides the Victorian Rural Park Cemetery Moment, which was created in 1815, noting that a cemetery is not only a place in which social status could be established, but also a place to visit, reflect and contemplate, have a picnic, take a stroll, and spend a Sunday afternoon!
History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder Tour: On October 20 & 27, join the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation at Elmwood Cemetery for a History, Mystery Mayhem & Murder Tour! Discover Norfolk’s connection to the world’s most notorious murderers, learn where bodies are buried, and explore the hauntingly beautiful memorial art and architecture!
- Nauticus: Norfolk’s maritime themed science center and museum, Nauticus, located on the beautiful downtown waterfront, showcases science exhibits, an aquarium, and a historic battleship. A must visit when in Norfolk!
Haunticus at Nauticus : On Saturday, October 28, from 10am-5pm join in on this family-friendly event that will be doused in spooo-ky! Storytelling, crafts, face painting and more! Prepare for a witch’s brew, jack-o-lanterns and some bone-chillin’ fun, they’re will be plenty of scary activities for everyone! Kids in costume get in FREE!
For more information on haunted happenings in Norfolk visit our Haunted Norfolk self-guided tour page here.