Things Go Bump in the Night at Haunted Henricus Park
During the Halloween season, haunted attractions lore in visitors looking for a good scare. Henricus Historical Park makes a great choice for those looking to getting a dose of real haunted history. Henricus Park’s long past has made this a hotbed of paranormal activity, with regular ghost sightings and unexplained occurrences.
A Little Haunted History
Henricus has quite a long history, dating back hundreds of years. Perhaps the source of so much paranormal activity has been its long history which included a bloody Native American massacre as well as two wars.
The first tumultuous event took place during the early 1600s in a bloody massacre between the native Powhatan tribe and settlers. Known as the Powhatan Uprising, the Native American tribe led a surprise attack on Jamestown, leaving some 400 settlers dead.
The land also played important roles during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. It served as a training camp for new recruits for George Washington’s Continental Army. Later during the Civil War, Union soldiers came under fire here while trying to dig the Dutch Gap Canal to transport gunboats. Soon after on January 23 to 25, 1865, The Battle of Trent’s Reach took place nearby, bringing chaos, gunfire, and more bloodshed to Henricus.
After so much violence and bloodshed, it should come as no surprise that this place has frequent sightings of the supernatural. In fact, Henricus has been listed as one of the Top 25 Most Haunted Places in Virginia.
One of the Henricus staff members reported catching a glimpse of a female colonist walking just outside:
“’By the time I got to the door, there was no one there,’ he says. ‘I didn’t have anyone on staff who even looked like that. That was the first big hint as far as thinking something [paranormal] was going on there.’”
A team of investigators from Transcend Paranormal left their digital cameras running throughout the park buildings one night. When looking back on the footage, they could hear the mysterious sound of things dragging on the floor in a completely vacant park building. In another video, the investigation crew discovered a ghostly orb floating through one of the park buildings.
Transcend Paranormal also caught evidence on their EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) recordings. The team documented the eerie sounds of whispering and humming. In another, the EVP recorded a man speaking in a Native American language. On another occasion, one of the investigators took a picture and “got a full-body shadow figure of someone standing in the doorway,”
Visitors looking to explore haunted Henricus for themselves can get the full experience at the park’s annual “Things That Go Bump in the Night” event on October 23 and 24th from 7pm to 9pm both nights. For those brave enough, Henricus will also offers an event that includes an overnight paranormal investigation of the park lead by Transcend Paranormal. Come stay if you dare!