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A Haunting Evening in Hanover
November 6, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - November 7, 2021 @ 2:00 am$65
As the Civil War waged on across Virginia, one county in particular sat in it’s crosshairs: Hanover County. Bathed in not one, but two major American wars, Hanover County is home to a vast amount of history. Intertwined in it’s stories of greatness and woe lay mysteries, hidden in dark corners of history – just out of sight from the mere passerby. However, late at night, bathed in the the pale light of the moon, those who dare might just be offered a glimpse into these mysteries…
The only question left is….Do You Dare?
We’re kicking the evening off at the Beaverdam Depot. Originally built sometime between 1836 and 1840, the Beaverdam Depot was a hot-bed of Civil War activity. The Depot changed hands or was destroyed at least three times, with it being fully restored as it stands today in 1866. Beaverdam Depot was a strategic point for transporting soldiers and goods, and it was here that the infamous “Grey Ghost” John Mosby was captured.
Next, we’re hopping in our cars and heading to a place of much strife; the North Anna Battlefield. From May 23 through May 26th, 1864, the Battle of North Anna raged on. The armies of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee engaged in a series of actions against each other, ultimately resulting in a stalemate. The result? Out of the combined 117,000 – 153,000 men that engaged in war on this battlefield, over 5,500 were killed, wounded, or captured. As the troops moved out of the area, they found themselves just days later at another familiar location….Cold Harbor.
Finally, we’re hitting the road once more for our final destination of the evening; the Hanover Tavern, Historic Hanover Courthouse, and Old Stone Jail. The earliest portion of the Tavern being built in 1791, there was a Tavern on the property spanning back to 1733. One of only a few surviving colonial-era Taverns in the United States, the Hanover Tavern hosted such historic figures as George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, Patrick Henry, P.T. Barnum, Marquis de Lafayette, and more. Both Union and Confederate troops utilized the Tavern on their way to and from the battlefields. Not only will you have the opportunity to investigate Hanover Tavern, but also the Historic Courthouse and Old Stone Jail as well – both hotbeds for paranormal activity.
For years, guests of each of these locations report eerie experiences of ghost apparitions, smells, and unexplainable noises. For the first time ever, we have access to investigate those claims. Are Union and Confederate soldiers still waging war at Hanover County’s North Anna Battlefield and Beaverdam Depot? Are previous Hanover Tavern keepers still roaming the halls? It’s time to find out for yourself.
Tickets are $65 per person. Reservations are Required.
All Experience Levels are Welcome.
This is a Fundraising investigation!
100% of the proceeds of this event directly and entirely benefit the Hanover Tavern Foundation for their continued efforts in historical preservation and education.
- You are welcome to bring your own equipment to investigate!
- We will break into groups to investigate each location. Each group will be led by an investigator with equipment that you may borrow for the investigation!
- We will be outside for durations of this investigation. Please dress accordingly.
- Light Snacks and Refreshments will be provided, but we urge you to bring your own to leave in the car.
- We will begin the evening at Beaverdam Depot and travel via personal vehicle(s) to North Anna Battlefield, and then to Hanover Tavern. It is recommended you consider carpooling and meeting at Hanover Tavern prior to the investigation!
- Please do not put on fragrances before the investigation. Smells are often reported at both locations and it will be difficult to identify if we are wearing fragrances.
- Please do not wear loose jewelry, baggy clothing, etc. These often make extra sounds and noises that will make listening to and identifying EVPs difficult!
- There will be identified spots if you need to smoke a cigarette. Please make sure you dispose of your cigarette butts accordingly.
- Please do not plan to investigate under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We will ask you to leave the premises if so.
- Weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden.
- Bring your equipment! We’ll have some that you can use within your groups, but you are welcome to bring any equipment you have for investigating that you can carry with you. A flashlight is highly encouraged. Additionally, if you do not have an audio recorder, bring your phone! We’ll ask you to put it in airplane mode, but you can still record audio onto your cellphone – a large number of people on our investigations have recorded EVPs on their phones!
- Most importantly, have fun! This investigation is for you, so bring your ideas and thoughts for investigating! You never know what, or who, you will run into, and we value your unique ideas and suggestions for investigating these locations! We urge you to be ready to be involved in the investigation! Think of some questions you’d like to ask in advance, if you have any theories that we can test out, and more!
An agenda of the evening and further information will be provided via e-mail as we get closer to the date of the investigation. Please ensure you have access to the e-mail address utilized when purchasing your ticket so you are aware of event updates!
The safety of our guests and staff is our biggest priority.
With this in mind, we will be doing our due diligence to ensure we meet the regulated guidelines at the time of the event, and we need your help too.
We ask that all guests:
- Practice Social Distancing.
- Stay with your specified group for the duration of the investigation.
We ask that anyone who has been exposed to someone who has, or may have, COVID-19 within 14 days leading up to the event, to please stay home. Refunds will be issued if either situation occurs.
For more information or questions, please contact us.