It was a reconstruction in 1940, but it sits on the original 18th century foundation and it used to be an "ordinary" (Similar to a coffee house). It was called "Burdett's Ordinary" in the 18th century. Some of our founding fathers visited this establishment, including: Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
At 3am on Halloween night 2005, I was awoken by something. I had the feeling someone was watching me from the foot of the bed. I looked and saw a man who stood over 6 feet tall and was dressed in a dark brown colored colonial suit, with graying hair. I looked closer and soon realized this man strongly resembled George Washington! The next morning I got up and spoke with two friends and told them what I had seen.
I then began to research this interesting phenomenon and found out some very interesting facts. Indeed, Mr. Washington had visited the ordinary on numerous occassions while in Williamsburg. I also found a portrait of him in his inauguration suit and it looked exactly like the one I saw the apparition wearing.
We also often felt a presence in the house and heard footsteps. Everyone who visited me while I lived there said they felt a presence. Often times when I would be setting downstairs in the study it would sound like someone was moving furniture upstairs. Or if I was upstairs it would sound as if it were downstairs.
Could what I have seen really have been the ghost of George Washington? Who knows?!?!
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