Buying a Colonial Williamsburg ticket or annual pass lets you tour the Peyton Randolph House. An easy way to incorporate the Peyton Randolph House into your visit is by taking Action Tour Guide’s self-guided audio tour. One of the tour’s first stops is this 18th-century mansion.
Peyton Randolph might be one of the biggest Colonial American figures you’ve never heard of. Randolph was born into a prominent Virginian family. He became a powerful Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses. When Virginia’s crown-elected Governor shut down the House of Burgesses because it opposed the Townshend Acts, he and other members of the House formed a resistance. This resistance grew into something like a shadow government. And Randolph was its leader. So it’s not too surprising that the First Continental Congress elected him as its president later on.
But Randolph wasn’t an American hero. He was an enslaver. 27 enslaved Americans were forced to do work for him and his household. Despite the Randolphs’ attempts to dehumanize them, they would spend the little free time they had talking, crying, and laughing together to feel human.
Peyton Randolph House
The Peyton Randolph House has more than just its history. Some believe that the pain and mistreatment that the enslaved residents dealt with laid the foundations for the house’s supernatural hauntings. Many people have witnessed unexplainable sounds like the clunking of heavy boots, a woman singing, and a mirror shattering. And if you’re a real fan of the supernatural, consider taking a ghost tour. Some people have even seen an orb and a glowing figure.
Touring Colonial Williamsburg
Want to learn more about history? Consider taking Action Tour Guide’s Colonial Williamsburg Self-Guided Audio Tour. It uses GPS technology to prompt its narration, meaning that you’ll hear about the city’s history at relevant stops. It’s like having your own personal tour guide! And using the tour is easy. It downloads straight to your phone and is ready for you to use from the time of your purchase. The tour is valid for a lifetime, so you don’t have to rush to take it before you’re ready to start your adventure.