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All About Haunts of Richmond


Haunts of Richmond
Inspired by the spine-tingling and sometimes terrorizing tales of Richmond’s spirited past, Haunts of Richmond was founded in 2004 by Scott and Sandi Bergman as a haunted house attraction in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood.

As people learned that the haunted house was in fact based on the legends and lore of Richmond, they began to ask for more details about these real-life historic hauntings. This inspired Scott and Sandi to launch Richmond’s first ghost tour in 2005, with the Shadows of Shockoe Ghost Tour. The immediate success of the Shadows of Shockoe resulted in an expansion that quickly eclipsed the haunted house attraction. More guides were hired, and additional research was conducted to share more of Richmond’s haunted history. By 2009, Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours added Haunted Capitol Hill, Church Hill Chillers and the Spirits & Spirits Pub Crawl to their offerings, hosted by a cast of Richmond’s most experienced and professional ghost guides. The haunted house storefront had closed to focus on the storytelling, and it became a seasonal attraction known as Blood Lake Haunted Trail that you can still find terrorizing guests around Central Virginia every October.The Bergmans continued to operate the ghost tours until 2016 when they decided to retire from the tour business. At that time, long-term employees Beth & Chris Houlihan took the helm to continue pushing Haunts of Richmond forward.Today, Beth and Chris are ensuring that Haunts of Richmond continues to be a leader in sharing the haunted history of Richmond and points beyond. Additional research and growing partnerships resulting in more tour offerings, special events, paranormal investigations, community sponsorships, and other exciting and spooky endeavors. We’re looking forward to future full of ghostly stories and mysterious events, and we hope that you will be joining us for the ride! 


Beth Houlihan

With a Masters of Education degree and dual Bachelor's degrees in Theater & Writing from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, sharing her passion for history and spirits with an audience has always come naturally to Beth.
Beth started as a Ghost Guide with Haunts of Richmond in 2008, but that wasn't her first time sharing spooky tales. She wrote the script for the St. Lawrence University Ghost Tour that is still occasionally offered to visiting alumni.
Beth has had brushes with the paranormal for most of her life, and is always seeking out more information about hauntings and the history behind them. Today, she is the President of Haunts of Richmond, and also serves as the creative director and head tour guide.

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Chris Houlihan

An engineer by trade, with a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, Chris’ interest in haunted history is rooted in years of reading ghost stories and visiting historic (and haunted) locations.
Chris started as a greeter for Haunts of Richmond in 2009, and today serves as the company’s Vice President. While he mostly keeps things ticking behind the scenes with research, marketing, finance and more, you can catch him out sharing spooky historic tales as well.

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