Search Site
Menu

Old Town Alexandria’s Haunted History

Happy Halloween!! In the spirit of the season, and since Curcio Law has deep roots in Old Town Alexandria, we would like to share one of Old Town’s most famous ghost stories. It is commonly referred to as “the Female Stranger.” The story of the Female Stranger involves the haunting of our historic landmark, Gadsby’s Tavern.

The story goes that a young couple arrived at the port of Alexandria in September of 1816. The woman was very ill when she arrived, and the couple checked into Gadsby’s Tavern. At that time, it was considered among the most elegant taverns and hotels in the United States. Visitors would travel to Alexandria for the sole purpose of experiencing Mr. Gadsby’s renowned food, wine, and accommodations.

When the young couple checked into Gadsby’s, the woman was bedridden for weeks. She was visited routinely by doctors and nurses, but the prognosis was unfavorable. When the doctors advised her husband that she was likely to pass in a few hours, her husband required all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Gadsby’s Tavern refrain from revealing the couple’s identities to anyone. Everyone agreed to take the oath and upheld it. The Female Stranger passed away that day in Gadsby’s hotel room # 8.

Legend has it the number 8 was broken and turned sideways, which is the symbol for infinite.

Since then, many visitors and employees of Gadsby’s Tavern have reported seeing and hearing the Female Stranger. The waitstaff at Gadsby’s Tavern have reported many instances of hearing footsteps and moaning upstairs, where the museum is now located, even when the museum is closed and locked. This is also the location where room # 8 was once located. One waitress even reported seeing the ghost face-to-face and ran out screaming, never to return to work. Many visitors to Gadsby’s Tavern have also reported seeing and hearing the moans of a dying woman.

After the Female Stranger’s death, on October 14, 1816, she was buried at St. Paul’s Cemetery of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Her headstone reads:

“To the memory of a Female Stranger whose mortal sufferings terminated…This stone is placed here by her disconsolate Husband in whose arms she sighed out her latest breath and who under God did his utmost even to soothe the cold dead ear of death.”

The identities of the mysterious couple are still unknown. Many speculate that the mysterious female is Aaron Burr’s daughter, who disappeared at sea three years earlier. Her father not well-liked, especially for the time, went into hiding to avoid the social stigma of the name Burr.

If you are interested in more ghost stories from Alexandria, including ones about ghost brides who caught aflame and the Carlyle House, please give our local guides a visit. Alexandria Colonial Tours (https://www.alexcolonialtours.com/) offers Ghost & Graveyard tours, along with a variety of other tours that deal with our local history.

Happy Halloween from all of us at Curcio Law!! Enjoy the holiday, and be safe!!

OUR RESULTS
  • "$2,000,000.00 Auto Pedestrian Hit by Car / Brain Injury"

  • "$2,000,000.00 Pedestrian Hit By Bus / Broken Foot, Surgery Complications & Partial Choroidal Detachment"

  • "$2,000,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement"

  • "$1,900,000.00 Pedestrian Hit By Truck / Fractured Pelvis & Multiple Surgeries"

  • "$1,500,000.00 Auto Accident / Wrongful Death"

  • "$1,200,000.00 Auto Accident / Broken Neck, Punctured Lung"

  • "$847,500.00 Dangerous Dog Bite / Facial Injury, Scarring"

  • "$600,000.00 Tractor Trailer Crash / Neck Injury, requiring surgery"

  • "$595,000.00 (Jury Verdict) Auto Accident / Broken Foot"

  • "$546,905.00 Auto Accident / Neck injury, Herniated Disc"

Meet Our Attorneys
Our Awards & Memberships
  • Three best rated
Client Reviews
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I couldn’t have been happier with Tom’s representation. He has excellent judgement, decades of experience, and really stays on top of things. He’s one of the best.

    Read more

    Laurie Blackburn

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I'm writing this review not because I just want to wright down some lame story but why people should chose this law firm. On May 22nd 2022 I was involved in an auto accident and the person who hit me totaled my vehicle and I ended up going to the hos...

    Read more

    Chris Palacios

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Thomas (Tom) Curcio was my lawyer. He took over for a friend of his. The case had been ongoing for almost 2 years. Once Tom took over, the case was settled within a year. When we met, he told me his plan of action and asked if I was ok with it. He ke...

    Read more

    Michelle Johnson

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I highly recommend Curcio Law, which helped me after my accident. The whole team, especially Rakin Hamad, were attentive to my needs and kept me well informed on the process and my options. They have been great to work with.

    Read more

    Brandon Smit

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I worked with Rakin Hamad to settle a personal injury claim following a car accident. He was patient, kind, informative and accessible continuously throughout this process. I felt comfortable and supported throughout the year and a half working with ...

    Read more

    Liz Capeless

See all reviews
Contact us

Quick Contact Form