Histories and Haunts was established in 2001 by author, historian, and storyteller, Al Chewning. Al is a Virginia
Beach native and retired fire captain with a degree in history and a love for teaching. He combines the two in a way that is both entertaining and educational. Whether you appreciate facts and figures or prefer the lore and legends Histories and Haunts has a program you will enjoy.
In 2003 Al started Ghosts of Virginia Beach, “The Original Virginia Beach Ghost Walk”, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. As scarytellers, he and his staff have thrilled audiences of all ages with stories of the city’s historic beginnings and of the spirits who linger on here.
The popularity of these stories led to the production of a DVD called “Ghosts and Legends of Virginia Beach.” The DVD features four full-length stories: Blackbeard the Pirate, The Old Coast Guard Station, the Witch of Pungo, and the Ferry Plantation House.
The DVD is available from AMAZON by clicking here
Al’s book Haunted Virginia Beach also available from AMAZON by clicking here
For 12 years Al presented American Civil War living history programs for the National Park Service, museums, and historic properties. In 2006 he added a new program that portrays the “Golden Age of Piracy”; the years from 1680 to 1730. In both personas Al uses museum quality reproduction equipment to enhance his presentations
Al is listed in the National Registry of Living Historians. He provides programs for the National Park Service and for numerous local schools and community groups. He is a member of the Virginia Storytellers’ Alliance, the Virginia
Beach/Princess Anne County Historical Society and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA).Al serves on the Board of Advisors at the Old Coast Guard Station Museum in Virginia Beach. He has his own investigative/research group called “the HIT Squad” (Haunts Investigative Team).
What does Histories and Haunts do?
- History Programs for Schools and Young Audiences
- Storytelling for all ages
- Living History (Golden Age of Pirates and Civil War era)
- Custom Programs and Tours for all ages
- Speaking Engagements for schools and community groups