As the old proverb dated back to the 1300s goes, all good things must come to an end —even theme parks. Well, that last part was added in, but if you consider yourself to be someone who enjoys the macabre atmosphere of deserted spots, the abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire is a true hidden gem. It will remind you of something straight out of the Dark Ages.
Renaissance festivals are a beloved activity enjoyed all over the country to this day, but this particular one located in Fredericksburg, Virginia didn't last long. The grounds, complete with many permanent era-themed structures, including a pirate ship, was only in use from 1996-1999.
Between the bad weather creating swampy conditions, technical issues, and low ticket sales, the fairground was forced to close after only a few short years.
However, it seems that the location has become a bigger tourist attraction after the doors closed.
No one is allowed on the property without proper permission from the owner, but despite being a private property under local law enforcement surveillance, there is an entire hashtag dedicated to the spot on Instagram, and a Facebook page for it too.
A YouTuber that goes by the name Blu Sky even took some aerial footage of the property, which shows the many abandoned and collapsing structures.
The video, which is just under three and a half minutes long, recorded the way the site looked in 2013.
More recent photos confirm that many of these unsafe structures are still standing; giving this over-grown wasteland a real "fairytale-meets-nightmare" vibe.
The grounds are not open to the public nor safe to explore, so there are plenty of no trespassing signs that line the property —basically a modern-day way of Gandalf saying "you shall NOT PASS!"
"During a recent visit, I was not-so-politely asked by a local to get out of the place – I believe '“CAN YOU READ?”' were his exact words – and a sheriff’s deputy was waiting for me at my car," Pablo Iglesias Maurer, of DCist, wrote in his 2013 article.
So if you have the urge to urban-explore this mysterious land, do so with your imagination from the safety of your computer screen.