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Pennsylvania Hauntings Complete (d)

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Duncannon - Watts Township - Amity Hall Hotel - Amity Hall - There was a young woman found stabbed to death lying on the front porch on a couch. The legend has it that there was a family that lived in it and the husband went crazy and killed his wife, then his kids, then himself in the upstairs hallways/rooms of the hotel. IN the days of the PA Canal system, canal travelers used to stay there, then in the civil war days it was used as a hospital. - IF planning to visit this place – try to get permission - it says no trespassing When you get permission bring plenty of batteries, because they drain quickly. In the corner of the L-shaped building, very small bluish lights have been. The creepier place on the outside is a door at the end of a hall, which is locked shut. The worst room in the house is upstairs, the trophy room. This room is filled with a giant feeling of "GET OUT OF HERE". The glass and mirrors are all broken. Very faint white figure of what appears to be a woman in the attic window facing the parking lot can be seen. White flashes of light in the attic windows facing the road have been seen. Faint glows fading in and out of the windows, as well as small but somewhat bright points of light coming from the corner of the L-shape. Frightening black figures, not the shape of a dog, but about the size of a dog, linger in the parking lot. (I believe they are called imps) A particularly vengeful spirit has sat outside of cars in which males are present. It’s believed it is the wife whom the husband beat to death and left on the front porch. It is also said that you can experience reenactments of the murder right in front of you.

Harrisburg - IHS Nursing Home - The nursing home is said to be built over an old Indian Cemetery. The one left hallway in the nursing home's main floor is the only place that seems to be haunted. There are reports of Items in rooms being thrown everywhere and noises coming from places. Once a nurse walked into a patient’s room and left, and a few minutes later came back in, and the patient she was treating said, "where did that Indian boy go that was following you?” Also, one time a patient in a room seemed to be being suffocated, and her other roommate rang the call bell and the nurses came in and she suddenly stopped being suffocated. The patient said she saw a character like the "grim reaper" over her strangling her. The next day, bruises appeared on her neck in the shape on hands. Presences are felt in this hospital. Lights going on and off, pretty much the whole place is haunted.

Harrisburg - Harrisburg east mall - Bass Pro Shops - former J C Penny's - empty store that was formerly J.C. penny's at the Harrisburg east mall. Night security guards were known to see the images of a person on the stores roof and the image of a human looking from the glass doors. Many times during security checks inside the building, you would hear noises and get the feeling that you were being followed and watched, as if you were being "breathed" on also feelings of dread are common. During one occurrence in the summer, two of the security guards hit a cold spot inside the store and no air conditioning was on. Alarms would go off for no reason, lights would be turned on and off that were on motion sensors. It was also reported to by a local detective and confirmed by a former employee that a person killed himself in the store and another person died of natural causes inside the store. The detective the information came from bought the gun the person used to kill himself from the family. The store still sits empty today.

Hershey - Hershey Park - The Park at night can be a very scary place. The carousel turns on by itself in the middle of the night and is a mysterious maintenance worker who works on the Comet roller coaster. He was a victim of a freak accident at the roller coaster. It is also said that the ghost of Hershey himself roams the park to keep an eye on things.

Hershey - Holiday Inn - A girl was seen in one of the rooms during the night, walking around. Then she will turn and walk into the wall and vanish.

Hershey - Hotel Hershey - Sightings of Mr. Hershey and doors opening and closing. The sound of foot steps in the old wine cellar and strange noises and sounds.

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Colwyn - Anne's Rock - Haunted by an Indian Princess who was killed during an electrical storm. Her body was never found, but there are burnt outlines of a person on the side of the rock. When you go into the park passed the rock, you smell herbs and feel a chocking sensation on your neck; as well as icy cold hands, scratches and rashes, and even bruises. Town people state that the story goes that Princess Anne's father refused to let her marry an English man and her ghost is very angry at who ever trespasses into the woods.

Delaware - Media - Williamson trade school - George dorm - is an old recovery dorm for soldiers who went to the school to recover, late at night you can hear footsteps and a feeling of being watched.

Delaware - Media - Williamson trade school - Longstreth Dorm - there is a handprint on the window, when wiped off it reappears.

Delaware - Media - Williamson trade school - the main - is building where the founder Isaiah is buried under the steps, late at night an eerie feeling can be felt and your body casts 4 shadows in each direction

Delaware County - Springfield (near Drexel Hill) - Indian Rock Park - The story goes back to the 1980's, when a girl overdosed on heroine in the woods of Indian Rock Park. Supposedly her and her friends would drink and do drugs in the woods and one night she had too much to drink and overdosed on heroine. When the teenagers drank in the woods they would bring a lantern with them so they could see and camp out. Well, it turns out the girl died, and if you go into the Indian Rock woods at night sometimes you can sight a girl walking slowly through the woods holding a lantern. Some sightings of this have been reported.

 

Drexel Hill - Archbishop Prendergast High School - Originally the old Drexel Estate and then later before the school an orphanage- there are 2 tales here. The 1st is the story of an orphan that was murdered by another. On the second floor of the school there are still 2 halls left with the original bedrooms and classrooms. The halls are on the same floor as the chapel. Students have claimed to see furniture move in those rooms. There is 1 old rocking horse in particular that will ALWAYS MOVE ON ITS OWN when the room is occupied for too long. Because of the hostile vibe felt in that room, people believe that is the spirit of the murdering orphan, who also died there due to a "freak" accident. There are also reports of students seeing two children late at night, running, fighting, and screaming through those halls. The 2nd story is the tale of a nun who taught at the orphanage. She hung herself in the bell tower and haunts it to this day. Many times the bell will ring unexpectedly and late at night a light will go on and off. Unlike the modern light that is suppose to be up there (which seems to always mysteriously short out), it looks like a candle. Students who have tried to get up there have been spooked severely. The school has had the bell tower sealed off for years. Some students have reported coming back from school dances and looking up to see the nun looking at them from the bell tower.

Drexel Hill - Garretford Elementary School - Now, next to the school there is a WAWA. Many, many years ago, long before the school was ever built, the grounds were a holding house for prisoners. Many of the prisoners were mistreated and murdered by the guards. Their bodies were buried on the plot, unmarked, and later the school was built over their graves. Many times late at night you can see them walking the grounds. They are very restless and some quite hostile. One summer, after the night of a full moon, the following morning all the birds and squirrels in the surrounding trees were found mysteriously dead all over the school grounds. Drexel Hill in general is a HUGE paranormal area with rich history.

Flourtown - Black Horse Inn - Sitting along Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown is an old building called the Black Horse Inn. The building was built 30 years before the formation of our country. General George Washington used it as a rest stop for his men on their way to Valley Forge. When you go inside the building the temperature is like walking into a freezer, even when it was 90 degrees outside. Witnesses have heard footsteps behind them and up on the second floor. In the main bar room there were voices from nowhere and they report it felt as though people surrounded them. On the second floor and the attic it is deserted of any furniture except one room where there is this old bed spring, a 1920's era toilet and a shower head. a picture was taken in there and it came out with a 12 year old girl in 1930's era clothing sitting on the bed looking at the floor. And a picture of the door and picked up a man standing in the doorway. Other pictures show countless orbs.

Flourtown - The Tracks - A train used to run through Flourtown until the 60's or 70's. After the train stopped running the tracks remained until 1987 when they were removed and all that remains is a long dirt path that runs behind Penn Oak Rd. Residents in the area sometimes hear the sound of a train as if it were still running and have seen a man walking along the tracks and then disappear. They have also seen a small boy around the Basketball net on Penn Oak, As well as underneath the 309 bridges. The boy is about five yrs. old with thick black hair and 50's era clothes.

Lansdown - Today Inc - Seeing shadows move across the windows when you are standing outside. The building was built in the 1700's. The profile of a little boy is seen also.

Linwood - The Wawa - Late at night all the workers on night shift would be going on about their business when chip bags would fly off the shelves and the sandwiches would make themselves. My friend once got hit in the eye with a pickle during these frenzies. It flew so hard in the air it gave her black eyes for weeks. It is said that it was built back in the 1800’s; the owner of wawa was so depressed that there wasn't any business that he killed himself. He ran his arms threw the meat slicers and then bled to death. Every now and then a costumer will find a finger in their lunchmeat.

Philadelphia - The Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA

The academy is the oldest grand opera house in the U.S. still used for its original purpose. It was built in 1857, and has been the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra since the orchestra was founded in 1900. It also features performances by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly Pops.

 

In this hall Ulysses S. Grant was nominated for his second term in 1872. Grover Cleveland held a huge celebration here in 1886 with his new bride. President Richard Nixon visited the Academy in 1970 to attend an orchestral concert and present Eugene Ormandy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

The Academy has also been host to such performers as Abbott and Costello, Duke Ellington, Lynn Fontanne, Gertrude Lawrence and Frank Sinatra.

It also has some permanent supernatural residents!

 

Countless attendees of academy events have reported strange experiences while seated in the upper balconies. A "man in black" haunts the area behind the last row of seats. As the lights go up for intermission and after the performance, he disappears.

 

In addition to the above-mentioned man, female visitors who find themselves seated next to an empty seat have reported an invisible companion who joins them. The cushion of the seat indents and creaking noise are heard, as if someone is sitting down. Some women have also reported having their hair pulled and some have been pinched.

Philadelphia - James Martin School - This used to be a hospital, nursing school. At times you could see bloody hands and people in the mirrors. In the blocked off attic section you can look in the window from the outside and SEE a face. There are a few stories behind it. 1. The boys were cutting school and got stuck in the attic. 2. A mental patient went crazy and through himself out the window. 3. Mental patients went up into the attic and slit each other’s wrist.

Philadelphia - Baleroy Mansion Philadelphia - This is said to be one of the most actively haunted houses in the U.S. It was built in 1911, and is currently owned by George Meade Easby, the great- great grandson of Civil War General George Meade.

 

There seem to be several spirits inhabiting this stately home. Thomas Jefferson has been seen in the dining room. A spirit resembling a monk in a brown habit frequents the bedrooms. The ghost of a cantankerous old woman has threatened visitors with her cane. One room in particular, the Blue Room, hosts a very malicious ghost. She has been given the name Amanda. It is said that she claims a particular chair in this room, and anyone who sits in the chair dies shortly after. So far, the curse of the chair has four victims.

Meade moved into the house when he was 6. His younger brother, Steven, was 5. When they arrived at the house, the two boys immediately ran to the fountain in the courtyard. When they leaned over to look at their reflections, Meade saw his own reflection as he expected, but his brother's reflection was a skeleton! Steven died shortly after that. Meade says that although his brother died, he has not left the mansion.

 

Some restoration workers saw Steven in an upstairs window while they were working on the fountain. One worker saw a little blond boy, and he called his coworkers attention to it. As they were looking at the boy, he just faded away. The second worker refused to come back to the house after that. The restoration worker's son was working in the basement when he heard a voice calling his name. He answered, but when he got no response, he went to see who had called him, assuming it was his father. He soon found that they were alone in the house and his father had been on the third floor. He refused to work in the basement after that.

 

One night when George Meade was entertaining, he and the guests heard a loud crash from the house. Upon investigation, they found that the portrait of Steven was lying on the floor of the Gallery. The painting had come off the wall and flown fifteen feet. The nail was still in the wall and the wire was still intact and undamaged on the back of the portrait. There was no worldly explanation for that.

 

Steven is not the only family member still hanging around Baleroy. Meade has seen his uncle and his mother has been seen and heard. There are loud footsteps, knocks at doors, and most disconcerting, pressure on the bed as if someone is sitting on it.

 

Amanda is the spirit believed to cause a bluish fog. Although she is one of the most well-known ghosts there, she is not a relative, and the reason for her haunting is unknown. Amanda appeared on the staircase to a former curator there after he had sat in her chair. He then claimed that Amanda was stalking him and he felt as though he were losing his mind. He died a month later. A psychic who visited the house says that Amanda is not evil. Her theory is that Amanda appeared to the curator to help him cross over. She also claims that the ghost of the deceased curator is also now at Baleroy!

 

Philadelphia - BETSY ROSS

 

Betsy Ross was born in 1752, named Elizabeth, but usually called 'Betsy'. She was a fourth-generation American; her great grandfather had settled in New Jersey in 1680, one year before William Penn founded Philadelphia. She was the eighth child of 17. Her family was Quaker, and when she eloped in 1773 with John Ross, an Episcopalian, it caused a major upset for her family. Quakers did not accept inter-denominational marriages, and the offending parties were subsequently cut off emotionally and financially from their family and the entire Quaker community.

 

Her marriage was short - John Ross joined the colonial militia in 1776 and was fatally wounded when an ammunition cache he was guarding exploded. Betsy tried in vain to nurse him back to health, but he succumbed to his injuries. In June of that same year, George Washington asked Betsy Ross to sew the first American Flag.

 

In 1777, Betsy married again, this time to a sea Captain, John Ashbourn. They had two daughters, but one died in infancy. In 1782, the British captured her husband while he was attempting to get supplies for the colonial army. He was imprisoned in Old Mill Prison in England, where he died shortly after. Sadly, he died in March 1782, several months after the British surrender at Yorktown, which was the last major battle of the war. Another sailor, John Claypoole, who had also been imprisoned in Old Mill, told Betsy of her husband’s death.

 

The next year, Betsy married John Claypool and they had 5 daughters, one of whom died. Betsy retired in 1827 and moved in with one of her daughters in Abington, PA. She died in 1836.

 

Although "Ross" was her surname for a brief period, it is by this name she is always known. Her house is a popular stop for visitors to Philadelphia. Many visitors have reported seeing the ghost of Betsy seated by the foot of the basement bed and she appears to be crying. One guide also reported that while in the basement kitchen, she heard a female voice say , "Pardon Me."

A more likely source for the basement haunting is a gift shop employee who was murdered during a robbery years ago

 

Philadelphia - Bolton Mansion - the ghost of a woman searching the grounds have been seen as well as the ghost of a little girl.

Philadelphia - Bright Hope Baptist Church - Sounds of unsettlement have been heard behind the church after everyone leaves the building.

Philadelphia - Byberry Mental Hospital – It is haunted by the different patients that were mistreated in there. It was shut down for good in 1990 for poor living conditions and mistreatment of patients. People have gone into the catacombs only to run out crying the catacombs are located by the Roller skate palace. There are also reports of screams bellowing from the basements.

 

Philadelphia - City Tavern Philadelphia, PA

The present structure is a reconstruction of the original structure, which was destroyed in a fire in 1854. The fire not only claimed the City Tavern, but a young bride and several members of her bridal party. The City Tavern was, and still is, a popular location for wedding parties.

 

In 1854, the bridal party had taken over the upstairs for their preparations. At that time, candles and fireplaces provided light. The groom's party was downstairs waiting in the public area. No one in the bridal party noticed that a candle had tipped over, or that the drapes had begun to smolder. No one noticed the fire creeping across the rug towards the party. In fact, this happened so quickly that I strongly suspect that it was not a candle that tipped over but an oil lamp. The flames moved across the rug and caught the train of the bride's dress. Fabric being what it was back then, she was almost instantly consumed, and then the party noticed that most of the room was engulfed in flames.

 

The groom and his party attempted to save the bridal party, but were largely unsuccessful. The bride and many of her attendants perished, and the City Tavern had to be demolished. What a sad ending to what was to have been the happiest day of her life!

 

The City Tavern was rebuilt and reopened, and continues to host wedding parties. Over the year’s members of parties, particularly wedding parties have noticed the face of an unknown woman in the photos taken upstairs. In the photos she wear what looks like a bridal gown. Some patrons have even seen the apparition of the phantom bride in the halls and rooms of the tavern.


Philadelphia - Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia - This was a model prison in its day, with a central hub and hallways extending from it like the spokes of a wheel, its design was considered innovative, in that it enabled the prison to operate with smaller numbers of guards as the inmates could be observed from the central tower. Other prisons, including Carbon County Jail, copied this design. It was built with the Quaker view of prisons in mind; that is, criminals could be rehabilitated through solitary confinement and hard labor. Each cell had its own lavatory and exercise area. The prisoners were kept in solitude and allowed one hour of exercise per day. Each ceiling had a slit to let in daylight. No reading material other than the Bible was permitted.. There was no communication between the prisoners or between the guards and the prisoners. if a prisoner was to leave his cell, he had to wear a hood over his head. The prison has held some notorious characters, such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton. The prison was finally closed in 1970, in very bad shape.

 

Philadelphia - First National Bank Third Street, between Chestnut and Walnut

This is the oldest bank building in America and was established to create a standard currency. It was built in 1795, while Philadelphia wa still the capital of the U.S. The first treasurer, Alexander Hamilton saw the need for this national bank, and it was founded under his guidance.

 

Unfortunately, Hamilton was constantly bothered by questions concerning his birth, his honesty and his integrity, even though he was truly an honest man. He was just someone who spoke his mind. This straightforwardness of his character is what caused him to end up in a duel with Aaron Burr in Weehauken, NJ in 1804. He was badly wounded in the duel, and died the next day. At his death, he was very deeply in debt, and left behind his wife and several children.

 

In the days immediately following his death, the ghost of Alexander Hamilton was seen in the bank. In 1811, the Congress voted to abandon the bank, its charter, and Stephen Girard purchased the bank. He brought a Catholic priest in to bless the building. Although there were fewer sightings of Hamilton after that, there have been sporadic encounters over the years.


Philadelphia - Fort Mifflin - Three ghosts are here. A woman in the ruins of the commander’s house, she is called the screaming woman. There is another one of a Civil war soldier, confederate in the casemates and another soldier without a face, sewing in the casemates.

Philadelphia - Friends Hospital - Built in 1813 this building was the original patient quarters and home to the superintendent and his wife. It was said the female seen wandering in the halls bore a resemblance to a former hospital superintendent's wife. Also reports of hearing doors open and close when no one was around. Several third shift employees have heard a woman laughing on the first floor in the middle of the night.  But could never find out where it was coming from.  A security guard was making his rounds at night on the third floor when someone grabbed his shoulder.  He turned around and there wasn't anyone there.  The sources that experienced these events aren't the types to make things up. 

Philadelphia - General Wayne Inn - This inn is home to more than 17 ghosts including Hessians, a ghost wanting his wives picture, a old owner, and a ghost singing.

 

Philadelphia - Grumblethorpe 67 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA

This was once the summer home of the Wister family. The house became their primary residence during the yellow fever epidemic. The family was not in residence during the battle of Germantown. British General James Agnew had chosen the house for his headquarters. The general was fatally wounded in the battle and died in the front parlor, where his bloodstains can still be seen on the floor. Understandably, it is said that his bloodstains are not the only things that linger at the house. The General's ethereal presence can be felt there as well.

 

The general's ghost is not the only one at Grumblethorpe. The other spirit is said to be that of a woman named Justinia. She was orphaned in the yellow fever epidemic and taken in by the Wisters. Justinia loved to bake bread, and baked bread every Friday night for distribution to the poor on Saturday morning. Justinia died in 1820, but her spirit has never left the house.. Her spirit is most likely to be encountered on Friday evenings after sunset. Sometimes her presence is accompanied by the sweet smell of freshly baked bread.

 

The house is now restored and has been refurnished to match the original period, and contains many interesting pieces. It is definitely worth a visit! Many of the things on display in the house belonged to the Wister family, like scientific equipment, Owen Wister's desk, and Sally Wister's bedroom.

Philadelphia - The Institute of Pennsylvania - Reports of the elevator opening with a loud noise and voices, and footsteps came from the elevator.

Philadelphia - Jeans Hospital - A few years ago Jeans Hospital was having financial difficulties and there were rumors that it would be bought out. It is said that Anna-May Jeans (founder of the hospital) began appearing to various members of the staff to show her disapproval of a buy-out.

 

Philadelphia - Lemon Hill Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Henry Pratt purchased this property in 1799 from a Robert Morris. In 1800, Pratt built the present mansion called Lemon Hill. It was called Lemon Hill after the renowned lemon trees in the Morris greenhouses.

 

At times, visitors have reported the smell of fresh lemons, even though the trees and greenhouses are no longer there. Apparitions of those who tended the gardens have been seen as well, still lovingly tending their gardens.

 

Two city police officers that were on patrol saw a woman in white come from the direction of Lemon Hill. She crossed the road in front of them and walked down towards the river. Something about her made them think she was in trouble or possibly a suicide, so they called out to her. When she did not respond, they followed her to the river, where she disappeared right in front of them!

 

Philadelphia - Loudoun 4650 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia - Loudoun is said to be one of the most haunted houses in Philadelphia, often tying with Baleroy Mansion for the title.

The mansion was built in 1801, as the home of Thomas Armat. The house was built on the site of the Battle of Germantown, over an area known to contain the bodies of casualties of the battle.

Nevertheless, Loudoun is said to be the home of 5 earthbound spirits.

The first spirit is that of Maria Dickinson Logan, who died in 1939. She is seen in her old bedroom. Some of her personal items are on display there, and they are found moved about, as if someone had been using them. In life, Maria was not the kindest of people. Her spirit seems to resent the intrusion of strangers into her private bedroom - a feeling many of us can identify with. A woman who spent the night there reported that she saw an older woman with a clenched fist sitting on the edge of the bed in Maria's former bedroom.

 

There is also the ghost of Willie, a little boy who is believed to be the spirit of William Armat Logan, the mentally retarded son of Gustavus and Anna Logan. He died in 1860 when he was eight years old. His spirit is mischievous, and often moves things around, hides things, and places things where they don't belong.

 

The shadowy figure of a man has been seen on the staircase, a woman in a rocking chair has been seen in the sunroom, and the spirit of a little girl about 6 or 7 years old wanders the corridors at night.

 

Philadelphia - Mount Pleasant Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Mount Pleasant was built as the country residence of a successful Scottish sea captain (some say pirate) John Macpherson. In 1775, John Adams described it as "the most elegant seat in PA". Pirate or no, he was quite respected among our founding fathers...During his seafaring days, Captain Macpherson had his arm shot off. Visitors to the mansion have reported seeing the figure of a man with one arm.

A security guard is reported to have seen a pair of red slippers walking down the stairs with no one in them!

Philadelphia - Orleans 8 Movie Theater - A little girl seems to be haunting the projection booth. Sometimes, late at night, you can hear the little girl giggling and asking to come play with her.

Philadelphia - Palmer Cemetery - A witness visiting a grave of a relative reports bring flowers to the grave. Upon feeling a strange feeling turned around to see if there was someone there, only to find no one. Turning back around to the grave, the flowers had vanished. Also, in this cemetery a teenage boy hung his self by the entrance and sometimes at night one of the streetlights come on and you can see him hanging from the branch that was cut down. When you walk past the cemetery you can see shadows running around and tons of orbs flying around. At times you can see a big white person holding a baby and staring out of the fence.

 

Philadelphia - Powel House

Samuel Powel was the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule and then the first mayor of independent Philadelphia. He purchased this house in 1769. It was built in the Georgian style in 1765. Third Street was Philadelphia's premier address back then. Governor John Penn lived next door. The Powel property was much larger then, extending to Fourth Street.

 

In 1965, a respected historian, Edwin Moore, reported seeing General Lafayette (who is buried in Paris) and several other ghosts of Continental Army officers ascending the magnificent mahogany staircase. Moore's wife reported seeing the ghost of a young woman in a beige and lavender gown in the drawing room. I have heard that she saw the woman fanning herself and smiling, and I have also heard that the young woman stamps her foot twice and then disappears.

 

Others claimed to have seen this lovely young female ghost as well. Although she often speculated, Mrs. Moore was unable to ascertain the identity of the ghost until she was planning an eighteenth century costume ball.

 

Mrs. Moore wanted an authentic costume for the ball. In the course of her search she came across a woman who had an authentic eighteenth century gown available for her to wear. The woman told her it must be fate, because the gown she had was an actual gown worn by Peggy Shippen (wife of benedict Arnold) at the last party she attended, which had been held at the Powel House!

 

Mrs. Moore was shocked to see the woman lift beige and lavender gown, identical to the one she had seen on the ghost, from the storage case. So through a twist of fate the identity of the mystery woman was revealed.

 

The drawing room that Peggy Shippen appears in is the room that is located immediately to the left as you walk in. She has been sighted in other areas of the house as well, but this is the most likely place to see her.

Philadelphia - St. Dominic’s Catholic School - there is said to be a ghostly presence in the graveyard.

Philadelphia - Saint Maria Goretti High School for Girls - Cold hands felt, a ghost roams the halls throughout the schools and that the statue in front of the school cries once a year.

Philadelphia - Saint Mary's Annex at Saint Joseph's University -In this converted convent, located on the fringes of the Saint Joseph's campus, many ghostly nuns have been seen walking the halls. People have also claimed to hear laughter, footsteps, and odd bumps in the night.

 

Philadelphia - The Bishop White House

This house is located at 3rd & Walnut, across the street from the Curtis Adjustment Bureau. This has been called "the most haunted house in Independence Park". Rangers report feeling uneasy in the house and avoid entering it alone and at night. Shadowy shapes are reported throughout the house.

Bishop White was chaplain to the Second Constitutional Convention and the U.S. Senate. He was born in Philadelphia, and became very popular due to his charity work and to the ministering of the sick in 1793 during the Yellow Fever epidemic. This epidemic claimed 1 of 5 residents, including the Bishop's neighbor, Dr. Rush. It is believed that he escaped infection because he smoked a great deal and that this repelled the mosquitoes, which are the source of the infection.


Philadelphia - The Civil War Library and Museum - Was feature on unsolved mysteries--net work TV. On the second floor, in the Lincoln Room, the spirits of soldiers have been seen playing cards.

 

Philadelphia - The Inn Philadelphia 251 - 253 Camac Street, Philadelphia - Camac Street is one of the oldest streets in Philadelphia, and it is the only wooden block street in America. The wooden blocks are now under the paving. There is a tunnel under the street, which may have been used in the Underground Railroad, or may have served a less noble purpose. The area has had a very interesting history. The site itself was built in 1824. For a while, Camac Street was the center of a red light district in Philadelphia. Fortunately, the area was cleaned up and it has become a very exclusive area today. The restaurant is really two row homes, which were restored by the current owners after a fire. Staff and patrons have reported chandeliers swinging in a circle, doors mysteriously opening, a figure on the second floor landing, and disembodied footsteps. The footsteps are described as a step/drag kind of sound. A picture in the second floor corridor reportedly flew off the wall and hit the opposite wall. Dishes have flown off of racks in the kitchen. Voices have been heard.

 

The footsteps may be the spirit of a previous owner's father, who had helped in the rebuilding. He became very attached to the property and unfortunately he passed away right before his son's restaurant opened there. He was described as wearing heavy boots and walking with a limp!

Philadelphia - The old Penn Rynn Manor - Used to be the Biddle estate (as in Bailey, Banks and Biddle) It is right on the Delaware River. The story is that the original owners had a son that fell in love with one of the maids. The son’s parents would not allow this relationship, so the young lovers went down to the river and drowned themselves. The sightings have been of a lady on a white horse and a young man that would walk the path from the house to the water.

Philadelphia - The Walnut St. Theater - reports of an apparition of a little girl from the earl 1900s & hearing voices..

Philadelphia - Philadelphia University (Textiles)- When the university was a small Catholic school for girls, a nun supposedly hung her self in the top room of the mansion, after finding out she was impregnated by the father...Today, the attic is locked but people still see lights on or the figure of the nun standing up there...the old classrooms are now an all girls dormitory that has had countless incidences from noises to white fuzzy glowing balls appearing in pictures taken...when nothing was there...supposedly you can still see the nun if you sit on the hill in front of the mansion...she is said to walk there at sunrise.

Philadelphia - Roxborough - Leverington Cemetery - a very haunted site in Philadelphia, apparitions have been seen frequently

Philadelphia - Somerton - St. Andrews Church - Original Chapel - Next door to the newer church building is the older chapel, a white building now used mainly as an annex. Locals have reported seeing hazy white figures in and around the grounds, and have reported strange noises coming from the woods behind the buildings.

Philadelphia - University of the Sciences - Osol Hall - was originally a Psychiatric Institute. Legend goes, that a girl who was admitted there, went crazy because of mistreatment, and ended up killing herself on the 6th floor. Several years later, the Institute became a dormitory/apartment- like suites for students at USP. Several residents have heard strange noises, seen bathroom doors propped open after insuring they were closed shut while toilet seats would be put down if a resident was sure he left it up. Many residents have gotten strange sensations and weird feelings.

 

Philadelphia - Washington Square on Walnut St. between 6th & 7th, Philadelphia, PA

Washington Square is one of the original five squares that were laid out in 1682 when William Penn was planning the city of Philadelphia. At that time, it was called Southeast Square, since the Quakers did not believe in naming places for people.

From approximately 1704 to 1794, the square was used as a "potter's field" and a burial yard for strangers. Generally, the unfortunates interred here were simply wrapped in canvas and buried without coffins or ceremony.

 

The Joshua carpenter family purchased a private family burial ground in the center of the square when a female family member committed suicide and was unable to be buried in the church cemetery.

 

Rites like those of the Mexican "Day of the Dead" were also practiced in the burial ground - the black community would go to the graves of their friends and relatives and leave offerings of food and rum. Slaves were allowed to use the square during holidays, holding dances and honoring the "sleeping dust" below.

 

By the mid 1700's, the square was found to be good pastureland, and was leased by Jasper carpenter for that purpose. This pastoral period was brief. In 1776, fallen soldiers from the Colonial Army were buried in the square. Pits were dug along 7th street and the coffins were piled in on top of one another until the space was full. Pits were then dug out on the south side of the square and put to the same use. The British took Philadelphia in 1777, and used the Walnut Street Jail, which faces Washington Square, to hold their prisoners. The conditions were less than ideal, and more unfortunates were buried in the park. The park was also used as a mass grave during the yellow fever epidemic in 1793.

The square was no longer used as a cemetery in 1805, but improvements did not begin until 1815, when it began its transformation into a public park. It was named Washington Square in 1825, to honor George Washington.

 

In spite of the beautification projects, echoes of the squares macabre past may still be heard today. The square is said to be haunted by Leah, a Quaker woman who patrolled the cemetery late at night to protect the deceased from grave robbers. She has been seen by many ghost tour guests, and even by a Philadelphia City police officer. A paranormal investigator had a heart attack after seeing something in this park. As you visit the park, please take notice of this - although the nearby streets and many of the other parks are full of homeless people sleeping on the benches, Washington Square is nearly deserted!

 

St. David's - Eastern College - There have been several sightings of figures dressed in black that seem to disappear. Please include my email - for if anyone else has seen any unusual events at this college they could email them to me.

St. David's - Eastern University - Doane Residence Hall - (which used to be part of the servants quarters back when the University was an estate) is haunted by a girl who hung herself on the second floor in one of the dorm rooms. Reports are, if you place a chair in the room and shut out the lights and close the door, the chair will fall over and you can hear a female gasping for air.

St. David’s - Eastern University - Eastern University - Diane Hall - a girl hung herself in Diane Hall's 3rd floor bathroom, and the girls on the floor have seen rope appear in the stalls, and have had experiences during which someone sees only feet hanging below the stall doors.

St. David’s - Eastern University - Walton Hall - A girl hung herself is Walton Hall's 4th floor in the 1970's. Its still completely closed up to this day. There are Occasionally lights and notice from up there.

 

Upper Darby - Saint Alice - the auditorium used to be where they held the coffins for funerals. The auditorium used to be a chapel, a student claimed to hear music playing at night and a silhouette of a person standing in front of the top floor window. The convent and rectory are also known to be haunted. A man hung himself in the convent and the music teacher died in the convent also. People say they hear the piano that she used to play when she was a live. The principal at the school said she heard someone calling her name when no one was around, the secretary tried to make a phone call but it said someone was using the phone line, she went to check to see who was using the phone. She found out no one was using it. The girls' bathroom in the gym toilets flushes at times. The house near the rectory was the first house built by two brothers.

Upper Darby
- Upper Darby High School - There is a spirit haunting the Performing Arts Center, which is said to be of a young boy who hanged himself because he was tormented, by evil spirits which live in the attic of the theatre. Actors and theatre technicians there have witnessed a hanging body in the shadows and have encountered many strange things like moving boxes and hearing noises. Lamps in storage tend to smash for no reason.

 

 

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hi i just wanna know if you have some information about one house is in clearfiel pa because my husband its working clearfiel PA and the company rent the house for them and he said strange thing happen.

Where are the Erie County stories?

COLWYN Annes Rock, it is a giant rock, Ive taken a walk back there myself, nothing to report. Upper Darby: St. Alice, I believe its actually Sellars hall they speak of. I lived a block away, creepy place built in 1600's? Definately heard about lots of activity, none myself. But DelCo Courthouse, Ive seen some stuff. I believe theres some activity there. Im near Drexel Hill and the Prendie High School activity Ive heard about, I know dozens and dozens of students over that last several decades and no stories as of yet. It was an old Orphanage, dont believe any suicides but a teacher did fall and die a few years ago. Upper darby H.S., I went there, thats just a story, nobody hung themselves there. As for the Swedish Cabin in drexel Hill, now that has been well known for activity and I wanna check it our myself...let ya's know!

You are most welcome, it is always fun learning about the place you live. Be one of those jobs I would love to do is travel and explore, to sit down with people and record their stories.

Thanks my friend this is very informative!

I am not sure on that one, I have some ideas that most of what people experience at a haunted place and memories of past events being replayed. Murders and suicides are very strong psychic events that in my opinion can imprint themselves on a location. They call it the "Stone Tape" Theory. Which brings us back to your question of why do we only see the ghosts of murders and suicides, because they leave the strongest imprint of energy.