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THE SACRED OAK TREE (Oley Twp., Berks County) Once a young Delaware chief's beautiful wife fell ill.  There was nothing the tribal shaman could do for her.  She got weaker and weaker.  The chief, at his wit's end, journeyed to the Sacred Oak and prayed to the Great Spirit for her recovery.  His prayer was answered.  Later, the Delawares were threatened by another tribe.  He again visited the Sacred Oak, and the Great Spirit counseled him.  He followed the advice, staved off the impending war and in fact became trading partners with the other tribe.  Whenever there were times of extreme trouble, the Delawares went to the Sacred Oak and whatever help they needed, they got.  The Indians had an agreement dating back to the first chief's days that the property owners, red and white, would take care of the Sacred Oak, and they always have. The tree is on private property now, and a group, including the Delawares, have formed to tend to it.  In fact, 25 of them held a ceremony to help revitalize it.  The tree has been dated back to at least 1682.  It's a Penn's Charter tree, which means it existed when William Penn arrived on these shores. The Sacred Oak

ST. ALICE'S (Upper Darby, Delaware County) The Catholic elementary school, opened in 1922, is loaded with spirits.  It was said that the auditorium was once a chapel where funeral services were held, and you can hear music coming from it at night.  You can also reportedly catch a glimpse of a ghostly shadow through the top floor window.  The rectory and convent are alleged to be haunted too.  A music teacher that lived in the convent can still be heard playing the piano and calling out people's names when they pass by.  Other poltergeist activities are said to occur there.  The school closed in 2006.  We'll see if the spirits decide if it's time to hang it up too. The Shadowlands

ST. ANDREWS IN THE FIELD EPISCOPAL CHURCH (Somerton, Philadelphia) Locals have reported seeing hazy white figures on the grounds of the church, and hearing strange noises coming from the nearby woods.The Shadowlands

ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH (Windgap, Northampton County) St. Joe's in the Lehigh Valley is now closed (although thanks to LC we know that it's become a Halloween haunted house called "Pocono Frightmares"), but it was pretty lively back in the day.  You can hear sounds like firecrackers going off inside, lights go on and off, there are cold spots, and you can see the shadow spirit of a girl.  It all goes back to when a priest was fooling around with a parishioner's wife, and the hubby busted them.  The pastor, caught red-handed, shot the couple downstairs, climbed the steps upstairs, and shot himself.  The trio have haunted the church ever since.  One ghosthunter even heard a woman's voice say in surprise "He killed me."  PennLive

ST MARY'S HALL (Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery County) St.Joseph's University obtained this stone and stained glass building from the Sisters of Bon Secour, who used it as a convent.  It's now a freshmen girls house, the home to 40 students.  It's said that the spirits of ghostly nuns have their run of the house, and you can hear their laughter and footsteps during the night. The Shadowlands

ST. PETER'S CEMETERY (Old City, Philadelphia) Built on land owned by St. Peter's Episcopal since 1757, the cemetery boasts of being the second oldest in Philadelphia.  It holds a who's who of bodies, from Indian chiefs to politicos.  It also holds a quite a few spooks behind its' brick walls.  Some folks have claimed to see a horse drawn carriage rumble through the center of the graveyard and towards the church.  Others have reported seeing the restless spirits of Native Americans in the cemetery.  An African-American dressed in colonial clothes roams the grounds at night.  People who walk their dogs in the predawn hours have been scared out of their pooper scoopers by another spirit. Homeless people that have tried to catch some shut eye there at night claim to have seen countless ghosts floating through the cemetery.  St. Peter's may be number two in age, but it's number one in Philly spooks. Visit PA

SALEM (BELLEMAN'S) UNION CHURCH (Centerport, Berks County)  Founded in 1746 and on the National Register of Historic Places, Belleman's Church is a Berk County fixture.  And on Belleman's Church Road, there are a couple of spooks, and at least one can be attributed to the church.  Adaline Baver's ghost has been seen on the road.  She was murdered in 1857, and is buried in the church boneyard.  There has also been a story of a another girl haunting the road, described as a tall brunette, dressed in almost day-glo clothes that were pink and orange and yellow.  She walked in front of car, sat cross-legged in front of it, stared straight ahead - and disappeared.  Charles Adams III reported this tale in the Reading Eagle.

SATANVILLE/CULT HOUSE (Pennsbury Twp., Chester County) This urban legend is still hotly debated in spook chat rooms.  Known as Cult House Road, Devil's Road, Skull Tree Road, and the House of the Unholy, this property is a favorite target of teen ghost hunters.  Located in rural Chester County off Cossart Road, the house is supposed to be the former DuPont home where they used to stash their crazy relations.  It's also alleged to be a satanist church and the home of human sacrifice.  It does sport a lot of spooky omens.  The house itself has inverted cross shaped windows.  The trees grow away from the light, some at 90 degree angles.  One is called the Skull tree because of its' shape, and another is called the Devil's tree because its' roots look like a hand pulling at the earth.  It's even alleged a body was found buried under it. It's said you'll be chased by spectral vehicles.  First, the land is private property, and has a guard house (reverent & fairladyz posts, about 1/3 of the way down.)  It's been reported that the guards will follow you through the property in a truck until you're off their land.  There have been no verified reports of satanic activity there - even dedicated followers of Beelzebub know better than to mess with the hired guns watching over the house.  As for the other stuff - well, it is eerie. And apparently the owners don't mind the notoriety.  A newspaper contacted them to come out and debunk the stories. The owners turned them down.  So the urban legend lives on. Cult House Legend

SCARY MARY (Telford, Bucks/Montgomery County) The Rising Sun Inn was built in 1739, became Gerhart's Tavern in 1752, and is once again known as the Rising Sun today.  The Tavern has a colorful history.  It was a temporary hiding place for the Liberty Bell during the Revolution, and was a stop on the underground railroad.  The ghost of an old innkeeper killed at the Inn haunts the Rising Sun, called Scary Mary by the locals.  Many workers claimed to have been startled by her sudden appearance in the lobby. She's been seen looking out the second floor window.  Guests have reported Scary Mary calling to them from the second floor, inviting them to “come upstairs.”  City Lights Paranormal

JOHN SCHILDT MURDER HOUSE (Alsace Twp., Berks County) In 1812, John Schildt was waiting on Rev. Pauli of the Reformed Church to baptize two of his children, at the request of his dad, Andrew.  John, who had been hearing voices and was likely psychotic, grew impatient and set off to town to see the pastor, and they missed one another en route.  His family was gathered at the home, though, and the reverend christened the children. Upset that he missed the event or perhaps schizophrenic, he hacked his mom and dad to death, threw the family dog in the oven, and chased his brother Christian through the woods with his ax.  The Reading DA called him a "demonaic", and he was hung the next year.  So he haunts the house, right?  No?  Then his mom or dad spook the ol' homestead?  No?  The dog?  Actually, the Schildt home is haunted gently by Elam Delp, who bought the house, rebuilt in the mid-19th century by Johannes Schildt, in 1938 and lived there until he died in the 1980s.  He just likes to keep an eye on the place.  The ghost hunters investigating the place found him a perfect host, waiting for them in the kitchen, where the original bake oven still sits. Berks Lehigh Paranormal

SCHUBERT FARM HOUSE (Allentown, Lehigh County) The house is located in the Allentown countryside.  It was built by Revolutionary War soldier George Schubert on the site of his original house which had burned down, so it dates into the late 1700s.  It has been a great deal of poltergeist activity, and lots of spooks have been reported in the house and barn.  The sounds of a horse galloping around the home has been heard.  One previous dearly departed owner, a dark haired man in a white shirt, was seen in the bedrooms.  Another owner's ghost was sighted in the barn in a blue and white uniform hanging from the rafters.  He had hung himself in the barn in real life.  A red eyed man with a handlebar mustache was spotted in the hallway, looking into a bedroom.  A small girl has been heard saying "Mommy Mommy" and seen accompanying the current owner's wife around by her real children.  The little spook may be one of the five Schubert children who died in the house from smallpox.  It's reported that the current family has come to grips with the spirits and the hauntings have become much less severe. Haunted Houses

SELMA MANSION (Norristown, Montgomery County) Reports of voices and poltergeist activity have been made, with one paranormal group claiming to have made contact with the spirit of Thomas Knox. The Norristown Preservation Society embraces its reputation, sponsoring Ghost Tours and Paranormal open houses. Norristown Preservation Society

SEVEN STARS INN (Phoenixville, Chester County) Starting out in 1741 as Gerhard Brumbach's Tavern, it became the Seven Stars Inn in 1804.  Except for a spell during Prohibition when it was a private home, the Seven Stars has been dishing out hospitality - and ghosts.  One is the spirit of a young boy spotted in the upstairs dining room, which was a guest room back when the Seven Stars was an Inn.  The ghost of a former owner has been seen looking down the stairway.  It's the same steps he fell down, killing himself while supervising the cleaning crew.  They must have missed a spot.  It's also haunted by the sad spirit of a woman who hung herself in the third floor attic. The Shadowlands 

SHARTLESVILLE HOTEL (Hamburg, Berks County) Built in the 1800s, the Shartlesville started as a stagecoach stop.  Now it's a restaurant.  In between, it served as a brothel, and its spook is one of the working girls, Linda.  She was found hanging in the doorway, and no one knows if she was murdered or committed suicide.  And though she's been spotted by many, she's not sharing her tale.  Berks Lehigh Paranormal

SHILLINGTON SOCIAL QUARTERS (Shillington, Berks County) Club staff and patrons have reported all sorts of odd poltergeist activity, from playing with the cleaning supplies to locking the ladies room door.  The topper was the night when a trustee, alone in the building finishing some paperwork, heard a voice say "Help me."  The phenomena is attributed to a elderly gent who had a fatal heart attack in the club. The Shadowlands

HANNAH SHINGLE'S GHOST (North Coventry, Chester County) In the mid 1800s, Hannah Shingle (or Schenkel) was a 60-ish spinster that lived alone in her old home.  On October 21, 1855, worried neighbors who hadn't seen Hannah for a spell broke down her locked door to check on her.  The hearth had stew bubbling on it, and everything seemed normal, except for the deathly silence.  When they went upstairs, they found Hannah's body, badly bloodied and her head almost decapitated after an axe attack.  Ironically, the murder weapon was the same axe Hannah kept with her for protection. She had been a popular woman before being married, and some thought the deed to be the work of a spurned paramour. But no one was ever held for the murder.  Since then, many people have claimed to see Hannah's ghost by a nearby brook.  It's described to be as white as snow, four feet high and three feet across with no limbs.  One sighting was even reported in a local newspaper, the Pottstown Ledger, in 1879.  So if you're ever by the old Temple Church and see a white shadow floating by, say hi to Hannah. This Haunted Place

SLATEFORD RR BRIDGE (Slateford, Northampton County) When the 2500' span was being poured across the Delaware River in the late 1930s, it's said that a laborer fell into a form and was buried alive in concrete.  His ghost can sometimes be seen and that you can feel his spirit following you as you cross the span.  The bridge was shut down for awhile, but is slated to reopen as part of a new commuter line. The Shadowlands

SOUTH STREET SPOOKS (Queens Village, Philadelphia) A girl that lived in an upstairs South Street apartment by Fourth noticed some oddities about her apartment.  The linen closet door was warped outward.  The bathroom was always damp, and the door wouldn't shut.  Her cat would react to things she couldn't see.  The place was always cold. She blamed it on an old building and a lazy landlord.  But then she had trouble sleeping and become agitated at the smallest thing.  She felt like someone was watching her in the bathroom.  She finally lost it when she saw two kids running through the apartment.  She told her friend about, and as fate would have, her bud ran across a former tenant and they traded notes.  The same thing had happened to her.  They researched the history of the apartment.  It seems that a single mother was raising two kids in the apartment in the mid 1990s, and use to lock them in the linen closet. Neighbors reported her to CYS, and they took the children away.  Inexplicably, they later returned them to the mother within a few weeks time.  Days later, she drowned them in the bathtub.  The girl moved out of the apartment the same day her girlfriend told her what had happened.  She sleeps much easier now.  Digest ezine 

SPRINGHEEL JACK (Philadelphia) We all know Springheel Jack terrorized England with his antics, but he visited his American cousins every so often, too.   In May of 1905 at the Old Second National Bank, which at the time was being used as the customs house, Julia McGlone, part of the cleaning staff, left work.  As she approached the front of the building, something jumped from the shadows and grabbed her.  She fought valiantly against her attacker, even as it clawed her face and neck. Her screams had alerted a nearby policeman who tackled her assailant.  He was thrown off like a rag doll.  The officer then drew his pistol, but before he could fire off a shot, the dark figure blew flames out of his mouth and with a great leap went to the top of the steps and fled the scene.  When McGlone later composed herself, she gave a description of her attacker.  He had on a helmet & tight fitting oil skin outfit, with eyes of fire, claw-like hands, and he blew flames from his mouth. Sounds like Jack to us.  This is the only report we've found of a Pennsylvania sighting, although he was supposed to be on a romp in the Cape Cod area in the 1930's and had been reported in Louisville in the 1880's.  Springheel Jack was last seen in the Misty Isles in 1904.  Maybe with the heat on in Jolly Old England, he decided to try his hand here.  Digest E-Zine

SPOOK WOLVES (Philadelphia & statewide) Spook Wolves are odd entities said to roam near Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.  These beasts are said to be wolf spirits that were seen as far back as the 1800s.  Legend has it that wolf corpses, stuffed by Czech taxidermist Johe Zerkow and on display at the Philadelphia Centennial, came to life, animated by wolf spirits, to hunt at night.  The centennial pack was moved afterwards to a stone house in northern Potter county, by the watershed.  But never fear; they are pure spirit and can't harm anyone. They are not to be confused with phantom wolves, thought to be the Devil incarnate, and seen at death scenes when Old Scratch comes to collect a doomed soul.  Folklorist Henry W. Shoemaker, in an article called Central Pennsylvania Legends, passed on a similar story regarding a stuffed panther in Snyder County, dated back to 1864.  Phillyist

SQUARE TAVERN (Newtown, Delaware County) James Fitzpatrick was a highwayman who specialized in robbing victims traveling the West Chester Pike in the mid-to-late 1700s. He was popularly known by the name Sandy Flash, and although a royal pain in the behind to law officials, who he often contemptuously taunted, Fitzgerald was a bit of a folk hero, cast in the Robin Hood mold. In 1778, Flash went to the Square Tavern in Newtown Square and relieved its patrons of their cash. That led to his downfall, as he was finally captured after that last bit of larceny and sentenced to hang; his death warrant was said to have been signed by none other than Ben Franklin. After repeated unsuccessful escape attempts, he was hung, more or less...actually, his legend goes that the rope was too long and his toes touched the ground, so the hangman jumped on his shoulders (kinda lazy, if you ask us) and in effect strangled the outlaw to death. The Square Tavern is famous on its own merits. Built in 1742, it also is known as the Square Inn and the James West House, noted as the childhood home of American artist Benjamin West. It weathered some rough times, but after being restored in 1981 and again in 2008, the building on Newtown Square and Goshen Roads is a museum and home to the Delaware County Tourist Bureau. Sandy Flash and the Square Tavern seem fated to remain forever linked. Visitors to the historic building have reported seeing mysterious lights - orbs, if you prefer - flashing through the windows. Local lore has it the lights are the spirit of Sandy Flash returning to the scene of his last crime. Why would Flash gently haunt the Tavern? No one is really sure, but Widener University's folklorist Joseph Edgette, who related this tale to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dan Hardy, said "...it's fascinating to know that Fitzpatrick's story is still alive today because of stories of the haunting." And what better reason to haunt a house than to keep your name on people's lips through the centuries?

STANDARD TAP (Philadelphia) Located in the Northern Liberties, the Standard Tap opened its doors in 1999. Serving regional draft-only brews, the tavern sits in a building that has been a pub for about two centuries, so you can drink while waiting for the spirits to arrive. There are stories of a civil war soldier spotted outside the kitchen. Another paranormal visitor is an older female spirit with white hair appearing at the top of the stairs after closing. A former renter who is thought to have died in the pub, Mr. Smeigelski, does little annoying poltergiest sort of things.There's also the tale of a spirit who is said to have thrown a loaded utensil rack across a room at a new cook, who promptly left the employ of the Standard for a safer kitchen. Philly Magazine: "Ghost Stories" by Arthur Etchell.

STOKESAY CASTLE (Mt. Penn, Berks County) The Castle was built in 1931 by George Heister as a honeymoon cottage for his new wife Anne Nicolls. He spared no expense, duplicating the old Stokesay Castle of Shropshire England, which was built in 1240.  Guess what?  Anne didn't like the gloomy old pile of stones. In fact, it's said that it drove her literally crazy. Ten years later, they divorced; that's gratitude for you. Now it's a restaurant. But it's said that the ghost of Anne can't escape the Castle she so despised in life. She seems to be particularly drawn to the dining room and its' view. Others say that George himself also haunts the Castle. Here's another twist on the legend posted in the Veritaserum Forum by Ginny Winter. This Haunted Place

THE STOTTSVILLE INN (Pomeroy, Chester County) The Stottsville Inn dates back to the 1740's, and the current building was put up in 1858 and run as a hotel.  The legend, as related by the owner, spins around Josephine, the beautiful 19 year old wife of the owner in the late 1800s, Horace Chandler.  Horace came home one night, went up to room 305, and found Josephine in the sack with a Chadwin Martin.  Enraged, he choked them both to death.  Then he committed suicide in a way unique to all spookdom - death by cow.  He left a suicide note saying he loved her - funny way of showing it - and in the PS said "I can't live without you so I will commit suicide in the barn.  I will bite a cow's leg and he will kick me in the head and kill me."  I guess it did the trick.  Martin's ghost is seen only in room 202 (We don't know if that was his room or just where Horace caught up to him.)  Josephine has been spotted all over the building. She's been described as young, beautiful, and dressed all in white.  While both enjoy pulling poltergeist pranks, Josephine has a thing for piano players.  If she doesn't like their music, she knocks their tip jar off of the piano in mid song, shattering it.  She must shatter their nerves, too.  A pair of pianists have quit their gigs at the Stottsville because of her.  No sightings have been made of Horace or his killer cow.  It's great folklore, but the owner should have read the history posted on the Inn's website first.  Horace bought the Inn in 1891 and sold it in 1900.  That's a tough thing for a dead man to do. Got the names a little mixed up, too.  Hmmm...   We hate when the facts get in the way of a swell story.  (Parkesburg Ledger "Remembering the 'Ghost of the Stottsville Inn'," December 1, 2005)

STOUCH TAVERN (Womelsdorf, Berks County) The current Stouch Tavern structure was built in 1785. It was a stop on the stage coach line between Harrisburg and Reading for a century, and even had an overnight visit from George Washington. It fell on hard times and was almost destroyed by a fire in 1973, but was restored and is in business again. That makes the resident spook, called George, happy. He's not been seen, but he makes his presence felt. His footsteps have been heard on the roof, in the attic, and in the bar itself. George likes to be mischievous around the Tavern, rummaging around the storage area, getting into the Christmas decorations, scattering napkins, turning on faucets and playing other spook games. The Shadowlands

CYRUS STOVER HOUSE (Riegelsville, Bucks County) Reverend Jeff Wargo was feeling pretty good about himself, having just graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and landing his first gig at St. John's United Church of Christ in Riegelsville.  That was, until he settled into his parsonage, the old Cyrus Stover House, a Victorian home built in 1858.   Wargo drifted off to sleep there and was awakened by footsteps from upstairs that headed down the steps.  He crossed himself and said the Lord's Prayer, and the sound stopped.  He had heard the ghost of old Cyrus, who died young in the Civil War and never left his home.  He's also supposed to be a pretty mean spirit and not at all welcoming to uninvited guests in his home.  The Rev blessed the house in a hurry, and while the evil presence seemed to disappear, the footsteps and feelings of being watched didn't.  Other poltergeist activities like cold spots, furniture sliding around, lights going on and off and alarm clocks ringing at 3 AM also continued.  There's another nasty ghost in the building, too.  He's a short fellow in a bowler that has a dislike of copiers.  The apparition was sighted by Wargo while he was running off copies one day, fist raised.   Wargo screamed and a parishioner rushed in, spooking the spook.   A previous pastor reported that the lil' ghost actually walloped him in the gut once while he was at the copier.  There's another male spirit that's been seen roaming the building, and a little girl's ghost too.  But there's at least one welcoming soul.  The wraith of Mary Louisa Altenbaugh, wife of a former pastor, haunts the halls.  She died in 1867 and is buried in the Union cemetery beside St. Johns.  Mary Louisa loved the church and town, so it's no surprise she hung around.  She's been seen in a hoop skirt, and it's believed she's the one protective spirit there.  The Reverend Jeff Wargo wrote down the story of the parsonage and other spooky Riegelsville happenings in his book Ghosts in the 'Ville.  His tales have also been covered fairly extensively in a series of articles by the Delaware Valley News and other local papers.

THE SUN INN (Bethlehem, Northampton County) The Sun Inn opened in 1760, and it's guest list is second to none - the Washingtons, Von Stueben, Pulaski, Lafayette, the Adams, the Six Nation chiefs, and it goes on and on.  But its legendary ghost belongs to a Moravian watchman in the basement.  The area is honeycombed with tunnels, supposedly to give the early settlers a place to ride out the Indian raids.  One of the entrances is allegedly in the Sun's basement.  According to the legend, the mysterious Brother Albrecht hid some Moravian treasure in one of the tunnels, and it's still there.  If you go into the cellar, you experience cold spots and the presence of the watchman, still on duty as the centuries pass.  He doesn't have many intruders to guard against anymore; the Inn was shuttered and now is available only for private events and tours.  There was a book, now out of print, that was written about it in 1910 - Brother Albrecht's Secret Chamber: A Legend of the Ancient Moravian Sun Inn. The Shadowlands  The Lehigh Valley Research investigators found a couple of spirits upstairs, too.  One they believe is William Jones, Madison's Secretary of the Navy, who died at the Inn in 1831.  He likes to sing along to old-timey tunes and his spectral voice has been heard to ask folk to "play the piano" for "William."  Another is Hughetta Bender, who founded the Sun Inn Preservation Society and whose ghostly image has been seen in the window watching over the place she saved, an elderly woman in a white apron. A nurse named Eliza Moore, who died at the inn in 1897, is also believed to haunt the building, as is a little girl named Sarah and a band of soldiers. An episode of "Ghost Hunters" was filmed there, along with a TAPS investigation. (Bethlehem Morning Call "Ghost Hunting At The Bethlehem Inn," October 9, 2009.)

SWEDISH CABIN (Upper Darby, Delaware County) Built in 1654, the Swedish Cabin is one of the homes of the hundred or so Swedes that colonized Upper Darby.  It's believed by some to be a cursed location.  It's said between midnight and dawn that you can hear the screams of children, music, and the sounds of animals coming from the cabin.  Dancing flames have been spotted outside of it.  And hey, if you don't believe us, how about Jack, a local that wrote us and said "What you have detailed in the description is my exact experience with the cabin.  The children screaming, the shadows in the woods, and the foot steps along the river with the music bow sound. Weird..."    Maybe the Swedes should have settled in Lower Darby.   Mainline Para 

TARGET NESHAMINY (Bensalem, Bucks County)  Hey, not only does the Neshaminy Mall have a haunted AMC Theater, but it has a spooked-out Target.  This one is alleged to have been built over an Indian burial ground - why can't anyone let those poor Native Americans rest in peace? -  and features moving merchandise, cold spots, and the feeling of presence.  Eastghost

TEMPLE (Philadelphia) Mitten Memorial Hall, built in 1931 on Broad Street, is home to an apparition that's been seen going up and down the stairwell.  The building was a student activity center when it was opened, and now serves as a conference and event venue.  It's spook was posted on the Haunted Philly Phillyblog in June, 2004.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AT AMBLER (Ambler, Montgomery County) Temple at Ambler started out in 1910 as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women.  It had been a farm before that, dating back to the 1700s.  In 1958, it merged with Temple and became the Ambler Campus.  All the paranormal activity here was found by Patti Starr and Chip Coffey, paranormal investigators who have visited the campus.

  • Administration Building: There are photographs of orbs and mists in the building, along with voice recordings.  The face of a bearded man in a small basement window was also caught on film.  One female voice on the third floor told the ghost hunters and their midnight tour group to "Stop," apparently distressed at the late night ruckus the gang was making in her usually peaceful haunt.
  • Campus Grounds: The spirit of a girl attached to the PSHW has been seen by the campus gardens.  Dressed in early 20th century clothes, she apparently loves flowers, the campus and its' grounds, and chose to spend her afterlife at the school.  The investigators tried to get her to move on towards "the light", but she decided to stay at Ambler.  Even ghosts are afraid of the unknown.
  • West Residence Hall: Banging, scratching sounds, and cold spots were reported in the hall.  A pair of shadows were seen in the dorm.  It's thought they are the spirits of a couple that were lovers and came to an unnatural end, perhaps by suicide.

Temple - Ambler Campus Tour

All references taken from Temple Ghosthunters

THORNBURY FARM (Chadds Ford, Delaware County) Dating back to 1709, Thornbury Farm was the site of a gruesome bloodletting during the Battle of Brandywine. Paranormal investigators found nine separate identities at the farm, eight in the house and one in the spring house. The barn was reviewed and found a little girl looking for her doll near one of the covered wells; a young boy solider atop of the hay loft overlooking the battle, as he had left his post and was afraid. The house has the ghost of the original owner who hung himself over a now covered hand dug well in the basement. There is also a ghost of a man who froze to death in what was a window well of the earlier building. A soldier blocks the back stair case next to a coffin style door. Also found were a ghost in the master bedroom and a young girl crying in the next room. One old grumpy man was found to haunt the spring house.

THE TICKING TOMB (Landenburg, Chester County) In the mid 1760s, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, of Mason-Dixon Line fame, were examining a watch in their tent when they got some visitors.  One of them was a chubby baby named Fithian Minuit.  He was attracted to the ticking of the watch and popped it in his mouth, swallowing it.  As he grew into adulthood, the watch kept on ticking (It must have been a Timex.)  In fact, it's said that his father-in-law interrupted Minuit's honeymoon briefly when he was trying to trace an inexplicable and annoying ticking sound and burst into the lovebird's nest.  Fithian became a respected local watch & clock maker.  When he died, he was buried inside the stone walls of London Tract Cemetery.  It's said that if you put your ear close to his tombstone, you can sometimes still hear the watch ticking away.  His grave is right beside the heart-shaped stone, and has only the letters "R.C." carved into the aging marble marker. (We don't know why Fithian Minuit would have RC on his tombstone either - maybe that's why there's an alternate version to the tale that says one of the Mason-Dixon workman was buried with the watch. But Fithian is our story, and we're sticking to it!)  Now for the end of the legend.  Edgar Allen Poe heard about the Ticking Tomb and paid it a visit.  The result was The Tell Tale Heart. Associated Content

TOPTON HOUSE PUB (Topton, Berks County) Built in 1866, the Topton House was once a hotel and a speakeasy during Prohibition.  Now it's a roadhouse with a past that comes back to haunt it.  Voices and a smell of sulphur are noted in the cellar.  Shadow figures flit through the pub.  Another of the manifestations is the odor of roses floating through the building.  It's attributed to an older gent that's often spotted in the garden - and no wonder, since he was the gardener in real life.  Guests report invisible spooks sitting on their beds and being touched by unseen hands. There's supposed to be a phantom priest that tears down Christmas decorations.  The figure of a man in a blue flannel shirt, solid looking except for a fuzzy face, has been reported on the stairway.  The most famous spook is a little girl, Emma,  that loves to trip people in the dining room.  The owner even has a web video about her.  The TV show The Ghost Hunters (see episode 8) showed up to meet the ghosties and came away unimpressed.  We guess the girlie ghost didn't stick out her little foot for them. North Atlantic Paranormal

TORY GOLD (Wernersville, Berks County) It's said that the Doane gang, a family of Loyalist marauders during the Revolution, hid the proceeds of their robberies at Indian Gap.  The Pennsylvania Dutch in the area know where it's at, but can't get to it.  It's supposed to be guarded by witches, and whenever anyone gets near it, blue flames shoot up, blinding the treasure seeker.  The good news is that a hex layer the men hired for the princely sum of fifty cents had a vision of where the gold was, and told the farmers that the witches weren't going to watch over it forever.  The bad news is that the vision didn't tell him when they would leave.  The story is told in Buried Treasure & Storied Waters, Cliffs and Mountains by Charles Skinner.

THE TRACKS (Flourtown, Montgomery County) A train line once ran behind Penn Oak Road.  It was discontinued, and the tracks were torn up in 1987.  But the sounds of a phantom train can sometimes still be heard roaring down the tracks.  The figure of a man has been seen walking the old tracks, only to disappear.  A young boy's spirit has also been reported in the area, by the basketball courts and under the bridge, dressed in clothes from the 1950s. The Shadowlands

TRINITY CHURCH OXFORD & CEMETERY (Philadelphia) The Oxford Friends first met here in a log cabin in 1698, and a new church was erected in 1711.  It still serves as the west wing of the current church.  The cemetery is also over three centuries old.  Oh, and during one of its' expansions, it's said that the church built a wing right over the graveyard.  They used the headstones as part of the building and didn't move the buried bodies.  As you can imagine, there are a few disgruntled spooks roaming the grounds.  The neighbors are the best witnesses.  They report ghost sightings on a regular basis.  The caretaker adds that he hears voices and footsteps inside the empty church.  Some believe that the spirit of a man who died after a fall from the bell tower haunts the grounds.  Others have seen a small girl spook sitting on the cemetery wall who disappears in the blink of an eye.  Investigators there saw ghosts walk up the church aisle towards the door, and heard tapping from the church windows.  Trinity was closed and locked at the time. PGHA

TRUM TAVERN (Trumbauresville, Bucks County) Established in 1752, the Trum Tavern started as a courthouse before it became a tavern.  It's said to be haunted by Jacob, its' original owner.  He prefers the second floor, and makes himself known by following you around, moving objects, and the occasional unearthly noise.  The haunted history of the Tavern is included on the back page of the Trum's menu.  Trum's Ghost has enough boo power to make the pages of Charles Adams III Bucks County Ghost Stories. The Shadowlands

TUGGY THE WITCH (Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County) The Harriton House dates back to 1682 when it was a land grant given by William Penn.  The first home was built by Rowland Ellis in 1704, and Richard Harrison bought it in 1719. Although a Quaker, Harrison was a tobacco farmer from Maryland.  He grew tobacco at Harriton too, and employed slave labor to farm the crop.  It's thought, in fact, that Harriton was the northernmost slave plantation in America.  One of the slaves was named Tuggy, who knew some voodoo.  She didn't like it in Pennsylvania and wanted to return to her Maryland family.  She tried to kill her hated owner, first by poisoning his morning cup of chocolate.  But at knock at the door saved him from drinking the concoction, and Tuggy came up with a Plan B.  She went to the graveyard with a wooden stake.  Some think she tried to raise a body from the dead to do her bidding while others believe she was trying to cast a death spell on Harrison.  Whichever, it worked - but on the wrong victim.  A bloodcurdling scream was heard from the graveyard that night.  Being superstitious, no one ventured into the boneyard until morning.  There they found Tuggy's body, staked to a grave.  The legend says that she accidentally drove the stake through the hem of her dress, and thought that a dead man's hand was pulling her down into the grave to join him.  She died of fright. Historic Haunts

TWIN TUNNELS (Downingtown, Chester County) There are four tunnels in all on Valley Creek Road, two for traffic, one for overflow and one to allow the local creek to flow through, if we have the facts straight.  It's infamous for the "Suitcase Jane Doe" murder in the 1990s when a suitcase filled with body parts was found outside one of the tunnels.  Locals suspect a motorcycle gang was responsible, but no one has ever been charged in the case.  But inside the tunnel, there's supposed to be a painting of a suitcase with an arm hanging down, pointing to where Jane Doe's suitcase was found. "Help Me" is spray painted beside the picture and can sometimes be heard echoing through the tunnel.  Is it a plea from the victim or post crime graffiti?  No one knows.  There's also supposed to be the ghost of a man that hung himself, either from a tree right outside the tunnels or a wire that crosses over the tunnels.  You can hear his death rattle.  Another tale involves a turn of the twentieth century woman that had a child out of wedlock.  She hung herself on the hillside with her baby in her arms.  As she died, the child fell from her arms to its death; the babe's ghost and cries are part of Twin tunnel lore. It's said if you stop in the tunnel and flash your lights, you can see the spooks of the mother and child.  We have some older urban legends of a keeper, guardian, and hounds being spotted there, gargantuan protectors of the tunnels.  Why the tunnels should be protected isn't clear; maybe they're guarding the alleged portal to hell in the area.  The tunnels themselves are spooky enough without the stories.  They're quite poorly lit with a road grade that makes it impossible to see from end to end when you're driving in them. Unexplained Mysteries


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