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UNNEIGHBORLY NEIGHBORS (The Settlement Lands, Northampton County)  Another old Pennsylvania Dutch legend, this one involves a couple of neighbors that continually feuded over their property lines.  The argument continued into the Great Beyond.  During life, they removed one another's border markers and were constantly in court.  It was said that the farmers threatened to fight out their differences "with fire and brimstone in the hereafter" if that's what it took.  Well, it did.  After the pair died, the neighbors reported hearing the rattle of chains and watching fiery balls of light that zoomed along the dividing line of the farms, often crashing into one another with a great hiss and flying sparks.  So if you're ever in the Old Indian lands and see floating lights zipping about, don't assume automatically that it's swamp gas.  It could very well be the old German farmers still fighting over their farmlands.  W.J. Hoffman related this in Folklore of the Pennsylvania Germans in the Journal of American Folklore. Northvegr

UPPER DARBY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Drexel Hill, Delaware County) The PAC, which serves the Delaware Valley, is haunted by the ghost of a boy who hung himself.  He was driven to suicide by alleged evil spirits that lurk in the attic.  Staff have seen the shadow of a hanging body and experience quite a bit of poltergeist activity such as unexplained noises, objects being moved, and shattering stage lights.  Every theater needs a ghost. The Shadowlands

VIA THRIFT STORE (Nazareth, Northampton County) Once the Good Shepherd Thrift, the store is located right across from the old Nazareth Speedway, which opened in 1910 as a dirt track and operated until 2004.  Workers have reported things fall from the shelves, flickering lights, and other oddities in the shop.  They credit the building's shakes to a crash that claimed the life of a driver decades ago, wrecking in the part of the track right by the store.  His spirit is supposed to still haunt the section of the oval where he died.  Weird Nazareth

VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK (Montgomery County) Everyone knows the history involved with Valley Forge.  In an oddity, the Park historian says that no verified human graves have ever been found in the Park.  Sick soldiers were taken to outlying hospitals, and those who died in camp were removed to other burial grounds.  But there's still a few colonial spooks on the property.  If you listen closely, you can hear musket fire echoing through the park at night.  You can spot revolutionary artillerymen firing off their cannons.  And you can still see the ghosts of soldiers on the grounds of their old winter camp and their campfires.  It's also been said that the ghost of Mad Anthony Wayne can be seen riding the area, and General George Washington has also been spotted near the stone house that served as his headquarters.  In fact, legend has it that a ghost visited Washington while he was in Valley Forge.  She warned of the terrible things that would happen to America if it did not pursue peace and equality for all.  The most dramatic spook is that of a man hanging from a tree.  He's supposed to be the ghost of a spy that paid the price during the Revolution.  More contemporary spooks are those of children spotted at night on yellow Springs Road by the old Mennonite schoolhouse, shut down since 1865.  Books on Valley Forge ghosts include D.P. Roseberry's Ghosts of Valley Forge & Phoenixville and Matt Lake's Weird Pennsylvania(Main Line Times "Haunted History: The Ghosts and Witches of the Mainline," October 24, 2007)  

VILLA BAROLO (Warrington, Bucks County) This Easton Road restaurant has gone by many names - Warrington Inn, Penisula Club, Marabellas, and since 2005, Villa Barolo.  It's reportedly built on the foundations of a building that dates back to the 1700s.  It has its' share of poltergeist activity, like broken dishes, alarms going off for no reason, and a ventilation system that spews dust instead of fresh air.  But it's known for its' ghost, a lady in white who roams the restaurant.  Why don't spooks ever dress in black?  The Shadowlands

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY (Villanova, Delaware County) Villanova's roots date back to 1796 and St. Augustine's in Philadelphia.  It became a college in 1843, and was closed between 1861-1865 because of the Civil War, when it served as an infirmary for the Union troops.  It also was a hospital for influenza victims after the First World War.    

  • Alumni Hall: Alumni Hall was built in 1848 on the West Campus and was utilized as a Civil War infirmary.  It even has a pulley system in the east wing that was used to move bodies out of the hall when it was a hospital.  The sound of disembodied footsteps and voices calling out names when no one is around have been claimed.  Incidents of night terror, when a student has been frozen in bed and unable to move for several minutes, have also been reported. Our rule of thumb is to never sleep anyplace they did autopsies. The Shadowlands
  • Jake Nevin: For more than a half-century, Jake was a pint-size, cigar-chomping, practical- joking trainer and a fixture at Villanova athletic events. He died in 1985, but he seems to be making sure he's not forgotten. On his birth date - February 9th - in 1986, a group of basketball players visited his grave and as a tribute stuck a cigar in the snow. Within seconds, it is said, the cigar glow began fading and appearing and smoke came at regular intervals, as though someone were puffing it.On December 9th of that year, the one-year anniversary of his death, a security guard had just locked the fieldhouse when she noticed a man sitting on the stage, according to Villanova sports information director Jim DeLorenzo.The guard yelled, "Sir, what are you doing here?" The man turned and walked away, disappearing into the shadows. The guard called her supervisor and described the person she'd seen.The description fit Jake Nevin exactly. "There have frequently been odd disturbances on his birth date," said DeLorenzo. "This past February the phones in the athletic office would ring, but when you picked them up, nobody was there. That happened for about six hours."We didn't know what was going on. Then the secretary looked at the calendar and said, 'Oh my God, do you know what day it is?' "It was February 9th. We knew Jake was pulling a practical joke on us again." Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Picotte Hall at Dundale: Formerly Dundale Hall, this 35 room mansion was built by industrialist Israel Morris in 1874 as a summer home.  Various lights and sounds have been reported coming from the mansion at night.  Villanova police have been called to investigate several times, but no has ever been found in the locked house. (The Villanovan "The Facts About The History of Villanova - The Haunting," September 7, 2006) 
  • St. Mary's Hall: St. Mary's was built in 1964, and was a seminary until 1972 when it was converted to a residence hall, although its' Gothic exterior makes it look much older.  It's haunted by the spirit of a nun who was carrying the child of a priest.  She allegedly hung herself in the Hall.  Many say it was in the basement (called the dungeon by the students), others say in the Chapel.  There are many reports of strange occurrences from the building.  Students reportedly hear whistling, running footsteps, and doors slamming in the halls when no one is there.  The Shadowlands has claims from the custodians of splashing from the pool when it's empty, piano music coming from the music room when it's unoccupied,  and odd sounds coming from the closed kitchen.  They report that these events usually take place when the dorm is closed and the students are at home.  The sister must be a shy spook.  (The Villanovan "A Mysterious Affair: The Haunting Of St. Mary's," October 31, 2003) 

WALNUTPORT CANAL LADY IN WHITE (Walnutport, Northampton County) Walnutport is beside the old Lehigh Canal, and boasts of partially renovated locks and an 1828 Locktender's House in mint condition, which is now a museum.  The legend is that you can spot a lady in white floating along the canal or walking along the towpath.  She's seen most often by the locks and the Locktender's House.  (The Morning Call "Walnutport Canal Haunted Woods," October 4, 2007) 

WALNUT STREET THEATRE (Walnut Street, Philadelphia) The theater was originally called the New Circus when it opened in 1809, and over the years the name has flip-flopped between the Walnut and the Olympic.  But no matter what you call it, it's supposed to be the oldest operating theater in America.  It's haunted by a little girl dressed in turn of the century clothing.  People also report voices where nobody's at in the building.  One other spooky tidbit for you.  John "Pop" Reed, a longtime stage hand at the venue, stipulated in his will that his head be removed from his body, cleaned to the bone, and used as Yorick's skull whenever Hamlet is performed.  It was, and it's been signed by many famous stage actors who were in the cast of the play at the Walnut. Arts - Info 

WASHINGTON SQUARE (Walnut Street, Philadelphia) Washington Square was originally planned to be a park by William Penn, but it ended up being the biggest mass grave in Philadelphia until finally becoming a legitimate park in 1825.  4,000 Revolutionary War soldiers were buried there, along with numerous British and Hessian troops.  The Square again became a mass burial pit in 1793 when Yellow Fever killed off 10-20% of Philadelphia's population.  It's most famous spook, a devout Quaker woman named Leah, has patrolled the grounds to keep grave robbers at bay and away from the departed.  It's said she still does to this day.  She's been seen by common folk, ghost hunters, and even the police.  It's reported that there are many shadows of the dead roaming the Square.  It's so infested with spooks that it's claimed the homeless won't even spend the night there.  One interesting and upbeat fact concerning Washington Square is that it can claim a "Moon Tree."  The Square's sycamore was grown from seeds that astronaut Stuart Roosa had taken with him on his Apollo XIV moon voyage. Del Co Ghosts 

WAYNESBOROUGH (Paoli, Chester County) Waynesborough is the 18th century birthplace and home of Mad Anthony Wayne and his descendants, built in 1724.  It was in family hands until 1965, and now it's a park and museum.  Fittingly, it's haunted by a Wayne.  In 1899, 65 year old Hannah Wayne, the wife of William Wayne, Anthony's great-grandson, died in an attic blaze.  She was retrieving some old papers and managed to set them on fire with the candle she was using for light.  She put the fire out, but suffered some burns and died the next day.  It's said she kicked out the attic window to get some fresh air for herself, and to this day you can hear shattering glass followed by muffled crying from Hannah in the mansion.  Oddly, it's said that only female visitors can hear the sounds.  Men can be so dang insensitive! This Haunted Place

WEAVERSVILLE INN (Northampton, Northampton County) Built in 1835, the Weaversville Inn is said to be haunted and many customers have experienced a spooky feeling of presence at their tables. The restaurant even features a "Ghost Dinner & Walk," and has had a couple of paranormal teams visit to confirm that the undead are in the building.

WEDGWOOD HOUSE (New Hope, Bucks County) The Wedgwood House dates back to 1870, and was built on the foundations of a building that went back to the 1720s.  The older house was a HQ for George Washington, and tunnels underneath it were used to store ammunition.  The tunnels were extended in the 1840s by the underground railroad gang.  One of the B&B's spirits is from those days.  Sarah, a 12-year old slave girl, has been seen several times in one of the Inn's rooms.  The owner believes Sarah was hidden in the room, which was an entranceway to a secret staircase that led to the tunnels, while her parents were in the tunnel, and somehow became separated from them.  She's still searching for them.  She also likes to play with other young visitors and share her story with them.  The other ghost is of artist Joseph Pickett.  He likes to rearrange the pictures in the House.  His spook is also seen in the yard that separates his old home from the Wedgwood, sometimes wearing a bloodstained apron from his butcher shop days.  (New Hope Gazette "New Hope's Eerie Haunts," October 27, 2005) 

WERNERSVILLE STATE HOSPITAL (Wernersville, Berks County) Wernersville State Hospital was built in 1893 at the foot of South Mountain, amidst several spas for the wealthy, the city folk, and the ill.  The theory was if the pure air and crystal waters of the region could put the rich in a proper state of mind and return the chronically sick to health, it should be able to help cure the insane, too.  Unfortunately, the docs also decided to throw in electric shock treatments in addition to nature's restorative properties.  The hospital just recently shut down, and it's said that the ghosts of the former inmates can still be spotted roaming the grounds. The Shadowlands   

WERTZ'S MILL COVERED BRIDGE (Wertz's Mill, Berks County) The bridge, popularly known as the Red Bridge, was built in 1867.  The local legend goes that a mother deserted by her husband and past the snapping point threw her children off the bridge.  To this day, you're supposed to be able to hear their voices above the ripple of Tulpehocken Creek whenever you walk over the bridge - and you don't have a choice; the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic.  This tale was passed on by Matt Lake in Weird Pennsylvania.

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY (West Goshen, Chester County) West Chester's roots as an educational facility began in 1812 when it was the West Chester Academy.  In 1871, it became a Normal School and then a state Teacher's College in 1927.  It achieved university status in 1983. 

  • Francis Harvey Green Library: The top floor is reportedly haunted, according to the Quad's "WCU's Haunted History" November 5, 2007.
  • Hollinger Field House: The Field House is allegedly haunted by the Ghost of Drutz, a student who hung himself on the fourth floor stairwell in the 1920s on Homecoming weekend.  He's said to return every Homecoming, and is one evil spirit.  He's supposed to enjoy crushing people. The Shadowlands 
  • Phillips Memorial Building: A castle-like edifice, Phillips (pdf file) was built in 1927 and is home to the Asplundh Concert Hall, a regional performing arts center.  The Asplundh is allegedly haunted by several spooks that like to get on stage and perform, hams to the end.  Arts - Info 
  • Ramsey Hall: There are supposed to be several spooks roaming the halls of Ramsey, but the star spirit is its' namesake, Dorothy Ramsey, an old WCUP English prof.  It's said she haunts the hall because her memorial plaque has her date of death as April 31, 1974 - a day that doesn't exist.  Her spook is most associated with the sixth floor, where it's said she died. Mainline Para 

THE WHISPERING BENCH (West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia) Pass on this if you're looking for ghost tales.  The Smith Memorial Arch, finished in 1912, honors our Civil War heroes.  It features two huge curved stone benches on either side of the memorial, and they offer one of Philadelphia's quirkiest treats.  If you whisper at the far end of one, your words can be heard as clear as a bell at the other end.  That's why they're called the Whispering Benches.  It's also said that the Whispering Benches are the best place in the City to plant a first smooch, though it does make it pretty hard to not kiss and tell.  Philadelphia Oddities

WHITEFIELD HOUSE (Nazareth, Northampton County) The Whitfield House, finished in 1743, is the oldest in Nazareth, and has a long history as apartments, dorms, and Moravian school house & nursery. Now it's the headquarters of the Moravian Historical Society and lynchpin of the Ephrata Tract. Creaky noises, items falling, orbs and reports of voices and shadows are commonplace. Two spirits are known; one is Henry, who resides on the third floor, and another is an unnamed Moravian nurse from the eighteenth century. (The Express Times "Ghosts of Moravians Haunt Historic Whitefield House Says Historian," October 24, 2011)  

BISHOP WHITE HOUSE (Independence Park, Philadelphia) Bishop William White, beloved Anglican Bishop of Philadelphia famed for his charitable works, has had his 1790s house called "the most haunted in Philadelphia."  But the many shadowy shapes seen there may not be just the spirits of people seeking out the Bishop, but spooks looking for his next door neighbor.  That would be equally beloved Dr. Benjamin Rush, who cared for many of the sick and dying victims of the brutal Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, which claimed 5,000 lives in the City of Brotherly Love alone.  Besides founding Dickinson College, Dr. Rush was also a mover in prison reform and was one of the driving forces behind the Eastern Prison.  He's probably not as popular among the jailbird crowd.  (Asbury Park Press "Philadelphia Becomes Downright Frightful For Halloween," October 28, 2007)

WHITE LADY OF TINICUM ISLAND ROAD (Essington, Delaware County) Years ago a couple was traveling on Tinicum Island Road on their wedding night, headed to the airport. Rushing for their honeymoon flight, they crashed on the way to the field and both the bride and groom were killed. People through the years have said that they have seen a lady wearing a white dress standing or walking along that same road at night. And she's still trying to find her hubby (or at least a handy substitute). She's said to have a special attraction for single male drivers... Ghosts of Delaware County

WHIT MAR INN (Muhlenberg Twp., Berks County) There were two ghosts associated with the building, an elderly lady and a Native American.  Both could be seen looking out the windows.  The old lady played poltergeist games, like slamming doors, cutting power, and playing with the lights.  The Indian has been spotted in the back of the Inn.  Alas, the Gehret Mansion, built as stage coach stop in 1854, and later known as the Lesher Hotel, Whit Mar Inn, and the Apple Inn was razed for a Wawa convenience store in 1999.  The spooks sure miss the good ol' days. The Shadowlands

WIDENER UNIVERSITY (Chester, Delaware County) Founded in Delaware in 1821, Widener first took root in Chester in 1892 as the Pennsylvania Military Academy. Today, Widener University has four campuses and offers more than 150 programs to its 6,500 plus student body. One spirit is a leftover from those days. 

  • Campus: Many students have claimed to see a ghost roaming around campus dressed in a traditional PMA gray cadet uniform, markedly different from today's ROTC outfits.  Then they watch him disappear. 
  • The Castle: Another spectre comes from the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority house, the Castle.  The sisters claim to have seen and felt a friendly spook on the third floor who likes to play poltergeist, turning different things on and off and moving things around, according to The Shadowlands.  More lore claims that there is a huge mirror
    over the mantel in the living room, and if you gaze into it at midnight, you can see a woman's image.There's also an old broken piano in the basement which has been reported to have been heard playing. Deb - Yahoo Weird PA
  • Howell House: The dorm is said to be haunted by the ghost of a cadet who hung himself and resides in the clock tower. Deb - Yahoo Weird PA
  • The Manor: The Manor houses the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.  The original residents of the Manor House were Jonathan and Louise Woodbridge, who moved into the house shortly after their wedding in 1876. Louise died in the house and students believe that her spirit still resides there, along with the ghosts of her beloved dogs. In fact, it's said that you can smell cinnamon and apples as though someone were baking. The Manor also hosts a spirit that shows itself in the form of a glowing green globe.  The blob likes to snuggle into bed with those who have turned in for the night.  Residents tell of coming back to their room to find their roomie asleep, with the green orb laying next to them in bed.  
  • Lamba Chi House: The last legend concerns the Lambda Chi house, which is now demolished.  The frat rats found a black strongbox in the basement.  While moving it, the box  conked a brother, knocking him senseless.   Bad luck dogged him from that point on and he eventually flunked out.  The streak of bad luck followed all those who were appointed keepers of the box (fraternities and their rituals!)   It got to the point where the brothers rebuilt the wall in the basement and sealed the box back into it.  The initiations for Widener's Greeks must be some kind of ceremony!   PA Legends

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WIDOW BROWN'S INNS (Lehigh Valley) The Widow Brown Inns no longer operate, but the ghosts do, at least in one.  The Stockerville site in Northampton County is now Widow's Tavern, and Marvin still haunts the Inn.  The Inn was originally built in 1845, and in the mid 1800s it was a popular stage coach stop and bordello.  Marvin was an innkeeper who fell for one of the hookers.  The owner didn't believe in mixing business with pleasure, and threw the lady of the night out of the house.  Marvin couldn't stand the thought of losing her, and hung himself on the back stairwell.  Another version claims he was jilted, killed the girl and then himself.  He's been seen roaming all over the building, apparently still looking for his love.  Marvin's was most often seen as a white shadow descending the stairs.  The stairwell's bricked up now, but the owner will be glad to give you the tour.  Marvin's even featured on Widow's web siteThe Wescoville WB's in Lehigh County was haunted by a spirit who was more often sensed than seen.  It hung around the dining room, and was thought to date back to the days when the building was a hotel.  Now it's Hunan Springs, an Oriental restaurant, and there's been no reports of the spook from that business.  It must prefer an American menu. No columns to choose from. Psychosylum 

WILLIAM WILSON (Chester County) The story of William Wilson, the Pennsylvania Hermit, was a popular bit of folklore in southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  His sister Elizabeth had been sentenced to hang for the murder of her children, although it was thought she was innocent (the suspected culprit was her boyfriend.)  William won her a pardon and was to deliver it to the Chester County sheriff.  But he fell ill, and recovered on the morning of her hanging.  He raced from Philadelphia to Chester with the pardon in hand.  But he was a tad late - she was hung a minute before his arrival.  His horse reared in the air and tossed Wilson at his sister's swinging feet.  The sheriff cut her down and they tried to revive her, but it was to no avail.  It's said that when Wilson arose, his hair had turned white, his face had become lined and he could only utter gibberish.  He was in a state of delirium for months, and when he recovered he had lost all interest in society.  He slowly wandered westward along present Route 322 from Chester County to Hummelstown in Dauphin County where he spent the last 19 years of his life living in a cave.  The cave is now part of the Indian Echo Caverns, a popular tourist spot.  William avoided the locals, even though the cave was only 1/2 mile from the town, hiding when they came to visit.  Actually, their visits were more a game to see who could catch a glimpse of the hermit, but they could rarely spot him.   He had one friend, a farmer that he provided with grindstones in exchange for supplies.  When he died, it's thought that the farmer found his body and buried him without a marker somewhere on his farm.  All he left behind was a legend - and some spooks.  It's claimed that a spectral white horse and rider can still be seen galloping across the countryside and up Fourth Street to the old Chester County Jail on stormy nights.  And Elizabeth's ghost has been reported in East Bradford Township, walking through the woods looking for something under the leaves - her children's grave.  Wikipedia - William Amos Wilson

WILLIAMSON FREE SCHOOL (Middletown Twp., Delaware County) The school opened in 1891 as a mechanical trades institution.  It began awarding associate degrees and craftsmen diplomas in 1972.  Many of its' buildings were designed by Frank Furness and are considered historical landmarks.  It's a gently haunted school with reports of paranormal activity. 

  • George Dorm: Allegedly, this dorm housed soldiers recovering from the war.  It's said you can hear disembodied footsteps and have a feeling of being watched in the building by unseen presences. 
  • Longstreth Dorm: One of the windows reportedly features a handprint that can't be removed. 
  • The Main: It's now the home of the administrative offices, student lounge, and chapel.  It's said that founder Isaiah Williamson is buried under its' steps.  You can feel his presence and your shadow is sometimes falls in all four directions. 

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All references taken from The Shadowlands

WILLOW GROVE HOTEL (Freemansburg, Northampton County) The building is supposed to date back to the Civil War.  It's haunted by the ghost of a little girl.  She's been seen in the rooms and roaming the halls.  She's been reported to tug on the pants leg of men at the Hotel. The Shadowlands 

THE WITCHES CHAIR (Bristol Twp., Bucks County) If you find the grave of Merritt Wright (1850-1911) in St. James Episcopal Cemetery, you'll notice something odd.  There's a black, wrought iron chair sitting beside the grave.  Some people say they've seen a woman sitting in that chair, and she disappears after a bit.  Legend has it that if you take a seat in that chair at midnight in the bewitching month of October, you'll feel the arms of a witch wrap around you.  While you're there, hunt down Gertrude Spring's headstone.  She's better known as Midnight Mary.  Look for the grave with a puddle around it. Philly Burbs 

THE WITCH OF RIDLEY CREEK (Ridley, Delaware County) Margaret Mattson was the only person ever tried on witchcraft charges in Pennsylvania.  Three people accused the "Witch of Ridley Creek" of cursing their cows in 1684.  Margaret was Scandinavian and couldn't speak English, so the trial was interesting.  No one but the interpreters had any idea what she was saying.  The case was pleaded in front of William Penn and a jury.  Margaret denied the claims. The charges and denials flew across the room in various tongues, and legend has it that the trail was sent to jury when Penn asked Mattson "Art thou a witch?  Hast thou ridden through the air on a broomstick?"  She said "Yes."  Was she tired and confused, or finally telling the truth?  Penn sent the jury in to deliberate, and made sure to point out that broomstick flying was not illegal under 17th century Pennsylvania law. They found her guilty of being reputed as a witch, but innocent of the witchcraft charges.  She was fined 50 pounds and sent home.  Arlen Specter's forebears must have been on the jury.  The Mattsons wisely moved out of state, and Pennsylvania decided that one witchcraft trial was one too many, a lesson those Salem folk never quite picked up on. Suite 101 

THE YARDLEY YETI (Bucks County) A strange critter has been spotted roaming the wilds of Bucks County and become an urban legend.  Called "Buck's Bigfoot", a dog put together by committee, and a cross between a kangaroo and a golden retriever, the odd looking beast been explained away by some as a fox with the mange.  Except that biologists say it's unlike any kind of fox they've ever encountered.  In fact, it sounds very similar to the chupacabra sightings in the southwest.  So until one finally gets run over and sent to a biology lab, the police will keep getting calls about the strange sightings of the Yardley Yeti spooking the locals.  Free Republic post 

YELLOW HOUSE HOTEL (Douglassville, Berks County) The Yellow House opened its' doors in 1801 as a stage coach stop, and since has become a restaurant and B&B.  Two of its' five rooms are alleged to be haunted.  One bedroom in the center of the house was supposedly the scene of a suicide.  It's said that you can see the woman's face looking out the window and that guests staying in the room have seen her ghost.  The other haunted room is one of the side bedrooms.  There's some poltergeist activity, and a spook dressed in a feathered hat pops out of a closet door, dances across the room, takes a bow and disappears through the door.  Spirit lights have been spotted in the hallway.  No wonder the House has had 25 owners in its' history.  It's tough to get repeat business with all those ghosts spooking the paying customers.  The Shadowlands 

YE OLDE TEMPERANCE HOUSE (Newtown Borough, Bucks County) The Temperance House was established in 1772.  It has 13 rooms, and that's the lucky number - if you're looking for spooks.  The most sighted and heard ghosties are the apparitions of two children.  They are heard playing in the halls, laughing and giggling, and been seen running through the rooms.  A psychic says the boy and girl are colonial cousins.  Another ghost is that of former owner Cliff Neff, who died in the Temperance House.  Guests have also reported seeing a woman spook on the stairs.  They are mostly mischievous, and watch out for the owners.  Joy, the wife of the current owner, said she caught her high heels coming down the steps one night and felt an arm grab her and hold her up before she could tumble down the stairs.  We guess the women of the Temperance House gotta stick together. Philly Burbs

 

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