PENN'S TAVERN/OLD STONE HOUSE (Fisher's Ferry, Northumberland County) The building is the oldest in Northumberland County, thought to be built by Conrad Weiser in 1703 on land given to him by Oneida Chief Shikellamy. Others think Sam Auchmuty built it in 1788 as a terminal for Adam Fisher's ferry, the name of the community to this day, and this seems more likely. Legend has it that William Penn's grandson John was reunited with his long-lost wife Mary there. She had been taken to Canada by marauding Indians years before, and was returned to the Old Stone House in time to die cradled in her husband's arms. This is purely legend so far as we can tell - John Penn was married to Ann, and she outlasted him by three decades. His brother Richard Penn's wife was Mary. But Richard died in England and was outlived by Mary. This bit of lore may have started when Penn was governor and wouldn't raise a state militia to fight off the Indian raids of the era. The frontiersmen may have invented a tale to see how Penn would like it if it was his family being carried away. The Tavern has been the site of reported poltergeist activity like flickering lights and disembodied footsteps, along with some spook sightings. Some have seen the image of a woman spook floating down the steps, while one customer said he interrupted a ghostly card game being played by a table full of rowdy Union soldiers at the bar. They looked surprised to see him there and disappeared. Pennsylvania Researchers says that the image of a woman in a blue dress can sometimes be seen in an upstairs bedroom window. It adds that the spook of a woman in a long, dark red dress has been seen in the bar, and the presence of a tavern handyman that died at the turn of the century has been reported. Another tale concerns a murdered Indian girl, kidnapped by fur traders and buried in the basement. She's supposed to lock customers out of the Tavern and cut the lights. If you'd like to own a joint with a history and the odd spook or two, here's your chance. The tavern is now closed and for sale. (The Citizen Standard "A Haunting...We Will Go," July 28, 2004)
PENNSYLVANIA MONUMENT (Gettysburg, Adams County) The Pennsylvania Monument, the largest in the Gettysburg National Military Park, is located at Cemetery Ridge. It's said that you can hear the military bands playing as they did before the battle, with visitors reporting drum and fife music wafting in the air from the nearby woods. Gettysburg Ghosts
PICKETT'S CHARGE (Gettysburg, Adams County) First, let's give George Pickett his props. The disastrous charge that bears his name was actually led by James Longstreet (who got into a heated argument with Lee about the futility of a frontal assault the night before) and thought up by Robert E. Lee (who should have listened to Longstreet, who wanted to outmaneuver and flank the Yanks), so the blame has to be shared. And as Pickett later said "The Yankees might have had something to do with it, too." Nevertheless, the action lost about 55% of the 12,500 Confederates that courageously swarmed up the hill. And the battle is being replayed today. If you're between the rebel jump off points at Seminary Ridge and Spangler's Woods and the Yankee strongholds at Cemetery Ridge, the Little Big Top and Cemetery Hill, it's said that you can sometimes hear musketry, artillery and drumming sounds coming from the ridges. It's been reported that on some days you can actually see the gray ranks moving across the field as phantom rebel brigades continue to press their attack. In fact, some folk have claimed that the spook soldiers charged right through them on their way to the blue lines. So if you're a little squeamish about being a part of history, don't cross Emmetsburg Road... Civil War Battle
THE PUB (Gettysburg, Adams County) This bar/restaurant is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman that was murdered and left in the building during one of its' renovation phases. She likes to play with doors and the lights, and is seen in the ladies room and the kitchen. The Shadowlands
RAYSTOWN RAY (Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County) Described as Pennsylvania's Loch Ness Monster, this critter has allegedly been photographed swimming along the lake. No one's quite sure how it got there since it's a man made lake, nor how it evades more contact with humans as there's some 2,000,000 visitors a year at the spot. But hey, we'll take our mythical creatures in any form we can. (See Broad Top Snake) Raystown Ray
REYNOLD'S MANSION B&B (Bellefonte, Centre County)The Reynold's Mansion was built in 1885. About a century ago, Colonel William Reynolds’s wife Louise was confined to her bed and got around with a wheelchair. She could never have children, which broke her maternal heart, so William painted a beautiful cherub mural on the ceiling so she could always look up and see happy, chubby babies. Today guests often hear the sound of a wheelchair rolling around the “Cherub Room.” One man tells of waking before dawn to find a woman in gossamer at the foot of the bed, watching over his sleeping, pregnant wife with a beaming smile. Spooks aren't always up to no good. Shunpikers Guide
RIDGEWOOD (Gettysburg, Adams County) Residents of this small housing development have reported seeing a spook in a tuxedo, blue lights in the surrounding woods, and a ghost they can hear running down the railroad tracks throwing rocks. Our kind of town! The Shadowlands
RISHEL BRIDGE (Montandon, Northumberland County) This covered bridge was built in 1830 and spans the Chillisquaque Creek. The story goes that a man murdered some children there in the distant past. If you pull your car into the middle of the bridge at night, turn off the lights and sit 10 minutes, you're supposed to be able to spot the shadows of ghost children flitting about (if you don't get rear-ended first.) When you go home and check in the morning light, it's said that you can see their little handprints all over your car. The Shadowlands
ROCK CEMETERY (Benner Twp., Centre County) Rock was the name of a long lost ghost town, built to support General Phil Benner's iron forges in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Its only remnant lies within the walls of Rockview State Prison - Rock Cemetery. It has a spook that shows up every year. The story goes that she was attending her sister-in-law's funeral during a cholera epidemic on New Year's Eve, and succumbed herself, dying at the graveyard. The townsfolk, fearful of the disease and its terrible toll, buried her then and there, and hastily erected a tombstone that said only "Died at Night - Rock." Over the ensuing years, the marker disappeared. Every New Year's Eve, at midnight, the victim's spirit shows up at her grave site and cries over her cruel fate, unmarked and unremembered by the ages. Centre County Spook's blog
ROCKVIEW STATE PRISON (Benner Twp., Centre County) The guards report a feeling of being followed while on their rounds, and hearing footsteps and feeling cold spots and temperature drops while on patrol. Do the corrections officers have a hyper case of spider sense, or could it be that some of the prisoners have never left their place of confinement? The guards have tried to get psychic investigators to check out Rockview, but so far, with no success. Centre County Spook's blog
THE ROSE FARM (Gettysburg, Adams County) The Rose Farm was an integral part of the Battle of the Wheatfield, and the farmhouse served as a field hospital and its' yard as a makeshift cemetery. One of the Rose daughters was said to have gone insane from the experiences of the fight and its' aftermath. The story is that she saw blood flowing from the walls of the house as reported by Mark Nesbitt in his Gettysburg book series. Also, a glowing shape was reported by the graves of the soldiers shortly after the battle. Prairie Ghosts
SACHS BRIDGE (Gettysburg, Adams County) Both Union and reb forces moved across the covered bridge spanning Marsh Creek during the conflict before the Confederates burned it to cover their retreat. Orbs, smells, cold spots, and the occasional reenactments of combat by spook soldiers are said to be experienced on the bridge. A headless courier is alleged to race across the bridge on horseback, still trying to deliver his dispatch. The most famous trio of spooks haunting Sachs are the spirits of three graycoats that were hung on the bridge crossbeams for treason. World Reviewer
SEMINARY HILL SPOOK (Gettysburg, Adams County) After the Battle of Seminary Hill, the Confederates stored the bodies of their dead in a nearby barn. According to legend, one of the troopers wasn't dead, but buried alive under the corpses. His screams went unheard during the battle, and eventually Union soldiers found him and pulled him out of the mass of rotting flesh. But it was too late. He died shortly thereafter, and was one of the few rebels to be given a full military burial. Several days later, the barn burned down and was remade into a farmhouse. But the sounds of an explosion and banging noises in a downstairs room, the spot where the soldier had lain, were reported by owners, many of whom were frightened enough to leave the house for good. One set of residents eventually called in a priest to perform an exorcism, and that seems to have done the trick. His spirit is now finally at rest. The Cold Spot
SHRIVER HOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County) The home of George and Hettie Shriver was taken over by rebel snipers during the battle. While not considered haunted (in fact, it boasts of being the only building in Gettysburg that isn't), it's the source of a true urban legend. The story says that a sharpshooter operating out of the house was killed by a Yankee marksman, and his blood still covers the wall of his upstairs sniper's nest. Guess what - police forensics ran a test, and the story is true. The blood dates back to the Civil War. So here's one tale you don't need a ghost cam to prove. Bloodstains
SIDELING HILL (Wells Valley, Fulton County) About a 1/4 mile from the old Sideling Hill Tunnel (deserted after a turnpike bypass took it out of business and now part of a bike trail), this has been the site of a couple of work camps. A CCC camp was set up there during the depression, and then during WW2, it was reopened as a camp for CO's and German POWs. It's pretty much in ruins now, except for the Commandant's House, which park rangers from Buchanon State Forest still use. The spooks don't really seem to care about the camp's condition. Two GI's have been sighted, roaming the campgrounds and then disappearing when you approach them. Others have seen an older man that runs towards them, yelling in German, before vanishing. Some report still seeing youngsters at work, digging and chopping trees. There was once a car accident while it was a CCC camp that claimed the lives of a pair. Maybe they're working off their karma. Centre County Spook's blog
SLEEPY HOLLOW (Kulpmont, Northumberland County) Nah, it's not Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow. This one is an extension of Kulpmont Cemetery. It's an old, run-down graveyard, with overgrown weeds and broken memorial stones that's known for its organ music, which comes from nowhere at midnight. Urban legend states that one night three kids entered the cemetery and destroyed one of the landmark monuments; they promptly got into a car wreck and died. It was later used for satanic rituals, the remains still visible. Poltergeist activity has been reported in the area as well as claims of strange chants and blood-curdling screams coming from the surrounding woods; which may or may not be from living beings. There has even been a report of a girl being levitated several feet after lying down on one of the grave-sites. The story is in the Encyclopedia of Haunted Paces by Jeff Belanger.
SNYDER COUNTY GHOST HOUNDS (Snyder County) There are two places reported in Snyder County to be haunted by spirit pooches. One is Monroe Township's Old Fisher Schoolhouse by the site of the former Rolling Green Amusement Park where the apparition of a large black dog has been reported walking through the building door. The other is in Penn Township where the spook of a mastiff has been spotted. He's easy to pick out - he's the dog roaming around without a head. Pennsylvania Researchers
SPANGLER'S SPRING (Gettysburg, Adams County) The first story dates a couple of decades past the Gettysburg conflict, to the 1880s. A woman met her lover boy at the spring, their favorite spot, and he told her that the relationship was over. Distraught, she killed herself then and there, dying in his arms. (Talk about your messy break-ups.) Another version claims she killed herself after she realized her married Romeo wasn't going to leave his wife. It's said that she still roams the spring area with a broken heart. Two nurses that went ghost hunting found her, according to The Cold Spot. They heard a popping sound, followed by a rising mist from behind a tree that formed into the Lady in White. One woman felt deep sadness and the other felt sharp fear. They skedaddled. It's said that the ghost is always walking head down, stopping often and bending over, as if she's looking for something (maybe a ring?) True Ghost Stories says that there have been sightings of rebel soldiers in the area, too. Spangler's Spring was the site of brutal combat, and according to legend, the thirsty troops on both sides would allow one another a temporary cease fire so they could take turns at having a water break. Essortment
STATE COLLEGE VOYEUR (State College, Center County) There are reports of a pervert spook eying up the girls in a State College duplex off campus. It's said that if the girls are undressing, taking a bath, or making whoopee that a shadowy black figure of a large man would form. There's also been the sound of footsteps and doorknobs being turned, as if someone is trying to get into the room. The sightings and their intensity are supposed to be abating. Maybe he finally found a girlfriend in the afterlife or moved on to haunt a strip club. Pennsylvania Researchers
STATE THEATER (State College, Centre County) Opened in 1938, the State Theater (known as Carmikes State Twin Theater from the 80's on) shut down in 2001, only to rise from the ashes to become a performing arts center in 2006. It spent some time as a porn house, and the spook may be a left over from those days. A janitor reported seeing a glowing green blob in the men's room. The staff was always wary, too, because they could feel unseen eyes watching their every move. Now that it's cleaned up its act, maybe the spook will, too. Mountains of Attractions
SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY (Selinsgrove, Snyder County) Susquehanna is a small, liberal arts school that was founded in 1858 as the Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Susquehanna Female College. And like so many of its' sister schools, it lays claim to a haunted library and theater among other venues.
- Blough-Weis Library: Students working in the library basement at night have felt a presence watching them and seen an occasional apparition, followed by intense cold afterwards. No one knows who the spirit is. Library Ghosts
- Charles Degenstein Campus Center: Charlie the ghost has been seen atop the catwalks and in the audience of the campus theater in the "Deg." He's such a well known figure there that Charlie's Coffee House located in Degenstein is named in his honor. The Shadowlands
- Seibert Hall: Siebert is a colonial-style building and listed as a national historical landmark. Many students living there say they have experienced objects moving and have heard strange noises in their rooms. A former resident of the building said, "I used to see objects frequently fall off my desk and shadows of people when no one else was in the room." Dowsing rods confirmed that the spirit is a little girl who enjoys playing tricks on students.
- Trax: Trax is a student-designed nightclub and entertainment venue. It's said to house the ghost of a worker who died in the building when it was a warehouse. Many employees claim this ghost has played tricks on them, such as breaking props, throwing glass and pushing people down stairs. The spirit also said to psychics that he gets lonely at Trax and enjoys seeing the students who go there. This spook is considered friendly if somewhat mischievous.
- Weber Chapel: A faceless spook has been spotted numerous times in the Weber Chapel Auditorium. The ghost has mostly been spotted in the basement. Dowsing rods detected a middle-aged male ghost who had some relation to the Phi Mu Delta fraternity. Old frat members believe the ghost may be that of Charles Degenstein of "Deg" fame, as he not only matched the description but had a son who was a member of the fraternity. Many have felt a strong draft and some claim that they saw a dark figure moving among the auditorium seats.
Unless noted, references taken from The Susquehanna University Crusader "Expert Leads Campus Ghost Tour" October 18, 2008.
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SWAMP CHURCH (Farmers Mills, Centre County) Swamp Church came by its name honestly; it was built by a swamp near Penn's Creek. Still, it was a popular worshiping spot in the 1880s. Then one night, a couple noticed a woman and her child entering the church, calling for "Will." As she entered the holy house, the door opened for her and candles flickered on behind her. She searched every aisle, making her way to the altar, turned, and floated out, with the candles growing dim again as she passed and the door shutting on her departure. Legend has it that the young woman was the same one blackballed by the community decades earlier for having a child out of wedlock, to her Civil War soldier boyfriend who was killed during battle. She and her child disappeared from town to live in the swamp, and no one thought of them again - until the church opened. From the book written by Jeffry Frazier "Pennsylvania Fireside Tales Vol. 1."
TRIANGULAR FIELD (Gettysburg, Adams County) This is the part of the battlefield that Texas and Georgia troops charged through on their way to Devil's Den. You should be OK - unless you're armed with a camera. The legend goes that famous Civil War photographer Matthew Brady was taking pictures there right after the fight, and he moved a body from where it had fallen to another spot for dramatic effect. It had an effect, all right. The spook, displeased at such disrespectful treatment, has done his best ever since to make photographic equipment malfunction whenever someone tries to shoot a roll of film or a video at the spot. So bring a pencil and pad if you want a picture of the Triangular Field, just to be on the safe side. But if you are lucky enough to get a shot, there are supposed to be photos taken that show orbs, faces, and even small groups of soldiers. The Shadowlands reports that you can hear rebel yells from the Confederate soldiers and actually see impressions in the grass of their steps as they charge across the field. You can hear tinny sounds from the soldiers mess kits, gunfire, drum rolls, and moans. Reportedly a phantom horse can also be heard approaching you. PIRA adds that the apparitions of rebel snipers can be sometimes seen along the treeline. If that's not enough, Indian war chants have also been heard, the remnants of a long ago clash of Native Americans. Suite 101
TWIN SYCAMORES (Gettysburg, Adams County) Actually, this Baltimore Street house should be called the Lone Sycamore - there's only one left of the pair that once framed the home. The main spook here is a playful young child best known for arranging his toy soldiers into battle lines. A part of the Ghosts of Gettysburg tour, it was reported that one night the tourists spotted three different spirits at the Twin Sycamores. Philly Reconstructed Blog
UNION CEMETERY (Millheim, Centre County) The legend says that a murderer, William Musser, was buried in the graveyard. Shortly after his burial, the image of a dagger would sometimes appear on his gravestone. The locals couldn't get rid of it, so they covered the spot with a brass plate. But every time they returned to the cemetery, the plate had fallen off. Another bit of the story is that the killer's tombstone would bleed, tying in nicely with the dagger lore. His stigmata, it seems, is meant to stay with him forever. Another tale involves the shadow a veteran whose shadow was seen wandering around the cemetery until the flag that had fallen off of his grave site was replaced. (The Daily Collegian "Author To Share Old Ghost Stories, Research On Area Cemeteries," October 30, 1996)
THE UNIVERSITY GREYS (Ziegler's Grove/Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Adams County) This isn't a ghost story, but a true tale of war. In 1861, approximately 110 students at the University of Mississippi left the classroom to enlist in the army and were accepted as Company A of the 11th regiment. The new soldiers were slow to follow military discipline but were always found in the front line of a battle. Only 31 members of the Greys stood in the ranks by July 3 and set out behind the colors of the 11th to drive through a supposedly shattered Yankee line. Instead the company was whittled down by Union cannon fire. Still they pushed on. Eight color bearers of the 11th were shot down before the flag staff was cut in two by a minie ball. A handful of Mississippians crowded behind the flag and made their way to the Brian Barn where the bullets flew thick and furious. Within minutes it was over. A motley few of the 11th escaped through a gauntlet of fire to Seminary Ridge. 394 officers and men began the charge with Company A, but just 53 responded to the roll call that night. No one answered from the University Greys. Every last one of the students had been killed or wounded in the great charge at Gettysburg. Unlike today's wars, the best and brightest dove head on into this one. The University Greys may not have left so much as a spook behind, but their spirit will live as long as the memory of Gettysburg and the Civil War exists. Ziegler's Grove
JENNIE WADE HOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County) There's a whole lotta lore connected with this Baltimore Street home. Jennie - her given name was Mary Virginia Wade - was staying with her sister in half of the duplex while the battle raged around them. Jennie was baking bread for the Union soldiers on July 3rd when a rebel bullet, allegedly shot from the Farnsworth House, went through two doors and caught her in the shoulder, quickly killing her. Jennie's body was laid out in the cellar, and she has the dubious distinction of being the only civilian killed during the battle (although others died from injuries afterwards.) There are a supposedly a covey of ghosties hanging around the house, now a museum. Jennie's still there, and you can sometimes smell the aroma of baking bread and her rose scented perfume in the home. Some people say she's there still awaiting word on her beau, Sgt. Jack Skelly. A soldier friend was supposed to check on him, but was killed at Culp's Hill before he could see her. (Skelly, by the way, died as a Confederate POW from battle wounds.) Her dad's spook is supposed to be in the house, too. He was said to have lost his mind and ended his days in the poor house because he wasn't at the house protecting his daughter when she died. He held himself responsible for her death. Other stories say he's bitter because he wasn't allowed to attend Jennie's funeral, or that in his mental state, he didn't remember Jennie was dead and would wander into the cellar looking for her. Needless to say, he's not considered a very friendly spirit to run into and causes a bit of poltergeist activity in the basement, mainly in the form of cigar smoke and twirling guide post chains. But there are some very friendly spirits scattered around the Wade house to offset dad's presence. An orphanage a few doors down the street was said to be run by a sadistic director, and Jennie and her sister would let the children play in the house. The orphan's ghosts are a very touchy-feely bunch of rugrats. They've been known to say "Hi" to tour guests and follow them around the museum. They like to hold hands, and tug at your ankles, coats and jewelry, still craving attention. They play with the beds upstairs. That may be the greatest compliment to Jennie and her sister - the everlasting affection of the neighborhood waifs. But she does have one more honor. Her grave, marked by the Mary Virginia Wade monument in Evergreen Cemetery, flies the flag 24 hours a day by Presidential decree. She's the only American woman besides Betsy Ross to ever be given that honor. Haunted Houses
WASHINGTON'S BAYONET CHARGE (Gettysburg, Adams County) The situation was looking grim for Colonel Joshua Chamberlain's 20th Maine troops at the Little Round Top. Out of ammunition and picked apart by the 15th Alabama regiment, it looked like the end of line for the Yankees. Chamberlain was determined to go down fighting, and he had his troops fix their bayonets and prepare for one last charge. Just before he led his weary men down the hill, a figure appeared through the smoke. He was a tall man on horseback dressed in a Revolutionary War uniform. George Washington raised his sword and along with Col. Chamberlain led the charge into the Confederate ranks. The rebs scattered, and the Little Round Top and perhaps the day was saved. It's said that you can yet sometimes spot a man in a tri-cornered hat on a glowing white steed galloping along the battlefield. He disappears as you approach him, but from a distance he looks very much like the Father of Our Country. This tale gathered steam right after the battle, and allegedly prompted Secretary of War Edward Stanton to launch an official investigation into its' validity, although we couldn't find any mention of his probe anywhere except on other spook sites.
When General Joshua Chamberlain was an old man, an interviewer asked him, “Is there any truth to the story that your men saw the figure of George Washington leading them at Gettysburg?” Chamberlain gazed thoughtfully out of the window of his home across the Maine fields, and there was a long pause. Then he nodded. “Yes, that report was circulated through our lines, and I have no doubt that it had a tremendous psychological effect in inspiring the men. Doubtless it was a superstition, but who among us can say that such a thing was impossible? We know not what mystic power may be possessed by those who are now bivouacking with the dead. I only know the effect, but I dare not explain or deny the cause. I do believe that we were enveloped by the powers of the other world that day and who shall say that Washington was not among the number of those who aided the country that he founded?” This tale was told in Nancy Robert's book Civil War Ghost Stories and Legends and passed on by Loy Merschimer in his blog.
Some stories claim that the man that led the charge and popularized this tale was a General Oliver Hunt. There was no General Oliver Hunt as far as we could find, not just at Gettysburg but anywhere during the entire war on either side. Union Brigadier General Henry Hunt was in the area, but as the commander of the Union artillery he would hardly be at the front of a wild infantry charge. So all the credit has to go to Colonel Chamberlain, who received the Medal of Honor for his action after the war - and, of course, his sidekick George Washington. Gail's Paranormal Port
GEORGE WEIKERT HOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County) Located between the Big & Little Round Tops, George & Ann Weikert's house was used as a field hospital during the battle. It was the site of death, agony, and stacks of amputated limbs. But for all that, it's one of the more gently haunted homes of Gettysburg. It has two main phenomena. One is the heavy step of someone pacing in the attic. Of course, when the residents check, no one is there. It's presumed to be the sound of a concerned officer or doctor still in the house, although some think its' the spirits of nervous rebel soldiers. The other is the famous upstairs door that won't close. It so frustrated the tenants that a park ranger nailed it shut one night. It was open again in the morning. Prairie Ghosts
THE WHEATFIELD (Gettysburg, Adams County) One of the most fierce scenes of combat at Gettysburg, the ghosts of its' dead are still supposed to haunt the field. According to reports, you can see the soldiers still endlessly waging combat. Another tale of terror attributed to the Bloody Wheatfield is the loosing of the hogs. That evening, as the wounded Union soldiers lay on the field, far from their comrades and help, hogs began to roam the field, probably freed from their pens during the battle. Hogs were known as scavengers, feeding on the dead. Many of the cries heard from this field today are supposed to be of grievously wounded soldiers trying to fend of the hungry swine. Fortean Wikia
WIDOW THOMPSON'S HOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County) The Widow Thompson's House was a part-time Gettysburg headquarters for Robert E. Lee, and is now the General Lee HQ Museum. Pyschic Karyol Kirkpatrick claims that the brass are still sitting around the kitchen table kibitzing over the last day's tactics. Lee is arguing with James Longstreet. Robert E. wants a full frontal assault on the Yankee lines; Longstreet wants to maneuver around them and hit them on the flanks. Longstreet is so adamant about his position that he almost crosses the line into insubordination. Two other generals, unconfirmed by history but thought to be A.P. Hill and John Bell Hood, let the lions roar. The result was Pickett's Charge and the eventual demise of the Confederate cause. It's no wonder Longstreet keeps trying to get in the last word. This is from Mark Nesbitt's book Ghosts of Gettysburg IV.
WILLOUGHBY RUN (Gettysburg, Adams County) During the combat, the Confederates used the seven foot banks of Willoughby Run both as an entrenchment and a place to get some relief from the blazing sun and the heat of the battle. It's said that on the last day of the battle as the troops were pulling out that a sudden thunderstorm hit the area and cause a flash flood of Willoughby Creek (there actually was a storm like that on July 4th.) It trapped several troopers and drowned them, and you're supposed to be able to hear their cries to this day. The stream crosses town, and it's been reported that if you get too near a storm grate that ghostly hands will grab at your trouser cuffs in an effort to pull themselves out of the surging waters. Haunted Folktales
ANDREW WOODS HOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County) The house at 271 Baltimore Street was built in the early-to-late 1830s and was the home and workshop of carriage builder/repairman Andrew Woods. In 1997, Mark Nesbitt's Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour gang bought it to use as its HQ. So it must have some spooks, right? Yep, it does, though oddly, no overt Civil War manifestations, other than a voice or two in the attic and some residual energy in the cellar. It's thought that it served, as did most of the town's buildings, as a field hospital and snipers nest. There are the customary orbs, shapeless blobs, and doors that open or slam for no good reason. Woods is still around, and helped workmen renovating the building by opening doors for them when their hands were full. (Must be part of the union contract.) Psychic Karyol Kirkpatrick found some other spirits in the house, too. Research seems to point to James Dobbins as one of the spooks. The son of a preacher, he still talks a good religious game and likes to slam doors. The other pair are probably Mary Kitzmiller and her son William, who died at an early age in the house. It's said that Mary calls out for her surviving son, Charles, and that young William can be heard shooting marbles upstairs. There's a woman spook in dark clothing who seems loco, but was actually as crazy as a fox. She had a mission as a secret courier, and acted loony so that no one paid her any mind. The wraiths of two little girls, Emily and her friend, play tag in the attic, and you can hear their voices. There's enough going on that the staff has taken to calling it the "Ghost House." Mark Nesbitt gave away the building's secrets in Ghosts of Gettysburg IV, and shares the Wood's House tales at Haunted America Tours.