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Hi. Welcome to the Gettysburg/Happy Valley pages. We hope the legends and lore of Gettysburg, Penn State, Gettysburg College and the regional tales hold your interest as strongly as they did ours.

We believe every story has a rich history behind it, and we linked them to their web sources so we could share the tales with you in more detail. We only cited the newspapers, which are a great source of information, because their links tend to move around from the daily news to archives or pay per view and then disappear after awhile.

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               THE BOOKSHELF:

  • Gettysburg Unearthed (John Sabol)
  • Ghost Hunters Field Guide: Gettysburg (Mark Nesbitt)
  • Ghosts of Gettysburg (Mark Nesbitt)
  • Ghosts of Gettysburg vol III (Mark Nesbitt)
  • Ghosts of Gettysburg vol IV (Mark Nesbitt)
  • Ghosts of Gettysburg vol V (Mark Nesbitt)
  • Ghosts of Gettysburg vol VI (Mark Nesbitt)
  • Ghosts of Gettysburg: Walking on Hallowed Ground (Dave & Sharon Oester)
  • Ghostly Tales of Gettysburg (Joe Kerrigan)
  • Ghostly Tales of Gettysburg vol 2 (Joe Kerrigan)
  • Ghostly Tales of Gettysburg vol 3 (Joe Kerrigan)
  • Ghostly Tales of Gettysburg vol 4 (Joe Kerrigan)
  • Ghostly Tales of Gettysburg vol 5 (Joe Kerrigan)
  • Ghostly Tales of Gettysburg vol 6 (Joe Kerrigan)
  • Haunted Gettysburg (Jack Bochar, Bob Wasel)
  • Haunted Gettysburg 3 (Jack Bochar, Bob Wasel)
  • Haunted Valley...Ghosts of Penn State (Matt Swayne)
  • More Ghosts of Gettysburg (Mark Nesbitt)
  • More Haunted Gettysburg (Jack Bochar, Bob Wasel)
  • Pa.'s Adams County Ghosts (Steve McNaughton)

ACADEMIA GIRL'S SCHOOL (Academia, Juniata County) The old Tuscorora School is home to Juniata County's most famous urban legend. The girl's school building was thought to be destroyed in a fire in the late 1800s, but its' claim to fame is a murderous hired hand who did his dirty deed years earlier. Depending on the version, a gardener (or janitor) killed and perhaps raped some of the female students and buried them in a nearby field. The ghosts of the girls allegedly will chase you if you're on the grounds. The site is desolate and spooky enough, supposedly being beside an old church and cemetery, and it's said that the ghost of the killer sits on the church steps. There are sounds of girls sobbing and crying, plus sightings of a demon dog with red eyes along with the spook of a man dressed in black. Jay in a Release Me chat tells of a curse associated with the place. He says that if you climb up the stairs of the remaining school building and put your name on the wall, you'll die. It's alleged that there are three names written on it, and they're all of high school kids that met premature ends. One last caution - wear sneakers. Cars are supposed to have trouble starting there, and you may want to make a quick escape... The Shadowlands  

ADAMS COUNTY COURTHOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County) The courthouse was built in 1859, and is located at the corner of Baltimore and W. Middle Sts.  According to police that work there at night when the building is closed, a gray, human-sized blob has been spotted several times floating through the rooms.  This tale was told by Mark Nesbitt in Ghosts of Gettysburg IV.

ALVIRA (Gregg Twp., Union County) Alvira was a farming community founded in 1825 as Wisetown. In 1942, during the Second World War, the government took 8,500 acres, the land of the 163 farms centered around Alvira, to use as a munitions storage site and TNT factory. The promise was that the evicted farmers could by it back if the TNT/munitions site folded. It did, right after the war, but the feds instead used the land to build Allenwood prison and gave the rest to the state to use as gamelands. But one thing they did leave behind and intact were the old Alvira and Washington Presbyterian graveyards. It's said that the spirits buried on those lands haunt the wooded grounds outside the prison and the land will never see peace until the federal government makes good on its promise to the original land owners. Ghosts of Central Pennsylvania

THE ANGLE (Gettysburg, Adams County) The Angle was where the stone wall that sheltered the Yankee line on Cemetery Ridge made a turn. It marked the high point of the Confederacy when Brigadier General Lewis Armistead, waving his feathered hat on the tip of his sword, led 200 men over the wall and engaged in bloody hand-to-hand combat before being repulsed by Union reinforcements. He was part of the ill-fated Pickett's Charge. It's said that you can still hear the cannons roar - the rebs initiated a two hour bombardment before the attack and the Yankees responded with an hour's cannonade during the battle. The din was so loud that it was heard in Washington DC, 80 miles away. Other sounds include those of combat and galloping horses. One ranger reported seeing a mounted officer - he couldn't distinguish what side he was from - on horseback who disappeared after getting within 10 feet of him. Phil Keller of The Shadowlands says that some have allegedly seen Robert E. Lee on horseback across the field towards Seminary Ridge. He also reports many cold spots experienced at the Angle. One set of Civil War buffs had an interesting visit to the Angle. Dressed as Virginians, they were approached by 3 Confederate soldiers. They thought they were another group of reenactors and greeted them. The soldiers didn't say a word, but with a serious look on their faces neared them, looked them up and down, and walked away, only to disappear in a fog. They figure the spooks of some rebs came to check them out - and boy, were they glad to be wearing the gray that day!  Suite 101

ASKEY CEMETERY (Moshannon, Centre County)  The cemetery, located in the Snow Shoe area, is old enough to hold the remains of several Civil war vets, and has some tales to tell. The two most popular legends are that it's haunted by a young man who died in an accident that happened just outside the cemetery and a miner who was caught spying for the mine bosses and was hanged in the cemetery itself. There are a number of other stories involving its many spooks, including a man dressed in a gardener's outfit, a young girl who died in a fire, and a demonic deer.  Norman - Yahoo Weird PA

BALADERRY INN (Gettysburg, Adams County) The oldest part of the Baladerry dates back to the Bushman farm in 1812, and it served as a Union field hospital during the battle of Gettysburg. It's allegedly haunted by dozens of spirits. One is a Confederate officer that pops up in folk's photographs. The spooks of seven rebs buried under the current tennis court - tough to get any rest there, much less eternal - are also about. The Marigold Room sports a lady ghost that appears at the foot of the bed. Geoffrey, aka Loverboy, haunts the Primrose Room. He allegedly likes the ladies, especially blondes, and enjoys rubbing their feet while crooning a love song. Then the cheeky spook hops into bed with them. The Inn sponsors a Haunted Happenings weekend every September, and if you're a blonde looking for a little action and the Primrose Room isn't booked... So Go Now   

BATTLEFIELD B&B (Gettysburg, Adams County) This Civil War farm lays in the middle of the South Cavalry Battlefield, built out of fieldstone in 1809 by Cornelius & Anna Houtelin.  Located on 30 acres straddling Emmitsburg Road,  thousands of soldiers camped on the site after Pickett's Charge.  In fact, the last shot of the battle may have been fired from the property.  Footsteps have been heard on the stairs and doors unlock by themselves. An ethereal lantern shines in the nearby field.  One soldier still appears throughout the home and property. The spirit of a young girl has also been witnessed by guests; some have reported a small, cold hug from the ghostly child. One couple saw the spook of a twenty-ish lass in a light blue dress with a big white bow in her blond hair.  She glided over to a writing desk, where she remained for a few minutes and then disappeared. Afterward, a rust colored mist hovered for another few moments before it too disappeared. Some even say Cornelius Houtelin himself still watches over his former home. Queer Paranormal

BECHTELS VICTORIAN MANSION B&B (East Berlin, Adams County) Home to William Leas and his family, within a ten year period Leas, his wife, two sons, and a daughter passed away, leaving the home to his two remaining daughters, who stayed spinsters and in the family home until 1982.  The sisters, Sara and Beulah, were spooky enough; kids used to cross the street if they saw them outside. But they may not have lived alone.  The mansion is said to have shadow people roaming the halls, and people have heard footsteps and smelled cigarette smoke when no one else was about.  The most famous spook is daughter Flossie; she's supposed to have been seen on the turret's balcony.  In fact, a cop called to the house swore he saw her cross the balcony and enter the house - straight through the wall!  The mansion is now a B&B, 18 miles outside of Gettysburg, and two of its rooms are named after the spinster Leas - Sara Leas' Room and Beulah's Boudoir.  The Bechtel spooks were given a chapter in Steve McNaughton's Pennsylvania's Adams County Ghosts

THE BLACK GHOST OF SCOTIA (Patton Twp., Centre County) In the old mining town of Scotia lived Bert Delige, a black man well known to the local police because of his many run-ins with the law.  One day he went on a binge.  Delige called on an elderly lady and began to argue about an imagined debt she owed him.  In a drunken rage, he raped her, then slit her throat.  He was executed for the act, the last man in Centre County to be publicly hung.  St. Peter wouldn't have him, and he wasn't keen on meeting old Scratch, so his tortured spirit still haunts his gravesite.  It's on his old homestead; the local cemetery wouldn't take his remains.  It's said that you can see a black mist rise and eventually form into his body.  His tale is the lynchpin of Jeff Frazier's book Black Ghost of Scotia and More Pennsylvania Tales.

THE BROAD TOP SNAKE (Broad Top Mountains, Huntingdon County) This famous reptile, sighted many times over the years, is supposed to be 15-20' long and is described as looking more like a log than a snake. It's been seen near Raystown Lake, and may be a relation if not the embodiment of Raystown Ray. Strange Ark (.pdf file) 

BUCKNELL'S HUNT HALL (Lewisburg, Union County) Bucknell dorm Hunt Hall is often called "Haunt Hall" by the sorority women that live there.  The tale goes that it's spooked by the spirit of an old resident named Angela, who died in a buggy wreck or some other accident.  She hangs around the third and fourth floors and is fond of trying on the other girls' dresses; in fact, she's always spotted wearing a dress.  But she's considered friendly, if somewhat given to the occasional prank or leaving a cold spot in her wake.  Bucknell

CAPTAIN JACK (Northumberland, Northumberland County) American Legion Post #44 was built in the 1840s or earlier and has served as a stage coach stop and military hospital along with once housing the insane in tiny basement cells. It's also home to local legend Captain Jack. The Legion is supposed to have several spooks floating along in its' halls, but Captain Jack easily outranks them all. He's a friendly, playful spirit, causing all sorts of prankish poltergeist phenomena. He's also been known to take a seat beside someone or walk through a wall, being described as a sort of shadow. But it's the ladies the Captain really fancies. He's been said to stroke their hair and touch them - as in pinching a well rounded butt or two. Needless to say, gals at the Legion travel to the ladies' room en masse so as not to be caught alone by Captain Jack. He's such a regular haunt at the Legion that Susquehanna University paranormal instructor Kevin Tersavige regularly takes his classes there on ghost hunts.  The club also features cold spots, orb pictures, shadowy figures, and a pair of woman spirits, too. (The Citizen Standard "A Haunting...We Will Go," July 28, 2004) 

CASHTOWN INN (Cashtown, Adams County) Built around 1797, the Cashtown Inn was the first stage stop west of Gettysburg. During the Civil War, it twice fell into Confederate hands, once for a brief spell by Jeb Stuart and again during the Gettysburg campaign by General A.P. Hill who has a room named after him. The rebel wounded that survived Gettysburg were transferred there on their way back to southern hospitals. The Inn's main spook is a Confederate soldier that's been seen around the Cashtown. His footsteps can supposedly be heard coming down the hall, followed by a rapping on your door. He especially likes to visit the guests of room #4. The soldier's ghost has been around for at least a century, and was even seen in a 1900 photograph. He's most active in the summer, corresponding with the time Gettysburg was being contested. Another spook that's been reported is a Lady in White who's been seen on the upper floors of the Inn.  Visit PA    

CAVES OF BURNHAM (Burnham Borough, Mifflin County) This borough outside of Lewistown is supposedly home to a pair of haunted caves in the woods. The first is spooked by the spirits of two murdered hunters whose bodies were hidden in it. The other is the home to the ghost of a small boy who was a hit-and-run victim while riding his bike on a local road. The perp stashed his little body in the cave in an effort to hide the crime. The Shadowlands   

CHESTNUT HALL B&B (New Oxford, Adams County) Chestnut Hall was built in 1890 by the well-to-do Himes family and has been a residence for most of its' tenure, becoming a B&B in 2004. It's said to be haunted by five members of the dearly departed Himes family - that would be Alexander and Sarah, the original owners who both died in the house, and daughter Ruth who was born in the house the same year it was built and spent a great deal of time in and tending to Chestnut Hall, plus a pair that aren't identified. Another spirit is that of Alice, a neighborhood girl that spent time in the house. They're a friendly group of spooks, and the B&B is said to be a peaceful place to enjoy your vacation. The Shadowlands    

CHILDREN OF THE BATTLEFIELD (Gettysburg, Adams County) This tale starts out as one of the nicest bits of lore to come out of Gettysburg and ends in depravity. It starts with the discovery of a Union soldier's body in Kuhn's Brickyard. The unknown soldier was found with his childrens picture in his hand, the last sight he saw before dying. He became a cause celebrite among the newspapers of the day, and they ran a contest of sorts to find out who the trooper was. It ended up being Sgt. Amos Humiston of Portville, New York. A memorial was erected for him in Gettysburg, the only enlisted man to be so honored. An orphanage fund was begun in his memory, and the home was built in Gettysburg. It was originally run by his widow, Philinda, who brought their three children with her to Gettysburg - Frank, Fred and Alice. Called The Homestead, it was by all reports a happy and well run operation. But Philinda hated Gettysburg. She quickly remarried (many say to escape the town) and left with her children. That's when the bad times started. New mistress Rosa Carmichaels would shackle the children in a basement dungeon or outside, just one among many despicable acts she committed. Financial wizard Dr. John Francis Bourns, who had raised the money to build The Homestead, absconded with the remainder of the Homestead's endowment. After only a dozen years, it was shut down. The Homestead is a private residence now, but one haunted by the past. Ghosts of the mistreated children have been reported in the basement and yard. Other visitors have had their clothes and bodies tugged at by invisible spirits. There are supposedly photos not only of orbs, but of shadowy outlines of the orphans. And worst of all is the sense of incredible sadness that lays over the place. Amiston's story is told by Mark Dunkelman in Gettysburg's Unknown Soldier:The Life, Death And Celebrity Of Amos HumistonFab Grandma Blog    

COOL BEANS COFFEE & TEA (Bellefonte, Centre County) The little coffee shop just outside of State College has a long history of poltergeist activity. Lights would turn on and off, the bathroom door once slammed so hard it punched a hole in the wall, circuit breakers shut off behind locked doors, and the water turns itself on. The locks are what gets the owner, though. Once, the owner had to walk around the building complex to find her partner because of a locked door, and another time she had to take one of her tenant's doors off the hinges to open it. There was no key in existence to lock - or open - it. There have been sightings of shadows in the cellar, and a renter saw a male spirit on the second floor. She did a little research, and viola - the site her shop was on was where the lawmen of Bellefonte would hang their bad guys back in the day. She thinks it's a mug named Jim Monks whose spook is causing all the havoc. Whether it's him or not, at least we know where the fascination with locks comes from. What crook worth his salt can't work a lock? (This tale was posted in the Centre Daily by Centre County Spook on March 13, 2008.)

DEVIL'S DEN (Gettysburg, Adams County) The Devil's Den, located between Big and Little Round Tops on the Gettysburg battlefield, was a spook hot spot long before the Civil War. The rock strewn area allegedly got its' name from an elusive monster snake that was said to inhabit the boulders, called "The Devil" by the locals. It was supposed to also be a Native American ceremonial site, and the early settlers reported Indian ghosts and the sound of "war whoops" among the rocks.  Another story concerns Pauline Noel, a young woman that literally lost her her head in a wagon crash there. Her headless ghost has been reported, and some say if you run across her, she'll try to take yours, too (actually, the legend is she'll try to eat it, but without a head of her own...) It's also said that her name, P. Noel, was carved into the rocks by her spook so that she's never forgotten. It's thought that if you trace the engraved name with your finger, her ghost is likely to appear. She's been seen floating down the nearby creek, because, according to lore, she'll get lost otherwise, being without a head to see where she's going! There have also been reports of a man that guides lost folk out of the maze of stone and then disappears that predate the Civil War. It's famous as a place where cameras quite often malfunction as a sort of curse brought about because of the ghoulish moving and posing of bodies by Civil War photographers.There have also been alleged sightings of battle reenactments by the spook soldiers, and the sight of ghostly snipers and the sounds of gunfire have been commonly reported.  The most famous spook is that of the Texan reb who's been seen by many, serving as a sort of a tourist guide and happily posing for pictures (although when developed, his figure is missing.) Once he was described to a park ranger as a barefoot hippie because of his floppy hat and loose shirt - the uniform of the Texas Confederate regiment. The areas between Devil's Den and the Round Tops were known as The Valley of Death and Slaughter Pen, and some troops seem to be stuck in an endless loop of reliving the battle - and their deaths. Prairie Ghosts  

DOBBIN HOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County)  Reverend Alexander Dobbin built a house for himself and his family in 1776, and now it's the oldest crib in Gettysburg, the Dobbin House Tavern.  In the mid-1800's, a secret crawl space, featured in National Geographic Magazine, served as a station for hiding runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.  After the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a hospital for wounded soldiers of both the North and the South.  You can, according to lore, catch sight of the Rev to this day, with his cigar, and meet different departed members of the clan on the steps.  There are phenomena from its hospital days, too.  It's said you can hear groans, and occasionally blood will seep through the floorboards.  There's even a ghostly posse of nurses that cross the neighboring field, apparently on their way to assist the doctors.  If you visit the Springhouse Tavern, you might get to see some Civil War troopers, bellied up to the bar and enjoying a cold one.  Some even head up the steps, on their way to bed.  So if you're looking for a thrill with your meal, stop in the Dobbin House (The Dobbin House Restaurant and Springhouse Tavern are now part of the Gettysburg Inn).  Helium

DOUBLEDAY INN (Gettysburg, Adams County) This B&B is a fairly new entry, having been built in 1939 as a private home and converted to a B&B in 1987. But its' property has a pedigree. It's built on a parcel of land that was once the Forney Farm, the site of the Battle of Oak Hill and Iverson's Pits. It's said that you can hear marching and voices yelling back and forth outside some nights. Inside, the house spook is a humming woman with her hair in a bun. You can sometimes spot her at the foot of your bed before she disappears. PIRA 

DUFFY'S TAVERN (Boalsburg, Centre County) Duffy's was built in 1819 by Colonel James Johnston and his wife Hannah. It used to serve the local gentry, and even had a ballroom on the second floor. The Tavern's alleged spook, though, only shuffled of this mortal coil in 1961. He was Harry Duffy, a former owner that died while at Duffy's. He rearranges chairs, turns on the water, slams doors and knocks glasses off the bar. Orbs have been seen floating around the dining room, so Harry seems to have some company. One night when the lights shut off, the waitress called out "That's enough, Harry" and the power came right back on. The staff believes that Harry is a friendly ghost, and just looking for a little love from the Duffy's crowd. (The Collegian "Uncovering Spooky Spots," October 31, 2006)

EGG HILL CHURCH (Potter Twp., Centre County) The Egg Hill Church & Cemetery - Dauberman Lutheran, to give it its' proper name - dates back to 1838. Urban legend has it that a minister poisoned the congregation's wine and killed them all, then went and murdered the kids in Sunday School. Another version has them all being burned alive by the nutty rev (although we can find no record of the church ever being on fire.) It's said that there are bloodstains on the floor, childrens voices can be heard from the church, and the ghosts of the murdered church goers can be seen at the full moon. If you feel an urge to jump into your car and check it out, please don't. The church and cemetery are private property and both have been mindlessly vandalized. The police will run in any trespassers they find on the property. The Shadowlands  

EISENHOWER HOME (Gettysburg, Adams County) Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower used the home as a weekend retreat while in DC. It's where Ike recovered from his 1955 heart attack, where they retired to and where they both eventually died. Apparently Mamie enjoyed the quiet times and serenity there. It's said the first lady's ghost can sometimes be seen at her former home in the living room and her old bedroom. Part of the local lore says that a psychic contacted Mamie, and she was upset that the Park Service was going to tear down part of the property to put up a parking lot.  After hearing what the seer told them, they canceled those plans.  The spook of a maid has also been reported, and some have claimed to seen a glimpse of both Mamie's mom and DDE in the home. Pennsylvania Researchers

THE EUTAW HOUSE (Potter's Mills, Centre County) The Eutaw House dates back to 1823, and it was built on the site of a log cabin store that was founded in 1788 by General James Potter. It's a restaurant & bar now, but spent most of its' career as a hotel. Befitting its' age, there are a houseful of spooks roaming its' halls. Images have been seen in mirrors of people that aren't there. A colonial spook introduced himself to a lady upstairs with a cheerful "Pleased to make your acquaintance."  A woman and little girl have been reportedly seen crying on the main stairwell. Presences have been felt in the basement. If you look at the foyer ceiling, you'll see a table hanging from it with the initials "EAP" carved in it. The legend is that Edgar Allan Poe stayed at the Eutaw one evening and was inspired to write "The Raven."  Lenore is supposedly a lost love of his - her name was Helena in real life, from (where else?) the Poe Valley, which is named for the Creek, not the author.  People say they have see a ghostly image that looks just like him haunting the house.  Patty Wilson and Mark Nesbitt cover the Eutaw House in Haunted Pennsylvania. (The Collegian "Uncovering Spooky Spots," October 31, 2006 & "Eutaw House In Potter's Mills Offers More Than Good Food," June 22, 1993) 

FAIRFIELD INN (Fairfield, Adams County) The Inn was built in 1757 and granted a tavern license in 1786, making it the longest tenured watering hole in Adams County. It served as a colonial meeting house, stagecoach stop, Underground RR station and Confederate field hospital. It's said to be haunted by soldier ghosts in the kitchen who enjoy playing tricks on the staff, a grouchy old spook in the dining room and a female spirit upstairs that keeps opening the doors. Guests report closet doors that won't stay shut and rooms that vibrate.  The owner admits to lights that turn on and off for no reason and the bulbs unscrew themselves. Fairfield Inn Spooks

FARNSWORTH HOUSE INN (Gettysburg, Adams County) The Farnsworth House was built in 1810 as a farmhouse and got its' current name from General Elon Farnsworth, who died at the Battle of Gettysburg. It was also the site of a reb sniper's nest, and is thought to be the place that the musket ball that killed Jennie Wade came from. The B&B is loaded with spooks from the battle (In fact, it's alleged that there are 14 ghosts crammed in the house.) The sharpshooters in the attic are still there and supposedly are very active. It's said that you can hear one of them play a Jew's Harp to while away the time. You can hear the footsteps of another carrying a dying comrade down the stairs to the basement, where he sings to comfort him. Shadows have been spotted flitting throughout the house, mostly at night and often in the dining room. Footsteps have been heard pacing up and down the main hall.  Guests have had their shoulders tapped by unseen hands.  But quite a few of the wraiths came as part and parcel of the house's history. A youngster named Jeremy was trampled to death outside the Farnsworth by a buggy while playing tag with his friends, and allegedly you can see him being cradled in a blanket by his sobbing father carrying him into the Inn. It's said that the boy roams the hotel, stealing things and exchanging them for toys. Jeremy's also supposed to haunt two other nearby houses, one a shop and the other a home. A former resident called Mary died in the Sarah Black Room. She's appeared to guests there, dressed in a blue gown. She sits on the end of the bed and likes to toy with visitor's personal belongings and sometimes their hair. It's thought that she's visited the next door Catherine Sweeney room, too. The guest had a cold, and Mary was a mid-wife in real life who tended to the house's ill. Mary's been spotted accompanying the Farnsworth Ghost Walk Tour.  Another spirit was reported as a black mist that slowly morphed into the form of an old woman. A lady dressed in 19th century garb has been seen checking out the kitchen supplies. She vanishes when you approach her. It's thought she's an old employee of the Inn keeping an eye on the shop. There's also been quite a bit of poltergeist activity involving the help - touchings, tugs on their aprons, overturned trays, the works. Another spirit roaming the Inn is that of Zoe St. Armand, a spinster who lived there in the early 1900s and began haunting it after her death in 1954. One great Halloween story comes from here. A local radio station was setting up to broadcast from the Farnsworth. They were dressed in blue jeans and blue company tops. When they called into the station to check on their feeds, they talked to a person who was nicknamed Captain. Apparently all the people in blue reporting to their "Captain" put the rebel spirits into an uproar. A psychic that was along for the show said the spirits were afraid of being discovered by the Union troops - the people dressed in blue - and told her that there was a spy in their midst. She tried to tell one of the spooks that the war was over and he could move on. He didn't believe her. The Inn has been featured on A&E's The Unexplained, Sci Fi Channel's Sightings and the History channel. It's in a virtual library of both history and spook books. Haunted Houses

GATSBY'S (State College, Centre County) This former nightclub was home to George the ghost. Gatsby's was built in what had been the balcony of the Cathaum Theater on W. College Street, and George was a long time movie house employee who died in the mid 1950s. He was seen by at least two of the club managers. Alas, in 1989 Penn State took it over and slapped up the Scott Building for the English department in its' stead. George hasn't been seen since then. (The Daily Collegian "University Ghosts Do Not Abound, But Stories, Rumors Hang Around," October 28, 1988) 

GEORGE GEORGE HOUSE (Gettysburg, Adams County) Originally part of the Dobbin's homestead, during the Battle of Gettysburg this small stone building was the home of George George (don't ask - apparently his parents were easily amused.) Oddly enough, George was just the tenant. John Myers owned the house, but somehow history has managed to forget him. Anyway, Union General John Reynolds was brought here on the first day of combat, fatally wounded, and his body kept in the house until it could be shipped home to Lancaster for burial. In fact, his blood is supposed to still stain the floor. One eerie phenomenon has been associated with the place. You have to jump ahead a century or more, when a mother and daughter are strolling down Steinwahr Street in Gettysburg's Historical District one night. They saw a woman dressed in Civil War era clothes sitting beside the coffin of a Union officer through a shop window. Thinking it a display of a wax museum, the pair stopped by again during the day to visit. To their shock, the shop was instead a photography studio, without a trace of a funeral setting. Apparently they managed to witness a flash back in time to see General Reynold's body lying in state with a mourner. We're not sure, but we believe the shop is now Gibson's Photographic Gallery.  Ghost Traveller

GETTYSBURG BEST WESTERN (Gettysburg, Adams County) Beginning as Scott's Tavern in 1797, becoming the Indian Tavern in 1809, the McClellan House in 1846, and finally the Gettysburg Hotel in 1890, the building has seen quite a bit of history. It closed in 1964, but was restored and opened as the Gettysburg Best Western Hotel in 1991. It's home to Rachel, the friendly spook of a Civil War nurse that visitors bump into in the Hotel halls and sometimes on Gettysburg streets. She's also known to rummage through people's drawers in the rooms. Some speculate that she's looking for material to make bandages from as she still tends to her wounded soldiers in the old McClellan House. Travel Channel adds that there's a woman's ghost that's been spotted dancing in the ballroom and the spook of Union soldier James Culbertson of the Pennsylvania Reserves still haunts the halls where he died.  Associated Content


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