Pennsylvania Haunts & History

Home of the legends, lore and ghost tales of the Keystone State

 

Enjoy the stories told in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Johnstown, Gettysburg, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Altoona, the Poconos, Allegheny Mountains, the Pennsylvania Dutch and the farms, river towns, mountain hamlets and cemeteries in between.


 
 

Hi.  I'm Ron Ieraci, your guide to PA's haunts, eerily assisted by my sister in spookdom, LC.  She's from Philly, I'm from Pittsburgh, and together we're hoping to document Penn's paranormal history. 

We appreciate your visit to the Pennsylvania Haunts & History pages. We hope you enjoy the legends, lore, and spooky stories of the Keystone State.

We believe that every ghost tale has a rich history of people, places, events and psychology behind it. We tried to capture some of this history and link it so you could share in the traditions of Pennsylvania's unique regions. Our stories run the gamut from the Lenni Lenape & Shawnee tribes through colonization, the Revolution, Indian Wars, the Civil War, Pennsylvania Dutch, mountain men, Molly Maguires, iron furnaces, river men, coal mines, oil wells, railroaders, steel mills, Amish and the everyday events of four centuries of Keystone life.

We linked the primary web source of our tales. The Shadowlands is the 800 pound gorilla in the spectral realm, but all the sources deserve huge props for running down the state's lore and preserving it. You'll notice that we didn't link the newspapers and periodicals (we did cite them), which are a true treasure trove of tales. They tend to get archived, put on pay per view sites or zapped after awhile, so we don't consider the links to be terribly dependable. There's also an Alexandria's library worth of outstanding books available that explore both historic and haunted Pennsylvania themes.

One last word of advice to would be ghost hunters - knock yourself out visiting public sites, but please contact the owners of private property for their permission before you go visit. Too many out of the way places have been desecrated, trashed, spray painted, and vandalized. Most people like their privacy, and trespassing is illegal, spook hunting or not. A midnight encounter with the police or a snarling watchdog is scarier than any specter you'll find.


Here are some of the sites that hold many of the tales of Penn's Woods:

The Shadowlands

Allegheny Mountain Ghost Hunters

Associated Contents

BBC

BBH Productionz

Beaver County History

Berks County Legends

Chester County Genealogy

Delaware Co. Paranormal Research

Digestezine - Haunted Philly

Erie Legends

Gettysburg Battlefield On Line

Ghosts Of Gettysburg

Ghost Research Foundation

GHOSTS

Grave Addiction

Haunted Houses

Haunted Sites

Haunted Pennsylvania

Historic Williamsport

Mainline Paranormal

Mother Bedford

Northvegr

North West PA Hauntings

The Old Miner

Paranormal Investigator

Pennsylvania Folklore

Pennsylvania H&H Blog

Pennsylvania Hauntings

PA Mountains of Attractions

Pennsylvania Researchers

Penn State Paranormal Research

Phantom Paranormal

Philadelphia: About

Philly Burbs

Pittsburgh: About

Pocono Paranormal

Prairie Ghosts

Strange USA

Suite 101


 


Thanks for stopping by the Pennsylvania Haunts and History site. We've divvied up the state's folklore, urban legends, and spook stories into these seven Keystone regions:

Conemaugh Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson & Somerset counties. (Johnstown-Altoona area)

Erie/I-80 West Cameron, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Mercer, Venango & Warren counties. (Erie-Allegheny Mountains area)

Freedom's Corner Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton & Philadelphia counties.(Philadelphia area)

Gettysburg/Happy Valley Adams, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder & Union counties. (Gettysburg and Penn State area)

Pennsylvania Dutch Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill & York counties. (York, Lancaster, & Harrisburg area)

Poconos/I-80 East Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne & Wyoming counties. (Scranton-Wilkes Barre and Pocono area)

Three Rivers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington & Westmoreland counties.(Pittsburgh area)


Conemaugh Contents:

Page 1) Allen Bridge - Foxburg Inn

Page 2) Ghost Hollow - Morley's Dog

Page 3) North Fork Dam - Woodbury Mine

 

Erie/I-80 West Contents:

Page 1) Academy Theater - Devil's Run

Page 2) Eagle Hotel - Miller Farm Cemetery

Page 3) Oak Hill Cemetery - Willow Dale Cemetery

 

Freedom's Corner Contents: 

Page 1) Aaron Burr House - Bucksville House

Page 2) Cabrini College - Devil's Hole

Page 3) Doctor Weir's House Call - Funk Mill Road

Page 4) Gallagher's Gift Shop - Haycock Mountain

Page 5) Heilbron Mansion - The Inn Philadelphia

Page 6) Jarrettown Inn - Loudoun Mansion

Page 7) Magnolia's Vineyard - Mutter Museum

Page 8) Newburg Inn - Phantom Drummer

Page 9) Philadelphia Canoe Club - Roxy Theater

Page 10) The Sacred Oak - Twin Tunnels

Page 11) Unneighborly Neighbors - Ye Olde Temperance House

 

Gettysburg/Happy Valley Contents:

Page 1) Academia Girl's School - Gettysburg Best Western Hotel

Page 2) Gettysburg College - Penn State University

Page 3) Penn's Tavern - Andrew Woods House


Pennsylvania Dutch Contents:

Page 1) Accomac Inn - Franklin & Marshall

Page 2) Fulton Opera House - Der Nockisher Mon

Page 3) Old State Road Murder - Yuengling Mansion


Poconos/I-80 East Contents:

Page 1) Allison's Grave - Hotel Iola

Page 2) The Ice Cave - The Rusty Nail

Page 3) Sayman Road - Young Woman's Creek


Three Rivers Contents:

Page 1) Acheson House - Brush Creek Inn

Page 2) Bushy Run Battlefield - Clinton School

Page 3) Collectiques - Dead Man's Hollow

Page 4) Depreciation Lands - Foxwood Road

Page 5) Frankfort Springs - Homewood Cemetery

Page 6) ICM School - Mad Anthony's Bierstube

Page 7) Madonna Cemetery - New Castle Playhouse

Page 8) North Bridge - Pitt at Greensburg

Page 9) Pittsburgh Playhouse - Rolling Hills CC

Page 10) Sagamore Hotel - Spotlight Lounge

Page 11) Sticktown - Uptown Leprechaun

Page 12) Valley Hotel - Zombie Land



            THE BOOKS:

  • Big Book of Pennsylvania Ghosts (Mark Nesbitt, Patty Wilson)
  • Black Ghost of Scotia and Other Fireside Tales vol. 1 (Jeffrey Frazier)
  • Black Ghost of Scotia and Other Fireside Tales vol. 2 (Jeffrey Frazier)
  • Boos and Brews (Patty Wilson)
  • Devils, Ghosts and Witches (George Swetnam)
  • Ghosts! of Pennsylvania vol.1 (Lawrence Gavlak)
  • Ghosts! of Pennsylvania vol. 2 (Lawrence Gavlak)
  • Ghost Stories of Pennsylvania (Dan Asfar)
  • Haunted Pennsylvania (Mark Nesbitt, Patty Wilson)
  • Lurking in Pennsylvania (William Robertson)
  • Pennsylvania Folklore Series (Henry Shoemaker)
  • The Pennsylvania Ghost Guide vol. 1 (Patty Wilson)
  • The Pennsylvania Ghost Guide vol. 2 (Patty Wilson)
  • Spooky Pennsylvania (SE Schlosser, Paul Hoffman)
  • Totally Bizarre Pennsylvania (Patty Wilson) 
  • Weird Pennsylvania (Matt Lake)
  • Whispers in the Attic (Kelly Weaver)

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