FULTON OPERA HOUSE (Lancaster, Lancaster County) The Opera House opened in 1852 as the Fulton Hall, and the "Grand Old Lady of Prince Street" has seen performances from Sarah Bernhardt, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson, Mark Twain, Helen Hayes, Marcel Marceau and Irene Dunne among others. It's a historic landmark and now is home to regional performing arts groups. It's said that you can see orbs and hear the sound of voices, phantom applause and the piano playing itself. It's supposed to be the home of several spooks. Two are thought to be those of Sarah Bernhardt and silent film star Marie Cahill, the "lady in white." It's oldest phenomena dates back to 1763. The Fulton House was built partially over the foundations of the old Lancaster jail, which once housed 14 Conestoga Indians that escaped from the Paxton Boys massacre. They were in jail to protect them from the anti-Indian hysteria of the time, but it backfired. A mob rushed the jail, took the Indians and then tortured and killed them. It's claimed that you can still hear their screams of the Conestogas from the corner of the building built over that old lockup. Haunted PA
JOHN FUNK HOUSE (Strasburg, Lancaster County) It's said that the spirit of John Funk and his wife can be seen and heard in their old home, now a shop. In fact, John is reported to have waited on customers when the help was occupied. One psychic group supposedly has tapes of whispered conversations between John and his missus. The W. Main Street home, we believe, dates back to 1789 and was last an antique shop. It's a regular stop in the seasonal Strasburg Ghost Tour. (Associated Content "Spooky Fun in Lancaster County," October 1, 2007)
GENERAL SUTTER INN (Lititz, Lancaster County) The General Sutter Inn opened for business in 1764 and
was originally named the "Zum Anker," or the sign of the anchor. The Inn became the
Lititz Springs Hotel, then was renamed The General Sutter
in 1930 to honor John Augustus Sutter, a California Gold Rush pioneer (does
Sutter's Mill ring a bell?),
who lived his last seven years in Lititz and is buried in the Moravian
Cemetery. His spirit is said to be haunting the Inn - who wants to leave your namesake? - and partial photos of a mysterious lady in a black dress. The staff has reported seeing apparitions of a young girl and a young boy. And hey, stop by the Mens Room of Pearl's Victorian Bar & Grill and say hello to Pearl, the sexy mannequin taking a
bubble bath right inside the entrance. She doesn't say much, but she'll
watch your back while attend to your business! Kelly and John Weaver
of the Spirit Society of PA have a tale of a spook toying with their pet dog, and have even hosted a Full Moon Madness
Weekend Getaway at the Inn. Ghost Tech
GIRTY'S GOLD (Girty's Notch, Perry County) Simon Girty was a well known and despised trader of his time. He took up with the Indians against the settlers and his acts of savagery are told to this day. When the British lost his home base of Detroit, Girty - who was also a river bandit - hightailed it towards Canada with a cache of gold. He spent three days hidden in a Perry County cave before he could shake the Americans and Shawnees on his trail. Even then, he had to travel light, and fled with the gold still stashed in the mystery cave. He eventually made his way back to Canada and safety. But the gold remains. So if you're in the Liverpool area and feeling lucky... Girty's Gold (scroll to Simon Girty at bottom of page)
GOATMAN (Lancaster County) Sightings of this critter date back to the 1970s when farmers reported seeing a two legged, wolf-like animal stealing a chicken. The beast was gray with a white mane, had long claws, and two horns on its head. Phillyist
GONDER MANSION (Strasburg, Lancaster County) This Victorian era Queen Anne style mansion was built in 1905 by local turn of the century big wheel Benjamin Gonder. It was home for him and wife Mary. It's said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman who committed suicide - Annie, Benjamin's loco sister who lived on the grounds but was shunned by the rest of the family because of her mental condition. It's reported that the sounds of music and crazed laughter can be heard throughout the home, and her misty form has been reported haunting its corridors. She moved into the mansion in death after being forbidden to step inside the home during life. The South Side house is a private residence and off limits to spook seekers. More on Annie can be found at the Strasburg Cemetery. (Associated Content "Spooky Fun In Lancaster County," October 1, 2007) CHIPS Paranormal
GOODRICH HOUSE (York, York County) William Goodrich was born a Maryland slave and earned his freedom after being sold to a York minister. He went on to become a highly successful local businessman. His home was a stop in the Underground Railroad, and its' memory is still etched in its' walls. Visitors have reported hearing children laughing and crying in the building. Windows open by themselves. Disembodied footsteps are heard. The moans and rattling chains of the slaves that were hidden in the house can also be heard. The Goodrich House is a museum now, and how many museums can claim live exhibits from the slavery era?
(York Daily Record "More York Ghost Tours," October 21, 2007)
HANS GRAF CEMETERY (Marietta, Lancaster County) The cemetery, named after early Mennonite settler Hans Graf, who died in the late 1700s, is haunted by a White Ghost Dog according to regional lore. It's said the local dogs also join in with it and bay whenever someone enters the cemetery and quiet down when the visitor leaves. The ghost dog's barks have been captured on tape. The spectral hound is supposed to roam with other unidentified ghosts haunting the graveyard, caught as orbs by psychic's cameras. (Spirit Society of PA Apparitions "Musings of a Ghost Adventurer," November 2007)
GRAVEDIGGER'S CHURCH (Letterkenny, Franklin County) There's a boarded up church with a cemetery on this Army installation (there are 8 old cemeteries in all on the base property and a couple just outside its' boundaries, and we're not sure which one Gravedigger's is.) It's said that you can hear footsteps through out the deserted church. If you enter the cemetery, the old iron gate will close behind you and the chain that closes off the driveway will twirl like a jumping rope even on the calmest days. The Shadowlands
GRAVITY HILL (Lewisbury, York County) Also known locally as Ghost Hill, it's located on Pleasant View Road. The legend is that a busload of children went over the side of the hill and died. It's said that if you stop your car at the stop sign and put it into neutral, the spooks of the departed rugrats will push it up the hill so you don't share in their fate. Another similar version states that it's haunted by a local football team who met their doom when their bus rolled over a mountain. These boys don't want you to be another victim so they help to push your car back up the hill they lost their brakes on before you join them in eternity. It's another fun optical illusion, and one with an interesting story or two attached to it.
HALL'S TOWER (Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County) Just off of the intersection of I-81 and SR114 is a 15 story building, towering alone in the countryside. It's known as Hall Tower, or Carillon Tower (its original raison d'etre). Now it's a vandalized wreck, covered in graffiti and burned several times, best known as the home to teen parties - and a spooky presence. The local urban legend is that the guy that built it, John Hall, embezzled money from his company to build the Tower and surrounding Mansion, complete with a moated building, b-ball court, and worker's house. He went broke, had to sell the building, and then set it on fire right after the signing the transfer papers in a fit of frustration over losing it. If he couldn't have his Tower, no one could. Some accounts say that his family was still inside, while others claim he lived there alone. Most lore claims that he was inside the tower when he started the fire and perished in the flames. Another tale says that he was sent to jail after his son blew the whistle on his embezzlement scheme, and had the house and property transferred to him. When Hall was released from prison, he went back and burned the property as revenge against his son. Hall died shortly after that, some say by suicide, other by natural means. There's supposed to be an apparition that stares down at people from the top of the Tower, which is impossible to get to from the ground. Others have reported a voice inside that says "Get out." A young guy died there when he fell down an open elevator shaft, and some suspect it wasn't the partying that got to him, but that an unseen spirit shoved him down the hole to his doom. There are also reports of drownings in the small lake across from the tower. The place has recently been fenced off, and if you want to visit, satisfy yourself with a gander from the road. It's a no-trespassing area, and the local gendarmes have been known to cruise by the old bones of the Tower. It's a treacherous building to wander around in - some might say a lawsuit waiting to happen - and hey, you never know who, or what, you'll run into in the Tower. Strange USA
THE HANGING TREE (Liverpool, Perry County) The legend states that in the 1800s a man was hung for a crime he said he didn't commit. It's said that if you're by the tree at midnight, you can hear crowd noises of laughter and crying, and a man's screams. There's been claims of unseen forces landing on car hoods and a swishing sound like that of a swinging body heard, and feet brushing on car roofs. There are also reports that car engines and lights cut out there. The Shadowlands
HANOVER STREET HAUNTED HOUSE (Carlisle, Cumberland County) This 18th century residence was investigated by the Paraseek team. They ran across the friendly spirit of 13 year old Emily, who died when she was struck by a sickle in a farming accident. She's in pigtails and seems to be a tomboy, even though her favorite prank is to rearrange the objects in the family heirloom doll house. They found a foreboding spirit in the basement that they believe is Em's dad. He would spend hours on end alone down there after Em's death, blaming himself for the accident. They're not sure if it's his ghost or just residual energy remaining in the cellar. They also discovered two playful boy's spirits on the third floor. It's so hard to get kids out of the house anymore. Paraseek
HARPER’S TAVERN & RESTAURANT (East Hanover Twp., Lebanon County) The owner saw a spirit in the middle of his dining room. He stayed mum for awhile, but once he brought up the subject of spooks, employees and customers admitted seeing and hearing strange things. One customer swears there’s a presence in the basement. (Harrisburg Patriot News "Visit These Haunted Inns and Restaurants For a Halloween Thrill" October 6, 2010)
HARRISBURG STATE HOSPITAL (Harrisburg, Dauphin County) Founded as the Pennsylvania State Lunatic Hospital in 1845, the first in the state, HSH had all kind of weird happenings on its campus. It was closed in 2006 and now houses state office buildings. But its history remains through the haunting screams and ghastly apparitions of its former patients. Strange noises and footsteps are said to be heard throughout the complex, and shadowy ghosts are often encountered in the basement and tunnels beneath the building. Blood stains are said to appear and disappear on the floor of the morgue's examination room, and poltergeist activity has been witnessed in several instances on various locations of the property. Ghosts of Central Pennsylvania
HEADLESS HAUNTS OF STONY VALLEY (Stony Valley, Dauphin County) The old railroad bed running through Stony Valley has a couple of spiritual seekers - old trackmen trying to find their heads. One is Mason English, who was decapitated in the 1930s in a train accident. He's been reportedly spotted roaming the old line between Yellow Spring and Rattling Run, looking for his noggin. The other nameless ghostie has been seen by the former Kalmia Switchback rails. He's a little luckier than English. He knows where his head is - in the wheelbarrow he's been alleged to push around Kalmia! These tales were told by "Spook Hike" guide Brandy Watts and were reported in the Bushwacker Bulletin of December, 2005.
HERSHEYPARK (Hershey, Dauphin County) Milton Hershey built the park in 1907 as a place for his employees to get out in the air. Now it's the largest regional park in Central Pennsylvania. The carousal was put up in 1912. It sometimes runs itself in the middle of the night. In 1946, they built the wooden Comet roller coaster. You can occasionally spot a shadowy maintenance man working on the coaster. He's the spook of a worker that died in an accident there. And finally, if you keep your eyes peeled, you can see the spirit of Milton Hershey visiting the park and presumably enjoying himself every bit as much as his hired hands. One caveat - Brad, who has worked there for decades, wrote and told us that "I have never seen a shadowy figure on the Comet coaster. I have never seen anyone, let alone Mr. Hershey himself, walking around that was not a real person or animal." Sooo... The Shadowlands
HOTEL HERSHEY (Hershey, Dauphin County) Milton Hershey built the hotel in the midst of the depression against his advisor's wishes. They wanted him to hold on to his money, but Hershey saw the opportunity to put people to work, buy materials when the cost was at an all time low, and fulfill a lifetime dream of his and his wife Catherine to build a hotel. In fact, he embarked on a Great Building Campaign in Hershey, keeping 600 men working during the nation's darkest economic times of 1929-39. The Hotel opened in 1933 and now it's one of the premier resorts in the state. The old building has had reports of unexplained sounds and footsteps heard in an empty wine cellar. And naturally, people have reported Milton Hershey's ghost roaming about in his Hotel. He and his wife, Catherine, have also been seen together, spending the night in the Milton S. Hershey Suite as they did in life. It is also said that every Fourth of July the Hersheys watch the fireworks from the west bell tower at the hotel. The Shadowlands
HOUSE ON KING STREET (York, York County) It's said that a family of four was brutally murdered in the house and their spirits haunt the home. Footsteps have been heard from the sealed off attic, lights flicker, doors slam, and cabinets open and shut on their own. A young boy of about seven years old has been reportedly seen in different rooms of the house, but disappears as soon as you speak to him. Spellfrye
INDIAN ECHO TAVERNS (Hummelstown, Dauphin County) The caverns were first used by the Susquehannock Indians, who wintered in the caves that maintain a constant 52 degree temperature. But there was one room of the caverns that they avoided because they believed that evil dwelt within it. Jump ahead a few centuries after the Susquehannocks have left the scene, and the caverns are a big tourist draw. But there's still evil afoot. In the "Rainbow Room" of the cavern, several people have reported seeing the spirit of a Native American. He's holding the severed head of an old man with a white beard. And we thought they only kept scalps! The caverns were also one of the hideouts of Davy "Robber" Lewis. The big attraction is the William Wilson cavern, named after the legendary Pennsylvania Hermit. It's also said that the spook of his sister, Elizabeth Wilson, has been seen in the parking lot area which was cleared from the woods, although there's no known connection between her and the caves. Maybe she's just looking for her brother. Ghost Traveler
INN 422 (Lebanon, Lebanon County) The Inn 422 of Lebanon in Pennsylvania's Dutch Country is built on the foundations of the old Coleman mansion, which was razed for the current building in 1880. And therein lies our spook tale. The original house was built for Anne Coleman, the daughter of ironmaster Robert and his wife Ann. It was a graduation present to her after earning her sheepskin at Dickinson College in the early 1800s. Her beau was one James "Ten Cent Jimmy" Buchanan. Her father knew him well, having expelled him from Dickinson while a trustee (although later relenting and allowing him to graduate.) Their love grew while Anne's parents seethed. Marriages were arranged back in the day, and James was no fit match for Anne in her family's eyes. The Coleman's were thought to be the richest family in Pennsylvania at the time and they considered Buchanan nothing more than a bald faced fortune hunter. James went to Philadelphia on business for two weeks, and a distraught Anne received no love letters from him while he was away. They had been intercepted by her mother. On the way back home, he stopped at a client's house, and to his surprise an old flame was there. Though James had no interest whatsoever in her, she made sure to let Anne know that he stopped to see her first in a bit of catty oneupmanship. Worked into a lover's lather, Anne refused to see James when he finally came calling on her and instead went off to her sister's home. She was hysterical, and a doctor prescribed some laudanum, an opiate, to calm her nerves. Anne OD'ed on it and died. No one's sure to this day if she committed suicide or just made an error in the dosage. James was shattered at her death and remained a bachelor until his dying day. He hung her picture over the mantel of his Wheatland home and it still hangs there today. His last wish was that all his letters from Anne which he had kept for 50 years be destroyed. But the man her parents thought a neer do well ended up doing OK for himself - he became America's 15th President. As for Anne, she's still at the old Coleman house, now haunting the Inn 422. She's been seen roaming the rooms in the B&B, and still does her house chores - extinguishing candles, opening and closing doors & windows, straightening the beds & fluffing pillows. If not for her meddling parents, she could be haunting the White House instead. Some party poopers believe the house was built for a mill manager and that Anne didn't even live there, much less graduate from college, and that Ten Cent Jimmy was impotent and that's why he broke up with her. But we say pshaw to that. Why speak poorly of the dead and ruin a good story at the same time? As an addendum to the tale, the spooks of Anne and her sister Sarah have been reported strolling along 6th & Chestnut in Philadelphia, arm-in-arm. It's near the site of Sarah's long gone house, the one that Anne committed suicide in. Five years later, so did Sarah, and for the same reason. She fell hard for a preacher named Muhlenberg, the parents objected to the match, and she ended it all. Didn't anyone ever tell those girls it's just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one (well, besides their snooty parents?) Inn 422
KLEINFELTERSVILLE HOTEL & TAVERN (Kleinfeltersville, Lebanon County) One legend, as reported by The Talon, says the original owner of the 1898 circa hotel went off his rocker and killed his wife and kids. Then he stored their bodies in the meat cooler. Their spooks since have been alleged to be in the hotel, on the hotel grounds, and even harassing passer-bys on the street. The Lebanon County Historical Society, however, says no way. There was never a murder reported from there, and you think that might have made the news even a century ago. But the current owners think its' haunted, even if not by the hotel's first family. There have been many reports of people running around in the barroom at night - when it was empty. Ghost hunters haven't identified any spirit by name, but have a boatload of orb pictures. The most convincing bit of evidence may come from Heather Hollinger, who owns the place with her hubby. She sleeps on the second floor, and says she barricades herself in every night. American Tom
KUNKLE MANSION (Caladonia, York County) There's a deserted home off of Pine Road that was the scene of a long ago grisly murder. A crazed father killed his wife, children, and even the pets before hanging himself in the attic. It's said you can still see him swinging in the attic window, and can hear the children laughing and playing by the swings, where he killed them. The Shadowlands has a couple of other alternate versions. One has a jealous paramour killing the family, and another has the mother instead of the father being the killer, then hanging herself in the attic, where sobbing to this day can still be heard. The place is supposed to be isolated, and every site has mentioned that it's pretty much off limits for visitors for various reasons. Yahoo
LAFAYETTE CLUB (York, York County) This businessman's club was formed in 1898. It's members and staff have heard the footsteps of Stuart echo through its' halls, checking on things. Stuart is a deceased employee of the club and he remains dedicated to it, even in death. They must be good tippers at the Lafayette. (York Daily Record "City Of York's Own Ghost Whisperer," October 1, 2006)
LANCASTER CEMETERY (Lancaster, Lancaster County) Founded in 1846 and located on East Lemon Street, the Lancaster Cemetery is home to the ghost of Augusta Harriet Bitner, a young woman who died on her wedding day, tumbling down the steps after tripping on her gown. Or maybe dying in childbirth. Or from tuberculosis. Or...well, at any rate, she died at age 22 in 1906, and her parents built a life-sized statue of her as part of her memorial. Legend says the granite image has been seen
wandering the cemetery at night on the anniversary of her death, earning Augusta the nickname of the "Walking Ghost of Lancaster County." Bitner's statue is also said to cry real tears, a phenomena that's been reported by many visitors. Her tragic lore is included as part of the Lancaster City Ghost Tour. Lancaster Online
LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE (Annville, Lebanon County) LVC is located on over 300 rural acres eight miles east of Hershey. Founded in 1866, it has 1,650 full-time undergrads, 120 graduate students and 100 full-time faculty. LVC has 25 residence halls. And at least a trio of them mix their students with spooks.
- Mary Capp Green Residence Halls: Green Hall sits beside a set of railroad tracks. It's haunted by the spirit of a little girl who was killed on the tracks.
- North College: This dorm is a big white structure sitting smack dab in the middle of campus. It's gently haunted, with tales of disembodied footsteps being heard, presences being felt watching the students, and poltergeist tricks like pushing over the furniture and carving initials into things.
- Mabel Silver Residence Hall: Silver Hall is a female residence, and it's said to be spooked by its' namesake Mabel Silver. Apparently ol' Mabel distrusts the motives of the men visiting the Hall. She's been known to shove them out the dorm door, and none too gently. The picture in the lobby is reported to track people around with its' eyes. Gotta watch those guys like a hawk!
(The stories were published in "The Talon", March 28, 2003.)
LEGEND OF WANOMANI (Sharp Mountain, Schuylkill County) The Indian princess Wanomanie was in love; as so often happened back in the day, her father, Chief Sagawatch, disapproved. So she and her honey climbed to the top of Sharp Mountain and threw themselves to their doom, to be forever united in death. It's said that on foggy nights, you can see them relive their leap through the clouds. The legend was retold in Ella Zerbey Elliott's Blue Book of Schuylkill County.
DAVY "ROBBER" LEWIS (Cumberland County) No, Davy "Robber" Lewis didn't become a spook after he died. But the Robin Hood of Pennsylvania is a local legend and he did allegedly leave behind some hidden loot for a lucky treasure hunter. He was born in Carlisle in 1790, and promptly showed his disrespect of authority by deserting the Army and becoming a New York counterfeiter. He was captured, but escaped almost as soon as they put him behind bars, returning to his home haunts of Cumberland County. There he made a name for himself by robbing the wealthy and the tax collectors and sharing his wealth with the less fortunate locals. He hid out in the caves of the area, well informed of John Law's moves by his local fan club. Eventually his luck ran out. He was shot and captured after a robbery in Bellefont, and died at the age of 30 from gangrene. While he lay dying in jail, he taunted his captors by telling them of the caches he had squirreled away. He told them of $10,000 hidden in a cave along the Juniata River near Lewistown. He said even he couldn't find the booty because a flood had washed away his trail markers. A second treasure was stashed along the Conodoguinett Creek. In fact, some gold coins have been found in that area, supposedly part of his loot. Finally, he said that he buried $20,000 in the hills outside of Bellefonte. He jabbed the needle deeper into his jailers by telling them he could see where it was hidden from his cell window. Robber Lewis was always quick to share his ill gotten gains with the regular folks of the area. He's still left some wealth to spread around. BBC
LINCOLNWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (West York, York County) A third grade student at the school reported seeing the ghost of a young blonde haired girl in the school hallway. She described her as being about 12 years old, very pretty, and dressed in turn of the century clothes. She disappears when you turn away from her. The youngster that saw her thinks that the girl is just looking for a friendly place to stay and picked the school. Is it a nine year old's fantasy or a young spook looking for a place to call home...? (York Daily Record "York's Haunted Past," October 14, 2006)
LONDONBERRY VFD (Middletown, Dauphin County) Sam was a volunteer firefighter, and the story goes that while racing around to answer a call, he was killed when a fire truck hit him. But he never left the job he loved. There's a lot of poltergeist-type activity credited to him, a presence in the fire hall, and it's been claimed that his face can be seen in the glass panels of the hall's double doors. Strange USA
MAIN STREET SPOOKS - ADAMSTOWN (Adamstown, Lancaster County) Adamstown, the self proclaimed Antiques Capital of the World, has a couple of oldie but goodies on Main Street. It's said that the spirit of a black puppy will follow strollers down the street, sometimes for several blocks before it disappears. People have alleged seeing headless pigs by the old Echtenach brewery. It's also been reported that the spooks of two women have been spotted, one a white figure, the other black. They're called the weiss frau and schwartz frau. If you try to follow them, they head for the local cemetery and disappear. Girls love to shop, even in the afterlife. Haunted Places
MAIN STREET SPOOKS - STRASBURG (Strasburg, Lancaster County) Legend says that you can sometimes see a carriage roll down Strasburg's Main Street. The coach contains the spooks of Civil War soldiers on leave traveling through town. Troopers can never get enough R&R. The Shadowlands
MANHEIM CENTRAL HIGH (Manheim, Lancaster County) It's said an electrician fell to his death while putting up lighting in the school auditorium. It's reported that you can sometimes see a ghostly figure fall in the auditorium at night, and his spook has been seen in the halls. The Shadowlands
MARIETTA TOWN SQUARE SPOOK (Marietta, Lancaster County) At the corner of Gay and W. Market Streets was once a small stand of three trees. The trees weren't remarkable, but their friend was - a dapper shade that paraded among them in a top hat and cape. The town chopped the trees down, and with them went the spook. We don't know if they were planning for an exorcism, but it sure worked out that way. The story was posted by TrinityS2 on a Ghost Village board.
MARKET SQUARE SPIRITS (Manheim, Lancaster County) 10 Market Square is part of Manheim's Historic District, and a couple from back in the day are allegedly still there. One report claims that a male and female ghost from the 18th century, back when Manheim was established, spook the top stairwell and attic of the building. The lady is dressed in a red cloak, and seems to spend a lot of time arguing with the male spirit. She's a friendly spirit, and has supposedly saved a couple of folk from a tumble down the steps after they were pushed by the territorial guy ghost. Ghosts Of America
MCCULLOUGH HOUSE (Newville, Columbia County) This tale goes beyond spooky; it may be demonic. John McCullough built his Centerville Road home in 1807 (it's on the National Historic Register), but didn't have much connubial bliss between its walls. The story claims that his wife ran off with another man, and in a rage, he killed his parents and children before doing himself in. Now, it's alleged that lights flash through the second story windows, orbs float throughout the rooms, and that the house is inhabited by shadow forms, glowing eyes, a bear-like creature, another seven-foot tall form, and oddly enough, a little girl ghost named Emily. They're usually just frightening, but have left claw marks on selected visitors. Ghost Village
MIDDLETOWN CEMETERY (Middletown, Dauphin County) There's a legend that if you circle the brick wall surrounding the cemetery three times, the spooks will push you (or you'll be dizzy enough to feel feel like they are, anyway.) Thanks to LC for locating the boneyard.
MONDALE ROAD BRIDGE (Lancaster County) It's said that the ghost of a little Amish girl that died on the bridge will walk over (or through) your car if you stop in the middle of the bridge and turn off the lights. When you look the next day, handprints will track along your car. This is probably the Hunsecker Bridge, although it could be the Pinetown one too. Both are old covered bridges rebuilt after being damaged by Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Then again, it may be neither; they're the two most likely suspects we could find. The Shadowlands
MOONSHINE CHURCH & CEMETERY (Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County) There are so many spooks haunting the boneyard that you need a scorecard to keep up. The most commonly associated phenomena with the place is that car engines will die as you drive past and unexplained eerie noises. There's also the legend of a girl who went into the church and said the Lord's Prayer backwards - and was struck dead by lightning. Another tale, unsupported by any local media reports we could find, was that a mother had a nervous breakdown and killed her kids there before committing suicide in the 1980s. The pink church itself is fairly new, being built in 1961 after the original structure was destroyed by a fire. It's said that the area is haunted by a headless horseman who, according to regional lore, rides up and down the Lebanon Valley. There's also the ghost most feared by the locals, an Indian spook known as the Red Devil. Several spirits of Native Americans have been reported roaming the cemetery. The most famous spook may be that of Joseph Raber, the victim drowned by the "blue eyed six" murder gang for insurance money and buried at Moonshine. When Kelly Weaver of the Paraseekers contacted his spirit while investigating the cemetery, the former laborer expressed amazement that he was being paid so much attention in death when he had so little of it in life. BTW, none of the perps are haunting the cemetery or are in fact anywhere near it. They were all hung or died in the Lebanon County jail. The six conspirators were all buried separately by their families elsewhere in the county. Brandt and Drews are buried side by side in the veteran's section of Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon. Hummel and Zechman are buried at Sattazahn Lutheran Church cemetery in Union Township. Wise is buried at Evangelical United Brethren Church cemetery in the village of Green Point. Stichler is buried in the family plot on McLean Road, now within the bounds of Ft. Indiantown Gap, although some say at least one of the killers and maybe others were later reburied at the cemetery. If there are a pair of blue eyes floating around or seen peering from the steeple, as often reported, they must belong to another spook or maybe to Raber himself. Weaver's group also found several spirits roaming the grounds, confirming the tales, at least in the paranormal community. And if you were wondering, the church grounds weren't named for white lightning but for a local family, the Moonshines, many of whom are buried in the cemetery. The land for the Moonshine Cemetery was donated by Henry Moonshine, who was born in 1760 and died in 1836. There are "no trespassing" signs posted, so don't plan on any midnight visits unless you're willing to risk that your trip ends in an Indiantown Gap jail cell. Now that'd be a frightening tale! The Shadowlands
MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS (Mt. Holly Springs, Cumberland County) This small borough is host to a Civil War spook. The long-haired red head male spirit has been seen roaming through the town. There's also reports of various cold spots throughout the area. The Shadowlands
MUMMY HILL CEMETERY (Harrisburg, Dauphin County) This boneyard is so small it's not even shown on maps. It's located at the Fishing Creek Valley Road and the Route 322 ramp by the Country Club of Harrisburg, along a small lane that runs off of FCV called, fittingly enough, Cemetery Road. The road runs along the railroad tracks and dead-ends, so you have to get out at the bottom of Mummy Hill and climb it to the cemetery. There have been reports of fair-sized orbs that flash through the cemetery, even passing through visitors; it's claimed that some have been photographed. H&H doesn't have much detail; this is a word of mouth tale passed along in chat rooms.
NATIVITY BVM HIGH (Pottsville, Schuylkill County) There are two tales from this school. One is that when each of the Kennedy's died, there was a vision of a woman with no eyes, crying blood in the first row of pews of the Chapel. The other goes that during the 1970's, a visiting priest went up to the third-floor library. After a fruitless search through the stcaks, he was assisted by a nun and found what he needed. When he came back down he remarked to the principal about the helpful nun in the library. The principal told the padre that they had no nun in the library. In fact the librarian had died recently. When shown a picture in the yearbook, the visiting priest identified the dead nun as the one who helped him. It's said that four different people vouched for the story. Joseph - Yahoo Weird PA
THE NIGHT WALKER (S. Middleton Twp., Cumberland County) Boiling Springs dates back to before 1737, and takes its' name from its' many bubbles, as they call the bubbling artisan wells that dot the area. The quaint town surrounds Boiling Springs Lake and is a tourist stop today. It's best known inhabitant is the Night Walker. She's the ghost of a woman that strolls around the lake at night, eventually taking a seat on one of the benches around it. She seems to be waiting for someone, but Mr. Right hasn't taken a seat beside her yet. The Shadowlands
DER NOCKISHER MON (Buchtown, Lancaster County) The old Pennsylvania Dutch story goes that a farm girl saw the naked spirit of a man walking in the family fields, head down, moving in a straight and determined line with worried eyes focused on the ground. She pointed at him and screamed "Der nockisher mon," or the naked man. Her sisters came running out to see what the commotion was about, and of course no one saw the au naturel spook. But the girl's sister later told her that she had seen the spirit in the buff before; he was supposed to be the shadow of a farmer that in life had disputed his property line, and in death was marking off the correct boundaries. Why no clothes? Who knows - after all, what's a ghost got to be modest about? Mask of Mesingw