Poconos/I-80 East Haunts & History
The legends, lore and ghost tales of Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne & Wyoming counties.
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Hi. Welcome to the Poconos. I hope the legends and spook tales of the region are as interesting and enjoyable to you as they are to us. You may notice that quite a few of the spots are now gone. Development is winning out over historic preservation, and that's one reason we're trying to keep the old stories alive.
We believe every bit of lore has a rich history behind behind it, and we linked the tales and background to its main web source. We've only cited and not linked the newspapers. They are a great source of information, but their URLs tend to jump around a bit, so we didn't add them.
Finally, remember that many of the places mentioned here are on private property. Please respect the owners and always get their permission before visiting. A lot of places have been vandalized by thoughtless spook hunters and partying teens. There's nothing to ruin an evening's adventure like a midnight encounter with the police or a rabid watch dog.
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ALLISON'S GRAVE (South Williamsport, Lycoming County) Allison was a nurse serving in Europe during the War. She was on a plane flight to England, the first step of her road home, when the plane went down. When the rescuers got there, Allison wasn't only dead, but decapitated. They never did find her head, and she was buried at home in Pennsylvania, between Duboisville and South Williamsport at Mosquito Valley Cemetery. There are two particular legends associated with her grave. The first is that you can see her spook on the grounds, especially at Halloween, searching for her head. The second legend is that of the shadow. If you see a shadow flitting across Allison's grave, it means you'll have an accident before you can get across the stone bridge that takes you to her plot. For more details, read Matt Lake's Weird Pennsylvania. John Herr of the Heart of Pennsylvania Paranormal Society (HOPPS) wrote and gave us the real scoop, though. The actual Allison is local native Edna Allison, who died in a 1964 plane crash and was cremated. Edna's ashes were spread over the cemetery grounds and a small gravestone was placed there in her memory. A large monument inscribed with the Allison name has been installed now, due to the vandalism and the repeated removal of the smaller marker from the cemetery, especially at Halloween. So that's the 411 on Allison. And as for the graveyard? HOPPS found it as peaceful as could be. North Central PA.com
AMERICAN LEGION POST #922 (Canadensis, Monroe County) The downtown club supposedly has a member that isn't paying dues anymore. He's Sam Everett, and his spook is alleged to haunt the Legion. Sam seems to enjoy being a prankster. His footsteps have been heard in the club and his hand is suspected as the cause of tomfoolery such as moving objects like ashtrays around and changing the color of playing cards. Phantom Paranormal
151 ANALOMINK STREET (East Stroudsburg, Monroe County) This building is an apartment house for ESU students. It also has a permanent resident known as Beattie. She's the glowing spook of a tall, thin young woman who's been seen roaming all about the house dressed in pants and a shirt. But she's most seen on the staircase, which she goes up and down while making enough noise to wake up the dead. (The Stroud Courier "Students Say Community Houses Are Haunted," October 28, 2004)
ANNA S MINE HAUNTED VISTA (Morris Township,Tioga County) Located near the town of Antrim - you can see it across the valley - the old Anna S has been shut down for years, but its miners never left. The vista is haunted by the workers that lost their lives to the many accidents of the coal mining life. The most interesting story belongs to the miners that used to hitch a ride back to Antrim in coal hauling buggies that connected the mine and the town. They'd sneak aboard with the coal, unknown by the tram operators. Sometimes the tram would be shut down with the stowaways still on them, and the miners would be stuck hanging far over the valley. It's said that several froze to death overnight during the harsh winters, and their souls are still haunting the area. PA Hikes
ANTES CREEK & FORT (Antes Creek, Lycoming County) In September, 1700, William Penn's agents bought some land from Andaste Tribal Chief King Wi-daagh. Wi-daagh came to realize that for the few trinkets he received in exchange, he had been swindled by the Englishmen. His spirit has been seen roaming the Nippenose Valley in eternal protest. In another dirty deed done to the Native Americans, Colonel Henry Antes gave the local Indians some blankets that had covered smallpox victims. The early biological warfare trick worked and decimated the Indians. They swore revenge, and it's said that the homes in Ante's Fort have been haunted by the dead Indian's spooks ever since. Spooky Williamsport
ASSANTE'S HOTEL (Lock Haven, Clinton County) The building dates back to the late 1800s and picked up its' current name in 1946 when Sal Assante made an Italian restaurant out of it while he lived upstairs. Sal died in 1973, and the place became a Lock Haven U. college bar. That didn't seem to bother Sal, who's ghost was seen roaming the place. But Sal's legend came to end in 2004, when the then empty Hotel was razed and turned into a parking lot. Watering Hole Book Blog
AVONDALE MINES (Plymouth Township, Luzerne County) On September 6, 1869, the Avondale mines erupted in a huge bloom of flames. Not a miner in the shaft that day escaped alive; even two rescuers died from the noxious gas produced by the inferno. The Avondale Mine Disaster claimed 108 lives, and spurred the State legislature to enact early mine safety laws. Stories of gurgling, moaning sounds and lights attributed to the spirits trying to find their way out of the mine persist to this day. The Northeast PA Paranormal gang undertook an investigation of the charred remains over a century later, and not too surprisingly, they came up with some spooks. Oddly enough, they didn't find the restless spirits of trapped miners, but a dysfunctional family of three that couldn't cross over to the other side. Using psychics to get the tale, NEPA found that in the late 19th century, a girl named Abigail got in a family way. She left home to have her child and spare her folks the stigma of having a daughter that was pregnant out of wedlock, a strong taboo of the era. Abigail had a daughter, Rosalyn, and took up with a man named Henry. Henry was a cruel and domineering dude, and finally Abigail couldn't take any more of his abuse. She poisoned him at a picnic near the mine. But her choice of murder weapons was a bit ill-advised; the toxin didn't act quickly enough to drop Henry on the spot. He realized what had happened, and his final act on earth was to murder Abigail and Rosie. The ghost hunters did some homework in the archives, and found the eerie tale to be plausible. NEPA returned and found their forlorn spirits still roaming the Avondale site, and discovered that Henry, still the bully, told the girls' souls they couldn't cross over - they'd both go straight to hell if they did, one for bearing a love child, and the other, well, for being the love child. Armed with the facts, the NEPA team tried to talk the lost women to the light, competing with blood red skies and a cursing Henry. Finally, a thunderstorm struck the area, and in its' aftermath, everything was calm. Mission accomplished! It's an interesting tale complete with EVPs, recorded in trilogy by NEPA.
BANSHEE PUB (Scranton, Lackawanna County) The Penn Avenue pub is famous for its Irish ambiance. But during the 1918 flu epidemic, the then dry goods store was commandeered as a makeshift morgue, its basement filled with corpses claimed by the disease. As its website explains: "Some people have said that The Banshee ...is haunted. So if you see the old man dressed in black sitting in a snug, or a young girl climbing the stairs to the second floor, take ease in your knowledge that you are not alone in your sighting, and know that they mean you no harm. They are only looking to share in the atmosphere of The Banshee, and besides, they were here first!" And hey, what's an Irish Pub without a spirit or three? (Scranton Times-Tribune "Ghost Walk Tours Scranton's Macabre Past," October 18, 2009)
BENSON HOUSE (Bartonsville, Monroe County) There's an old home dating from the 1800's in this mountain region, and it's supposedly swarming with spooks. One is the apparition of a torso and head, and another is the ghost of an old servant. The current owners reported that one day they heard a party going on while they upstairs in bed. They got to the doorway of some steps that led to a downstairs room, and could hear voices and smell coffee brewing. When they opened the door, the sounds and smells disappeared. It started up again when they got back into bed. How rude to not invite the owners! The Shadowlands
BETHANY MANSION (Bethany, Wayne County) On the grounds of the old Bethany Homestead Farms, the Bethany Mansion was built in the early twentieth century by John Strongeman, one of the founders of the Woolworth Company. The spirit within is believed to be Hortense Miller, who was a member of the Strongman family and was one of the last to reside in the home. Former caretakers and employees have reported hearing footsteps and seeing shadows within the mansion. In the early 1980s, a psychic team set their equipment up in the old building, and the sounds of knocking, footsteps and swinging doors could be heard on the tape when it was played back. Connections
B'GUNK (Glen Lyon, Luzerne County) B'Gunk is a swamp monster that's said to roam the Glen Lyon fens, a spirit that is often seen by the St Michael’s and St Andrew’s Cemetery. The stories center around two cemeteries on opposite sides of the road. It's the ghostly image in the shape of a human that is, according to legend, someone long gone rising from their grave, moving over and through the tombstones. If you ever run across it, it's easy enough to get rid of the critter. Just say its' name, B'Gunk (no one seems to know how the name came about), three times and it will disappear. It's recommended, though, that you do so while in full flight, heading in the opposite direction; one story says B'Gunk took control of a car's steering wheel during one haunt. Better to be safe than to be sorry. NEPA Blog
BISHOP HAFEY HIGH SCHOOL (Hazelton, Luzerne County) Bishop Hafey has tales of screams and other strange noises heard from the library windows at night. They're attributed to a girl that committed suicide in the library in the 1970s. She may find peace now that she's lost her audience - Bishop Hafey High closed its' doors after the 2006-2007 school year. The Shadowlands
BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY (Bloomsburg, Columbia County) Starting off as an Academy in 1839, Bloomsburg has worked its' way through the ranks. It became an Institute in 1856, a Normal School in 1869, a State Teachers College in 1927, a State College in 1960 and finally *tada* a University in 1983. Now it's home to over 7,500 students and a couple of ghosts on its' 280 acre campus.
BOOGIE GHOST DOG (Stroudsburg, Monroe County) The Stroud Mall is haunted a dog with a lion's head. Don't believe us? Then read Charles Adams and David Seibold's Pocono Ghosts, Legends and Lore, Vol. 2.
THE BLUE BEETLE BUG (Penn State-Hazelton, Luzerne County) This story comes from the campus of Penn State Hazelton and was reported by the security staff. As the story goes, in the early hours of doing security rounds on the campus, a blue VW Beetle raced from the back end of the campus in an area generally where there are no cars. The Beetle sped around the sharp curves of the campus with two security guards in pursuit, unable to catch up to the car. Attempts to locate the car on campus were futile when it appeared again - coming right at the security vehicle! Enough was enough, and the security guards stood their ground in their vehicle, blocking the Bug. The Beetle passed right through them. Back at the security office, their sighting was confirmed when another officer came in furious that he was almost run over by a speeding blue Volkswagen. A spectral joyride? PA Halloween
BROAD STREET PETE (Hazelton, Luzerne County) Pete was supposedly involved in a terrible run-in with a meat slicer at a local deli shop. Now it's said his tall ghost can be seen in the Broad Street mall that the shop was in, still wearing his green work uniform. The Shadowlands
BUCK HILL INN (Barrett Twp., Monroe County) Built in 1901 by Quakers as a 20 room mountain retreat, the Buck Hill Inn grew into the biggest resort in the Poconos with a four story hotel made of stone and 270 rooms. It eventually closed in 1991 and sits deserted and partially burned out now, waiting on its' fate - either restoration or the wrecking ball. In its' heyday, violence, murder and suicide along with other assorted mayhem was well known within its' walls. It was supposed to be a place that the Mob liked to frequent, and the owners were more than willing to bend a rule or three themselves. It's said that in 66 years of operation, 73 people died at the hotel. Five, in fact, died in one room, #354. A bride named Lorna Kilpatrick was murdered there by the very priest that married her the day before at the resort. He committed suicide, and Lorna's ghost has haunted the room ever since. A maid slit her wrists in there while clutching a rosary. People refused to stay in the room because of the constant freezing cold, doors that wouldn't stay shut - and the ghosts. The hotel had to shut the room permanently. There's a small room in the basement that's spooked by the spirit of an accountant who was supposedly murdered there. He was cooking the books and the owner found out. One bathroom saw three murders committed in it, and was haunted by a ghost evoked in a seance. It had to be exorcised, yet poltergeist activity still took place in the restroom. A maid's closet was the scene of a strangulation, and it was said you could hear the maid gasp and her labored breathing afterward. The spook of an elderly soldier in an old uniform was reported wandering in the servants quarter's on the third floor. He has a gaping hole in his chest from a musket wound. He once strolled through a garden party and then vanished. An Indian spirit has been seen roaming the area, too. In fact, the Native Americans believed the whole area was evil. Certain psychics agree, saying the East Room is the center of lay lines that mark evil. It may be. One owner's wife used to sleep there. She ended up schizophrenic. There are also poltergeist activities. One guard said during his nightly rounds lights would go on and doors open in buildings that he had secured earlier. Some guests reported hearing voices, shaking beds, opening and shutting widows, electrical devices going off on their own, and ghost sightings - even of spooks hovering over their bed. The Inn is so spooked out that the owner's dog, a pooch named Bradley, wouldn't enter the premises. It was featured on MTV's Fear series, and Kelly Weaver, Paraseek investigator, was part of the show. Ghoststudy Community
BURIAL MOUNDS (Sayre, Bradford County) Back in the 1880s, a burial mound was discovered near Sayre at a place called Spanish Hill. But instead of Indian bodies, W.K. Morehead, Dr. G.P. Donehoo and A.B. Skinner of Philadelphia's American Investigating Museum dug out skeletons. They were reported to be seven feet tall with 4" horns protruding from their brows. The apparitions of the creatures have also been reportedly seen roaming the area. The bones were supposedly dated back to 1200 AD. They were sent to the Philadelphia museum, where according to legend they disappeared. Some spoilsports claim that the skulls were actually tribal masks and the horns were antlers. Who'd believe a crazy story like that? Paranormal: About
BURLINGTON METHODIST CHURCH (W. Burlington Twp., Bradford County) The church was built in 1822, over the site of two former chapels and a schoolhouse. And boy, does it ever put the fear of the Lord in you. The Bibles in the pews all turn to the same page, when they're not being thrown around the church. One can hear footsteps coming from the empty upstairs area. A green mist rises by the pulpit, and spooks have been seen in the church. The nearby graveyard has spirits walking through it. A ghost hunter went there to investigate, and was thrown against the wall. He later heard on tape an eerie voice that said "You're being too loud." We suppose he was noisy enough to raise the dead. This tale is part of Jeff Belanger's Encyclopedia of Haunted Places.
CAFE ORIGINS (Jim Thorpe, Carbon County) Cafe Origins, a veggie restaurant, is located on Broadway where the old Lehigh Coal & Navigation garage once operated. The ghostly grease monkeys enjoy their new digs. They're said to hold late night parties in the establishment, complete with cigar smoke, clattering silverware, and whispered voices. Rotarians - Friendly Spirits
ALEXANDER CAMPBELL'S HANDPRINT (Jim Thorpe, Carbon County) Carbon County in the 1870s was no place for the meek. The flint hearted Protestant mine owners and the burly Irish Catholic miners were squared off over unionizing the coal fields. Both had blood on their hands. The Molly Maguires did their own violent deeds while the owners used the Pinkertons and the local law to terrorize the miners. In 1877, four Molly Maguires were tried and convicted of murder in a trial in front of a kangaroo court. One of those condemned to die was Alexander Campbell, a hotel owner. As he headed to the gallows, he slapped his hand against the cell wall of the Carbon County jail and proclaimed his innocence, saying his hand print would stay on the wall forever to remind everyone of the injustice being carried out that day. It has. Sheriffs have torn down the wall, painted over and scrubbed off the hand print. It keeps coming back. The jail is now a museum, and the cell is closed off. But if you peek through the iron door of Cell 17, you'll see the hand print. Campbell swore it would last as long as the jail, and he's been right so far. The handprint is a famous phenomena, well represented on the web and written up by Matt Lake in Weird Pennsylvania and Patty Wilson in Haunted Pennsylvania among others. A footnote: A little too late to save the boys who were executed on the infamous "Day of the Rope," both branches of the Pennsylvania legislature passed resolutions condemning the trials of Alexander Campbell and the other accused Molly Maguires as being unconstitutional a couple of years ago. One last oddity - you can roam the old jail and take photos of anything, including the gallows, but not of Cell 17. The only picture of that is on sale at the gift shop! Carbon County Jail - Handprint
CARBON COUNTY JAIL (Jim Thorpe, Carbon County) The former lock-up of Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), the foreboding 1871 cold stone building reopened in 1995 as the Old Jail Museum. It still contains 72 rooms, including 28 cells, eerie dungeons and the warden’s apartment. Seven men where hanged inside the jail, accused of being Molly Maguires. And there are more spooky things inside than Alexander Campbell's eternal handprint. A man was accused of murdering his brother, and despite his claims of innocence, he was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The man swore revenge. He was sent to state prison, and no one thought much of his threat until one night when the man hung himself in his cell. His suicide note said that he was going to haunt the Carbon County jail, where he was held during his trial, forever to protest his unjust verdict. He would scratch his name "Niehoff" on the floor outside of Cell 2. According to local lore, the name appeared and is still there. Inmates and guards claimed that every year, on the anniversary of his suicide, his spirit could be heard scratching on the floor of the jail, in front of Cell 2. There are some other strange reports, like from the Jail library. It's said that visitors feel like they're walking uphill in this small room. The dungeon in the jail basement is generally off limits to tour groups, but it's said that if you try to enter, you'll experience a feeling of dread so powerful that it stops many people dead in their tracks. That's where the prisoners were kept in isolation. Apparently, they still don't want bothered. Finally, there's the upper cell block, which has a circular balcony that looks down onto the lower floor. The museum owner claims that many folk feel something "strange" in front of a cell in the left corner, similar to the sense of anxiety experienced in the dungeon. Some visitors reported hearing voices, and others reported being pushed or touched. Others swear they've spotted a couple of orbs floating around the hoosegow. You just can't parole some jailbirds. They stay in stir forever. Betty Lou McBride wrote a short book detailing the visitors' strange experiences at the jail called Ghosts of the Molly Maguires? Delco Ghosts ABC Action News 6 - Philadelphia
CARBONDALE CITY HALL (Carbondale, Lackawanna County) City Hall, opened in 1894, is on the National Historic Register. And something that old has to be spooked out. It has some common phenomena - doors opening and shutting by themselves, disembodied footsteps, especially on the second floor, a feeling of being watched in the basement, and touchings. Touchings are putting it mildly; one cop said a spirit dragged him off a bench while he was trying to catch some shuteye between shifts. There have also been reports of a human-sized mist zipping up and down the stairway. A couple of paranormal groups have looked over the place, with mixed results. (Scranton Times "Group Probes Unexplained Phenomena Throughout the Region," October 25, 2009)
CATAWISSA CEMETERY (Catawissa, Columbia County) If you drive by Rohrbach's Orchard, take a little detour and stop at the nearby cemetery. Look for a tomb in front of a cage that surrounds a smaller stone. It'll say "Sarah Ann - died June 18, 1852." The reason the cage is there is because her parents thought she died from a vampire bite and caged her grave so she couldn't get out and join the undead. There's supposed to be a tree right behind the cage, green and growing on the right side and dead on the left. Finally, a Pennsylvania vampire tale! (The Voice "Ghastly Ghosts," October 31, 2002)
CENTRALIA'S SPIRITS (Centralia, Columbia County) We all know the sad history of Centralia, where a work crew set trash on fire in 1962 and accidentally ignited a coal vein. No big deal, they thought then. We'll just dig out the burning coal and everything will return to normal. Wrong. They couldn't put the fire out, and in fact ended up aerating and spreading it. The feds closed the book on Centralia by buying everyone's property, and for all intents and purposes forced the relocation of the town's 1,100 souls. It was cheaper to move the townsfolk and raze their homes than to extinguish the flames which are expected to last another century. Fewer than a dozen people remain in Centralia today. But more than those hardy dozen still call Centralia home. Footsteps, voices, lights and shadows have been heard and seen in completely deserted houses, kept by stay-at-home spooks. The spirits tend to congregate around the cemetery - no surprise there - near where the original fire was set. One pair of visitors saw a couple of figures wearing miner's hardhats walk out of the large subsidence hole just outside the cemetery. As they approached, both of the men slowly disintegrated into the smoky haze surrounding the town. Even eerier, there's a report of voices from the cemetery saying "Leave here" and "Why did you do that?" Are they spirits still trying to stop the work crew from spreading the disastrous fire, or are they just trying to shoo away the curious? There have been a handful of spots reported in the state that are supposed to be portals to hell, but for our money there's only one. It's Centralia. Even Dante would recognize the scarred earth, the sulfurous mist and the scorching heat. They call the blocked off section of Route 61 leading into town the Highway to Hell. They just may be right. Offroaders - Haunted Centralia
CERCILLY ROAD GRAVITY HILL (Waymart, Wayne County) The story of this gravity hill is that a busload of kids in a schoolbus stalled on the RR tracks on and were killed when a train plowed into them. If you sit in neutral at the spot, the kids are said to return to push your car up the hill. When you get out of the vehicle and it's dusty enough, you'll be able to spot their little handprints. Strange Happenings
CHERRY VALLEY VINEYARD HAUNTINGS (Saylorsburg, Monroe County) Located off route 33 just east of Saylorsburg, the vineyards serve up more than a nice bottle of wine. The grounds are said to haunted by voices (screams, actually) of Native American spirits, upset when the Route 33 overpass was built over their Lenape burial grounds. Indian ghosts have been reported from the area, on the road, fields, and old schoolhouse. The best known spook, though, is Henry. He was a local farmer whose animals were killed in a barn fire. Henry became unhinged after the event and eventually committed suicide. His spirit is now known for opening the gates and doors of Cherry Valley, presumably still trying to get his livestock out of the burning barn. Pennsylvania Hauntings
CLIFFORD HOTEL (Clifford, Susquehanna County) The legend is that back in its hotel days, a man went bananas and killed a slew of people. It's said you can hear the voices of the victims in the lobby. In fact, there's supposed to be 30 spirits in the house. A spook on the second floor was especially hostile, doing his best to keep the second story to itself. It was shut down for awhile, and when closed, you could hear music coming from it and it was lit up even though it was empty. Now it's an operating bar and restaurant again, and the ghosts seem to have left, finally following the light to the afterworld. The Shadowlands
CLIFF PARK INN (Milford, Pike County) Begun as the Buchanon Homestead in 1820, Cliff Park became a hotel in 1900, and has 500 acres worth of estate to offer. It also has some spooks, the best known being the Caribbean chef Uncle Stew, Fanny, and Big George. The place is famous for its paranormal performance, being visited by Penn Valley Paranormal and North East PA Paranormal, as well as getting some love in Pocono Ghost Legends - Book 2 by Charles Adams III and David Siebold. Connections
COLUMNS MUSEUM (Milford, Pike County) The Columns Museum is operated by the Pike County Historical Society, and features local artifacts. The old mansion also features footsteps, moving objects, and the occasional crow infestation. It also has a room dedicated to Charles Sanders Pierce, founder of the Pragmatism movement. One of the spirits said to haunt the museum is Juliette Peirce. Several people have sensed her presence at the Columns, where it’s said that her spirit roams the second floor hallway dressed in a 19th century outfit. Connections
CURSED CEDAR STREET HOUSE (Hazelton, Luzerne County) This home on S. Cedar Street is supposed to carry a curse on its inhabitants. It's said to be heavily haunted, with the most prominent spook being that of a State Trooper killed in the home. Strange USA
DALE'S COFFEE BAR (Bartonsville, Monroe County) The spook here became famous when the small business was known as the International Eatery. In the 1990s the restaurant bought a desk - and it came with a resident ghost. The smoky apparition was called Veronica, and she could be seen floating from the kitchen to the walk-in cooler. She's also said to be fond of opening and shutting drawers. We don't know if she stayed when the business changed hands. The latte lovers may be too wired to notice her. The Shadowlands
DANSBURY DEPOT (Dansbury, Monroe County) The Dansbury Depot railroad station and freight house were built in
1864. During World War II, the Depot was used as a canteen for
servicemen while the troop trains stopped for water. Today,
the Dansbury Depot is a stop for food and drink. It also has a resident spook, who has been seen and heard in the renovated building. He won't be spotted for a while, though - the business suffered a severe fire in late 2009 and hasn't reopened. (Pocono Record "Ghost-Hunting Groups Explore the Area's Paranormal Activity" 10/05/08)
DEFEO'S MANOR (Jim Thorpe, Carbon County) This 1880s era Queen Anne Victorian mansion is home to the safest B&B in Carbon County. It's under the watchful eye of Larry, the owner's old guard cat, dead but reportedly not departed. We guess the kitty enjoyed the place so much it decided to spend the rest of its nine lives there. DeFeo's Manor
THE DENISON HOUSE (Forty Fort, Luzerne County) Nathan Denison built his house in 1790, and it's regarded as the oldest house in the Wyoming Valley. The legend involves Ann Dennison tumbling down the stairs and meeting her doom. The tour guide tells the story of a visitor who went into a trance and spoke of a woman’s fall down the stairs. There are tales of folk catching a glimpse of a woman at the stop of the stairs, and others of footsteps being heard on the second floor with no one else present. Take the tour - you'll enjoy it, and the place is easy to find; it's on Denison Street! PA Halloween
DIMMICK INN (Milford, Pike County) Miss Frances Dimmick, fondly known as Miss or Aunt Fan, was the beloved proprietor of the Dimmick. She took ownership of the Inn from her father, who built the establishment in 1828. Her spirit is still supposed to haunt the establishment she once ran. Connections
EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY (East Stroudsburg, Monroe County) East Stroudsburg started out as a Normal School in 1893 and rose in the State college ranks. It became a Teacher's College in 1927, a College in 1960, and earned University status in 1983. It educates 2,200 students in 61 buildings spread out over a 213 acre campus. There's a theory that many of spooks here were victims of the 1955 floods when the remnants of two hurricanes roared over East Stroudsburg, killing over 70 people and creating a whole new generation of local spirits. Many of town's ghosts, both collegiate and townie, are mentioned in Charles Adams III and David Siebold's Pocono Ghosts, Legends And Lore.
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All references from The Stroud Carrier "Students Say Community Houses Are Haunted," October 28, 2004.
EFFORT JUNK YARD (Effort, Monroe County) A group at teens, decades ago, were partying in the desolate spot (which is now a tree farm) when their car caught fire, killing a pair. Ever since, the area's been haunted by a young male spook, said to be missing an arm. Pennsylvania Hauntings
ESTEP HOUSE (Antrim, Bedford County) 50 years ago, Lester Estep's farm and home were about to be repossessed. With no way to make a living without the property, Estep despaired, killed his wife and kids, and then hung himself. Now the old, partially burned-out wood frame building sits deserted with just its ghosts. If you travel out the dirt lane to see it, you'll be greeted by a face looking out the window. There are shadow figures flitting in the ruin, and the spooks of the kids haunt the area. The story was told by a group called Ghost Hunters Inc., who captured orb pictures in the home.
EVERHART MUSEUM (Nay Aug Park, Scranton, Lackawanna County) A man dressed in period clothes of the depression era zips across the entrance area. Hey, that was no man. It's the spirit of Dr. Everhart, who died from a fall inside the museum five days after its dedication. There's also an account of ghostly figure walking towards the museum and continued through the wall. The museum is inside Nay Aug Park, and there are several stories of ghostly figures walking the grounds that are believed to be the spooks of people who have lost their lives at the gorge area of the popular but accident-waiting-to-happen playground. PA Halloween
FALLBROOK CEMETERY (Ward Twp., Tioga County) Fallbrook is now a ghost town, deserted since the coal it mined ran out at the turn of the century. All it left behind was its cemetery, which is well over 150 years old. It's said you can hear screams coming from the grounds, and catch sight of mists and the ghosts of young girls, victims of the bubonic plague that swept the area in the late 1800s. This graveyard is another that's been heavily desecrated by partying teens.
FORTY FORT CEMETERY (Forty Fort, Luzerne County) This old cemetery dates back to 1777. Stories tell of a floating ghost walking along side Wyoming Avenue, eventually strolling through the gates into the cemetery. The Wyoming Valley Flood of 1972 uprooted caskets and carried them down stream, and that event probably helps explain the why of the ghostly sightings. PA Halloween
FRENCHMEN'S GOLD (Coudersport, Potter County) Ah, another legend of lost gold. Late in the 1690s, a group of French Canadians and Jesuits, led by Louis Frontenac, left New Orleans for Montreal. They sailed up the Mississippi to the Ohio, past what is now Pittsburgh and up the Allegheny. Their rafts were loaded with kegs filled with gold coins, worth $350,000 today, destined for the Royal Governor of Canada's treasury. After reaching present-day Potter County, they started overland, hoping to reach the Gennesee River and a straight shot to Montreal, but the heavy coins made the going slow. Fearing an Indian attack (the Senecas were long time enemies of the French), they decided to bury the booty just north of present-day Coudersport. They marked the spot with a cross chipped onto a large rock. The Senecas are said to have seen the marking, but left it alone because they feared the religious significance. In time, the marker eroded and the site was forgotten. The Frenchmen made it home, but never returned for their gold and to this day it's still buried. Pittsburgh Paranormal
FURST CORNER B&B (Beech Creek, Clinton County) At the turn of the century, the Inn was a restaurant, and Furst was the owner. He died in a barn fire trying to save his critters. Now guests of the B&B say they can smell cigar smoke - Furst's favorite vice - and hear his footsteps pacing the hallway. He likes to be the prankster sometimes, playing with locks and rearranging the furniture. Strange USA
ANDY GAVIN'S EATERY & PUB (Scranton, Lackawanna County) Andy Gavin's has been a popular stop in Scranton since 1988, when it took over Kaplan's Bar. The building it's in dates back at least a century, and has a permanent guest they call George. He's thought to be the spook of a 19th century miner. Although he's been seen on occasion, he's better known for his poltergeist deeds - playing around in the bathroom, moving objects around, touching people, and especially toying with the lights. Paranormal Research
THE GENERAL EMPORIUM OF CURIOUS GOODS (Jim Thorpe, Carbon County) The Emporium is a New Age shop, and its building has been around since 1895. The previous owner's wife committed suicide there, and the joint is haunted. Not by the lady, but by a gray tabby named Spooky! The cat's been seen by passer-bys and customers, and the current owner has felt it rub against his leg. His old pet cat is buried outside - coincidentally, it was gray, too - and the current felines of the house sit on the window sill and watch its grave, as if something is out there, moving about. Could it be kitty reincarnation? Ghost Village
GERMANIA HOTEL (Galeton, Potter County) The Germania opened in 1856, and is one of the oldest operating businesses in the region. And after well over 150 years of entertaining people, some have chosen to stay. There are reports of voices and partying, objects being moved, phantom footsteps, touchings, and at least one identifiable spook, Danny, an old barkeeper, reported as part of an investigation by Ghost Hunters of Southern Tioga. GHOSTS
GHOST RIDER OF PALMERTON (Palmerton, Carbon County) A long time legend says that if you're in the old part of Towmensing Cemetery off Fireline Road, you can spot the ghost of a soldier on horseback. Charles Adams in his book Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley claims it's a Civil War cavalryman; local lore dates him further back, to the French and Indian War days. Lehigh Valley Ghosthunters
GLEN OAK C.C. (Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County) Hey, you've heard of golf widows - how about some golf ghosts? At this club, staff have reported hearing footsteps in the locker room when the club is closed, and seen golf balls thrown around. There are also reports of dark figures roaming the course when the members are gone. Fore! Strange USA
HARTFORD HOUSE (Milford, Pike County) The Hartford House is an abandoned building that once operated as a B&B. A psychic visited the house and stopped in her tracks on her way to the cellar because she felt too many tortured souls there. According to information from the Pike County Historical Society, the Hartford House was part of the underground railroad; apparently some of the slaves never made it out of the station. Connections
HARTRANFT HOUSE (Madison Twp., Columbia County) John Hartranft was a Civil War hero and governor of Pennsylvania. But his Ants Hill home is spooked by his daughters. It's said that you can still hear them whispering, giggling, and moving about the house. The Shadowlands
HARVEY'S LAKE HORSES (Harvey's Lake, Luzerne County) The road circling Harvey’s Lake is lined with picturesque cottages and old time charm. The local lore concerns horses that drowned while harvesting ice on the lake and dates back the early 20th century. It's said that the horses fell through the ice into the frigid depths of the lake. Legend has it that the sudden shock and instant death due to the frigid water is why the spirit of the horses still appear on the lake; they never had time to realize they were headed to greener pastures and so continue on, as they did in life. Their bodies were never recovered from the depths of the lake. Sightings generally occur during the late evening hours as the sun sets and the temperature changes, causing both fog and mist to appear on the lake. Fog or spooks? We're betting on the horses. PA Halloween
HAUNTED DUNKIN' DONUT (Blakeslee, Monroe County) Located at the intersection of Rtes. 940 and 215, the sweets shop has had coffee poured from an unattended urn, flying funnels and coffee grounds, voices that call the helps' name and a sense of presence, like the staff is being watched. One of the workers speculated that since the store was a restaurant before its conversion that one of the old employees was still working his/her station from the other side. It's hard to find help that dedicated any more! The story is from Bethel Charkoudian's blog Marash Girl.
HAUNTED HOUSE - TOWANDA (Towanda, Bradford County) There's a small home just outside Towanda that can't keep an owner. Most leave after just a few weeks in the house. There have been reported sightings of an old man that walks in the back, an elderly lady that hangs out the wash, and a small, ill-tempered child. We guess two families in the same house is one too many. Spellfrye
THE HEADLESS FRENCHMAN (Twin Sisters Hollow, Potter County) Twin Sister's Trail in Potter County is known for it's scenic views. But if you're hiking along it one October night by the Hollow when the moon's full, you may catch an unexpected sight - a headless Frenchman. He was part of Etienne Brule's gang of 1600s explorers. The Indians attacked them, and separated the hapless Frenchman from his head in the battle. He's said to take an annual hike along the area, his head tucked under his arm. There's a chapter dedicated to his legend in Dan Asfar's Haunted Battlefields. Associated Content
HENRYVILLE HOUSE (Paradise Twp., Monroe County) The historic Henryville opened for business in 1825, and was quite a haven for outdoorsmen. It was visited in the 1880s by Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley. They all wanted to try their luck at trout fishing at Paradise Creek. But the glamor eventually wore off, and it became a budget stop for families visiting the Poconos. They got their money's worth, though. The Shadowlands reports that the place was haunted by nine spooks - they list a ghost child, three men and five women that roamed the halls of the HH. PIRA gets a little more specific with its' ghouls, ticking off a screaming lady that loved to get the staff up in the middle of the night, the spirit of a maid that hung herself in the basement and haunted the House, and a man that was burned to death. But the ghosts might as well take up fishing now. The Henryville House was abandoned in the 1970s and finally torn down in 2004.
HILLSIDE LODGE (Barrett Township, Monroe County) The resort is in the Poconos, and is a quiet get-away spot. It boasts a stream-side spook, a young lady dressed in a white wrap. She's also fond of playing around in the rooms, causing all sorts of little headaches for the guests. Trip Advisor
HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL (Hazelton, Luzerne County) It's said that a student met his death at the Green Street school when he fell down several flights of steps after a basketball game. His spook has been haunting the school ever since. He'll need to find a new haunt, though, as Holy Trinity has closed. The Shadowlands
HOTEL IOLA (Millville, Columbia County) It's said that if you stop in the bar of the Hotel, you may see empty stools spin, faces of long dead customers in the mirror, still sporting stiff Victorian collars, and may even bump into the shadowy spook of a lady in a long black dress as you turn the corner. You'll have to wait a bit to get a cold one there, though. At last look, the bar/restaurant was being renovated. The Shadowlands
HOTEL WAYNE (Honesdale, Wayne County) Charles Forbes built the first public house in Honesdale in 1827 on the corner of Park and Main Streets and called it the Forbes House. It's now called simply the Hotel Wayne, a 20-room hostelry with the restaurant/tavern Bistro 1202 at street level. The psychic Crystal Boehmer investigated the Hotel Wayne for paranormal activity. And boy, did she ever encounter a houseful of eerie guests! Taking the grand tour, she first felt the spirit of a race horse in the Philip Hone room, which when the hotel first opened was a passageway to the stables. Boehmer even came up with a name, more or less - she thought the quarter horse answered to either "Sparky" or "Spartacus." When she passed the office, she sensed a Civil War soldier who paced the Hotel and seems to be a chivalrous guardian for the womenfolk who visit the hotel. Boehmer also heard gunshots from the basement, and when she went downstairs, she could smell gunpowder. Crystal also found the shadow of Paul, who provides a noticeable presence in the basement and likes to move things around. The hotel says that could be the spirit of their old cook who was named Paul and who spent a lot of his working hours in the cellar. She had a talk with the spook of a young alcohol and drug abuser named "Cookie" who had OD'ed and died in one of the Wayne's rooms. Beohmer told him he was forgiven and to go to the light, so there may be one less spirit in the hotel to deal with if he took her advice. In Room 208, she discovered Margaret still occupying her old room, along with an elderly schoolteacher who likes to gaze out from the balcony overlooking Main Street. On the third floor she found a prostitute in red, a much battered lady of the night who died there, possibly at the hands of a client. She kept referring to "the Captain," perhaps recalling her seafaring boyfriend. There was lots more ethereal flotsam floating around the hotel. She also said that she found:
And hey, that's nearly not all of the haunted roster. A couple of paranormal teams have probed the building including “Ghost Finders,” who have their findings posted on youtube, and come away with readings, messages, EVPs and visions from the many spirits who are said to inhabit the Hotel Wayne. They added to the ghostly list:
Hey, hotels are always hotbeds of paranormal activity. They're frequented by a transitory crowd, and those who meet their fate in one often have no where else to go until they cross over. So it seems for the Hotel Wayne. Connections
THE HOUDINI MUSEUM (Scranton, Lackawanna County) Nah, Harry doesn't spook his hall. Too bad; that would be such a natural. The owners of the Houdini Museum tell of those who partake in the séances becoming visible frightened and screaming of a ghostly presence. Lore of murder-suicide to rumors of the building being built on an old Indian burial ground are thought to be the source of the bad vibes. PA Halloween
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