Poconos/I-80 East Haunts & History

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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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THE ICE MINE (Coudersport, Potter County) In the 1890s, Native Americans were flush with silver. One of the Cattaraugus Indians told prospector Billy O'Neill that they found the ore in Ice Mountain.  He went searching, and a dowsing rod lead him to a cave.  But instead of silver, he found ice - in the middle of the summer.  It's said that the ice forms in the summer, and melts in the winter.  Visiting it was almost a mystical experience. The Ice Mine became quite a tourist spot for many years, but now it's collapsed and shut down.  It's believed that local  logging operations weakened the mine and altered its' icy dynamics. The small mine now exists just as a legend. Its story is included in the Cross Fork Tales by Inez Bull. 

THE INDUSTRIAL SMOKESTACKS (Simpson, Lackawanna County) The factory was the alleged scene of a killing, when one worker murdered a wheel-chair bound employee.  It was said that you could still see the wheelchair in the basement of the deserted building and hear it moving around.  We'll never know now.  The building was razed and is now a big honking parking lot.  The Shadowlands

THE INN AT JIM THORPE (Jim Thorpe, Carbon County) The New Orleans style hotel goes back to late 1840s when the New American Hotel was built on the ashes of the burnt out White Swan Hotel.  It became the Inn in 1988.  And like most old hotels, some of its' guest checked in but never bothered to check out. There are various poltergeist activities associated with many of the rooms, from upturned chairs, objects on the move, and cold spots, to being able to catch a whiff of smoke, a remnant of the White Swan days.  Rooms 310 and 211 are supposed to be especially active.  It's thought that 310 is haunted by a nurse that's still tending to her patient and gets annoyed when people get into the bed where presumably her spectral patient also lies.  Her icy grip has been felt by guests by the bed and her white figure seen there.  Another spook was spotted there, too, a tall man with slicked back hair. These were reported by the Pocono InvestigatorsGuests have supposedly seen many spirit shadows in the downstairs foyer and lobby, and have orb and mist photographs to bolster their claims. The Innkeeper has even set up a page on the Inn's web site for visitors to record their own spooky tales.  Jim Thorpe Ghost Stories  

IRON STREET SPOOK (Bloomsburg, Columbia County) Students report a poltergeist they call Alex in their Iron Street apartments.  Lights shut off for no reason, doors open and close, and objects get moved around, especially in the kitchen.  Sounds like a typical college kid to us, ghost or not. (The Voice "Creepy Sightings Scare Students," October 30, 2003) 

THE IRONDALE INN (Bloomsburg, Columbia County) The Irondale Inn was built in 1838.  It's a stone mansion that housed the local ironmaster, and served as a stop in the underground RR.  The Inn is alleged to be spooked by three spirits, which live in the duct system.  Strange choice, but hey.  The best known of the trio is the ghost of an old lady that goes around opening and shutting doors behind people. Strange USA

JESSUP PARK (Jessup, Lackawanna County) A brown-haired boy quietly plays in the park all day.  Then, at sundown, he gets on the swings - and disappears.  Ghosts of America

KATY'S CHURCH (Muncy Hills, Columbia County) The popular mid-state legend goes that an unmarried pregnant girl, Katy Van Dine, ostracized by the community, hung herself on a tree outside the Emmanuel Lutheran Church graveyard.   Other darker varitions on the theme claim that father of her child was a married man worried about his own hide, and so accused her of witchcraft. The church members accepted his self-serving word and hung her from a tree in the cemetery. What, there wasn't any stake to burn her on in Muncy Hills?  It's said that if you stand on her grave, which is right beside the tree she hung herself on, and knock on the tree that her ghost, dressed in shimmering white, will walk down the hill towards you. According to local lore, this sighting only occurs the night of a harvest moon. It's also said that you can hear her crying from inside the church. There's an alternate tale from The Shadowlands.  It says she was waiting to marry a soldier, but he was killed before they could wed. Distraught, she hung herself in her wedding dress. She's supposedly been seen in church and walking the road between her house and the cemetery.  Some reports say that her noose can be see hanging from the tree overlooking the cemetery. There are even stories of blood gushing from the windows of the small hilltop church.  Other tales allege that her tombstone is located just outside the consecrated grounds of the cemetery, while others say it's in the graveyard proper, but her marker faces the opposite direction of all the others. This, at least, can be debunked, as her grave is in the boneyard and pointed the same way as the others.  Another legend says that there's a bottomless pit covered by a boulder on the grounds. If you can move the rock a smidge and toss a stone down the hole, you'll never hear it land. Of course, some people believe the tale was just a by-product of the 2002 mystery book "Katie's Church" by L.A. Flick, which recounts - or maybe invents - the legend of Katy. But we have a reader that says the legend predates the novel, and others that support him.  BaltimoreMan wrote: " I am originally from a couple of miles from Katy's.  The tale has been around for a long time.  I couldn't guess the original source, but it's definitely not a 2002 book"  Another reader added: "I also live near Katy's church.  I am 36 and have heard the tales since I was a young child."  So we can cross Ms. Flick off the list off rumor-mongers.  Sadly, this is another spot that vandals have ransacked. The church isn't used for regular services anymore, just weddings and other special events, and goofs feel free to break in and spray graffiti on the walls and floor.  The cemetery has been desecrated, despite being fenced, gated and watched over by the locals, the caretaker, and the State Police. Those folk that use the graveyard as a party spot should be much more ashamed than poor Katy. (The Bloomsburg University Voice "Ghastly Ghosts," October 31, 2002 

KEYSTONE COLLEGE (LaPlume, Lackawanna College) Keystone began as a high school back in 1868.  It became a junior college in 1934, and reached college status in 1995.  Three years later the state certified that it could award baccalaureates. Now it offers 17 liberal arts degrees.  It's said much of the college is built over Indian burial grounds, and we all know what that leads to... 

  • The Art Center: A fine arts center, the building holds artwork, sculpture, ceramics, and glass.  It also has the spook of an Indian girl that likes to roam it's halls.  She's been reportedly seen by several people, and even interacts with them.  She's said to be especially fond of the ceramics room.  Maybe it reminds the ghost of her native pottery. 
  • Moffat Hall: In Suite 2-A of the dorm, the bathroom is haunted by a spirit. The apparition has been allegedly  seen, but is more often heard crying in the girl's restroom. 
  • Ward Hall: There are reports of lights turning on and off and furniture being rearranged in a locked-off hallway.  A student left a video camera in the hall overnight, and a light turned on by itself and a black blob appeared at the end of the hall. 

Keystone College Campus Tour 

All references taken from The Shadowlands  

THE KEY THEATRE (West Hazelton, Luzerne County) This theatre has been around since 1915 under a host of names - The Herkser, The Key, The Hersker again, The Majestic, back again to The Key, and now it's the Cinema and Draft House (don't ask.) There's been several sightings of a spook in the house.  It's assumed to be the spirit of original owner John Hersker, who's been seen by the concession stand, the stage beside the movie screen, and in the projectionist's booth, keeping his hand in the business and counting the house. There's also been reports of glowing red eyes seen behind the screen and a shadow that shows up on the right side of the theater. The Key was massively remodeled in 2003, with the seating removed and the floor leveled, and became the Cinema and Draft House. We'll see how John likes his remodeled digs. Maybe the beer tap will be the next place he haunts; that's where we would head. PIRA  

VIRGINIA KIDD HOUSE (Milford, Pike County) Virginia Kidd was a science fiction writer and book agent, and ran her business from her farm, Arrowhead.  She's gone, dying in 2005, but her business, the Virginia Kidd Literary Agency, still operates from her 150 year-old house.  The agents that are there report the aroma of baking cookies, objects that disappear and reappear (if you ask nicely for their return), and phantoms dressed from other eras popping up.  The workers say the spooks are harmless, and believe that one of them may be Kidd herself.  (Pocono Record "Milford Home Ghosts 'Harmless'," January 5, 2009)

LACKAWANNA STATION HOTEL (Scranton, Lackawanna County) The hotel was built back in 1908 to serve Scranton, then one of the busiest railroad terminals in the East.  In 1977 the six story historic landmark underwent a multi-million dollar makeover when it became a Radisson property.  The hotel was used as a morgue for soldiers killed during World War I; catch where we're going here?  It has the usual reports of freezing rooms that paralyzes guests and lights that shut on and off.  It has ghosties, too.  One spook is the phantom bellhop, an African American gentleman in a tuxedo, who knocks on your door and asks if everything is OK.  Another apparition was seen on the 6th floor, leaning over a railing that overlooked the dining room below.  The ghost told the visitors he was killed in a car accident.  As he was talking to them, his head spun around 360 degrees and he jumped over the railing.  Talk about spook central - a woman jumped from the 6th floor of the hotel to her death.  She was staying in room 629.  Her ghost is said to haunt the 6th floor.  And guess what - if you go to the hotel there is no longer a Room 629.  The basement is supposed to be haunted, too; that's where the morgue was.  One visitor reported seeing a boy in a top hat there. Is This Thing On

LANSFORD COLLIERY MINE #9 (lansford, Carbon County) Opened in 1855, No. 9 Coal Mine, located in Lansford, Pennsylvania was once the world's oldest continuously operated anthracite coal mine. Closed in 1972, the mine was re-opened as a heritage tourism attraction in 2002.  And the museum has more relics from the past than they bargained for.  Ghosts of those who worked and died in the mine generations ago are reported to still lurk deep inside its seams.  The museum offers a tram ride that takes you 1,600 feet into the earth to walk around the miner's old haunts.  It's especially interesting during their Halloween tour...

LANTERN LADY (Porter Twp., Pike County) It's said that on Route 402 south of Porter Lake that you can sometimes see the spook of a lady in a shawl roaming the highway.  She'll be carrying a lit lantern, desperately looking for someone.  It's thought that she's still haunting the area because she's trying to mend a heart broken in life.  Pennsylvania Hauntings

LAUREL VILLA COUNTRY INN (Milford, Pike County) Visitors to the Laurel Villa, dating to 1876, have reported seeing the solid figure of a man dressed in 1940s attire walking through the dining room and out the front door. Connections

THE LEGEND OF ROSE LAKE (Allegany Twp., Potter County) This isn't a spook story, but a bit of Indian lore.  White Lily was a beautiful Seneca maiden, much coveted by the braves, and also happily married with a daughter.  But one Indian swore she would become his squaw.  He ambushed the hubby, and killed him and the child, tied up White Lily, and with some friends, dragged her away to take her to his tribe.   That night, she struggled out of the rope and fled, hotly pursued by her captors.  Finally cornered, she dove into a small lake, swam to its center, lifted her arms to the gods and slipped under the waters.   They waited to see if she would would resurface, but White Lily had rejoined her family in death.   While they were asleep the next evening, the angered Indian gods covered the area in ominous dark clouds.  A bolt of lightning clove the ground where they slept, incinerating all but one and opening a gap in the earth so large that the lake, which had previously flowed into the Oswego now followed the newly created crevice into the Genesee.  This story was told by the one Indian who escaped the god's wrath, and that wasn't for long.  He soon fell into the lake and drowned.  As for White Lily, it's said that every year, in the center of what's now called Rose Lake, white water lilies grow in the center of waters, and they outshine every other flower in the area.  Evil Little Troll

LEHIGHTON CEMETERY (Lehighton, Carbon County) This cemetery is home to the victims of the 1755 Gnaden Huetten massacre by the Delaware Indians, where a memorial marks their burial plot.  It's said that their spooks can be seen day or night roaming around their tombstones. Abandoned But Not Forgotten  

LEIGHTON BOROUGH COMPLEX (Leighton, Carbon County) The complex was built over the site of an old schoolhouse that had been in operation from 1867-1997, and as to be expected, most of its spooks are kids. There are touchings, a sense of being watched - so bad at the North Stairwell that the help won't use those steps -  the sound of a bouncing basketball in an empty gym, and falling books.  Shadow figures have been spotted in the gym, and the Coal Region Ghost Hunters caught their voices on tape, asking "Who's that?", "Who's that girl?", and "What are they doing?"  Sounds like proof enough to us.  Coal Region Ghost Hunters

LEWIS LAKE MURDER (Union Dale, Susquehanna County) It's said that if you're by the Lewis Lake Dam you can sometimes relive a fatal lover's quarrel that happened centuries ago. The legend says that an Indian girl was thrown over the falls to her death by her settler boyfriend. There's a fallen tree by the falls, and late at night you can see her sitting on the log, crying.  Her boyfriend then rushes at her and pushes her into the boiling water below.  It's reported that some nights the scene keeps replaying itself. The Shadowlands 

LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY (Lock Haven, Clinton County) The Haven started out as Central State Normal in 1870, and went through all the hoops that Pennsylvania's state-related schools have gone through.  It became a State Teacher's College in 1926, changed its' name a bit in 1960, and became a university in 1983.  It has over 3,800 students majoring in education and liberal arts on campus - and a few that never left. 

  • Phi Mu Delta: The house on 87 Susquehanna Street was bought from the widow of Leo Bryerton, a local who had helped the Phi Mu guys with DYI projects, and had become an honorary brother of the frat.   And so the legend of Leo was spawned.  Bryerton was handy fixing the old PMD house, but he didn't seem so keen on the frat boys living in his home sweet home.  He played little poltergeist tricks on them,and even told one to "get out" of what was once his dining room.   Well, in 1994, the Phi Mu residence moved on to Fairfield Street.  End of Leo, right?  Well, not exactly.  The brothers took a bit of flooring from the dining room that an engraved fraternity crest on it.  Again, a brother was told to "get out" of the old digs while standing near the old piece of Leo's home.  The brothers, Leo, and the crest all remain; we'll see who eventually wins the battle of wills.  (Williamsport Sun-Gazette "Lock haven Fraternity House May Be Haunted By Spectre Named 'Leo'," November 1, 2007)
  • Russell Hall: The ghost of Mary stalks this dorm.  Mary found out she was pregnant, and her boyfriend didn't take the news very well.  So she marched through the attic to the bell tower and hung herself.  It's said her body hung there for several weeks before it was discovered.  Her spook has been seen by many students since then.  In fact, the sightings have picked up since Russell went co-ed.  It's thought she didn't want any males in the building after her sour relationship with her boyfriend.  Mary also likes to cause disturbances in her old room. There are other reports of a gentleman that haunts the basement.  It's said that he likes to watch the students do laundry, and even helps if they have their hands full dealing with the dirty clothes. 
  • Sloan Fine Arts Center: Sloan is supposedly home to three spooks.  One is a small child in the Countdown Theatre who enjoys playing with the lights and riding the elevator.  Another is a lady draped in white that watches performances in the Auditorium.  The other is a black blur that whizzes through Sloan.  It's thought that the black blur is a menacing spirit, and the Lady in White protects the students from it.  One article described seeing the dark blur flash towards the stage during a performance. Then a white light floated on stage to intercept it, and the blur disappeared, all in the blink of an eye. The Lady In White to the rescue! One theory regarding the spooks, as presented by the Lock Haven Express article "A Peek at the Past" run on October 24, 2009, suggests that the lady in white is a neighborhood lady that predates Sloan, the curious kid is a youngster from a house torn down to build Sloan who died of smallpox, and the hostile black spirit is left over from pre-colonial days, when the Lock Haven area was dotted with Native American burial grounds.
  • Theta Kappa Epsilon House: The TKE's bought an 1864 building a century later to use as their fraternity house. They shared the house with a young spook they named Enok, who they ran across in the back stairwell and the upstairs rooms.  They got along with each other, but poor Enok doesn't have the boys around to keep him company any longer. The building is shut and boarded up today. 

Lock Haven Campus Tour 

Unless otherwise noted, all references are taken from the Eagle Eye "Downtown Shows Spooky Side," October 17, 2007 & "History Haunts The Haven," October 12, 2005 

LOVERS LEAP (Mount Minsi, Monroe County) Also known as Winona's Cliff or Lookout Rock, this Delaware Water Gap site was where Lenape princess Winona and Dutch aristocrat/explorer Hendrick van Allen met their end.  They fell in love, but van Allen was recalled to Holland.  He said he'd be back for Winona, but she wasn't buying it and flung herself of the cliff.  He dove to save her, and they both plunged to their doom.  It's said now that you can see fireballs falling from the cliff, reliving the tragic scene.  This story is told in 1887's National Repository, edited by Daniel Curry.

MALIBU DUDE RANCH (Milford, Pike County) The Malibu Ranch is supposed to be the oldest operating ranch in the East, and so far as we city slickers know, maybe the only one. They have a building, the Stone House, that dates back to the 1700s when it was built as an Indian fortification.  And instead of watching the buffalo graze, you get deer and bear instead.  There are two reported spooks roaming the Malibu range.  One is a young girl who will sometimes speak to folk. The other is an older gent who's been spotted meandering throughout the ranch's 800 acres. The Shadowlands   

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY (Mansfield, Tioga County) Mansfield began in 1857 as the Classical Seminary and rose through the state ranks until it became a university in 1983.  It hosts over 3,300 students, and is home to one famous spook, Sara. 

  • Internet Cafe: A guy named Ed died while playing Ever Quest there, and his spook has been seen sitting at the same spot ever since, punching controls like mad.  (We assume this is on campus - we can't find the place today.) But if you're walking down the streets of Mansfield and see a nebulous shadow through the window intently playing on his PC, you've found the spot. 
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Frat House: The house dates back into the 19th century, and allegedly many acts of violence took place in its' halls back in the day. It was also a stop in the Underground Railroad. Lambda Chi members reported choking sensations, unseen spooks sitting on their beds, and unexplained sounds and footsteps through the whole house. The ghost of a man has been reported in the attic. The frat has been inactive since 2003, and at last check the house has been sitting unused since. 
  • North Hall: North was built in 1875, and was a woman's dorm and cafeteria.  It shut down in 1975, and came back 20 years later as the university library. It's the home of Sara. Sometime in the 1910s Sara, a voice major, sat on a banister atop the Well, a six story atrium in the middle of North. She began to sing, and some of the other girls joined in with her while others gathered around to listen. Suddenly, she lost her balance and plunged down the opening to her death, still singing until she hit the hardwood floor below. That must of been some rhapsody she was warbling!  The outline of her body remained on the floor, even when they tried to cover it with carpeting. It must have spooked the administration, which closed the Well in the 1930s (it's mentioned in the North Hall history.) But that didn't stop Sara, who's been seen roaming the halls and whose presence has been felt by the girls in North quite often. Even exorcists couldn't chase her out. A good account of her story is given by Billybobbo in a Shadowlands post (scroll about 1/2 way down.)  
  • Steadman Theater: It's said that the spirit of an early local rapper named Mouse can be seen in the theater, accompanied by the faint sound of music. per MU lore, he died while performing there in the 1980s.  Pennsylvania Hauntings 

Campus tour of Mansfield University   

Unless noted, all references are from The Shadowlands 

MASTEN (Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County) The Black Forest is the home of the Loyalsock State Forest and the old logging town of Masten, abandoned sometime around 1930 and now the trailhead and campgrounds for the 27-mile long Old Loggers Path. The area is popular among the outdoorsy - and the seekers of spooks. Glowing orbs have been seen floating about the camping area, voices have been heard and recorded coming from the forest, strange apparitions have appeared, odd lights have been sighted, and there are even claims that dark elves, or Døkkálfar, roam the forests at night per Ghosts of Central Pennsylvania.

MCGHEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Lock Haven, Clinton County) A custodian suffered a fatal heart attack in the K-5 school in the late 1990s.  His spirit has since been felt and seen by both the students and staff throughout the school building. The Shadowlands 

MEMORYTOWN (Mt. Pocono, Monroe County) Memorytown was built on the Wagner estate, which dates back to 1803. Memorytown started in 1947, and is a complex of shops and restaurants meant to evoke the olden days. It sure works in the case of its spooks, with a couple of local spirits who refuse to move on. One is the "Print Shop Ghost," so called because he first showed up in a local print shop. He's thought to be the ghostie of a local that either committed suicide or died suddenly while working his farm. Others have reported seeing kids playing on the swings outside the hotels - except there aren't any swings outside (or kids, for that matter.) The most famous spook is the Lady in Blue.  She's supposed to be in her late 20s or early 30s, pretty and with long, dark hair. She's been seen, usually by the Heritage Inn, and is blamed for most of the poltergeist activity in Memorytown. Some think she misses the old days before Memorytown started, when everything was quiet and she was left in peace. The Shadowlands says there's also a Lady in Gray, a little old lady that is often seen sitting and sewing. She's dressed in a gray dress and is quite pale (well, she is a ghost!)  The other tales came from Psychosylum 

MERWINSBURG INN (Merwinsburg, Monroe County) It's said that the spirits of the Merwin family still haunt the old Inn. Glowing apparitions have been seen upstairs, along with music. We can't find anything about the current building, so we assume it's shut down or worse.  Parainvestigator

MILANVILLE HOUSE (Milanville, Wayne County) It's said that you could hear heavy footsteps from the attic and second floor of this 19th century lumberjack's inn. Spooks of confederate Civil War soldiers who were held there have been reported roaming the halls. There's also been sightings of a woman in a long white dress seen through the bay window. The Milanville House was a B&B recently, but it's either out of business or sold now. PA Researchers  

MILFORD THEATER (Milford, Pike County) Hey, the Milford is more than part of the Catharine Street Historic District and host of the annual indy Black Bear Film Festival.  It's also home to a spook, Gene Pitney.  No, not the singer, but the old owner, who hung himself in the Theater in the 1950s. They’ve even saved a seat for his shadow, in the center of the fifth row. Once, a local television station brought in a psychic who said the structure was occupied by three male ghosts, one being Mr. Pitney. The other two are one-time owner Charles Haubert and a younger unidentified man.  Connections 

JASON MILLER STATUE (Scranton, Lackawanna County) Actor Jason Miller, a Scranton native, was nominated for an academy award for his work as the priest in "The Exorcist".  He died there in a pub from a massive heart attack. The city erected a monument to him, a bronze statue done by brother  actor and friend Paul Sorvino located at Court House Square, a block from where he passed.  Inside the statue is the urn of Miller's ashes, so it's literally his final resting place.  People have claimed that when they place their ear to the statue they can sometimes hear the disembodied voice of Miller chanting the phrase "The power of Christ compels you!"  -  the very line he repeated again and again in the movie along with actor Max von Sydow.  Maybe that exorcism didn't work out quite so well...this story was passed along by Scranton spookmeister John Bravo.

MONTROSE HOUSE INN & TAVERN (Montrose, Susquehanna County) When Isaac Foster built his home and tannery in 1811, he had no idea how many reincarnations the building would go through.  It's been a school, jail, apartments, beauty parlor, and a variety of hotels - Keelers Hotel, Exchange Hotel, Dobbins Inn, and for the past three decades, the Montrose House. There's quite a bit of poltergeist activity there, like door knockings, window shades and doors opening and shutting, and objects being tossed across the dining room.  It's said to be haunted by two spooks.  One is a young boy that likes the upstairs hall and Room #5 to play his pranks, and he's thought to be the cause of most of the paranormal activity in the Montrose House.  The other is the ghost of a man that's been reportedly seen and felt.  He was once spotted walking past the office into a closet - shy guy, we'd guess.  Staff members have seen him heading towards the tavern room, and customers have reported a sense of presence, as if they're being watched. The Shadowlands

MT. AIRY LODGE (Swiftwater, Monroe County) The Lodge was Emil Wagner's pride and joy.  His aunt and uncle brought him over to the Poconos in the 1950s from Czechoslovakia to help run their hotel, and in short time he had bought a majority stake. It had all the Pocono biggies entertain there, and in the 1970s he expanded by adding the Stricklands Inn and the Pocono Gardens to the resort holdings. That was Emil's downfall.  He was overextended just as the local tourist business turned sour, and in 1999 they had a sheriff's sale of the place and auctioned off its' stuff in 2003.  He shot himself before the sheriff's sale, not being able to bear the ignomy of losing his beloved Mt. Airy.  It's said his spook can be heard in the early morning hours in the dining room.  The headliner spook, though, was the lady in Room 7664.  She's the spirit of a woman whose husband murdered her in the honeymoon suite and Mt. Airy's most famous haunt.  Another renowned spook is the spirit of a man that drowned in the Pocono Gardens pool, a part of Mt. Airy.  He haunted the pool area and nearby rooms, and even moved the decorative statuary around.  The resort complex was torn down in 2005 and replaced by the Mt. Airy Casino Resort, which won a state slots license.  We'll soon see how spooks and one-armed bandits mix. The history of the resort is covered nicely in Matt Lake's Weird Pennsylvania. The Shadowlands 

OLD HICKORY INN  (Coudersport, Potter County) The Old Hickory was once a popular stopover for locals and travelers.  Now it's a derelict building, deserted except for its one forlorn spirit.  An underage drinker had too many, and got into a brawl outside the Inn.  He was shot, and they dragged his body upstairs, laid him on a piano, and let him die, afraid of losing their license.  The spook can be spotted looking out the the upstairs window late at night.  Cosmic Society

OLD MILL VILLAGE GHOST (New Milford, Susquehanna County) One August day, people saw the form of an elderly gent sitting on the steps, head cupped in his hands, looking sad. The image lingered briefly and disappeared.  As the bewildered  folk crossed the bridge on the way home, they spotted neatly piled stacks of paper waiting for the volunteers at the Village to pick up. That's when the light went on. The elderly gent was the spook of a deceased groundskeeper.  Apparently he couldn't stand the litter around his beloved Village and picked up what the others had missed.  The Shadowlands reports he's been seen since walking the grounds, and is a great help to the staff.  Everyone should take as much pride in their job. Ghost Walk 

OLE BULL (Ole Bull State Park, Potter County) Ole Bull, a famous violin virtuoso of the mid 1800s, had a dream of starting a colony of Norwegians - Oleana, or New Norway, as he called it - in the heart of Potter County.  He bought 120,000 acres there and his countrymen flocked to the area.  But they were all farmers, and the land was dense woods.  After a couple of winters of gnawing on tree bark, the colony fizzled.  But Ole Bull still loved the land at the northern tier of the Endless Mountains.  It's said that you can still walk through Ole Bull State park and hear him play the haunting Beethoven's Eighth Sonata.  At least one colonist didn't leave - Ole Bull.  Associated Content 

ONOKO'S LEGEND (Lehigh Twp., Carbon County) Glen Onoko was known as Hatchet Falls back in the day, and it has an ancient legend of love and denial attached to its falling waters.  Its said that the spirit of Indian princess Onoko haunts the Glen Onoko Falls, on the east side of Broad Mountain.  There are two stories involving her.  The first is that she was in love with a white settler, upsetting her dad, the Chief, no end.  He had the guy thrown over the falls to his death, solving one problem but causing another when his daughter, witnessing her Romeo's execution, also threw herself over the falls to join her lover eternally.  The second is pretty similar, except the suitor rejected by her pop was Opachee, a mere brave and so unworthy in the chief's eyes.  She tossed herself over the falls when the Chief forbid their marriage. Pretty picky guy, if you ask us.  At any rate, legend goes that at 9:15 AM of any bright, sunny morning, the "Spirit of the Mist," as Onoko's ghost is known, appears as a Lady in White floating over the boiling waters.  Charles Skinner, in his 1896 book Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, has his own tale.  In his story, Onoko is a mighty Lenni-Lanape chief.  He was big, strong, and daring.  Onoko was engaged to Wenonah, the fairest of her tribe, and had known nothing but success in peace, war, and love.  And as we all know, nothing honks the gods as much as a godlike mortal.  The envious Miche Manitou, a Delaware tribe evil spirit, had all he could take of the noble Onoko.  One day while the happy pair were paddling around in a canoe whispering sweet nothings, Manitou struck.  Skinner described him with "the scowl of hatred...on his face, thunder crashed about his head, and fire snapped from his eyes..."  He was one peeved spirit.  He split the mountains, creating a huge crevasse 1,000 feet deep.  The waters rushed through them, carrying our suddenly star-crossed lovers.  They wrapped their arms around each other and met their fate.  Manitou returned to his mountain lair, no doubt thinking it was good to be a god.  No ghosties came from this lore, just a couple of geographic tidbits.  The watery chasm that Manitou created is now known as the Lehigh River.  And the memory of Onoko is forever preserved in the name of a glen and cascade a short distance above Mauch Chunk.   Be careful if you want to take a little trek and try to spy Onoko.  Glen Onoko Falls Trail is a very intense loop hike with 875 feet rise. A sign at the trail head warns hikers that several people have fallen to their deaths on the trail.  But if you can get there, it's worth the trip.   Lehigh Township

THE OVERLOOK INN (Canadensis, Monroe County) The Inn stars a white-haired lady spook that carries a basket with her.  There are also reports of poltergeist pranks with the TV and the house lights.  It's said you can hear the hustle and bustle of the kitchen staff hard at work, and catch a glance of a worker - even when the kitchen's closed and empty.  But it may be a bit before you can check out the spirits.  The Inn, at last look, was for sale.  Mountains of Attraction

HARRY PACKER MANSION (Jim Thorpe's Packer Hill, Carbon County) Gazillionaire Asa Packer built this house for his son Harry as a wedding gift in 1874. The Victorian mansion was so striking that it was used as an inspiration for Walt Disney World's Haunted House, and with good reason. The home is supposed to filled with spooks, thought to be the Packers and their intimates reliving family feuds and plotting over making more money. It's said some rooms are so badly haunted that dogs won't enter them. It's now a B&B, and the owner Pat Handwerk says there's nary a ghost to be found, but adds that their Libations Lounge serves "spirits" and they feature a murder mystery every weekend and have for the past 27 years.  Murder Mansion 

PACKWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM (Lewisburg, Union County) The Packwood Museum  was originally constructed as a two-story log cabin between 1796 and 1799.  It was first a tavern and inn for river travelers along the Susquehanna.  In the early 19th century, with the construction of the Pennsylvania Canal, the tavern evolved into a hotel known as the American House.  In the 1860's, with the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad to the downtown, the hotel soon lost much of its business.  The American House closed in the late 1880s, and the structure was converted into townhouses.  Now it's a museum.  But as with any good old boarding house, some of its visitors have never checked out.  The director used to feel unseen entities brush against him, and called the Central Pennsylvania Paranormal Research Association to check the place out.  They found a number of spooks haunting the house, and even identified a couple - Maria, an old barmaid, and John Fetherston, the original owner.  And in what must have been a relief to the staff, the Packwood's spectral posse consists of all friendly spirits.  (The Daily Item "They See Dead People," July 25, 2009)

PELACHIK HOUSE (Sayre, Bradford County) At the turn of the century, the house deep in the woods on Litchfield Road was a bordello.  It's legend says that the ghost of a constable still patrols the house to this day.  He was murdered there, but is still keeping guard. That's dedication.  The Shadowlands

PIKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE (Milford, Pike County) Staff have claimed to hear heavy boots walking across the floor upstairs at night. The footsteps are believed to belong to the spirit of Herman Paul Schultz, who was hung in the building on the upper level in the late 1800s.  He was found guilty of murdering his wife in 1897 and was the only person to be hung publicly in Milford; his noose is exhibited in The Columns Museum. Connections

PINE RUN ROAD GHOST (Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County) When you're driving down Pine Run Road, also known as Baby Road to the locals, watch for a lady dressed in 1940s clothes.  She's a spook that likes to haunt the road, and she'll disappear once your car lights hit her. The Shadowlands 

POCONO INDIAN MUSEUM (Bushkill, Monroe County) Originally the museum building was a farmhouse built in 1840, and has served as a boarding house, stage stop, underground railroad safe house, speakeasy, and camp dorms. The frame house was just about worn out when it was renovated in 1976 as the Pocono Indian Museum.  It's now a fit home for its' two resident ghosts. The first is Eli, who reportedly opens and shuts doors and moves things around. He communicates by using museum pieces. The other is an unknown lady spook who makes her grand entrance down the stairway. The Shadowlands

PRICHARD HOLLOW SHADES (Westfield, Tioga County) Folks in a plant parking lot (We think its' K&W Machine Co.) and neighbors have reportedly heard the voices of crying, moaning, and quiet screams coming from its vicinity.  It's said that shadows - called Shades by the locals - have been spotted in the lot, road and woods. There are also alleged growls heard from a spectral dog. The activity takes place around 11PM on cool evenings. Get permission to visit. This all takes place on private property. The Shadowlands 

TOM QUICK INN (Milford, Pike County) The Tom Quick Inn was actually born in the 1940's, and named after the "Avenger of the Delaware" who is buried nearby.  Two old buildings, the Terwilliger House, built in 1880, and the Centre Square House, built in 1882, were combined to make the TQI.  The Inn is alleged to be infested with spooks who mostly amuse themselves with poltergeist activities - moving beds, calling out employee names, raising a ruckus, etc., although there is one room that is supposed to be particularly frightful.  The biggest controversy is over the long departed Tom Quick, who in reality had nothing to do with the building.  He is reported to have asked for one more Indian to kill on his deathbed, to make it an even 100.  Some historians believe he may have killed a half dozen Native Americans.  Still, his legend is enough to stir emotions, and the debate rages whether he was a frontier hero or psycho killer.  His namesake Inn may not last long enough to find out who wins the argument.  After being closed for awhile, it reopened in 2004 and was condemned in 2007.  It's for sale now.  Strange Happenings

RAILROAD TRESTLE LADY IN WHITE (Lehighton, Carbon County) Locals allege that a young woman's ghost dressed in white can be seen floating along the trestle towards Packerton.  She disappears halfway along the trestle. The Shadowlands

THE RAIN BOY (Stroudsburg, Monroe County) In late 1983, Don Decker, an unemployed 20 year old, was released from the local jail to attend his grandfather's funeral. He had lived with him, and after the burial was taken in by a family on Ann Street in Stroudsburg.  Young Don didn't have many talents, but the one he did have was a doozy.  "I can make it rain," he told police officers. Could he ever - in his home, in jail, in front of friends, strangers, and the police.  At will, jets of water would spray from no apparent source at his whim. He also could drop the temperature of a room to freezing in a heartbeat.  A friend of his tried to get him under control by putting a crucifix around his neck. It left a burn mark before he could tear it off.  A year after his grandfather's death, the rainmaker lost his power. Parapsychologists still haven't figured out the cause of his short-lived ability to cause rain, but Decker thought it was his grandfather's spirit working through him. The house he performed his rain dance in has been demolished - for a church parking lot. His feat has been shown on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries and the French TV series 30 Most Mysterious Mysteries. (Pocono Record "Stroudsburg's 'Rainboy' Goes European For Mystery Series," September 15, 2007

THE REMARKABLE DREAM (Williamsport, Lycoming County) This isn't a spook story in the strictest sense, but a bit of local lore involving Mark Twain. He was in Williamsport on a lecture tour on New Year's Eve, 1869. While touring Williamsport before his tour, Twain was appalled by the condition of the old Ross Park cemetery. Most of the bodies had been relocated, and the remaining stones and grounds were left in shambles. The Master wrote a sketch that featured a conversation between him and and an old ghost, embarrassed by the condition of his once well kept graveyard, and supposedly he delivered it at the lecture. It did the trick. The remaining bones were eventually transferred to Williamsport Cemetery, where they regained their spectral dignity. Erika Banzhaf Article  

RICKETTS GLEN STATE PARK: (Ricketts Glen, Luzerne County) Civil War Colonel Ricketts at one time owned outright or controlled over 80,000 acres of land in this area, through his Central Penn Lumber Company.  His family sold 10,000 acres to the state, which opened the park in 1944.  There are a couple of spooky tales associated with the area.  One is the "ghost tree."  During the lumber boom days, a boy was cutting down a tree when it toppled on him, causing his death.  A sapling sprouted where the boy died, and grew into a white tree that has never produced a single leaf, even to this day.   Lake Jean's story is a bit spookier.  A boy fell through the ice, and his parents, watching from a shore side cabin,  rushed to his aid.  All three drowned.  Since then, it's been said that strange lights appear over the lake, and that the faces of the family can be seen in its waters.  Locals also claim to hear voices in the wind.  There is no cemetery in the area; maybe the voices are the laments of the restless spirits that were never properly laid to rest.  (Willamsport Sun-Gazette "Ghost Town of Ricketts Brought Back To Life," October 26, 2008)

RIDGEWOOD ROAD GHOST (Hazelton, Luzerne County) If you travel along the dirt road, you'll come to a deserted construction site that still has work sheds and equipment on the grounds even though its' been shut down for decades. That's because the site is supposedly haunted by an old construction worker that was accidentally electrocuted while on the job. The Shadowlands 

RIVER ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING (McElhatten, Clinton County) It's said that if you stop your car on the railroad tracks at the crossing, turn out the lights, put it neutral and take off the brakes - and why you'd want to do that is beyond me - a busload of ghostly kids will push it off the tracks. They're the spooks of children whose school bus was hit at the crossing years ago, killing them all, and they've served as guardian angels ever since. It's alleged that if you have dust on your car, you can see their little handprints on it. Sounds like another gravity hill story to us, but reader Jaynie Shady says its all so.  She's visited the spot several times, and claims that your car windows fog no matter what the weather, the vehicle will violently jerk at the crossing, like it's suddenly being shoved, and that orbs circle outside.  The Shadowlands 

ROOT HOLLOW BRIDGE (Tuckhannock, Wyoming County) The spirit of a young woman has been reported several times from this bridge on Margaret Hollow Road, sitting and sadly looking down while shaking her head.  It's said that she's the spook of a girl that was murdered and whose body was tossed off the bridge in a burlap sack. The Shadowlands

ROUTE 611 GHOST (Tobyhanna, Monroe County) A man left the bar after a few beers one foggy night and began to walk home on the shoulder of Route 611.  He never made it.  He was run down and killed by the railroad overpass. It's said that you can still see his spirit trudging along by the overpass. The Shadowlands 

RUSTY NAIL (Palmerton, Carbon County) The face of a former owner can be seen on a cabinet door by the cash register of this popular watering hole on Mauch Chunk Road. The image is etched in lines in the leather door, almost as if it's hand drawn. He committed suicide in the building, and the face showed up shortly afterwards.  Apparently he wanted to be remembered by the customers. This tale is told in Charles Adams III & David Siebold's Ghosts Stories of the Lehigh Valley 


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