Three Rivers Haunts & History

 The legends, lore, and ghost tales of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington & Westmoreland counties. 


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Hi. Welcome to the Three Rivers Haunts & History pages. We hope that you enjoy the lore, legends and spook stories of the region.

We believe every ghost tale has a rich history of people, places, events and psychology behind it. We tried to capture some of this history and link it so you could share in the colorful tradition of Pennsylvania's southwest corner.

We linked the primary source, too. They deserve huge credit for running down the tales and preserving them. We didn't link the newspapers and periodicals, which are a true treasure trove of tales. They tend to get archived, put on pay per view or just zapped after awhile, so we don't consider the links to be truly reliable. There's also many fine books available on the region, with historic and haunted titles.

One more thing. Please use some common courtesy when out visiting these sites. Many of them are on private property, and you should never step foot there without the owner's permission. People enjoy their privacy, and a midnight encounter with the police or a watch dog is scarier than any spook you'll find.

Here's some of the sites that offer a grand selection of the tales of Three Rivers:

The Shadowlands

Beaver Co. History

GHOSTS

Greater Pittsburgh Paranormal Society

Pittsburgh: About

Three Rivers Contents

Page 1) Acheson House - Brush Creek Inn

Page 2) Bushy Run Battlefield - Clinton School

Page 3) Collectiques - Dead Man's Hollow

Page 4) Demon House - Foxwood Road

Page 5) Frankfort Springs - Homewood Cemetery

Page 6) ICM School - Mad Anthony's Bierstube

Page 7) Madonna Cemetery - New Castle Playhouse

Page 8) Northgate Drive - Pitt at Greensburg

Page 9) Pittsburgh Playhouse - Rolling Hills CC

Page 10) Ruebens Grave - Spotlight Lounge

Page 11) Sticktown - Uptown Leprechaun

Page 12) Valley Hotel - Zombie Land

Home) Pennsylvania H&H

         THE BOOKS:     

  • County Chronicles (Ceane O'Hanlon - Lincoln)
  • Dead Man's Hollow (Karen Frank)
  • Ghostly Encounters and Mysteries of the Mon River Valley (Sherri Higgins)
  • Ghosts and Legends of Fort Ligonier (Dr. Walter Powell)
  • Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Thomas White)
  • Ghost Stories of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County (Beth Trapani, Charles Adams III)
  • Hauntings of Pittsburgh & the Laurel Highlands (Don Wagner, Marci Lynn McGuinness)
  • Legends and Lore of Western Pa. (Tom White)
  • Pittsburgh Ghosts: Steel City Supernatural (Heather Frazier)
  • Rebekah: Spirit of Warden Mansion (DAR)
  • Screams of the Courthouse (Wolford Swimmer, Beverly Patterson)
  • Supernatural Pittsburgh and Its Suburbs (James Titus)
  • The Unexplained: Stories, Folklore, and Legends of Fayette County (Victoria Dutko Lionelli)
  • Weird West Newton (Mary Ann Mogus, Ed & Brendan Keleman)


ACHESON HOUSE (Monongahela, Washington County) This is the Main Street home of Edward Gordon Acheson (1856-1931), inventor and entrepreneur who worked with Edison and Westinghouse. There's allegedly three spirits there. One that's been identified is a little girl who haunts the hallway dressed in a Victorian era outfit. She must be lonely.  She once beckoned to another little girl, this one a live visitor, to come play with her. There are also reports of orbs in the hallway, so the other unidentified ghosties apparently hang out in the same area with her. (The Valley Independent “Ghost Walk To Reappear,” Thursday, September 22, 2005)

ALLEGHENY CENTER, BUILDING #7 (North Shore, Pittsburgh) Cold spots, knocking/rapping, poltergeist like activity and ghostly sightings have been reported in this Art Institute of Pittsburgh student housing building. The phenomena range throughout the structure and the place has a very high resident turnover rate. The students call the dorm “Agony #7”. Skeptics say the occurrences are because of teen hijinks & the power of suggestion, but many swear the events are real. The 700 students are relocating into new housing at Try Street in town. We'll see if the ghosts carry on without them. Hey, maybe they'll make the move across town with their beloved students. The Shadowlands

ALLEGHENY COUNTY JAIL (Downtown Pittsburgh) The jail was designed by HH Richardson, built by the Norcross Brothers between 1884 and 1886 and connected to the Courthouse across the street by the "Bridge of Sighs." Additions were made 1903–1905 by Frederick J. Osterling. There have been some pretty bad hombres housed behind its bars, and a couple have yet to serve their sentence. The film "Mrs. Soffel" was based on the 1902 love affair of the warden's wife and the murderous Biddle boys. She helped them to escapee, but they were mowed down in a shootout two days later. Today, it’s said she still roams the old jail, shuffling papers and touching unsuspecting guards. Another legend was that after a hanging - and there were 58 of them on the grounds - there was a ghost sighting. Murderer William Culp's spirit was said to haunt the prisoners on death row by re-enacting his crime every night from midnight to 1AM. The prisoners were so shaken that death row was moved to a different jailhouse location to spare them the cruel and unusual punishment. A new jail opened in 1995, and the old jail is home to the Allegheny County Family Division Courtrooms. KDKA News

ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL (North Side, Pittsburgh) The South wing, the oldest part of the hospital (it dates back to 1936), has reports of voices and strange noises within its' walls. The Shadowlands

ALLEGHENY-KISKI VALLEY HERITAGE MUSEUM (Tarentum, Allegheny County)  The A-K Valley Heritage Museum is a limestone Art Deco structure, built in 1931 as American Legion Post 85 and filled with doo-dads donated by Alcoa and PPG. Today it houses a resource library and collections of local artifacts and interest.  Oh, and Jack, the shadow of a former museum volunteer.  He's been spotted many times in the museum basement, where displays from the town's old shops are kept. Jack is particularly fond of the farm-tool area.  He's reported as a misty figure.  (Pittsburgh tribune Review - Valley News Dispatch "Bewitching Walk" October 25, 2010)

ALLEN'S FARM (Smock, Fayette County) Every Halloween, the farm hosts a haunted hayride. But unlike most seasonal attractions, Allen's Farm is allegedly haunted year-round. Radio station KDKA aired an overnight Halloween broadcast from there and many haunted hayride participants swear they've seen a ghost. The hilltop barn is the farm's spook central. It's centuries old, and there have been a wagonload of spirit sightings there. The Allen family and their workers say a glowing white figure has been seen there. Strange lights and glowing red eyes have been reported, too.  Psychics who have visited the place say the barn is built on an Indian graveyard and someone hung themselves nearby.  All in all, the place was crawling with psychic energy. Self promotion or bona fide haunt? We've never been there and can't say. If you're in the area, take a ride and see. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review Mon Valley Sunday “Hayride Stirs Eerie Feelings,” October 20, 2002)

ALLIANCE FURNACE (Perry Twp., Fayette County) This collapsed pile of rubble is the oldest existing remnant of a stone furnace in Western Pennsylvania.  It was first fired up by William Turnbull in 1792 and finally banked in 1802. The story goes that an old settler who had gambled away all his money was so broke that he couldn't feed his dogs. So he led them to the furnace and tossed the poor pooches in it. (No, we don't believe any of Michael Vick's forefathers lived in the area.) On a clear night you're supposed to be able to hear the hounds growling & yelping from the furnace. If for some odd reason you'd like to visit, it's on Jacob's Creek and you can get there by following the signs on a hunter's path going through the state gamelands. The Shadowlands

JOHN T. ANDERSON CEMETERY (Independence Twp., Beaver County) Service Creek Church, along the banks of the Ambridge reservoir, was built in the 1700's. You approach the church and graveyard through a lane lined with pines. (The cemetery was named for Dr. John Anderson, the pastor from 1788-1810) Don't let the calm fool you. There's plenty going on in the cemetery. There are strange voices in the air and sudden thunderstorms come up at the drop of a hat, which end once you reach the end of the road (a psychic warning if we ever saw one). There's also a sense of being watched. One Civil War era ghost appears at his grave still lying in his coffin. The spirits there are supposed to want to communicate with the living. A few notes of warning – this is a popular lover's lane, so sorting out psychic manifestations from teenage shenanigans isn't easy. Don't get off the road to investigate things. Because of its' reputation with the teens, the police in the area are pretty vigilant and strict. And finally, remember that the church and cemetery are still active.  Act accordingly & behave. The Shadowlands

APONASEWICZ HOUSE (California, Fayette County) This small wooden house was once the home to John & Laura DuBois and her father Edward. In the two years that they lived there they reported unexplained footsteps, human voices, a feeling of presence, apparitions, and floating orbs in the basement. The phenomena were attributed to a couple that had been long time residents of the house. Their orbs were caught on film and there was a ten degree temperature difference where they were seen. It's not known if the spirits were attached to DuBois or the house. The ghosts were an elderly couple who lived in the house and were close to Laura DuBois in life. The Parapsychology Journal 

APPLEBUTTER INN (Slippery Rock, Butler County) Currently a B&B, the Inn was originally built in 1844 as a six room farmhouse on land grant property.  The bricks used to put up the house were even fired in kilns on the premises.  The building was the home for the families of Michael Christley, and later, Plenty Weston Steele.  It's alleged that their presence can still be felt at the Inn.  One group had a seance there, but couldn't get the shy spooks to cooperate.  But if you ever stop in and an old dude in 18th century clothes wants to give you the tour, take him up on the offer.  The odds are pretty good that he'll know the history of the place like the back of his hand.  (Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Applebutter Inn Provides Respite Near Slippery Rock U," March 16, 2008)  The Applebutter Inn

AVONMORE BRIDGE & CEMETERY (Westmoreland County) The spirit of an old man has been seen under the bridge leading into Avonmore, a small community of about 350 souls. The woods by the ball fields are alleged to be haunted because of an old abandoned graveyard. The graveyard was located at the site of a church that was never built, because of a dispute among the congregation's members (it ended up being built a few miles away in Bell Township). The spirits of the cemetery apparently were displeased with their decision and white blurs have been seen there. The West View Cemetery is nearby, but we can't find much about it, so we're unsure if that's the one cited. But one urban legend was disproved thanks to the boys and girls of the town. They reported seeing ghosts in the deserted elementary school. Kids being kids, they decided to confront the spirits and kicked in the door of the old building. To their relief (or maybe disappointment, who knows?), they found that among the things being stored in there were Halloween decorations that, from the right angle, could seen through the window. Avonmore - Wikipedia

ARCHITECTS LEAP (Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland) The stairwell in Wean Hall spirals from the third floor to the eighth, leaving a gaping empty shaft down the hall's center. Up until 2000 the Architect's lab was right beside it.  Legend has it that several overworked or lovelorn archies have taken the leap from those steps to put an end to their misery.  However, as far as is known, the only things to meet their fate by splattering on the landing below have been some old PC monitors and the odd melon.  It's also a popular spot to toss coins.  But then again, if you ever climb those steps, keep your head up.  You'll find doggerel dedicated to the leapers written line by line on the bottom of the landings.  Maybe then you'll won't be so sure... Architect's Leap  

BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL (Allegheny County) At night, particularly at 5 and 8 PM, shadowy forms show up in the stairwells, bathrooms, the auditorium stage and other areas of the high school, sometimes following students. Gusts of wind have been felt with no obvious source, like an open door or window. There are reportedly photographs of eerie figures. The ghostly rumors of the haunted high school have been in circulation for at least the last 20 years. I graduated from there in 1967, well before the spooks started class.  Geez, they may be some of my old classmates. Reunion time!   Baldwin High

BASEMENT BABY (Old Economy, Beaver County) A young girl named Melinda became pregnant, a real no-no for an Old Harmony follower who was supposed to remain celibate until marriage. Melinda miscarried the child, and buried it in a basement wall with a pair of gloves. (What that is supposed to symbolize is beyond us.) The child is alleged to haunt the basement and her tormented mother spooks the building. An attempt to find the child's remains was undertaken once. When digging at the wall, a sudden wind blew through the basement, blowing out the screen windows and blocking the door. The would-be exorcists decided to let things be after that show of supernatural displeasure. Haunts 

BAYNE LIBRARY (Bellevue, Allegheny County) The Bayne library is in a three story Victorian house built in 1875. The building was bequeathed to the borough by Amanda Bayne Balph with the proviso that no trees be removed from the property. But during the nineties, all the trees began to die from Dutch Elm disease.  In 1998, the blight and windstorm damage claimed the last elm, the “Lone Sentinel”, a 300 year old tree on the estate, and it was cut down. Paranormal activity jumped after that, perhaps signifying Bayne's unhappiness at the tree's loss. Phenomena include lights and fans going on and off, doors locking and unlocking, books disappearing from the shelves and later reappearing, computer screens flashing random numbers, shadows moving through the building, and a woman dressed in a Victorian era outfit with a large hat roaming the library - Amanda Bayne. (“World's Most Haunted Places,” Jeff Belanger; Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Ghostly Happenings Haunt Library,” October 20, 2005)

BENTLEYVILLE CEMETERY (Bentleyville,Washington County) Sounds of organ music can be heard coming from this graveyard. There are a handful of cemeteries in Bentleyville. We can't be certain, but the Bentley Cemetery seems like the closest fit.  The cemetery is overgrown with weeds and the foundation for the wrought iron fence is sunken and leaning. There are 6 iron fence posts that are rusting, and the fence is gone. It sets on a bank, 30 feet from the road and is located on James Street Extension. The Shadowlands

BENTWORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Bentleyville, Washington County) Janitors have seen a man walking the second floor. They and students have also seen a man on the roof of the school. The apparition is believed to be a roofer who fell to his death while the school was being built in the 1980's. The Shadowlands

BEULAH CHURCH CEMETERY (Kiski Twp., Armstrong County)  The old cemetery sits deserted, off Beullah Church Road, in a small field surrounded by woods.  The church itself disappeared long ago, lost in a fire and remembered only by a marker stone where it once stood.  The graveyard is home to many Civil War vets and children who perished from TB in the 19th century.  And they're still there.  It's said that if you visit on a moonlit night, white shadows can be spotted floating through the grounds.  The lone pine tree in the center of the cemetery is supposed to be surrounded by cold and eerie sounds. Phil, who grew up in nearby Brownstown, told us that "The paranormal activities didn't really start til after the church burnt down. After that, things got weird. I can remember that night all too well; the screams, the bright blue light, the sheer creepy feeling as if something was really mad. I'm 32 now and I still wont go near that place at night." Strange USA

B-52 BOMBER (Homestead, Allegheny County) The disappearance of the ghost Mitchell bomber still has the Tri-State wagging its' tongue. On January 31, 1956, the bomber went down in the bend of the Monongahela River between Glenwood and Homestead and it hasn't been found to this day. The Army spent two weeks trying to salvage it with no luck. Theories regarding the flight are a dime a dozen – it had nukes on board, nerve gas, Mafia money, Howard Hughes, a mysterious seventh passenger, although only six were supposed to be on the plane, even that it somehow splashed down in Pittsburgh's fourth river, an ancient glacial aquifer beneath the Three Rivers. The unofficial but generally accepted theory among conspiracy touts is that the Army closed down the river and pulled the plane up that night, sworn to by several folk.  But on the hectic Mon (Pittsburgh is one of the busiest inland ports in America to this day, and was even more so in the 1950s when the mills were still humming), a secret operation of that magnitude would be virtually impossible to pull off. Add to the mix that the river was running high and swift, and the odds of getting a diver near the wreck was about zero. What happened to the bomber? The B-52 Recovery Group has sunk a huge amount of time and effort into finding the plane, and believe its' remains are sunk in a gravel bed. No metal would remain except for pieces buried deep in the sediment. The Mon was a toxic brew of chemicals back in the day and you couldn't leave a motorboat engine in it over the winter.  The propeller would dissolve in the water. They also think the plane just ran out of gas and that's why it met its' watery fate. But until someone finds what's left of that plane, the stories of it being pulled up and melted down in the nearby mills after its' secret cargo or passenger was recovered will continue to flourish. And that's the way a good legend grows. B52 - About Pittsburgh

BIDDLE'S GHOST (Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County) Craig and his brother moved into a house in Lower Burrell in 1991. Lights would go on and off and the cellar door would lock itself, especially when he was working on the house. One day he saw a man in his mid-50's, who was short, chubby, balding, wearing glasses and dressed in a white shirt and black pants in the basement doorway. Before he could ask who he was, he noticed he could see through the figure, who proceeded to dissolve in a fog. Talking later to his neighbor, Craig discovered the man he saw perfectly fit the description of Mr. Biddle, a previous owner who had died of a heart attack in the house. Biddle loved his house. He never wanted to change a thing in it, and that's why he pulled his poltergeist pranks during its' remodeling. We got this from a Global Psychics forum, reported by Craig's brother. Global Psychics Post

BIG FOOT (Westmoreland County & throughout the region) Yes, we have our very own Pennsylvanian cousin of Big Foot. We even have our very own Pennsylvania Big Foot Society to record its' every move.  Our Sasquatch is supposed to be between 8 and 9 feet tall, covered in dark hair, and walks upright with the unmistakable aroma of rotten eggs surrounding it. Hundreds of people have spotted it and footprints have been found of it that measure up to 18” long. Tapes of its' call have been recorded. Many believe that the local network of caves and abandoned mines in the woodland provides a perfect home and hideout for the creature. The Westmoreland County folk aren't alone in seeing it, although they seem to be in the majority. Recent Bigfoot sightings in western Pennsylvania have occurred in Allison Park, in Bell Township, Derry Township, and Elk County. OK, so 2 out of the 4 are from Westmoreland County. Even Big Foot needs a place to call home, right? In the latest sighting, a man returning from a friend’s house heard someone speaking “in a high-pitched voice but sounding like complete jibberish” as he left his car. The man’s father said that the night before the sighting that he had heard what sounded like a shrill scream.  You may remember in the 1970s when there was a rash of "Ape Men" sightings around the state.  These critters were 5-6' tall, monkey-like, and had (Thank God!) no odor. Big Foot - Cryptomundo  (Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Group Plans Expedition In Search For Bigfoot,” April 11, 2004)

MARY BLACK (Shenango Twp., Lawrence County) The Tindall family cemetery in Turkey Hill is most famously known as the resting place of Mary Black, an alleged witch from around 1796.  Her grave is separate from the others and is the only one dug up (some think it's been relocated because of the vandalism.)  She's an Bloody Mary wraith - say "Mary Black" three times, go to sleep, and during the night she'll rise and, depending on which variation of the tale you hear, claw your face viciously with her long, dead-woman's nails, or slice right through your neck.  Either way, we suspect staying mum is the best way to avoid Bloody Mary's curse.  The Beyond

BLACK CROSS (West Winfield, Butler County) The 1918 Spanish flu epidemic swept through the local immigrant community and claimed many lives in Butler & Kittanning. The victims were buried in a mass grave marked by a black cross (now gone and replaced by a memorial marker) erected by the parish priest . Strong winds, mist, cold spots, the sounds of babies crying, muffled voices rising from the grave, and howling are reported coming from the burial mound. It's on Sasse Road, marked by a historical plaque. CPSI

BLAHA FLOWER SHOP (Etna, Allegheny County) Shop owner David Kornely relocated his flower and gift shop to Bridge Street in Etna in 1991. He had heard the building was haunted but had no second thoughts about the making the move. He even kept the shop's former name, Michael Blaha Flowers. Then he got to meet Peter. The tale goes that the the building was a bordello in the roaring 20's and that Peter was the illegitimate son of one of the working ladies. He was playing with fireworks in the attic when a fire started, losing his life at the tender age of 8. He's still playing in the building. When the landlord was remodeling the shop, lights flickered and tools were unplugged. Once the shop was up and running, stuffed animals disappeared only to show up months later. He enjoys fiddling with electronics, deprogramming the cash register and scrambling the answering machine. The shop is often found in complete disarray when it's opened and one girl that worked there claimed her hair was pulled by Peter. Psychics say Peter likes the owner, thank God, and is just being playful. He disappeared for a couple of years, when a furnace was removed - spirits attach themselves to metal objects, according to the psychics – but he returned. Peter's current status is uncertain.  The shop's been closed and boarded up for years. There's a chapter on Peter and Blaha's shop in Ghost Stories of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County by Beth Trapani & Charles Adams III.  (Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Steel City Haunts Require Nerves of Steel,” October 31, 1998)

BLAZIER HOUSE (Baden, Beaver County) Built in the 1870's, the house was sold to riverboat Captain Calvin Blazier, “The Patriarch of the Mississippi,” in 1890 and he spent half a century in the home. For the past 20 odd years it's been the offices of a financial planning firm. The office manager there says many odd things have occurred there over that time and relates this tale: She had to work late one night, and had her children with her. They were tearing around the house, and in exasperation, she snapped “Would you please knock it off!” The problem was the child she was speaking to wasn't hers.  It was a turn of the century youngster dressed in a stiff white collar and knickers. He was at least well trained enough to register shock at being chastised. There have been other reports of poltergeist type activity in the home. Some scoff at the idea of the old house being haunted but others remained firmly convinced. (The News, Baden's Sesquicentennial News supplement “Is the Blazier House Haunted?,” December 15, 1988) Barnestormin'

BLEEDING TUNNEL (West Mifflin, Alleghney County)  If you're driving down Curry Hollow Road by the County Airport one rainy evening and enter a tunnel (which dates back to 1920 and was built by Union RR) where the water splashing on your windshield is blood red instead of clear, you've just found the infamous bleeding tunnel of West Mifflin.  The urban legend is that a man was knifed to death in the tunnel one rainy evening, and every time the weather turns damp, his blood seeps through the roadway.  Some say that a rusted pipe in the tunnel leaks the red water or the clay atop the tunnel roof and that's what covers the cobblestones.  But we like the legend better.  (The Daily News "Local Urban Legends,"  October 6, 2000)

BLUE MYST ROAD (North Park, Pine Twp.) This is one of Pittsburgh's better known spook spots. There's a blue mist that covers North Park's Irwin Road every night. Stories about the road abound.  It was a rally site for the KKK, complete with a “hanging tree” for unfortunate African Americans. There's an old cemetery nearby and the headstones of two lovers touch in a cold kiss during the full moon. (Another version of the story says the dead paramours try to meet, but if they ever succeed, the world will end!)  The foundation of an old building was once home to a witch. Another house is called “The Midget Farm” and allegedly the little folk will angrily chase away the curious.  According to one tale, a man caught his wife cheating and killed her and his kids. He dumped them in a septic tank where his house was in the mid-1900s. Their spooks frequent the road.  A spectral dog and a half deer, half human, mutant both haunt Blue Myst Road. One story says a bold teen honked the horn of his car to alert the critters he was coming and later he was found dead, dripping blood, dangling from the “hanging tree.”  In truth, Irwin Road is an unlit, unpaved lane dotted with some homes. It has “road closed - no access” signs posted at both ends of the five mile street.  There is no history of the KKK ever meeting there, much less lynching anyone, and the ancient lover's headstones are in reality just inches apart and leaning towards each other. It's just a matter of time until they do meet (We hope the world ending tale is just an urban legend!)  People being chased and harassed there is easily explained by the actions of annoyed Irwin Road residents, who have been known to sic their dogs on and toss stones at their bothersome teen visitors. If you visit, try to stay on the local's good side. Still, it's a great spot to let the imagination roam on a black moonless night and the perfect layout for urban legends to take root and flourish.  The place is weird enough to get a write up in Weird Pennsylvania by Matt Lake. Interestingly, the Pittsburgh Ghost Hunters found all the usual stories and rumors to be false, but spotted an orb the size of a softball floating around, changing speeds and radiating a glow for at least a minute, a long time for that sort of phenomena. So maybe there is something out there...  (North Journal “Local Group Investigates Blue Mist Phenomenon,” August 29, 2007) Greater Pgh.Paranormal Society

BLYTHE HOUSE (Monongahela, Washington County) John Blythe was a 19th century architect who designed many of the grand structures on Monongahela's West Main Street, including his own home. And he's said to still be residing there, as his spirit has been reportedly sighted floating through the rooms. His house is part of the local historical society's annual Candlelight Ghost Walk. (Valley Independent "Monongahela's Spooky History Comes Alive...," October 4, 2012)

BOOKWOOD HOUSE (Ingram, Allegheny County) Lori Bookwood and her two daughters moved into their new home in 2005, an old frame house built in 1882.  One night she heard laughter coming from her daughters room.  She went up to check on them and found them asleep.  But in the morning one of her daughters asked her if she had heard the little girl last night.  Another evening her boyfriend felt a tug on his toe, followed by the giggling of girls. They saw a male figure bump into the bed.  There was noisy poltergeist activity - raps on windows, knocking, cupboard doors opening and closing, footsteps, and whispering.  They were having nightmares and were afraid to stay in the house alone.  Bookwood called in some psychics who took orb photos and were treated to a disembodied scream.  They confirmed the fact that the home was haunted.  They said one male spirit in particular was disruptive.  Maybe he didn't like the remodeling going on, or that another man was in the house.  Maybe he was just attracted by the presence of the children, as spirits often are.  After the visit, the phenomena stopped.  But it's started up again, and though no one has ever been harmed by the ghosts, they're at the end of their rope.  They're trying one more psychic visit.  If that doesn't work, then it's off to fetch a priest. (A local paper ran a contest to see which of its' readers had the spookiest story to share and this was the winner - Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Spooky Sounds Reverberate In An Old House In Ingram," October 27, 2007)

BRACKENRIDGE HEIGHTS COUNTRY CLUB (Natrona Heights, Allegheny County) The club was established in 1914. Footsteps are heard in the attic when no one's there. Doors open & close, lights come on by themselves, plates smash, and mysterious sounds are heard, like that of a man clearing his throat. The wraith is alleged to be old club manager Leo, who lived in an upstairs attic as the hauntings began when his old room was dismantled during renovations. Another frequently seen spirit is that of a little boy, always with a scarf, who is the shadow of a child who broke through the ice skating and drowned. He's been seen all over the course, but especially often at the fourth hole. Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Ghost Hunt Set at Golf Course" October 20, 2013 RA ContiThe Shadowlands

BRADDOCKS LOST PAYROLL (Circleville, Westmoreland County)  It's said that before General Braddock got thumped by the French, he hid $25,000 worth of gold either in a river or stuffed into the barrel of a buried cannon. Either way, his foes made sure he never got back to reclaim it.  So if you're in the area and have a hankering to live large, break out the metal detector - the gold is supposed to waiting for someone to dig it back up. Some spoilsports think the French grabbed it as war booty. Others think it may be buried under North Huntington development. All we know is that it's not doing Braddock any good, so...  (Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Experts Dismiss Idea That British Army Payroll was Buried In Circleville" May 11, 2007)

BRADDOCK'S RUN BRIDGE  (Farmington, Fayette County) The bridge was built on Braddock's Trail during his ill fated expedition against Fort Duquesne in 1755. The memory of the perils of that campaign remain strong. It's said that one of Braddock's Grenadiers still accompanies anyone crossing the bridge and stays with them until they reach the other side safely. The Shadowlands 

BRIGHT CEMETERY (Oakmont, Allegheny County) Michael Bright was the first settler in what was to become Oakdale and this cemetery is the final resting place for his family, along with many Civil War veterans and victims. One of the soldiers that gave his life for the Union cause was his grandson Adam. He was captured during the conflict and died in  Andersonville. He's buried in Americus, Georgia, site of Andersonville National Park. The family put a marker in his memory by his father Peter's plot. But Adam wasn't satisfied with a memorial stone. Locals say his ghost returns often to visit with the rest of the Brights. Adam's been spotted in uniform wandering the graveyard in the fog. His body may be far away but his spirit is home with his family. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Mysteries Inspire Spooky Tour,” October 5, 2006)

BRITTAIN HOUSE (South Beaver Twp., Beaver County) Residents and caretakers report doors opening and closing, lights turning on and off, strange sounds coming from an old elevator shaft, a closet door that refuses to stay closed, and the sound of marbles being played in the empty children's room. In November, 1957, the Beaver County Girl Scout Council purchased the Brittain Homestead, a 260 acre farm in South Beaver Township. Due to financial difficulties, the council sold the camp in January, 1960. The property later became the Rolling Acres Golf Course. The clubhouse burned down in 1992, and a new one opened in 1997, and we can't vouch that the house and its' spooky sounds even exists anymore. Haunts

BROUGHTON SCHOOL (South Park, Allegheny County) The now-closed school was built in 1929 over a plot of land where people had met their fate during the Whiskey Rebellion and a miners' strike. A caretaker says the deserted building's phenomena include footsteps and doors opening and closing, even though no one but he is around. Steel Town Paranormal investigated the place, including Room 212, where much of the activity is said to be centered, with mixed results. (WTAE-TV "South Park School Has Haunted History" July 22, 2011)

BRUSH CREEK INN (Warrendale, Allegheny County) The Inn has been in operation since 1886, first opened as a hotel by John Ulrich. Windows are alleged to open and close own their own, bottles hurl themselves off the bar, and beds will flip over when the rooms are empty. Spirits are said to have the run of the Inn, including those of a young boy, a teenage girl, and two men who reportedly died in the building as residents.  If you're looking for a spook with your beer, this is the place. The Shadowlands


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