The inexplicable and creepy injects intrigue into the tedium of every day life. Whether or not you believe in the existence of ghosts, you can’t deny that stories about haunted places tickle your sense of wonder. Pennsylvania is known as one of the most haunted places in the entire country, a well earned reputation that we bear proudly. We are home to Gettysburg Battlefield and many other ghostly areas. Here are ten of the most haunted places in our state.
1. Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg
More than 150 bullets hit the McClellan house the day that Jennie Wade travelled there to help her sister with her newborn child. It was the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. A bullet, rumored to be from a Confederate sharpshooter, broke through the kitchen door and shot Jennie dead while she was kneading dough. The house where she was killed is rumored to be haunted by her ghost.
2. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was the first prison built in the modern style, with individual cells and rooms for solitary confinement. When it was completed it was the largest prison ever built and during its years of operation many famous criminals were held here, including Al Capone. Many spirits of past inmates are said to wander the halls of the now abandoned prison.
3. Hansell Road, Buckingham
Mysterious glowing orbs have been said to appear in the forest on Hansell Road. The bizarre phenomenon has no known logical explanation. Some observers have said the orbs are like eyes, while others have compared them to floating lanterns.
4. Pennhurst State School and Asylum, Spring City
Pennhurst was shut down after numerous reports of serious mistreatment of patients arose, both in legal proceedings and in the media. The overcrowded hospital was shut off from the outside world leading to an environment ripe with abuse. The ghosts of patients and doctors alike are said to haunt the now abandoned building's halls.
5. King George Inn, Bristol
Many cartoonish phenomena are reported at the King George Inn, the oldest continuously operating inn in the country. The ghost of a man in a tophat and coattails is occasionally seen by guests, paintings fly from the walls, and doors will open and close for seemingly reason.
6. Dixmont State Hospital, Pittsburgh
Dismount State Hospital was open for more than 100 years from 1862 to 1984. Numerous hauntings are reported at the historical hospital, including that of a man who used to guard the morgue.
7. Gettysburg Battlefield
Everyone knows that Gettysburg is one of the most haunted places in the country. The most commonly visited haunted locations there are Devil's Den, The Slaughter Pen, The Grove, and Hoffman Mansion.
8. Old Main Dormitory, Kutztown University
Students at Kutztown are often disturbed by the ghostly happenings inside the Old Main Dormitory. The ghost of a girl who committed suicide once she discovered that she was pregnant is said to shake beds, cause objects to slide from tables, and lower the temperature in rooms to freezing.
9. Rehmeyer's Hollow, York County
In 1928, Nelson Reymeyer was murdered by a group of men who believed that he had laid a curse upon them. They broke into his home, killed him, and then mutilated him. Also known as Hex Hollow, the road where he lived is known to be haunted by his spirit.
10. The Hotel Edison, Sunbury
Built in 1871, the Hotel Edison was the first building to utilize Thomas Edison's three-wire system. Still operational today, the building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl named Ramona. From time to time, she appears in an old photograph that hangs in the hotel's lobby.
I definitely wouldn’t want to go to any of these places without a friend beside me. Do you have any creepy ghost stories to share?