Who doesn’t love a good scare now and then? Pennsylvania has a reputation for being one of the most haunted states— exactly why is a bit of a mystery. Maybe because “Pennsylvania” sounds like “Transylvania.” Maybe it’s the scrapple. Or perhaps our scary reputation is due to the plethora of haunted places throughout the state.
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to plan a road trip that will show off some of Pennsylvania’s most haunted, terrifying locations. The locations here are mostly located in Eastern Pennsylvania— but don’t worry if you reside on the other side of the state— we’ll release a Western Pennsylvania road trip soon.
Here’s the Google Maps link in case you want to get more exact directions, or shift things around a bit.
The Historic Hotel Bethlehem
There are four ghosts, or "friendly ghosts," that are known to visit guests at the 18th century Hotel Bethlehem; the hotel's website even has a
page to introduce them
. Will you see Francis "Daddy" Thomas, who haunts the boiler room -- the performer Lady Francis Hope, who can still sometimes be heard singing in the lobby -- or one of the others?
Hansell Road in Buckinham
Hansell Road is a famous spot for drivers who want to test their luck with the ghostly. If you drive down the road fter dark, you'll spot strange lights in the forest-- glowing orbs that have been described as white, red, and green...
The King George II Inn in Bristol
Not only is this inn supposedly haunted, but it's also an historical location-- it is the longest continuously running inn in the entire country! A ton of ghostly activity occurs here, from the typical "doors opening and slamming on their own" bit, to a tuxedo-ed man appearing and disappearing in the hallway, to silverware moving around on its own, and more.
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Even if you were unaware of Eastern State Penitentiary's legacy, just passing by the ominous-looking building would send chills down your spine. The historic prison served as an architectural precedent -- and held such notorious inmates as Al Capone.
Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia
Some of the ghosts who reside at Fort Mifflin include "The Screaming Woman," who is heard but never seen, "The Faceless Man," "The Tour Guide," who has been known to give tours to unsuspecting guests, and a Revolutionary-era ship that is sometimes spotted on the water. This island fort in Philadelphia was captured during the British during the Revolutionary War.
The Seven Gates of Hell in York
Legend states that anyone who passes through all seven dates on this bizarre, abandoned property in York will go straight to Hell. But why are there seven gates arranged together, anyway? The story goes that an asylum once stood here, and when it burned down, the patients escaped-- the gates were erected to capture them. Might as well give this spooky challenge a shot.
The Gettysburg Battlefield is known as one of the most haunted locations in the entire country, let alone just Pennsylvania -- so any ghost tour of the state would be incomplete without a stop here. In fact, if you wanted, you could spend weeks touring the various ghostly locations throughout Gettysburg. The three-day long battle in 1863 left 50,000 casualties and plenty of ghost stories in its wake.
Mishler Theatre in Altoona
The ghost of the man who opened the theater, Mr. Isaac Mishler, is sometimes spotted prowling on the catwalk of the theater during productions, smoking a cigar and smirking. This is a good place to see quality theater and spot a ghost at the same time.