Feel the shivers slither down your spine as you visit these 11 best places to spot a ghost in Pennsylvania. Some of the ghostly spirits are friendly, even entertaining, while others simply roam their old stomping grounds. Still, you may feel a few goosebumps on your journey.
1. Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia
Step into Eastern State Penitentiary and, if you believe what some say, you're entering the eternal haunting place for countless ghosts, the spirits of the more than 1,200 prisoners who died within the prison's walls. Often referred to as the most haunted place in the U.S., Eastern State Penitentiary's prisoners lived in solitary confinement and allegedly suffered at the hands of the guards. Some have spoken of seeing the anguished prisoners and hearing their cries from empty cells while others talk of an apparition that keeps watch over the cells.
2. Jennie Wade House – Gettysburg
Enter the Jennie Wade House where the spirit of the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg is said to lurk. On the final day of the battle, the 20-year-old stood in her kitchen baking bread when a stray bullet hit her. Local lure says that the young girl's spirit remains in the home, although her presence is said to be comforting rather than frightening.
3. Dormont Library – Pittsburgh
Visit the Dormont Library in Pittsburgh where the gregarious spirit of its former librarian, Mary, has been said to roam. Apparently not ready to move on without her beloved husband after her passing, Mary remained in the library, sometimes sending books flying off the shelves and giving the Rolodex a spin. Her spirit was said to have been so strong that her husband often visited the library to be closer to his beloved. After he passed away, Mary's antics subsided but, who knows, you may still catch a glimpse of her today.
4. Jean Bonnet Tavern – Bedford
Treat yourself to a delicious meal at Jean Bonnet Tavern and maybe even a serving of ghostly spirits. Paranormal happenings are just as popular as the food and drink at the restaurant with visitors telling of seeing doors open and shut when no one else is around. A ghostly figure is also said to sit alone at the bar.
5. The Fulton Theater – Lancaster
Experience the paranormal at the Fulton Theatre where the spirits of countless souls remain. The site on which the Fulton Theatre currently sits has a harrowing history. Once a prison, several Native Americans were housed there after surviving the Paxton Boys Massacre. However, the prison walls offered little protection and they were eventually murdered by angry outsiders. Visit the Fulton Theatre today and you may just hear their pained screens. Several spirits are also said to roam the theater, appearing as apparitions.
6. Devil's Den – Gettysburg
Meet a helpful gentleman when you visit Devil's Den, a rocky den on the Gettysburg Battlefield. But, be forewarned, once this barefoot man sporting a hat has shown you “what you're looking for is right over there,” he'll simply disappear. Visitors have also discovered it's sometimes downright frustrating to take photos with camera batteries suddenly dying and apparitions appearing in those photos that do take. History tells of a photographer who, after the Battle of Gettysburg, had others move soldiers' bodies so he could take photos. Those men whose bodies were moved, it is said, still roam Devil's Den to this day.
7. Mishler Theatre – Altoona
Come face-to-face with Mr. Mishler, the one-time owner of the Mishler Theatre, if you're lucky. But, just be aware that it's his spirit you'll meet. Visitors have seen his apparition walk straight into a wall that once led into his office and have seen smoke billowing from Mr. Mishler's cigar above an empty theater seat.
8. Carbon County Jail – Jim Thorpe
Death loomed heavy at the Carbon County Jail, now the Old Jail Museum, back in the 1800s. The jail housed 20 Irishmen, all members of the Molly Maguires, prior to their executions for murder. All proclaimed their innocence to no avail. Now, you may not see an apparition at the Old Jail Museum but you may see something just as amazing. Prior to his execution, one of the Irishmen put his dirt-covered hand onto his cell wall. That hand print, despite the best efforts of jail staff to get rid of it, remains on the wall to this day.
9. Gettysburg Hotel – Gettysburg
Reserve a room at the Gettysburg Hotel – if you dare. Said to be one of the most haunted hotels in Gettysburg, the hotel is home to one of the most recognized ghosts in the town. A former Civil War nurse, Rachel's ghost has been seen wandering the hotel and throughout Gettysburg, searching for injured soldiers to help. Other visitors claim to have seen the ghost of a woman dancing in the ballroom.
10. The Logan Inn – New Hope
Dare to have a ghost for a roommate? Book room six, Emily's Room, at the Logan Inn where you'll never really find yourself alone. You may see children in the mirror or a man standing behind you as you brush your hair and look in the mirror. When you turn to confront him, he will disappear. You may feel a tightening of your chest at night as you sleep and, when you awake, see the apparition (so local lure goes) of Emily, the previous inn owner's mom. Many can't make it through the night in room six, but don't worry if you can't. Countless other apparitions are said to roam the Logan Inn.
11. Mansfield University's North Hall
Meet Sarah, a former student at Mansfield University who met her untimely death there and continues to roam North Hall to this day. How she died depends on to whom you talk. Some say she jumped to her death in North Hall's atrium while others claim she was pushed. Only one thing everyone can agree on: Sarah's apparition has been seen by countless students.
Who needs those Halloween haunted houses when Pennsylvania is home to so many spirits that make themselves known? These 11 best places to spot a ghost in Pennsylvania are only the beginning. If you really want to embrace the paranormal, hit the road on
this haunted road trip through Pennsylvania.