Pennsylvania boasts a whole host of amazing things: Natural wonders. World records. Historical events. Award-winning restaurants, museums, artists, and the list goes on. With its vibrant history, Pennsylvania also has its own share of ghost stories. Some restaurants throughout the state are said to be visited by spirits, often friendly, that garner a lot of attention from the media and diners. These nine haunted restaurants in Pennsylvania serve up a deliciously haunting experience.
1. Farnsworth House-Inn Restaurant, Gettysburg
Farnsworth House-Inn Restaurant draws visitors both for its delicious food from the Civil War era and for its, well, haunting history. The restaurant and bed & breakfast, named one of the country's most haunted by the Travel Channel, offers ghost tours that delve into the haunted history of the inn and restaurant. The spirits of Civil War soldiers, a midwife nurse, and a young boy named Jeremy are said to remain on the property to this day.
2. The Harmony Inn, Harmony
Dating back to 1856, the Harmony Inn boasts a rich history as the original home of esteemed community member Austin Pearce. Some of that history, or so goes the legend, still remains alive within the inn (now a restaurant) today. Enjoy a delicious meal or a leisurely drink while glancing around you to see if you make contact with any of the friendly spirits that linger. A little girl in a white dress, for example, is said to wander through the upper floor of the building.
3. Jean Bonnet Tavern, Bedford
Some seek out the Jean Bonnet Tavern for its mouthwatering menu. Others flock to the tavern to, if lucky, catch sight of the spirits that are said to frequent Jean Bonnet. Stories of strange occurrences abound. A door shut one moment and wide open the next. A shadowy figure sitting at the bar when no one is supposed to be in the building. What might you discover at Jean Bonnet Tavern?
4. The Gypsy Cafe, Pittsburgh
Now but a memory, the Gypsy Cafe in Pittsburgh housed two spirits – a little boy named Nick and a woman simply referred to as the “Lady in Gray.” Neither did anything to frighten patrons. The little blonde-haired boy simply sat at the bottom of the restaurant's stairs while the Lady in Gray, who not everyone could see, sat drinking tea at her favorite table. The Gypsy Cafe so embraced their ghosts that they held several seances before the restaurant eventually closed for good.
5. Papa J's, Pittsburgh
Papa J's restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh, now permanently closed, took up residence in a building with a storied history. The former brothel, which featured underground tunnels for “clients” to arrive and leave unseen, is said to be the site of several murders. Many former waitstaff of Papa J's tell stories of seeing a little girl wreaking havoc by walking through walls and dumping trays of food. A little girl, according to local lore, once lived in the building, disappeared, and was found drowned in the Monongahela River.
6. The Accomac Inn, York
The Accomac Inn serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, promising diners a scrumptious meal with a side of spirits. The inn, which dates back to 1775, has a tragic past. Johnny, the original inn owner's son, murdered a girl, Emily, who shunned his advances. Johnny was convicted of murder, executed, and buried near the inn. Patrons speak of seeing the ghost of Johnny, and sometimes Emily, wandering around the inn. Johnny's spirit has been said to break plates and slam doors while Emily has been heard singing.
7. The Logan Inn, New Hope
Toast the beauty of Bucks County with a drink at The Logan Inn before ordering a meal to remember. But, if you really want an out-of-this-world experience, book a room at the inn for after dinner. Make that room six, said to be haunted by a little girl. Don't worry. She's said to be friendly, giggling, sitting on the bed, and sharing a scent of lavender. The little girl, says local lore, sneaked out of the inn, went to a nearby canal, and drowned. Her spirit, however, remains at the inn and, in particular, in room six.
8. Shiloh Grill, Pittsburgh
High atop Mount Washington, Shiloh Grill attracts customers for its spectacular menu and equally spectacular view of the city skyline below. It also gained Hollywood's attention – inspiring the film “Mrs. Soffel" – because of the spirits that live within. Mrs. Soffel, the bride of the Allegheny County Jail warden, fell for a death row inmate, helping him to escape and leaving behind her husband and children many years ago. Mrs. Soffel, who was eventually captured while her lover was killed, is said to remain in her home, now the Shiloh Grill, evidenced in the smell of cigarette smoke and the clicking of high heels when no one is there.
9. City Tavern, Philadelphia
Enjoy scrumptious meals, made with the freshest of ingredients, at City Tavern. The tavern, however, has earned a reputation for something in addition to its delicious food: Two ghosts are said to live within its building. Don't be alarmed, for example, if you hear the sound of silverware clanging together. It's probably just the young waiter who, in 1890, was killed in a duel. Some have seen the figure of a woman in a wedding dress. The spirit is said to be that of a bride who, on the eve of her nuptials, died in fire caused by a candle touching a curtain.
These haunted restaurants in Pennsylvania are only the tip of the proverbial iceburg. You might want to head on a haunting road trip through Pennsylvania’s ghost towns.
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