The Story Behind Philadelphia's Most Haunted House Will Give You Nightmares
Philadelphia is full of spooky haunted houses, graveyards, and historic sites. Grumblethorpe Manor is one of these places – a nearly three hundred-year-old building that was the home of a wealthy Philadelphian wine vendor. The storied history of Grumblethorpe tells of a gruesome past where a British General was mortally wounded (his blood still stains the floor in the parlor) and where a family hid from the Yellow Fever epidemic. Though Grumblethorpe is currently used as everything from a farmers market to a re-enactment site, there’s no denying it’s spooky history and haunted halls that have been the site of unexplained paranormal happenings.
Grumblethorpe was built by John Wister in 1744.
The wealthy Philadelphian built the home just outside of Center City to be his family's estate.
British General James Agnew made Grumblethorpe his headquarters during the Battle of Germantown.
Agnew was mortally wounded in the battle and retreated to the manor. There, he bled to death in the parlor. To this day, you can still see his blood staining the wooden floor, and his ghost is said to haunt the home. Black mist is seem rising from the stain, and pained moans are often heard in the room where he died.
The home was also a sanctuary for the Wister family during the Yellow Fever epidemic.
One of the property's common ghosts, a housemaid named Justina, was a victim of Yellow Fever in the city. The Wister family reported seeing Justina in their bedroom one night, despite knowing that she was at another Wister property. The next morning, they were made aware of Justina's overnight death.
The historic, haunted home is still the site of many happenings.
There are often ghost tours and paranormal investigations hosted by various Philadelphia entertainment and investigation companies, such as
The Original Philadelphia Ghost Tour Co.
. The mansion is also the site of the reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, as well as the "after party," Grumblefest.
Today, you can also visit Grumblethorpe as a farmers market, or for the many public events the property hosts all year long.
While you're on the grounds, though, keep an eye out for spirits that are seeking their peace in one of the most haunted houses in Philadelphia!
You can find Grumblethorpe at 5267 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. If you love spooky Philadelphia places, you’ll want to visit these
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