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The 7 Most Haunted Places In Pennsylvania

Introduction

Pennsylvania is the home of displaced people, natural disasters, wars, and prison tales in the United States. These provide some great backdrops for eerie ghost stories. Why is it that we enjoy hearing these tales? Who can say? Perhaps it’s to experience the excitement of the unknown. Maybe hearing about terrible things happening from the comforts of our own life is consoling. Whichever the cause, these are some of Pennsylvania’s most haunted locations!

Gettysburg

With nearly 6,000 American casualties, the Battle of Gettysburg stands as the most catastrophic in American history. The fact that it is linked to numerous accounts of paranormal phenomena shouldn’t be shocking. Numerous locations within the surrounding town and on the battlefield have been associated with paranormal activity. Here are the two most well-known ones.

Devil’s Den

Devil’s Den’s stones offered soldiers on both sides a distinctively defended position on July 2, 1863. Union forces, utilizing the hill as a platform for cannons to fire on Confederate artillery, started the conflict. By day’s end, the post was occupied by Confederate troops. In a small retreat, some Confederate men were forced back to the cliff. Many commanders were killed as Confederate sharpshooters on Little Round Top opened fire on Union soldiers. A concussive blast from Little Round Top’s battery killed numerous Confederates among the rocks when it detonated on Devil’s Den.

Devil’s Den has a mystical past that predates the conflict. The villagers thought the boulders were home to a gigantic snake in the 19th century. The estimated length of the snake was eight to fifteen feet. The serpent of folklore was called “The Devil.” Many people thought it was the scene of a significant Native American conflict. The ghosts of Native American warriors were reported by the locals to have been seen at night wandering the fields.

Following the battle, reports of ghostly sightings of fallen troops started to surface. Some claimed to have seen Confederate soldier ghosts watching over the rock structure. Some have reported seeing a lone, long-haired man among the boulders.

Little Round Top

Legend has it that paranormal activity at Little Round Top occurred before the fight was over. There was a fork in the road for Union forces dispatched to occupy and reinforce troops on the hill. They did not know which way to go. Just then, a rider appeared who was dressed in an antiquated manner and left them for the hill. Once they arrived safely, he vanished from sight. He was believed by the troops to be a benevolent ghost from the past.

Years later, there is a story of how, as the participants in a reenactment were taking a break, a haggard-looking man, smelling strongly of gunpowder and dressed in a Union soldier’s clothing, approached them and distributed musket ammunition. The reenactors believed he was one of the participants as well. They subsequently found out that the rounds they had been given were real rounds, not props. While there have been other odd incidents, these two are particularly noteworthy.

The public is welcome to visit the Gettysburg battlefield for free. Remember that 30 minutes before to sunset is when the National Park entrances close. A few nearby tour firms also provide ghost tours of Gettysburg.

Contact Information
Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-1124

Betsy Ross House

A back addition was made to the 1740-built Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia around fifteen years later. A shoemaker, a shopkeeper, and an apothecary were among the previous tenants. Between 1776 and 1779, Betsy leased two compact rooms in the home. She designed the first American flag right here.

In the current director’s office, one of the former owners passed away. In addition, one of the security officers was shot and killed on the basement floor in 1980 when a fight broke out between them.

Voices from the afterlife have been heard by guests from the basement. They also claimed to have sensed a mysterious presence in the meeting room where Mrs. Ross and the US flag committee convened. Others claim to have felt the spectral presence tug or touch them. There are rumors that Betsy Ross’s spirit occasionally appears to be sobbing next to her basement bed.

The public can take self-guided or audio tours of the residence.

Contact Information
Address: 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-629-4026

Eastern State Penitentiary

The Eastern State Penitentiary was formerly the priciest jail in the entire globe. When it opened in 1829, this Gothic building featured running water and central heating before the White House. The purpose of the prison was to force the inmates to labor and keep them segregated. It was believed that their solitary detention would cause them to have a positive change of heart. They had little interaction with the guards and were kept apart from each other. One prominent inhabitant of this enormous structure was Al Capone.

Inhumane treatment may occur in prison. Days were spent with prisoners strapped into chairs, having their lips clamped shut, and being dropped into “The Hole.” The way the inmates are treated here begs the question of “paranormal activity.”

Reports of dark entities and faces, touching, tugging, and scratching, as well as hearing otherworldly sounds, have all been made by visitors. Even tales of sighting a ghostly person in one of the guard towers have surfaced.

The Penitentiary is a historic landmark that is open year-round for tours and educational activities. Additionally, they provide unique Halloween events, such as a fun immersive experience.

Contact Information
Address: 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-236-3300

Fort Mifflin

At first, Fort Mifflin on Delaware River’s Mud Island was a British fort. During the American Revolutionary War, it was taken by American forces. George Washington’s arrival at Valley Forge, where revolutionary soldiers regrouped for the remainder of the war, in the fall of 1777 was shielded by it. The British unleashed the most powerful bombardment of the revolution to get beyond the fort. Because it held Confederate captives during the American Civil War, the fort was also heavily involved in the conflict. Between World Wars I and II, it served as a munitions store before being decommissioned in 1957. In 1970, Fort Mifflin was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Numerous stories of paranormal activity center around the fort. Ghostly voices and sounds from previous wars are among the sensory descriptions. Others have described the warmth of an invisible hearth fire and the aroma of freshly baked bread. Additionally, reports of unseen hands touching, tugging, and pulling at people have been made.

Additionally, stories of apparitions like “The Screaming Lady” have been made. Screaming may be heard close to the office where she is said to have hung herself. Additionally, there is “The Faceless Ghost,” who prowls around close to the casements where inmates had resided. This is thought to be the spirit of General Howe, the former British army leader.

Fort Mifflin is a historic landmark that is open year-round for tours and educational activities. They also provide candlelit ghost tours and a range of paranormal activities.

Contact Information 
Address: 6400 Hog Island Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: 215-685-4167

Mishler Theatre

Isaac Mishler opened the Mishler Theater in 1906. It was among the earliest theater-specific structures to open in the United States. After a successful February debut, the 1,900-seat venue hosted a string of well-received performances. But in October, a neighboring building caught fire, and the Mishler was completely consumed. Only $50,000 of the $115,000 building’s insurance had been issued. It was one of the strongest and safest public structures an inspector had ever seen, he had insisted. Luckily, the kindness of the Altoona community offered sufficient support to restore the theater in less than three months. The theater brought in the era of “talkies,” presented silent films, and staged a number of productions. In addition to traveling plays and community theater, it now offers concerts.

Isaac Mishler’s passion for the theater is central to haunted theater tales. It’s rumored that occasionally the fragrance of his cigar smoke wafts through the auditorium. He might even occasionally show up to introduce himself to staff members or guests and tell them about his theater.

There are no ghost tours or events at the theater. You can see a performance by purchasing a ticket. Maybe Isaac Mishler will be watching it with you.

Contact Information
Address: 1208 12th Avenue Altoona, PA 16601
Phone: 814-944-9434

Old Jail Museum, Jim Thorpe

Completed in 1871, the Carbon County Jail served as the county jail until 1995 when it was renamed the Old Jail Museum. Situated close to the Pocono Mountains, the fortress-like prison features a guard tower over the main gate. The inside is divided between women’s cells on the second level, ordinary cells on the first floor, dungeon cells in the basement used for solitary confinement, and the warden’s living quarters in front of the structure. The warden and the prisoners shared a kitchen where food was prepared. Sometimes, both of them were fed by the warden’s wife.

The prison’s reputation stems from the hangings of Irish coal miners who were allegedly “Mollie Maguires.” Irish coal workers formed this covert organization to advocate for increased wages and working conditions. The men were charged with killing mine workers when they were staging labor rallies.

Alexander Campbell, one of the men, is reported to have maintained his innocence right up until the point of his execution. He slapped a handprint on the wall and put his hand in the dirt before he was pulled from his cell. He declared that the print represented his innocence and could never be erased. The handprint has supposedly withstood washings, paintings, and, in some cases, constructions.

Open all year round, the Old Jail Museum is a private institution. Depending on the season, tours—including ghost tours—are offered. For pricing and hours, get in touch with the institution.

Contact Information
Address: 128 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Phone: 570-325-5259