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Real Haunted Places Across Pennsylvania

Across ##Region##, there are countless locations that are believed to be haunted, ranging from houses & hotels, to lighthouses, roadways, and wooded areas - ghosts and spirits don't seem to discriminate when it comes to what locations they're haunting! Find out all about Pennsylvania's unique haunted locales, many of which are open to the public, and if you're feeling very brave, visit one of these exciting haunted places!
 
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  • Harrisburg State Hospital Harrisburg, PA
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    Opened in 1851, the hospital was originally known as Pennsylvania State Lunatic Hospital and operated under that name until 1937. Reports indicate it was a site of violent poltergeist activity. The hospital closed in 2006 when downsizing took place for Pennsylvania's public mental health system. The property is now used a general office space by a variety of state agencies. Reports... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Hospitals & Asylums

  • Gettysburg Battlefield Gettysburg, PA
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    The Gettysburg Battlefield is a historic place where the Civil War occurred. When the land was battleground in 1863, it resulted in 51,000 casualties and thousands more were injured. It's a place visited for its history, but also for its haunts. It is believe to be one of the most haunted places in Pennslyvania. Paranormal teams have detected what appears to be a Union soldier... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Army Posts / Battle Grounds

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    This church is rumored to be haunted by a ghostly child who has been seen through the windows. Many believe the spirit lingers here because the cemetery that was once on the site of the church was moved across the road. Read More

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  •   Elfreth's Alley Philadelphia, PA
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    Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia is the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street and has been the home of more than 3,000 people throughout the years. Rumor has it that a soldier was hanged on the alley and witnesses have reported catching what they consider to be photographic evidence of paranormal activity. Read More

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    The Easton Area Public Library in Easton is home to some strange occurrences that many believe are the ghosts that reside there. The building opened in 1903 where an old cemetery once was and the remains of more than 30 people had to be moved into an underground cement vault, which was eventually paved over into a parking lot. Witnesses have reported books flying off the shelves, and... Read More

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  • Hill View Manor New Castle, PA
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    At one time this historic manor was a home for the insane. It began operation in 1926 and countless suicides have been committed here until it closed its doors in 2004. People claim spirits continue to exist here. There's the spirit of a little boy, and it is said to be responsible for people passing shortly after they see him. There are others who claim to have experienced full-body... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Houses | Real Haunted Places

  •   Hexenkopf Rock Northampton County, PA
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    Hexenkopf Rock, also known as Witch's Head (its translation in German) is located on Hexenkopf Road in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The rock was used during Native American rituals to get rid of evil spirits and it is known to be the home of witches and demons. The rock features a strange glow, but many believe it is just from a coating of minerals. The rock is featured on the... Read More

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  •   Getter's Island Easton, PA
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    Getter's Island is a small island located in The Delaware River that can be seen from Easton, Pennsylvania. The island was where a man named Charles Getter was executed. His death was quite dramatic as it involves a woman who accused him of fathering her child, but he was in love with another woman. He still ended up marrying the woman who claimed he fathered her child and he strangled... Read More

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  •   Mishler Theatre Altoona, PA
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    This historic theater opened in 1906. It was designed for Isaac Charles (Doc) Mishler who owned and managed the Eleventh Avenue Opera House. The theater had gone through a disasterous fire, but was rebuilt, and continued to flourish until the 1920's. The building continues to remain in operation today, but it is home to several ghost, including that of Mr. Mishler, a howling dog, and a... Read More

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    The State Theatre Center For the Arts in Uniontown is home to the famous ghost of J. Fred Osterstock. He managed the company that owned the theatre until his death and he is remembered every year with the FREDDY Awards for high school theater students. Osterstock's ghost has been spotted wandering around back stage. Read More

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia, PA
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    Also known as ESP, this former American prison was in operation from 1829 to 1971. It held notorious criminals like bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. Today it is said to be haunted by those who once stayed here. Ghost include that of James Clark who died under orders of Capone in the Saint Valentine's Day massacre and guards who worked the Guard Tower. Of all haunts at this... Read More

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  •   City Tavern Philadelphia, PA
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    Established in 1773, the property was a popular meeting place for the founding fathers of our country, but it faced a fire in 1834 and was eventually tore down in 1854. The tavern was rebuilt for the 1976 bicentennial celebration and it was done so true to its original design that many say even the spirits that were formerly there continue to thrive there today. Spirits known to... Read More

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    This library was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1896 and was built with a music hall and an athletic center with a heated swimming pool. It's rumored to be haunted by apparitions of steel workers, who have been spotted by witnesses, along with shadowy figures and unexplained female and male voices. Books are also known to fly off the shelves on their own. Read More

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  •   Thornbury Farm West Chester, PA
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    Thornbury Farm is the site where the final engagement of the Battle of Brandywine occurred. During the battle, there were so many Americans shot and bayoneted that it was said the blood flowed over two miles to the Brandywine. In addition to there being ghosts of those who may have battled here, the most famous ghost here is that of a little girl who could be heard crying in one of the... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Houses | Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Army Posts / Battle Grounds

  •   Fort Mifflin Philadelphia, PA
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    Also known previously as Fort Island Battery and Mud Island Fort, the area sits on Mud Island and served as a fort during the American Revolutionary War. It is believed to be haunted by Colonial soldiers. Numerous sightings have occurred including that of soldiers cleaning their guns and other sightings of soldiers. There's also reports of having heard sounds reflective of that... Read More

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    Opened in 1862, the hospital once was called the "Department of the Insane in the Western Pennsylvania Hospital of Pittsburgh." It was closed in 1984 and demolished in 2006. The hospital was a general hospital that treated all types of illnesses, including the insane. Before it was demolished, it stood empty for 15 years and its administration building was destroyed by a fire. It is... Read More

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  •   Laurel Hill Cemetery Philadelphia, PA
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    The Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia is one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States. It is filled with legendary paranormal hot spots and even offers tours throughout the year for those who want to take a closer look. Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Cemeteries | Real Haunted Places

  •   Independence Hall Philadelphia, PA
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    This historic building that was completed in 1753 is where the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated. It is said to be haunted by the spirits of Benedict Arnold and Benjamin Franklin. Witnesses have claimed to see ghostly mists and their apparitions. Read More

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  •   First Bank of the United States Philadelphia, PA
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    The First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia dates back to 1791 when it was established by the first U.S. treasurer, Alexander Hamilton. When Hamilton died during a duel, he left behind his wife and children, and a whole lot of debt. His spirit is said to live on at the bank and when it first reopened, the new owner even had a priest bless the building. Even after the blessing... Read More

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  • Pennhurst State School Spring City, PA
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    As a live-in facility for people with mental and physical disabilities, this complex was built in 1908. Over 10,000 patients passed the school's doors as it served as an asylum, but unfortunately mistreatment and abuse was common as staff were overworked and funding was limited. Patients were also reportedly isolated for long periods, so long as to cause them to injure themselves to get... Read More

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  •   Mishler Theatre Altoona, PA
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    The historic Mishler Theatre opened its doors back in 1906. It was purchased by the Altoona Community Theatre and the Blair County Arts Foundation after it was considered for demolition in the 1960s after not being used for quite some time. The theatre reopened in 1969 and just a few years later in 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Place. The ghost of Issac... Read More

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  •   Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park Centre Hall, PA
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    Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park in Centre Hall has some eerie ghost stories surrounding it. The historic location first opened to the public back in 1885 as a show cavern. Ghost hunters have explored the site and one of the most popular tales surrounding it includes the story of a Seneca Indian maiden named Nita-nee who fell in love with a French trapper named Malachi Boyer. The two were... Read More

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    Built in 1906, this now abandoned historic prison was decommissioned in 1979. It first began as part of a complex of custodial buildings, including the York County Poorhouse and Hospital. It was torn down in 1906 and replaced with the 30,000 square foot brick building. Witnesses have reported being followed around the building by the spirits of criminals, and have seen and smelt someone... Read More

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    The Cathedral of Learning is a 42 story skyscraper that sits in the center of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus. The Early American Room in the cathedral has been known to be a hot spot for paranormal activity. Some stories say that there has been mysterious findings, such as shifting furniture and objects, cold spots, and candles that flare on their own randomly. Read More

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  • USS Olympia Philadelphia, PA
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    The USS Olympia was a cruiser in operation from 1895 until 1922 for the Navy. It is now held at the Independence Seaport Museum, but its violent past as a warship leaves many to believe it is haunted. Witnesses have reported seeing shadowy forms and apparitions, and hearing unexplained voices. The USS Olympia remains as the oldest steel warship afloat in the world. Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Army Posts / Battle Grounds | Real Haunted Museums

  •   Allen's Lane Philadelphia, PA
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    The story behind this haunt is a Revoltionary War soldier lost his head in battle. Now during fogging and dreary nights one may get a sighting of his ghost -- a headless horseman riding through while carrying his noggin. Read More

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    The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia is said to be haunted by the ghost of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. His apparition has been spotted climbing down from his statue and dancing in the streets of the Historic District. Franklin's ghost has all been seen wandering through the building with an armful of books. Read More

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  •   The Accomac Inn York, PA
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    It started out as the Colye family home in the 1800s. Legend has it that young Johnny Colye had feelings for the family's hired girl, but the feelings were not mutual. Colye ended up killing the girl in the barn and was later arrested and hanged for the crime. Both their graves are believed to exist onsite and their spirits continue to live on haunting the property. There are those who... Read More

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