Pennsylvania has a rich and varied history, and like most places with a rich and varied history, it has its fair share of hauntings.
Reports of hauntings in Pennsylvania date back to before the days the European settlers arrived, but most of the reported hauntings occurred after the arrival of the Europeans.
Abington Presbyterian Church
In 1779, a graveyard was removed from the place Abington Presbyterian Church is now and a church was built in its place. Since that occurred, there have been numerous sightings of a child ghost in the area.
Nobody knows the identity of the ghost, but many people claim they have seen it through the Church's windows late at night. It is possible that it is the ghost of the one of the children's bodies that was moved from the graveyard, but no one knows for sure.
Cedar Crest College
Cedar Crest College is a private liberal arts college founded in 1867. It is one of the older colleges in the United States.
Many students have reported seeing a ghost walk the halls of Cedar Crest College late at night. The ghost has been nicknamed "Wanda." Legend has it that she is the ghost of a girl that hung herself in her dormitory room.
No one knows for sure if a girl ever hung herself at Cedar Crest College, but the legend lives on.
Amity Hall Hotel
Amity Hall Hotel is home to some of the creepiest hauntings in all of Pennsylvania. Amity Hall Hotel was built in the 1800s, and several unfortunate deaths occurred in its history.
Two children where killed in the attic of Amity Hall Hotel, and some people claim that you can still see their bloodstains to this day.
The ghost of a woman who was beaten to death by her husband in the hotel can supposedly be seen on the second floor stairs. Legend has it that she is still angry at her husband and dislikes all men.
Furst Corner Restaurant
Furst Corner Restaurant was a restaurant owned by Mr. Furst in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Mr. Furst reportedly died in a fire in his barn, just outside of Furst Corner Restaurant.
Mr. Furst had a reputation for loving cigars and staff at the Furst Corner Restaurant report that after customers are gone for the day, they can sometimes smell cigar smoke in the air. Some of them also claim that chairs appear to move by themselves at times.
The Irondale Inn
The Irondale Inn is an old inn that is said to be haunted by three ghosts. One of these ghosts is a woman that closes doors after ghosts. No one knows what her identity might be, as there are no reports of any violent deaths ever having taken place at the inn.
A few people claim that they observed that the kitchen door was mysteriously opened on one occasion. They believe that one of the ghosts was responsible.
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College is a liberal arts college that was established in the late 1800s. It is a very prestigious school and is ranked highly by the U.S. News and World Report.
Supposedly, many years ago, a girl named Lillian attended Bryn Mawr College. She started to believe that she had leprosy. When she went to see a doctor, the doctor told her that there wasn't anything wrong with her.
But Lillian refused to believe the doctor and decided to take a bath in kerosene to "cure" herself of the leprosy she believed she had. While taking a bath in the kerosene, she accidentally knocked a lamp into the tub.
The kerosene burst into flames and she burned to death. To this day, students at Bryn Mawr College claim they can see the ghost of Lillian. She reportedly walks around the Merion Hall area.
Old Carbon County Prison
Carbon County Prison was last used in 1995. When it was still in use, a man suspected of being a member of a violent miner's group was arrested and held there until his execution.
He claimed he was innocent, and before he was executed, he left a handprint in the dirt on the wall and stated that the handprint would always remain there as proof of his innocence.
After his execution the wall with the handprint was washed, but three days later the handprint reappeared. It is impossible to remove. Rumor has it that the wall was torn down and replaced, but the handprint appeared on it.
There are plenty of hauntings in Pennsylvania. If you ever get a chance to check out some of the hauntings in Pennsylvania, make sure that you only visit haunted areas that are not off limits to the public.
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