Thursday, October 15, 2015
Some sites evoke a chill of terror with just their names. Pennsylvania's known for its Ghosts of Gettysburg, and you can hardly walk a few feet without encountering some tale of a haunting, but other places are far more frightening.
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is one such place. The inmates there endured unspeakable horrors during their incarceration, and aren't about to let the rest of us forget about it. People who go inside say shadowy figures appear, laughter echoes through the hallways, and sometimes spirits even reach out and grab people.
If you have five hours to kill (mwahahaha) here's a video that will either make you want to visit the old prison, or to run as far in the other direction as fast as you can.
Really brave souls can spend some time wandering the halls with Terror Behind the Walls.
Philadelphia's history is as deep and rich as Gettysburg's, so it's no wonder that there are plenty of haunted sites in the City of Brotherly Love. Some are haunted by the Founding Fathers themselves. At Library Hall, Ben Franklin is said to appear, sometimes carrying books, sometimes even dancing a jig. One woman claimed he pinched her rear. Old Ben's libido apparently lives!
The Oliver Family Mansion was abandoned long ago, but no one dares to live there. It was listed as one of America's Most Haunted Houses. The Oliver family virtually vanished one day, but supposedly their faces appear in the windows of the home.
If you're up for a ghost tour of Philly, try Spirits of '76. I'd like to do this someday. What about you?