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Every once and awhile you have to live a little and go off the beaten path and hike marshland game trails.  Along Ridley Creek on the old Heilbron Estate, Pennsylvania.

Every once and awhile you have to live a little and go off the beaten path and hike marshland game trails. Along Ridley Creek on the old Heilbron Estate, Pennsylvania.

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I call this one...  "Sunset Dancers" for obvious reasons.  As you can see the trees in front of the sun give the appearance of tall thin dancers wearing skirts dancing around a fire.  Photo was taken near Kirkwood Preserve, in the village of White Horse, Pennsylvania.

I call this one… “Sunset Dancers” for obvious reasons. As you can see the trees in front of the sun give the appearance of tall thin dancers wearing skirts dancing around a fire. Photo was taken near Kirkwood Preserve, in the village of White Horse, Pennsylvania.

 

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Sunset on Springton Lake near Hildacy Farm Preserve, Pennsylvania

Sunset on Springton Lake near Hildacy  Farm Preserve, Pennsylvania

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Built in 1829 by the Quakers of Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary was the first of it’s kind.  Designed to keep prisoners isolated so they they could pay “penitence” for their sins, it gave birth to the word “penitentiary”.  It was designed like a wagon wheel so that monitoring of the prisoners could be done from the center or hub where the guards were stationed.  The cell blocks sprawled outward from the central hub which housed the prisoners.  Giving the world’s prisons this design, it failed in it’s initial purpose of reforming the prisoners using isolation, but drove most of them mad.  Each having only a tiny window of light shining down from above.  Many of the tormented souls that spent their lives there and died there still remain.  Read the full story>>

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia has many spirits that lurk among it's corridors and cell blocks
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia has many spirits that lurk among it’s corridors and cell blocks

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Spanning the Pennsylvania / Delaware Border is a little known tract of land that is a gem among the urban sprawl of the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Just north of Wilmington, Delaware the Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Refuge is a great place to get out and go for a hike and enjoy nature at it’s best…  Read the full story>>

A hiker and horseback rider traveling together on the trails at Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Preserve

A hiker and horseback rider traveling together on the trails at Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Preserve

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Just outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the former Civil War battlegrounds there lies a valley strewn with large rocks and boulders that looks like the Devil may have designed it himself.  Long before the Battle of Gettysburg ever took place, locals have referred to this place as the Devil’s Den.  Thousands of Civil War soldiers died in the valley where the Devil’s Den is located.  However, not only is it said that many ghosts of the Civil War haunt this battle ground, but spirits from a time prior to the Civil War as well.

The Devil's Den at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA

The Devil's Den at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA



Long before the likes of Lee and Meade ever walked the Gettysburg Battlefield, a Native American battle took place here in which many warriors were killed.  Read the full story>>

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I have never been a big believer in ghosts or the paranormal, but I love a good ghost story. I have lived in the town of Media, PA since 1996. I have heard and read about numerous hauntings in the area including one on Dog Kennel Road. There have been many versions, the main one being that if you drive down that road on midnight, you will see the ghost of a young girl sitting on the side of a bridge where she was supposedly killed. Just to clarify a few misnomers, a lot of folks state that the road is in Newtown Square, however it is not. It lies near the intersection of Route 1 and 252 next to Rose Tree Park between Media and Newtown Square. I have to say that I did not see the actual ghost of the girl, but I did see something out of the ordinary…

I have driven down Dog Kennel Road many times in hopes of seeing a glimpse of the paranormal only to see absolutely nothing. I have to say I had never driven down that road at midnight, however. One October

evening after a family outing to the Arasapha Farms haunted attractions, we were driving home and I was recounting the story of the haunting on Dog Kennel Road to my teenage kids and my daughter’s boyfriend who happened to be along that night hoping to top off the night with a little “real life” scare. It was getting close to midnight so on a whim, I decided I would make the story a little more interesting by actually

going for a drive down Dog Kennel Road which was close by. The road is very narrow and winding and it is

all tree covered and dark which is a creepy in itself. The bridges are hard to spot since they are only marked by small concrete barriers on either side so I was driving really slowly. We passed the first bridge without

incident. After driving a little further we came to the second bridge. Not really expecting to see anything, I decided to make it a little creepy by slowing to almost a stop and turned the lights off. After appeals from my daughter to turn them back on, I did so and we crossed the second bridge and saw nothing. We approached the third bridge which is close to the end of the road where it intersects with Paxon Hollow road.


As we crossed the bridge, there in front of us crossing the road was a small patch of white mist. At that

moment my son said, “OK, that’s just weird”. This would not be a weird sight ordinarily except that there was no fog in sight anywhere except that one spot. The night air was relatively warm for October as we wore no coats or jackets that evening.  The mist was just a small patch that resembled the shape of a 3’ high by 3’ wide ball. We drove through the mist and quickly turned around at the end of the road. At first, we didn’t see the mist again.  But as we got closer, there it was in the middle of the road again in the same spot and it moved off of the road before we got to it. As an afterthought, it occurred to me that the mist never dissipated after we  drove through it as it should have in the wake of the air displaced by our car. It was still there, intact. The thought literally sent chills up my spine! You have to admit, that was really weird

Dog Kennel Road

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My Experience on Dog Kennel Road


For more stories like this visit:

American Ghosts and Hauntings


Ghosts of Central Pennsylvania


Ghosts of Delaware County


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I was born in central Pennsylvania.  When I was around 8 or 9 years old, I heard the tale of the “White Lady of Buckhorn”. The story goes something like this:

Long ago near Buckhorn, PA a couple was riding to their wedding when their carriage overturned on Buckhorn mountain on a curve known as “Devil’s Elbow”.  The bride was killed in the crash.  Occasionally, travelers on that road, mostly young bachelors, have seen  a lady dressed in white walking or wondering across the road, sometimes in an eerie fog, in search of her fiance.

That story gave me chills then and it still does.  It has fascinated me since I was a kid.  Years later, when I was in my mid twenties, I was at a local drinking establishment when a few of my close friends came in the door.  They were looking all bewildered.  I met them at the door and asked them what was up.  They told me that they had gone up to the Altoona area to visit their college when they decided to go to a bar on top of Buckhorn mountain.  They said that as they drove, a street light at the bottom of the mountain went out as they drove under it.  As they climbed further up the mountain, the radio in their car mysteriously stopped working which is a bit strange for going up a mountain.  They continued on and then it suddenly started to get foggy.  They said it was no ordinary fog, it was very thick like driving into a white wall.  They could no longer see well enough to continue.  They stopped and turned the car around and started back down the mountain.  As they descended, the radio in the car came back on at exactly the same spot that it went off.  Then, as they crossed back under the street light at the bottom of the hill, it came back on again.  The said they were a little freaked out by the strange events.  However, they REALLY got freaked out when I asked them if they ever heard of “The White Lady of Buckhorn”.  When they said no, I proceeded to tell them the story.  When I finished, they were literally white as ghosts!

For more stories like this visit:

Ghosts of Central Pennsylvania


Ghosts of Delaware County


Mid-Atlantic Ghosts

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