Haunted places in York County Pennsylvania by Leo MotterOpen these pages if you dare to explore the darker side of York County.
Here you will find chilling tales of the supernatural:
-The ghost of a murderer still terrorizing the scene of his crime
-A lonely road that leads to the Seven Gates of Hell
-Angry spirits of British soldiers at a former prisoner of war camp
-A hill where your car will defy gravity
-A famous hex master whose spirit refuses to rest
Tenty true stories of the York County you never knew!
Includes bibliographical references (p. 107-110).
Subject Haunted places -- Pennsylvania -- York County.
Ghosts -- Pennsylvania -- York County.
York County (Pa.) -- Description and travel.
York County (Pa.) -- History -- Anecdotes.
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York, Pennsylvania has plenty of interesting ghost stories and urban legends to tell. At one time it was mainly engaged in supplying cannon balls to the colonists who were fighting for independence during the Revolution. It has long since been abandoned, but visitors say that it is anything but deserted! Witnesses claim that a woman in white is often seen leaving the furnace house before making her way down the hill towards the Furnace itself. Some say that she is a former resident of the house, others feel that she must be the wife of a former forgemaster and some even think she might be the victim of some long forgotten crime! Cookes House was built in and is one of the oldest buildings in the whole of York County. It was originally built by Johannes Guckes, who later became known as John Cookes.
This historic prison is now abandoned, but was built in and decommissioned in Visitors have reported being followed around the building by the apparitions of criminals, and have seen and smelt someone lighting a cigarette when there is no one around. Submitted by Callum Swift. Penn Common is said to be the favorite haunting spot of several long-deceased men, soldiers who were executed upon the orders of Anthony Wayne. Haldeman Mansion was built in the s, and was purchased and enlarged by John Haldeman in John's son, Samuel Steman Haldeman, was a renowned scientist honored by Charles Darwin for his contribution to the famous book "The Origin of the Species" and by Daniel Webster for his help on
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In York County, places including the mythic Seven Gates of Hell and the site of the infamous Hex Murder are some of the more recognized spots with urban legends attached to them. Here's a look at five lesser-known places in York that have been rumored, at one point, to be haunted:. The home was built in by Johannes Guckes, later known as John Cookes. Thomas Paine is rumored to have stayed in the house when the Continental Congress met in York. York City Councilman Michael Helfrich, who bought the home in , said that he's only had one experience there that he cannot explain.