Philadelphia PA hotels. Find inns, motels or hotels in Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States of America. Pennsylvania attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Pennsylvania cryptozoology, hauntings, monsters, folklore, ghosts, myths and legends. Ghostsafari's wisdom for travellers.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Philadelphia Pennsylvania hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and the Queen Mary in Long Beach. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Nature Reserves, National Parks, National Forests, State Parks, State Forests and Refuges in Pennsylvania
Pymatuning State Park, the largest state park in Pennsylvania, much of it covered by the man-made Pymatuning Lake; Cook Forest State Park and National Natural Landmark, only 8500 acres but still claiming to be the largest area of virgin timber in the USA east of the Rocky Mountains; Allegheny National Forest, home of beavers, wild turkeys and black bears; and Bucktail State Park Natural Area with black bears and other wildlife, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Pennsylvania.
Scary Stories, Folklore, Legends, Monsters, Ghosts and Myths in Pennsylvania
The ghosts of the huge Swedish Governor Printz and his friends, who burned down his former home, Printzhof (Printz Hall), shortly after a spectral party where the living caretaker was forced to play the violin (the foundations of Printzhof were rediscovered in 1937 in what is now Governor Printz Park in Essington, Tinicum Island and your best chance of seeing a repeat of the phantom revelry is on the evening of the autumnal equinox); the Baleroy Mansion's spirits, including Thomas Jefferson (don't sit in the cursed chair if you want to live); the haunted Century Inn in Scenery Hill; the phantoms of numerous prisoners in Eastern State Penitentiary, closed to living prisoners but not to tourists, in Philadelphia (a "Lady in White", the Soap Lady, haunts a cell on the second floor); the treasure chest of the Lebanon Valley, near Fort Indiantown Gap (sometimes called Indian Gap), protected by witches, blue fire, loud roars and, presumably, GIs (the treasure is gold hidden by the Doan brothers, British spies and outlaws of the revolutionary period, who were driven to crime when their father, a staunch Quaker, was physically branded and stripped of his property for refusing to support the war); the ghosts of the historic Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, who waltz to spectral music or cheekily join guests in bed; the lachrymose squonk of the northern woods, so mortified by its unattractiveness that if you see it, it will liquify into its own tears; and the several ghosts in Bucksville House Bed & Breakfast in Kintnersville, including the man in a black hat who stands at the foot of a bed, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Pennsylvania.
The door-slamming spirits of 18th century Cashtown Inn, Orrtanna; the spirit of chocolate supremo Mr Hershey himself, still haunting the Hershey Hotel in Hershey; black eyed children (Black Eyed Kids or BEKs) including the same one that frightened a Texan airman; the spirits of the seventeenth century King George II Inn (which claims to be the oldest inn in the USA) in Bristol, including a man in a top hat; the manifestation of the Virgin Mary to save her painting, which hung in St Mary's Immaculate Conception church in Johnstown, from the flood which devastated the city in 1889 (in 2013 it was donated by the Benedictine Sisters to the Johnstown Heritage Association and now hangs in the Grand Halle, on the site of the original church) (incidentally, a 1926 silent movie called The Johnstown Flood starred Janet Gaynor and featured Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard as extras); the evil eye of Molly "Mom" Rinker, a witch and revolutionary spy whose lookout was Mom Rinker's Rock in Fairmount Park, near Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia; Nurse Rachel, who still cares for wounded soldiers in the Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg; and the playful blonde girl and the spirits of railway workers that haunt the Railroad House Inn in Marietta, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Pennsylvania.
The crock of gold in southern Chester County, hidden by a British spy who died just before he could reveal its whereabouts; the ghosts of hanged men who wander the eighteenth century Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford; the fragrant spirit of the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, Philadelphia; the phantom soldiers of Devil's Den, Gettysburg; the ghosts of Moonshine Church and cemetery in Fort Indiantown Gap; the yells and screams of Native American warriors and their victims, a woman and two children, which may still be heard in a small valley close to the mouth of Chartiers Creek near Pittsburgh (ghostly orbs or death lights are also sometimes seen); the many spirits of Farnsworth House Inn, Gettysburg, including the caring Nurse Mary but also children, other women, cats and confederate soldiers (beware of the misogynistic Walter); and the ghostly waiter in the City Tavern, Philadelphia, who was accidentally killed in a fight between two other people, are more weird folklore associated with Pennsylvania.
The terrors of St Peter's Church Cemetery, Philadelphia, including ghosts of Native Americans, a black man in eighteenth century dress and a carriage and horses that career through the graveyard into the church; the headless horseman of the Lebanon Valley near Fort Indiantown Gap; the camera loving spirits of Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, who appear unexpectedly on developed photographs; the monster of Wolf Pond, a thirty foot black serpent with yellow stripes and a green head; tales of John Chapman, the real nurseryman and Swedenborgian missionary known as Johnny Appleseed, who planted his first apple nursery near Warren; the eponymous spectre of Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia; the weird tales of Hexenkopf (Witches Head or, in this context, Witches Hill), in Williams township, where witches or "weird women" once danced and which is still the haunt of a headless hound walked by a headless man, phantom cavalrymen, the spirit of a white fox and the tapping of a wooden leg (a disabled farmer fell to his death while limping after a demon); Mitche, the manitou of Mauch Chunk (Bear Mountain) who created the chasm of the Lehigh River, just so a lake would burst its bounds and drown the warrior chief Onoko and his bride, whose love and happiness the manitou resented; the mischievious spirits of Inn Philadelphia, including one that pulls the hair of diners; and the hauntings of the historic Tillie Pearce House Inn in Gettysburg, especially the Blue Room, are yet more strange folktales of Pennsylvania.
You cannot claim to have seen the world unless you have travelled in the USA. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. New Orleans, Sitka, Dallas, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Savannah, Indianapolis, Fairbanks, Kansas City, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Skagway, Juneau, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, Anchorage, Seattle, San Diego, Corpus Christi, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Atlantic City, Houston, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Lake Tahoe, Washington DC, San Francisco, Honolulu, Las Vegas and St Louis are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, the Florida Keys, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Okefenokee Swamp, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Adirondacks, Bryce Canyon, rodeos, Glacier Bay National Park, the Disney resorts, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yosemite National Park, Niagara Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, Route 66, the Ozarks, the California coastline, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Everglades, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Appalachians and Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park.
The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. Come back soon for another helpful Ghostsafari tip.
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