The U.S Hotel in Hollidaysburg, PA was originally built as an inn and tavern in 1835. The original building burnt down in 1871, but was rebuilt over a decade later, and went through many owners over several decades. By the 1990s, the historic tavern was in disrepair, and new owners Karen and Jason Yoder decided to restore it to its former glory. It is during these massive renovations that strange figures, varying from off-putting to downright threatening, began to appear.
Soon after construction took off, employees and construction workers began to hear footsteps and disembodied laughter. A contractor, who had been staying overnight on site, once awoke to find a white woman floating above his bed. This was only the first of many ghastly figures to plague those who worked at the hotel and restaurant.
During a paranormal investigation, Ghost Research Foundation member Patty Wilson had a sudden panic attack in the upstairs bedroom. Later, four investigators witnessed a red-haired woman lying in that same bed, clutching her head in pain. Later that night, another investigator screamed for everyone to get out of the building. He later revealed he had seen the apparition of a man holding an ax.
Jason Yoder has seen a small boy sitting on the stairs. Several employees and customers have witnessed many apparitions of people in 1800s period dress. A frantic bride had also been seen by many, and her description matches that of the woman in pain. A few women have separately witnessed a ghostly old man watching them “lecherously.”
Employees have reported dishes breaking, and utensils flying out of their hands. Several customers have reported hearing children’s laughter and feeling brushed. The sounds of a disembodied party are also heard both upstairs and down.
The shear number of spirits that have been witnessed at the U.S. Hotel give claim that it may in fact be truly haunted.
Police arriving on the scene found a Chrysler minivan
parked in front of the home facing the wrong direction and heard movement from
the back of the property. When officers circled around the home, they found
Parker holding a pry bar in his left hand, with a 24-inch sword tied to his
back, the charges say. Parker was also wearing red gloves, despite the warm
weather, police said.
Parker complied with orders to drop the pry bar and to
untie the sword, and lay on the ground while police frisked him, police said.
The search turned up a silver brass-knuckle bladed weapon that was in Parker’s
pocket as well as a folding pocket knife and a Bible, the charges allege.
Parker also had a Crown Royal bag containing 10 shotgun
shells that was tied to his belt, the complaint says. Parker claimed he had
left the shotgun home, but police subsequently found a loaded pistol-grip
shotgun in the rear of the home, police said.
Asked what he was doing at the home, Parker told police
he was there to “look for ghosts,” according to police. Parker told police he
did not know the owner but knows people who do, the charges say.
The story begins in February of 1756 in the midst of the French and Indian War. Early one morning, a group of Lenape emerged from the forests that covered the Blue Mountains of Albany Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Allied with the French, they were intent on murdering colonial families living on the frontier. An account of the attack was documented in a letter from (Jean) Valentine Probst to Jacob Levan:
I cannot omit writing about the dreadful circumstances of our Township, Albany. The Indians came yesterday morning, about 8:00 o’clock, to Frederick Reichelderfer’s house. As he was feeding his horses, two Indians ran upon him, and followed him into the field 10 or 12 perches behind; but he escaped and ran toward Jacob Gerhart’s house, with a design to fetch arms. When he came nearer Gerhart’s, he heard a lamentable cry “Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus,” which made him run back towards his own house, but before he got quite home, he saw his house and stables in flames; and heard all the cattle bellowing, and thereupon he ran away again.
Two of his children were shot, one of them was found dead in his field, the other was found alive and brought to Hagenbuch’s house but died three hours after. All his grain and cattle were burnt up. At Jacob Gerhart’s they had killed one man, two women, and six children. Two children slipped under the bed; one of which was burned; the other escaped and ran a mile to get to people. We desire help, or we must leave our homes.
Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood in 1878, these tranquil resting
grounds are truly something to behold. It’s not uncommon to see a herd of
whitetail deer grazing along the grassy slopes, or a rafter of wild turkeys
gobbling amongst themselves between the endless rows of headstones.
For the first time,
the Hospital Block will be open for public tours
Beginning Friday, May 5, Eastern State Penitentiary will
let the public into Cellblock 3. Also called the Hospital Block, the wing has
never before been available for public tours due to the space’s severe
“A series of stabilization projects has made it
possible for visitors to safely enter the long-abandoned medical wing,”
Eastern State Penitentiary stated in a press release.
Finally, visitors will be allowed to step past the gate
marked with a red cross. In the wing, they will see operating tables,
laboratories, a pharmacy, hydrotherapy rooms, the psychiatric department and a
number of medical artifacts.
Fifteen-minute guided tours will be offered several times
a day and will be included in general admission.