As one of America’s oldest inland cities, Lancaster has tons of history and stories from the past. Some tales are a little spookier than others. Many of the places where these events occurred are said to be haunted, even today.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these six places have history that may contribute to eerie occurrences.
Regarded as one of the most haunted places in Lancaster, the Haldeman Mansion dates back to the 1700s. Sightings, including a grouchy man, a little girl, a teenage boy, and a jovial, singing female servant, have been reported. The lingering spirits may be due to the unmarked graves found under the building when plumbing and electric were added to the property.
Lancaster’s oldest theatre is also one of our most haunted locations. Reports of hauntings date back to before the theatre was even erected, since the theatre was built on the foundation of the old Lancaster jail. This was the location of the Paxton Boys massacre, where 14 Conestoga Indians were murdered.
With a history dating back to the 1800s, Bube’s Brewery may be home to spirits. Staff and customers have reported seeing a woman in a long gown and the apparition of a man. Having appeared on the TV show Ghost Hunters, Bube’s is well known for its eerie happenings.
Railroad House Inn
Dating back to the 1820s, this restaurant and inn is a haunted hot spot. From men who worked nearby to a young girl in Victorian-style clothing, customers and guests at the inn have experienced apparitions in various areas around the property.
Rock Ford Plantation
As the historic home of General Edward Hand, the sound of footsteps and muffled conversations have been reported at Rock Ford Plantation. Going beyond noises and apparitions, visitors have reported “phantom smells” – from tobacco smoke to food cooking in the kitchen.
Franklin & Marshall College
Built in the 1850s, Franklin & Marshall’s Old Main Building was reportedly built on the site of Lancaster’s “Gallows Hill,” where criminals were hanged after trial. Paranormal activity has been reported, including the bell tolling at night by itself.
If you want to learn more about the potentially haunted locations around Lancaster City and Strasburg, Ghost Tours of Lancaster has you covered, and are available nightly through October.
Resources: “Top 8 Most Haunted Places in Lancaster, PA.” HauntedRooms.com, Sept. 2018