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15 Creepy Stories And Urban Legends From Pennsylvania

Updated February 4, 2020 45.9k views15 items

Filled with sites of incredible historic importance, Pennsylvania could be home to some fairly high-profile ghosts. With the likes of George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe, there's no shortage of famous deceased people who've reportedly been spotted wandering around Pennsylvania. From dark woods to historical buildings, from weird weather phenomena to eerie roads, these Pennsylvania ghost stories are really something else.  

Pennsylvania is known as one of the most haunted states in the country for a reason. Whether you want to take a stroll through one of the most famous abandoned prisons on Earth, sit in a chair that's rumored to end people, or take a selfie with a ghost bride, you can do it all in Pennsylvania.   

Some of these urban legends from Pennsylvania are even based in fact or have turned out to have real-life twists even more bizarre than the tales that sprung up around them. If you want to know all about the goblins, ghosts, gateways to hell, and weather-controlling hags lurking in Pennsylvania, read on. 

  • The Devil's Road

    Cossart Road in southeastern Pennsylvania has such a notorious aura of evil that M. Night Shyamalan filmed The Village right beside it. On this road, the trees inexplicably bend away from the road as if recoiling in horror. Further into the woods stands a massive abandoned stone mansion that locals insist was owned by a member of the du Pont family, one of the richest families in America.

    It's said that in that house, the famous family inbred to keep control of their wealth, while also secretly eliminating any deformed or sickly children that came from these unions.

  • The Goblin Of Easton

    According to legend, a corrupt monk in Easton, PA, made a fortune blackmailing the wealthy after they confessed their sins to him. He grew more greedy and was eventually sentenced to be executed after beating an old woman until she perished.

    As the story goes, immediately after he passed, he transformed into a monstrous, clawed goblin and took to the woods. It's said that he ate five of his fellow monks before the rest fled the state, leaving the monastery in ruins behind them. 

  • The Storm Hag Of Lake Eerie

    The Great Lakes are known for their randomly intense and inexplicable storms. For centuries, sailors on Lake Erie have blamed these occurrences on the Storm Hag. She is described as a hideous demon that lives beneath the lake. She sings a quiet song before rising from the waves, spitting lightning, and conjuring up the kinds of storms that can swallow a ship and its crew whole.

    To this day, they say you can still hear her screaming.  

  • Congelier Mansion

    Formerly known as one of the most haunted houses in America, this Pittsburgh mansion has a dark and twisted past. In 1871, the mistress of the house discovered her husband was cheating on her with the maid. In a rage, she stabbed her husband and cut the maid's head off.

    For 20 years, the mansion stayed vacant. The next people who moved in quickly left due to the constant sounds of a woman's sobs and screams. Around 1900, it was taken by a doctor, who was soon discovered to be using the home for horrifying experiments on both the living and the deceased.

    The house had a long history of strange ends, and Thomas Edison even came to study the house while working on a machine that was supposed to communicate with the departed. It no longer stands, as in 1927, it was incinerated in a gas storage tank explosion that wiped out everything within 20 miles.