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Philly's Thirteen Most Likely Sites For a Haunting

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Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you've got to admit that Philly has a long history and a wealth of creepy places. While it's possible there's a logical explanation for all the ghost sightings and supernatural occurrences at these sites, it's more fun to attribute them to ghosts. Here's a map of thirteen haunted places in the Philly area for Halloween


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1. The Gary Hednik House

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3520 North Marshall Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

This inconspicuous house was the site of horrifying events that transpired in this house are said to have inspired "Hannibal" the movie. If there ever was a place ripe for a haunting, it's this house.

2. MOVE Headquarters

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6221 Osage Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

In 1985, Philadelphia became the city that bombed itself when the police department dropped a bomb on 6221 Osage Ave, burning down 61 neighboring homes and killing 11.

3. Washington Square

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210 W Washington Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-2775

Most people don't know that Washington Square, which is currently a pleasant public park, had a former life as a mass burial ground. The park first served as a potter's field (a slave's burial ground,) before becoming a burial site for dead American soldiers during the Revolutionary war, and a burial ground for Yellow Fever victims when an epidemic hit Philly in 1793. [Photo by Laura Kicey]

4. The Marty Graham House

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1631 North 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

In 1987, Marty Graham strangled seven women in the home he rented. When he was evicted, their bodies were found inside the home, which was later demolished.

5. Lex Street

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816 North Lex Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

In 2000, a shooting occured on Lex Street that took the lives of seven people. Though the Phiadelphia Housing Authority tried to remake the street in the image of suburbia in 2007, the site remains a likely candidate for a haunting. [Photo via Philadelphia Real Estate Blog]

6. Oregon Diner

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302 W Oregon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 462-5566
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This diner was built on the site of Philly's first mass murder: a disgruntled farmhand killed his boss, his boss' family, another farmhand, and a family friend at this site in 1866. Nearly 100 years later, a mob hit transpired in the diner.

7. Mount Moriah Cemetery

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Mount Moriah Cemetery occupies a sprawling 380 acres at the western edge of the city. The cemetery is technically closed, trapped in legal limbo, and in a state of disrepair. If there ever were a site for a haunting, this is it. [Photo from Abandoned but not Forgotten]

8. Cliveden

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6401 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 848-1777

One of the deadliest battles of the Revolutionary War, the battle of Germantown, left 70 soldiers dead on the grounds of Cliveden. There are still bloodstains on the walls, and the ghost of an elderly, headless woman is said to wander the site.

9. Baleroy Mansion

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111 West Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Perhaps the historical artifacts once stored inside drew the spirits of their owners to the Baleroy Mansion. Whatever the reason, strange occurances and inexplicable apparitions are common at the site.

10. Moshulu

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401 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-2500
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Before it was a floating restaurant, the Moshulu was a warship during World War I. 28 people have died aboard the boat, and staff report odd occurrences and hauntings.

11. Eastern State Penitentiary

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2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-3300
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Considered a model prison in its day, Eastern State Penitentiary is a known haunted area. There is also a haunted house attraction hosted in the former prison each year.

12. Pennhurst Insane Asylum

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Originally called the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic, this asylum was the site of widespread patient abuse and was closed in 1983.

13. First Bank of the United States

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116 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-5801

After losing his life in a duel to Aaron Burr, the ghost of Alexander Hamilton is said to have returned to the national bank he founded as a ghost.

1. The Gary Hednik House

3520 North Marshall Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

This inconspicuous house was the site of horrifying events that transpired in this house are said to have inspired "Hannibal" the movie. If there ever was a place ripe for a haunting, it's this house.

3520 North Marshall Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

2. MOVE Headquarters

6221 Osage Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143

In 1985, Philadelphia became the city that bombed itself when the police department dropped a bomb on 6221 Osage Ave, burning down 61 neighboring homes and killing 11.

6221 Osage Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

3. Washington Square

210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Most people don't know that Washington Square, which is currently a pleasant public park, had a former life as a mass burial ground. The park first served as a potter's field (a slave's burial ground,) before becoming a burial site for dead American soldiers during the Revolutionary war, and a burial ground for Yellow Fever victims when an epidemic hit Philly in 1793. [Photo by Laura Kicey]

210 W Washington Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. The Marty Graham House

1631 North 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

In 1987, Marty Graham strangled seven women in the home he rented. When he was evicted, their bodies were found inside the home, which was later demolished.

1631 North 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

5. Lex Street

816 North Lex Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

In 2000, a shooting occured on Lex Street that took the lives of seven people. Though the Phiadelphia Housing Authority tried to remake the street in the image of suburbia in 2007, the site remains a likely candidate for a haunting. [Photo via Philadelphia Real Estate Blog]

816 North Lex Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

6. Oregon Diner

302 W Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

This diner was built on the site of Philly's first mass murder: a disgruntled farmhand killed his boss, his boss' family, another farmhand, and a family friend at this site in 1866. Nearly 100 years later, a mob hit transpired in the diner.

302 W Oregon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

7. Mount Moriah Cemetery

Philadelphia, PA 19142

Mount Moriah Cemetery occupies a sprawling 380 acres at the western edge of the city. The cemetery is technically closed, trapped in legal limbo, and in a state of disrepair. If there ever were a site for a haunting, this is it. [Photo from Abandoned but not Forgotten]

8. Cliveden

6401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

One of the deadliest battles of the Revolutionary War, the battle of Germantown, left 70 soldiers dead on the grounds of Cliveden. There are still bloodstains on the walls, and the ghost of an elderly, headless woman is said to wander the site.

6401 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

9. Baleroy Mansion

111 West Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Perhaps the historical artifacts once stored inside drew the spirits of their owners to the Baleroy Mansion. Whatever the reason, strange occurances and inexplicable apparitions are common at the site.

111 West Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118

10. Moshulu

401 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Before it was a floating restaurant, the Moshulu was a warship during World War I. 28 people have died aboard the boat, and staff report odd occurrences and hauntings.

401 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Considered a model prison in its day, Eastern State Penitentiary is a known haunted area. There is also a haunted house attraction hosted in the former prison each year.

2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

12. Pennhurst Insane Asylum

Spring City, PA 19475

Originally called the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic, this asylum was the site of widespread patient abuse and was closed in 1983.

13. First Bank of the United States

116 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

After losing his life in a duel to Aaron Burr, the ghost of Alexander Hamilton is said to have returned to the national bank he founded as a ghost.

116 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106