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 HalloweenRead More
Philly's Thirteen Most Likely Sites For a Haunting
The Gary Hednik House
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.
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.
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]
The Marty Graham House
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.
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]
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.
Mount Moriah Cemetery
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]
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.
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.
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.
Eastern State Penitentiary
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.
Pennhurst Insane Asylum
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.
First Bank of the United States
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.