A Traveler’s Guide to a Spine-Chilling Visit
(Bucks County, PA) Bucks County's rich historical past has left behind some chilling haunted tales at its various historic attractions and lodging venues.
Could it be that many of the inns' house guests never checked out? Or perhaps previous residents of the area still have unfinished business to take care of? Ghostly tales are what make these unique destinations suitable for only the bravest.
Located only 75 miles from New York City, we encourage travelers to experience a hair-raising slumber or visit one of the county's most haunted locations... if you dare.
• Spend an eerie night in Room Six of the Logan Inn. Room Six has been rumored to house four individual ghosts, each with their own unique tale. The female ghost likes to linger while you sleep. The male ghost likes to appear in the bathroom mirror, and the two children enjoy waking you up with their chilling cries. Smell lavender? That usually means one of the spirits is near.
• Witness the ghost of former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr shuffle about the stairwell and second floor of the Aaron Burr House Bed and Breakfast in New Hope. Occupants claimed to have felt his presence and seen his ghostly figure.
• The Wedgwood Inn was once part of the Underground Railroad and housed many runaway slaves during the 19th century. It is believed that 12-year-old ex-slave, Sarah, still takes refuge at the inn. Her ghost has appeared at numerous occasions to various 12-year-old girls visiting the inn telling her story of slavery and escape.
• The walls of the Bolton Mansion tell of a tragic love story. A previous owner of the estate disowned his son after he fled to fight for the South in the Civil War. Unable to live with the guilt from his father, the rebel solider hung himself in the mansion. His body was found by the servant girl, his lover, who took her own life out of despair. Tours of the mansions are gladly offered by appointment.
• Craven Hall is believed to house an ex-solider dressed in 1700’s clothing. The young man appears in the windows on the first floor of the historical building. He has also been seen banging on the windows as if he is trying to escape. It is believed that his body is buried on the grounds and his banging is a desperate attempt to escape. Visitors interested in touring the facility are welcome at monthly open houses and special events throughout the year.
• The Black Bass Hotel’s revamped exterior cannot hide the remnants of its chilling past. Previous owner of the hotel, Hans, met his demise during a squabble with canal workers. It is said that Han’s ghost still hangs around the Empire Room in the hotel. The hotel has recently undergone a beautiful renovation and is open to overnight and dining guests.
• The Van Sant Bridge is thought to be one of the most haunted spots in the commonwealth. Known to locals as "Cry Baby Bridge," it has a sad story to be told. After an unmarried young woman with her newborn child was thrown out by her lover, she threw herself and her child over the bridge. It is said that if you stand on the bridge at night you can hear the cries of the child and the whispers of the young woman.
• Looking for a tour of one of the most haunted towns in the region? Take a lantern-led walk with a Ghost Tour of New Hope run exclusively by Adele Gamble. You may come across the phantom hitchhiker or see Aaron Burr pear through a window with sightless eyes. Tours run every Saturday night at 8pm through November and every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October. Tickets are $10 per person.
To learn more about these haunted locations, check out www.VisitBucksCounty.com
About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the VBC is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or “Like” us on www.Facebook.com/VisitBucksPA or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to the PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.
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