Bucks County is home to historical towns, charming main streets and landmark locations. Yet, Bucks County’s historical past has left behind some spooky tales. There are many hotels, inns and bewitching bed-and-breakfasts that give guests chilling and haunting experiences they will never forget! Below are 5 lodging attractions that have been reported with sights and sounds of the past...
This inn is believed to be the oldest continuously operated inn in the United States. It was first established in 1681 as the Ferry House by Samuel Clift. The inn was a main stopping point on the road from New York to Philadelphia. With more than 300 years of being in operation, many ghosts have been seen and heard! For example, a full-bodied apparition of a man dressed in 1800s apparel often makes an appearance and there are sounds of babies crying and silverware moving. Today, the inn is an operating restaurant, complete with am outdoor riverfront patio.
Built in the 1740s, it was originally known as The Lumberville Hotel and served as a haven for river travelers, traders, and sportsmen. The hotel was first owned by a man that went by ‘Hans’. In the early 1800s, a group of immigrant workers arrived in Solebury to build the canal. Hans got into a dispute with one of the workers and was stabbed to death. The barstool he sat on when murdered is still in the Canal Tavern today. Some have noted a large, burly man lurking near the crime scene.
Another famous ghost is "The Woman in White". She has been seen wandering the halls of the hotel and sitting in a guest room with a pearl-handled revolver in her lap. According to legend, she found her husband and his mistress in one of the guest rooms. Distraught and angry, she killed them, then turned the gun on herself. Guests report that her presence is precipitated by the smell of lavender.
Andrew McMinn first opened The Temperance House in 1772. The site became the gathering place for those in battle during the Revolutionary War. There are beliefs that two little girls and one boy lived in the hotel during this time and still reside on the second floor. They manifest themselves by moving around gadgets, ornaments and a child’s ball.
This colonial manor house was built in 1790. Set on almost six acres, this bed-and-breakfast rests between New Hope’s downtown and Washington Crossing Park. There are three known spirits who frequent the two oldest bedrooms/sitting areas from the original home. First is a female entity of an elderly woman. She died in the two-room suite located in the attic. Sounds of the spinning wheel have been heard in the guestroom.
Second, is John Scott, the original owner of the home. He is known to wake up women who stay in either one of these original bedrooms with a lovely kiss on the cheek in the morning. Third is a child entity, a young boy that loves playtime.
Established in 1772 by John Wells, this tavern holds stories of New Hope’s earliest residents that never left the charming quarters of the historic building. It is the fifth oldest continuing operating inn in the country. My husband, Justin and I had the privilege of meeting with the General Manager, Maggie, to receive a tour of the Inn. As soon as we stepped into the building, we noticed a large portrait painting of a man and a woman. Later we learned, they are Carl and Emily Lutz - owners of the inn during the year of 1904. Emily died peacefully in guestroom #6.
Throughout the years, guests have witnessed shadow figures on the bed in guestroom #6. Justin and I got to see the guestroom, and as soon as we walked in, the lights started flickering when Maggie was talking about Emily and her photograph on the wall. I can’t believe what we witnessed! Equally as spooky, guests have also witnessed orbs or even a face when they snap a picture of the large portrait painting of Carl and Emily. See the bottom photo from May 2018.