Secret of the Stone Fortress

The forests of Pennsylvania still hold secrets waiting to be discovered “Have you ever heard of Shoemaker’s story about a stone fortress located near Houtzdale?” I had known Gary for twenty-some years, having met him while doing research. Also a collector of folklore, Gary focuses his spare time studying the folklore of lost treasures. “I … Continue reading Secret of the Stone Fortress

The White Buck of Ingleby

Looking towards the community of Ingleby from Penns View “Are you familiar with the White Buck of Ingleby?” Jim asked. I had finished a presentation of local folklore and was enjoying listening to the stories being told by attendees. Jim had been sharing a number of stories he had heard over the years. Ingleby is … Continue reading The White Buck of Ingleby

Unsolved: The Murder of George Marks

Grave of George Marks, Port Matilda Turning onto the roadway leading to the Port Matilda Presbyterian Cemetery, I immediately noticed the hillside ahead of me was covered with older graves. Those graves that clung to the steep hillside stood guard among the trees that had grown among the stones over the years. At one time … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of George Marks

Solved? Has Meyer Cemetery John Doe Been Identified?

Has Meyer Cemetery John Doe been Identified? Note: The original article about the unidentified victim can be found here: Meyer Cemetery John Doe. Since I first remember hearing about the four men killed in an accident in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 3, 2000, I have been left wondering the identity of one … Continue reading Solved? Has Meyer Cemetery John Doe Been Identified?

Daniel Karstetter’s Guardian Horseman

A scene in the Seven Mountains Traveling through the Seven Mountains region of Central Pennsylvania has always proved to be an adventure of its own. Away from the hustle and bustle of State College, the dirt roads that navigate the mountain range provide opportunities to see deer, turkey and bear. But driving through them provides … Continue reading Daniel Karstetter’s Guardian Horseman

Unsolved: Who Murdered Harold Guy Coll?

Unsolved murder victim, Bellefonte's Union Cemetery I was wandering the grounds of Bellefonte’s Union Cemetery photographing some of the notable people buried there, when I decided to seek out an ancestor buried near the grave of Governor Daniel Hastings. While I had a rough idea where she was buried, I found myself wandering back and … Continue reading Unsolved: Who Murdered Harold Guy Coll?