The Murder of William Musser

Walking among the stones of Howard Cemetery, I was not sure if I even had the correct cemetery. Sources vary on the burial location of the man I was searching for as the book from the genealogical society stated he was buried here, while newspapers from the time of his death record he was buried … Continue reading The Murder of William Musser

The Giant Ghost of Brush Valley

“Do you know the cemetery at Yearick’s Church is haunted?” Brenda, a former co-worker asked one day while we were on break. I admitted I was not familiar with the story and eagerly listened as she spoke. “My grandpa used to tell us about a large, black figure that roamed the cemetery. When he was … Continue reading The Giant Ghost of Brush Valley

Ghosts of the Garman

Note: Before I start this article, on September 9, 2012, the historic theater burned to the ground. A new building has been erected on the ashes of the ruined theater. The Garman stood along East High Street, across from the Centre County Court House. It has been replaced with an office building. After being closed … Continue reading Ghosts of the Garman

Trotter’s Curse: Part Two

The Antes Schoolhouse at Black Moshannon State Park. Located along Route 504 - the Philadelphia-Erie Turnpike Note: The first part of this article can be found here: Part One It was freezing outside as I huddled in the warmth of the vehicle that was buffeted by the wind. My initial plan was to get out of … Continue reading Trotter’s Curse: Part Two

Along the Way: The Sad Spirit of Swamp Church

Note: The Bethesda Evangelical Church is on private property. Please respect it and no trespassing. Tucked away on a small dirt road, deep in the countryside between Penns and Brush Valleys, is a small church that maintains its pastoral setting despite the world modernizing around it. Though it is still open for special services and … Continue reading Along the Way: The Sad Spirit of Swamp Church

September 11: Remembering Jonas

Note: All the yearbook entries are in italics and are the words that Jonas wrote in middle and high school. I did not correct any of the spelling errors in his writings – they’re his words and I would not have felt right changing them It has been eighteen years. Eighteen years. It feels like … Continue reading September 11: Remembering Jonas