The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part Three

The Kettle Creek Reservoir Note: The first parts of this article can be found here Part One  and here Part Two. I arrived at Hammersley Fork and stepped out into the heat of the July afternoon. Parking in the area of the bridge was non-existent, so I grabbed a couple items and made the short walk to … Continue reading The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part Three

The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part Two

The Kettle Creek Valley Note: The first part of The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley can be found here: Part One As I stood looking over the Kettle Creek Reservoir, I knew I had more questions about the restless spirit the roams the valley. H. Cranmer, who was the “expert” on the ghost of … Continue reading The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part Two

The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part One

The Kettle Creek Valley I stepped out of the vehicle and took in the view of the Kettle Creek Reservoir. Nearby, the Alvin R. Bush Dam continues to serve its function of flood control. The dam forever changed the valley as it flooded former homesteads. Note: More about how the erection of the Alvin R. … Continue reading The Headless Frenchman of the Kettle Creek Valley: Part One

The Ghost of Gordon Mountain

Fog covered the mountaintops as Mike and I made our way southward towards the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in northern Berks County. Although we both knew finding any birds, raptors or otherwise, was nearly impossible due to the fog and rain, we were not about to let the bad weather keep us from our goal. Between … Continue reading The Ghost of Gordon Mountain

Along the Way: Herline and Turner Covered Bridges

Herline Covered Bridge. Insert: Turner Covered Bridge Note: This is a part of the Bedford County Covered Bridge tour I went on. Each bridge in the tour has directions from the previous bridge. In all, eight covered bridges will be featured in this tour. The tour order is: Osterburg, Snooks, Knisley and Ryot, Cuppett and … Continue reading Along the Way: Herline and Turner Covered Bridges

The Woodward Shoot-Out

In Pennsylvania Mountain Stories, Henry Shoemaker records the story of the outlaw Silas Werninger. Silas was a local trouble-maker known throughout the region. One night, after an argument between him and two men, Silas pulled his gun and shot the two men, killing one of them instantly. Silas fled the scene and hid in the … Continue reading The Woodward Shoot-Out