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

The Boos of New Bethel Cemetery

On one of my trips to Hawk Mountain, I had the opportunity to meet up with a former college classmate, Dan, who lived in the area.  The two of us hiked the trails while swapping stories of where life had taken us over the years. During the conversation, he asked if I still collected folklore … Continue reading The Boos of New Bethel Cemetery

The Haunts of Hawk Mountain

“It doesn’t look too promising up there,” Mike spoke as we approached our destination. I had to agree with his assessment - it had rained the night before and now a thick fog clung to the mountaintop. We were headed to Hawk Mountain and while Mike would normally be scanning the sky for birds, seeing … Continue reading The Haunts of Hawk Mountain

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

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

Along the Way: The Burial of Allen Ketlaw

As most of are aware, I love walking cemeteries. I enjoy looking at the artwork that covers many of the stones. I find the sayings chiseled into the stones interesting as I read what their families thought about the fate of their loved ones. I am fascinated by the interesting pieces of history that can … Continue reading Along the Way: The Burial of Allen Ketlaw