HAUNTED MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Montco's Ghostly Legends
Valley Forge and Montgomery County have witnessed a great amount of history, some heroic, some tragic. It should come as no surprise that tales of ghosts and hauntings have been attached to some of our most historic homes and attractions. Here are a few of Montgomery County's legendary haunts.
The sites listed here are for entertainment purposes only; no actual claim of authenticity is implied in their inclusion in this listing. Also, be aware that these locations may or may not be open to the public - especially after dark. Because of the nature of several of these places, we ask that visitors are considerate and respectful.
BLACK POWDER TAVERN
1164 Valley Forge Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
A dining room renovation several years ago featured a sports bar theme. As modifications continued, the staff reported a number of oddities. Despite locked doors, several posters were removed from the walls overnight, and a ladder was folded and tucked into a corner, as if someone were unhappy with the modern overlay. In 2013, the restaurant returned to its Colonial-style interior, and since then, all has been quiet.
859 County Line Rd
Horsham, PA 19044
Keith House, onsite at the park, was a summer residence of Sir William Keith, Governor of Colonial Pennsylvania. In the 18th century, ownership passed to Dr. Thomas Graeme, a step-son-in-law, whose daughter later married against his wishes. According to legend, that daughter (Elizabeth "Maggie" Graeme), her husband and a servant continue to walk the estate.
183 Moredon Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Rumors tell of a mansion onsite that burned to the ground in the 1800s. Some people report, to this day, the scent of smoldering wood and the sound of wailing, especially on dark winter nights.
PAOLI BATTLEFIELD HISTORICAL PARK
One E. First Ave
Malvern, PA 19355
The Paoli Battlefield Historical Park was site of one of the most gruesome battles of the American Revolution. The British troops attacked the Americans at midnight with bayonets and swords leaving many dead, and perhaps a few spirits in their wake. If you'd like to see for yourself, the park hosts special public paranormal investigations.
VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
1400 North Outer Line Dr
King of Prussia, PA 19406
The encampment at Valley Forge took a heavy toll on Revolutionary War soldiers, but in reality, few men actually passed away onsite. To keep disease in check, ailing soldiers were removed almost immediately and hospitalized nearby. That said, there have been sightings of Continental soldiers standing on redoubts on stormy nights - as well as the distant sound of musket fire by moonlight.
ABINGTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Abington, PA 19001
Founded in 1714, this house of worship is the oldest Presbyterian church in Montgomery County and the third oldest in Pennsylvania. Twenty-one graves were moved in 1946, when York Road was widened. Since then, what is thought to be the ghost of a child has been seen wandering the vicinity.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 308
Willow Grove, PA 19090
The building housing the American Legion in Willow Grove was originally a 1700s farmhouse. Despite many renovations and uses over the decades (including time as an apartment building), spirits remain here, so says conjecture. A lady in black has been spotted near the fireplace, and a tall, shadowy man reportedly frequents the third floor.
BARREN HILL TAVERN & BREWERY
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
When General Lafayette used this building during the Revolution, it was known as Three Tuns. Unexplained sightings have included a woman on the second floor, an elderly gentleman near the kitchen and several beings on the grounds.
BLACK HORSE INN
Flourtown, PA 19031
When this building first welcomed overnight guests in 1744, it was known as Sampson & the Lion. Inexplicable happenings here include reports of sudden drops in temperature, voices emanating from nowhere and photographs showing orbs and what is said to be a child sitting on a bed. NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
RISING SUN INN
Telford, PA 18969
The building dates to 1739, leaving 275 years' history to accumulate within its walls. Cleaning staff has reported that, while moving furniture to vacuum, it will be returned to its original position. Footsteps, noises and voices have also been heard, without identifiable sources.
Norristown, PA 19401
As one of the oldest homes in the borough, this Federal-style building has seen numerous owners; it stands to reason, then, that some may have continued residing there, even in the afterlife. Weird occurrences include the ringing of servants' bells and whispered voices in the hallways. The mansion is open for special haunted events every October.