Kirk House

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We grew up in this pre-Revolutionary Farmhouse outside of Media, PA. My mother and three brothers all mentioned seeing an attractive woman in a white nightgown on several occasions. I personally never saw her, but I could sense her presence and pinpoint her location even when other’s couldn’t see her. There were two other spirits that I could clearly discern by sense: a protective fatherly persona that wondered the grounds outside the house and a not benevolent something in the basement.

Our dog absolutely refused to spend more than a minute or two in the basement and would quickly take off running for the stairs. Once, while I was working on repairing a small alarm clock in the basement, I suddenly became aware of the fact that something was in the shadows behind me. All of the lights had gone out, except for the work-light directly over my work-space. Even the lights in the laundry room area were out. Someone would have had to walk within arms length of me to flip the switch. Worst feeling I’d ever had there.

The woman was definitely benevolent. The dog would sit up, look expectantly up the steps as if it was someone she knew, and wag her tail whenever I sensed her coming down the steps. She liked children and especially babies. Our baby brother would stop crying shortly after she entered the room he was crying in and I could sense her nearby whenever I was lonely or depressed as a child. We believe she was a young woman who died in childbirth in a bedroom on the third floor in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I believe the family living there at the time were called the Matthews. An elderly man, who said the spirit might have been an older sister he never knew, stopped by in 1964 with photos of the house from when he was a young man.

I felt very comfortable with the wandering spirit in the back yard. It felt very fatherly and protective to me. I had the feeling it was the original owner (Benjamin Kirk) or one of his sons and was not related to the spirit of the woman in the house. I also got the feeling that it did not get along with the thing in the basement, and it may have even felt its job was to protect the house from it.

(Submitted by Rick Cole)

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Geographic Information

1041 Willowbrook Ln
Media, PA
United States

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39.930264, -75.395239
Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Nearest Towns:
Media, PA (1.0 mi.)
Rose Valley, PA (2.4 mi.)
Lima, PA (2.6 mi.)
Swarthmore, PA (3.1 mi.)
Springfield, PA (4.0 mi.)
Rutledge, PA (4.0 mi.)
Morton, PA (4.1 mi.)
Broomall, PA (4.1 mi.)
Brookhaven, PA (4.3 mi.)
Parkside, PA (4.6 mi.)


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