Miller's Church

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Legend has it that the 1930s Catholic Miller’s Church was taken over by devil worshippers, and practitioners sacrificed young girls inside its walls. And then, the church suddenly burned down. All that’s left is a parking lot and a big oak. And so the story goes, a couple was parked here one night when their car wouldn’t start. The boy went for help and when he returned, he found his girlfriend hanging from the oak tree. Some say her apparition still can be seen, as well as a phantom hearse that will chase away trespassers.

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Address:
21527 Millers Church Road
Hagerstown, MD
United States

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GPS:
39.720327, -77.6219304
County:
Washington County, Maryland
Nearest Towns:
Leitersburg, MD (1.9 mi.)
Ringgold, MD (3.0 mi.)
Reid, MD (3.1 mi.)
Waynesboro, PA (3.4 mi.)
Wayne Heights, PA (4.0 mi.)
Greensburg, MD (4.2 mi.)
Paramount-Long Meadow, MD (4.7 mi.)
Rouzerville, PA (4.8 mi.)
Edgemont, MD (5.2 mi.)
Smithsburg, MD (5.2 mi.)

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  1. There never was a Catholic church here. Sounds like a bigoted anti-Catholic story from the local KKK. Please check your source and don’t contribute to bigotry.

  2. I’m not sure if it’s bigotry, to say an old church that happened to be Catholic at onep oint was lost BUT it shoudl be easy to document the site of the church as the Catholic church keeps very good records of that sort of thing.This isn’t some vague spot in theo ld west. Land has value and there would be records of it as the archdioses survives.

  3. once proven one way or the other that will be that part of the story but what about the girl hanging herself? The doesn’t have to be related to the church that was or wasn’t there. any details on that?

  4. BETWEEN 1979 1ND 1995 I MADE MANY RIDES BACK THIS ROAD TO SPOOK PEOPLE AND TO HANG OUT IN THE DAYTIME. YES, IT IS HAUNTED. MY FRIENDS AND i HAVE SEEN THINGS. WE USED TO HOOK SCHOOL, IN THE DAYTIME AND GO HERE. WE HAVE SEEN MANY THINGS. WE WERE CHASED BY A HEARST AND SAW PEOPLE IN THE WOODS , DRESSED IN HOODS WALKING WITH CANDLES, ON ROUTE TO THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH SAT RIGHT ALONG THE EDGE OF THE ROAD BY THE CURVE. THERE USED TO BE A LARGE CIRCLE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH THAT HAD BURNT ROPES AND WOOD LAYING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CIRCLE. IT WAS NOT A SMALL CIRCLE, IT WAS A LARGE CIRCLE. I WOULD GUESS ABOUT 10 FEET-12 FEET IN DIAMETER. I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WAS BURNT DOWN EXACTLY, BUT ON ONE THE MY RIDES THERE , TO SHOW MY CHILDREN, THE CHURCH WAS GONE, BURNT DOWN TO THE GROUND. tHIS PLACE ALWAYS MADE ME HAVE AN ERIE FEELING AND IT WOULD GET REALLY COLD WINDS AND BREEZES EVEN ON HOT SUMMER DAYS. WE SAW A LITTLE GIRL IN THE FEILD TO THE LEFT, OF THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH, JUST RUNNING THROUGH THE FEILD, BY HERSELF, AND NO ONE ELSE WAS AROUND, AND THEN SUDDENLY, SHE DISSAPEARED. A LOT OF WEIRD THINGS WENT ON WITH THE ENTIRE ROAD, HOUSES, AND PEOPLE IN THAT AREA. THERE USED TO BE A CREEPY BRIDGE AT THE END OF THE ROAD, THAT WAS AN IRON BRIDGE, THAT , I WAS TOLD, YOU COULD HEAR BABIES CRYING AT NIGHT, FROM WHERE THE SATANIC WORSHIPORS WOULD KILL AND SACRIFICE BABIES AND THROW THEM INTO THE CREEK IN BAGS, OR HANG THEM FROM THE BRIDGE TO PROVE THERE SACRIFICES WERE FINISHED.

    • I agree with you!!! I grew up there and as a teen, between 1979 and 1988, we saw all kinds of things. The hearse would chase us too. We would see a bon fire on our way there, but once we get to the church there was nothing. We used to go read the graves and some would have flowers on them. I used to have the piano keys that had blood on them but who knows what happened to them. We’d find dead animals inside the church too. We also saw the hooded figures. I know the current owner, the one who tore the church down. Too bad.

  5. I believe it is haunted, I’ve seen it w my own eyes! One night about 2am my boyfriend (at the time) and I were parked there where the church was (before the guard rails were added) and has we were we sitting there we heard singing like in a choir it freaked me out but yes could be explainable, but was just freaky for me so I locked my doors en put the windows up, a little later we saw a white limo come driving by, kinda freaky to see a white limo that late at night but then it came by again so courous as to what and why it was on that road we pulled out to follow it and in a short distance it just disappeared no sign of it any more!! We left! But I do take friends and family back that road showing them and sharing my story, one night we went back that road we found a group of kids standing in the middle of the road they lost control on the turn and their car ended up off the road in a ditch, since then guard rails have been put up on both sides of that turn!!

    • Hi Linda, I to use to go there parking when I was younger but never heard anything like that, We would be always on the look out for things but never saw any, That had to freak you out.
      Lisa

  6. I have heard 2 different stories but the one I think is most believable was there was a small church there that was for some servants that worked on the farm across the street. When slavery ended the slave owner locked the servants in the church and burnt it to the ground. Whether it true or not I have no idea but it is haunted. I have been out there late at night and have heard crying and faint screaming. Saw head lights that didn’t look like a normal car. Felt like I was being watched.

    • There are a lot of Mennonite families around that area, but not Amish. I think you’ve mistaken one for the other. My mother used to deliver the Morning Herald on that road years ago. I’ve been through that area multiple times, but have never seen anything. My mother, on the other hand, came past there one morning and saw a car sitting there. As she drove past, the “person” in the car lowered the paper they were reading. When she looked directly at them, instead of a human face, she saw the head of a goat. I don’t know if it was a prank or something paranormal, but it scared her enough that she refused to deliver on that road by herself from then on.

    • Jacob, How long ago were there ? one time when I was parking along the road late at night right next to the graveyard and we saw some people walking along the road ? was wondering if it might have been you. I have to admit I am very intrigue with that place.
      Lisa

    • We went to the graves in the woods and got spooked so we went to the “newer” church up the road to have a cigarette. This was 1998 I believe. While we were sitting outside on a ledge from the church lawn and we heard a distinct female scream from inside or around the church. There were 3 of us – no words were spoken. We all instantly jumped up and ran to our vehicle.

  7. Been there at the church and small cemetary a few times late at night in the late 80s as a teenager..each time was scary but the only thing I remember specifically is being chased out of there by a large dark car and that is no bullshit.

  8. A boy heard foots steps in the grave yard and a guy and girls voice giggle and ask if we were broke down and ask us if we were on but didn’t see them freaky

  9. YES, YES, YES, AND YES!!!!!!! Having to be an extremely positive believer in the paranormal, I have actually had my first experience with the “other side” while in a relationship with my then high school sweetheart. I will not mention her name for privacy reasons, but she was actually working at the Leitersburg movie theater at the time of this incident. After viewing a movie one late night, she explained to me how she knew of a “short cut” back to her home in Waynesboro, PA. Knowing that there are several ways to travel back to Waynesboro, and being the easily convinced type at the time, I went blindly along with this plan. We had left the theater, and not fully recognizing the area we were in, I had immediately noticed she was turning down a road with the name on the sign as being, “Miller’s Church Rd.” Now I had been told some pretty shocking, and pretty damn creepy stories of this area. The Satanic worship, the church burning, and the infamous phantom hearse. Well being the skeptic I was at the time, I believed in no way of this ever coming to fruition. After traveling down the road for sometime, I noticed up ahead in the distance what looked like to be a elementary school type building. What made said building so curiously creepy was the fact that it was smack dab in the middle of a gravel paved piece of land and was lit by only a singular street lamp type of lighting. Since the only other way to pass the property and get back on to a main road was to travel down a very narrow, unmarked back road, my girlfriend turned around in the lot of the “new” church. To my absolute shock and pure lump in the throat type moment, a black vehicle of an unknown make and model immediately darted right behind us like a literal bat out of hell. It was if he was the chauffeur of Satan himself. What seemed like a few dozen minutes turning in to only seconds, the vehicle was gone as if it were a complete and utter dream. Point being, as Jason on this forum said, the phantom hearse is NO BULLSHIT! Check it out for yourself if your skeptic ; ) This event took place in the winter of 2003.

    • Seems like its quite restless over there at the cemetary, Millers Road. Would the spirits go out of their way to harm someone that wants to pay a respectful visit?

  10. Yes this place is very haunted with spirits who DO NOT want you there. In 1989 after long meadow fire works we went to “peace chapel” which is millers church, I was chased by headlights so I turned around to follow them instead and lost the vehicle then I turned back around to finish parking at the church and we passed a black long vehicle and it pulled out and the chase was on… I was going so fast I quickly turned onto another back road misjudged a turn and ended up in a stone farm lane. We waited and went back. I wouldn’t give up I was drawn there…. The church was still there then and it was so ice cold inside I felt sick then we left. Didn’t go back till it was torn down. To this day I have my own personal relationship with that place. Respect.

  11. While me and a group of friends were there at night we heard chains dropping, as if someone was walking towards us. And a figure was moving across the cemetary

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