Haunted Places in Downingtown, Pennsylvania



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    Ship Inn

    Exton, Pennsylvania

    5.2 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The Ship Inn is housed in a 1796 building, and also housed within is a mysterious ghost. Those who have seen him believe him to be from the 1700s as well, but his identity and story are unknown.


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    West Chester University

    West Chester, Pennsylvania

    6.7 miles from Downingtown, PA

    West Chester University's Ramsey Hall is believed to be haunted by namesake Dorothy Ramsey; Phillips Hall has several performing ghosts seen on the stage; and Hollinger Field House has a ghost called Drutz who hanged himself in the fourth-floor stairwell on homecoming weekend in the 1920s.


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    Thornbury Farm

    West Chester, Pennsylvania

    9 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The site where the final engagement of the Battle of Brandywine took place during the Revolution, Thornbury Farm is reportedly haunted by several ghosts. Although you would think the majority of the sightings would surround the tales of battle, the most famous ghost of Thornbury Farm is actually the ...


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    General Warren Inne

    Malvern, Pennsylvania

    9.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The building that houses the inn has been around since the days of the Revolutionary War, and many people believe that the place is haunted by soldiers who died in battle. The building was owned by loyalists during the War, and within its walls they plotted and tortured at ...


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    Brandywine River

    West Chester, Pennsylvania

    10.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Site of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Brandywine, this area is said to be rich with wartime ghosts. Soldiers, and even horses, haunt the area, and you may even hear sounds of battle echoing from long ago.


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    Polished Salon - Kennett Square

    Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

    11.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The Kennett Square building (now Polished Salon) is said to be haunted. The owners describe apparitions that brush past them, unexplained smells, and cold spots. The ghost of a little girl with long black hair is reported to have followed the owners home from the salon.


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    The Inn at St. Peter's Village

    Elverson, Pennsylvania

    11.7 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Originally built in 1881 as the Excursion House, the site became the Inn at St. Peter's Village in 2005. It is rumored to have long ago been a place where foxes were raised in the basement to supply the local huntsmen; the owner gives a nod to this bit of ...


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    Seven Stars Inn

    Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

    12.3 miles from Downingtown, PA

    This historic inn building, originally built in the 1700s, is said to be home to several spirits. Visitors may catch a glimpse of a ghost boy in an upstairs dining room, and the spirit of a man has been seen several times peering down the stairwell. Rumor has it that ...


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    Crier in the Country

    Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

    14 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The restaurant called Crier in the Country was believed to be haunted by former owner Lydia Powell, who manifested as poltergeist activity. Residual hauntings featuring dinner parties also have been reported. The restaurant is now closed.


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    Pennhurst State School and Hospital

    Spring City, Pennsylvania

    14.9 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Seen on many TV shows including Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and Extreme Paranormal, the historic Pennhurst State School and Hospital is reported to be a hotspot for paranormal activity.


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    Valley Forge

    Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

    15.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    There isn't an American alive who doesn't know the story of Valley Forge and the deprivations and hardships the Continental army suffered there. Although no physical battle was fought here, the battle against low morale, the elements, and hunger was a fierce one and many believe that those who ...


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    Red Rose Inn

    West Grove, Pennsylvania

    15.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Although this 1700s inn is currently closed and up for sale, it still is believed to have ghostly guests. Locals may tell you a tale of a murder suspect, Indian Joe, who was hanged in front of the inn and buried on the grounds. He was said to have killed ...


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    Brinton Lodge

    Douglassville, Pennsylvania

    16.7 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The 18th-century lodge, originally a one-room tavern until it was remodeled into a summer home, ended up as a bar and restaurant, now closed and vacant. Folks say the spot was haunted by several entities including a Lady in White, an elderly woman, Caleb Brinton, a ghost called Dapper Dan, ...


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    Kirk House

    Media, Pennsylvania

    17.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    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 ...


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    Valley Forge Military Academy and College

    Wayne, Pennsylvania

    17.3 miles from Downingtown, PA

    There have been many suicides on campus in the academy and the college, allegedly the historic Wheeler Hall is where most of the paranormal activity happens but there are also reports of paranormal things in Young Husband Hall (College). Wheeler Hall has been closed for almost 15 years but ...


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    Radnor Hotel

    Wayne, Pennsylvania

    18 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Previously called the St. David's Inn, the Radnor Hotel has a haunt in Suite 309. Witnesses say she appears near the ceiling over the master bed, crawls down the wall, and vanishes through the door to the hall. Folks in the hallway also have seen and heard her in the ...


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    Rockwood Mansion

    Wilmington, Delaware

    18.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The mansion on this 150-year-old estate museum is said to be haunted. Reports have been made of disembodied footsteps, cold spots, and the apparition of a man. Also heard here have been the sounds of ghostly children playing. The site has been featured on TV's My Ghost Story; ghost tours ...


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    Dead President's Tavern

    Wilmington, Delaware

    19 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Employees claim to hear manic laughter late at night while closing up and swear they have seen objects moved by an unseen force, such as game pieces in the game room. they also claim that the temperature in the pub can drop suddenly and they feel a heavy "presence". ...


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    Emily's

    Mohnton, Pennsylvania

    19.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    A young girl is said to haunt this restaurant, which has also gone by the names Martha's Vineyard and the Post Office Inn. It's now called Emily, after the ghost's nickname. Locals will tell you that as far back as they can remember, folks have talked about Emily the ghost. ...


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    Villanova University

    Villanova, Pennsylvania

    19.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Villanova University's 1963 gothic-style St. Mary's Hall is rumored to be haunted. A ghostly light has been seen (and heard) playing the organ, electrical anomalies have occurred in many rooms, and splashes have come from the empty pool. Campus legend says the ghost is a pregnant nun who had had ...


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    Bellevue Hall

    Wilmington, Delaware

    19.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    This home in the Bellevue State Park is reportedly home to several spirits. Staff says the second and third floors, which are closed to the public, are especially haunted. Here, spirits tinker with the electricity, move chairs, and can be heard laughing and screaming.


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    Selma Mansion

    Norristown, Pennsylvania

    19.9 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Reportedly haunted by members of the various families who lived and died here throughout the ages, there are several reports of disembodied voices, strange noises and various poltergeist-type activities associated with Selma Mansion.


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    Plank House

    Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

    20.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    This house was the residence of one of Blackboard's mistresses, and was built sometime during the 1790's. People have reported seeing strange lights in the house late at night, and being touched by an unseen presence. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Bryn Mawr College - Merion Hall

    Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

    20.7 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Bryn Mawr College's Merion Hall is rumored to be haunted by Lillian Vickers, who died in 1901. Lillian, according to campus legend, was happy and popular before she died, distraught over the fact that she had leprosy. In some versions, she jumped out a window of the third floor to ...


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    Yellow House Hotel

    Douglassville, Pennsylvania

    22 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The apparition of a woman has been seen by many in the Yellow House Hotel. Rumor has it that she committed suicide in one of the rooms.


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    Ridgewood Winery

    Birdsboro, Pennsylvania

    22.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    When the Lewis and Dick family built Ridgewood Farm in 1725 & 1811, we’re certain they would have never dreamed that one day the creation of these buildings would still be standing nearly 300 years later. A lot has happened over the years, to the residents and property, to still ...


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    Deer Park Tavern

    Newark, Delaware

    22.5 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The Deer Park Tavern is located on the former site of the St. Patrick's Inn, which burned down. George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe both are said to have stayed at St. Patrick's Inn. According to legend, Poe cursed the inn after slipping in the mud on the grounds. Ghostly ...


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    Christiana Fire Company Station 12

    Christiana, Delaware

    23.7 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Some say two ghosts, one evil and one kind, haunt the station, formerly known as Station 3. The evil spirit appears as a shadow in the engineer's room doorway. The kind ghost rarely is seen, but it is believed that he keeps the evil ghost from leaving the hallway where ...


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    General Wayne Inn

    Merion Station, Pennsylvania

    23.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    This onetime inn and tavern on the National Register of Historic Places is said to be haunted by several entities. In the 1704 building, named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne who once stayed here, folks have seen the spirits of a Hessian soldier, a British officer looking for a locket, ...


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    General Lafayette Inn - Barren Hill Tavern

    Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

    24.6 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Reports say this inn will reopen in 2013/2014 as Barren Hill Tavern. Once known as the "Three Tuns," the inn dates back to the 18th century when General Lafayette used the building during the American Revolution. There is a ghost of an elderly woman who appears in the upstairs dining room; ...


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    Elk Forge Bed and Breakfast

    Elk Mills, Maryland

    24.9 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The 1700s building was once part of a mill where British soldiers came and demanded flour during the Revolutionary War. The miller put ground glass in the flour, but the soldiers caught him and hanged him for treason. The miller's apparition, voice, and footsteps have been detected by witnesses.


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    Amstel House Museum

    New Castle, Delaware

    25 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The 17th-century house was originally built by Dr. John Finney; his son David Finney built a home across the street. An underground tunnel connected the two. A ghost who is thought to be one of the family members haunts both residences. At the Amstel House Museum, the presence seems to ...


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    David Finney Inn

    New Castle, Delaware

    25.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    David Finney Inn used to be a bed-and-breakfast, but reports say it is no longer in business. The 17th-century inn was built across the street from David's father's home, now the Amstel House Museum. An underground tunnel connected the two. A ghost who is thought to be one of the ...


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    Jessop's Tavern

    New Castle, Delaware

    25.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Reports say this tavern offers more than traditional English fare like shepherd's pie, pot roast, stew and fish and chips, it also is haunted. Tavern employees are said to be willing to share their stories about their resident ghost.


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    Cooch's Bridge

    Newark, Delaware

    25.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    This is the historic site of the first battle of the American Revolution at which the Stars and Stripes was flown. Legend has it that a British soldier whose head was shot off in the battle still appears here on foggy, moonless nights as a headless apparition.


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    Salem Church Road

    Newark, Delaware

    25.9 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Local stories say every night at around midnight, a ghostly family of six can be seen walking across the road. They were hanged for witchcraft nearby in the early 1900s. Rumor has it that a great number of car accidents occur here around this hour.


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    Black Horse Inn

    Flourtown, Pennsylvania

    26.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    At this mid-1700s inn building, said to have been used as a rest stop by George Washington and his men en route to Valley Forge, folks say the spirit set is hopping. Sudden cold temperatures, footsteps, and unexplained voices abound, and photographs taken of the inside have picked up orbs, ...


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    Allen's Lane

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    26.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    It's a headless horseman's ghost that rides here, a Revolutionary War soldier who lost his head in battle. On foggy, dreary nights, he is said to ride by on horseback carrying his severed noggin. Reports say although the story dates from the Revolutionary War period of the 1700s, the horseman ...


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    Baleroy Mansion

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    26.9 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Thomas Jefferson is among the ghosts said to haunt here; at least seven spirits are reported. Some manifest as apparitions, some ectoplasm, and some as poltergeist pranks. U.S. Founding Father Jefferson, witnesses say, likes to appear in the dining room, near a tall clock. There is also a cursed chair ...


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    Philadelphia Zoo

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    27 miles from Downingtown, PA

    There are three locations here that are said to be homes to haunts: the Treehouse Building, the Pennrose Building, and the John Penn House. Full-body apparitions have been reported, along with various poltergeist activity. Particularly noted is a female apparition in a long white dress who stands at the top ...


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    Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    27.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    A female apparition appears at this 1865 inn, bringing with her the scent of her perfume. She is known to softly caress people's foreheads.


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    Fort Mifflin

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    27.5 miles from Downingtown, PA

    A soldier named Amos and other Colonial soldiers are said to linger at this historic site. Amos may be seen cleaning his gun near the artillery shed. A lamplighter's ghost has been seen near the barracks, and the ghost of blacksmith Jacob Sauer is said to keep plying his trade ...


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    Cliveden - Benjamin Chew House

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    27.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Lurking about this historic house are said to be several ghostly Continental soldiers and a headless elderly woman, whose head was severed by one of the soldiers. The headless woman has been seen apparently searching for her lost head.


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    Rising Sun Inn

    Telford, Pennsylvania

    28.1 miles from Downingtown, PA

    This 1739 inn building is said to be haunted by Scary Mary, and possibly other ghosts as well. Folks have witnessed apparitions, footsteps, noises, and voices calling them from the second floor. Other surprising occurrences include the cleaning staff finding all the furniture quickly replaced after they had moved it ...


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    Eastern State Penitentiary

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    28.2 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Hundreds of spirits are said to call this state pen home. Al Capone was an inmate here, and he reportedly was visited by the apparition of James Clark, who was killed in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre under Capone's orders. Cell Block 12 is reportedly the most fearsome place here ...


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    Grumblethorpe

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    28.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Allegedly haunted by General James Agnew who was shot and died in the front hall of Grumblethorpe during the Revolutionary war. Also allegedly haunted by victims of yellow fever who died there, including one young woman who had been taken in by the family who lived there and who makes ...


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    James and Ann Whitall House

    National Park, New Jersey

    28.8 miles from Downingtown, PA

    The 1770s house was home to Quakers James and Ann Whitall, and was temporarily used as a field hospital during the Revolutionary War. It is said to be haunted by ghostly soldiers; witnesses have heard moans, breathing, and voices in the rooms that were used for first aid. Cold spots ...


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    Pennsylvania Hospital

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    29.3 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Locals that live around these parts say that there is a statue of William Penn on the premises that behaves quite mysteriously. During nights gifted by a full moon, he descends from his pedestal and walks about the grounds.


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    Seven Stars Tavern

    Pilesgrove, New Jersey

    29.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Seven Stars Tavern, now a private residence, is an 18th-century historic building rumored to have more than its share of spirits--the paranormal kind. One haunt here may be Bluebeard, a pirate whose body was found at Oldman's Creek nearby, with his head twisted around. Another is a Tory spy ...


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    Eglington Cemetery

    Clarksboro, New Jersey

    29.4 miles from Downingtown, PA

    Eglington Cemetery is said to be haunted. Witnesses and paranormalists have heard unexplained noises and detected several electronic voice phenomena here.


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