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Here’s a two-fer for spirit searchers: Two ghosts are said to haunt the City Tavern. One is the spirit of a deceased waiter; the other is a young bride.

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    138 South 2nd Street
    Philadelphia PA
    United States

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    39.9469486, -75.14450929999998
    Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
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    1. Paranormal realm investigators  |  

      I would love to have my team come out to the tavern. We have a trainee who has had an experience with the bride here and the story is pretty interesting please let us know of any background info!

    2. Yeah, i had something happen to me here once. I was eating dinner with my family one night before a ghost tour close to Halloween and i heard a scream. It sounded like a blood curdling scream from a woman. I asked my family if they heard the scream and they said no. My mom asked me where i thought i heard it coming from and i said “upstairs”. At first i thought it was my mind playing tricks on me because earlier i said that there was no way the place was haunted. But i was proved wrong. I heard the scream again but this time it was louder and more brutal sounding like the woman was being burned or being slaughtered to death. I told my mom i heard it again. At that point i knew i heard something. During the ghost tour, we stopped at the City Tavern and our tour guide told us the story of why the tavern was haunted. I found out that there was a party for a wedding and the men were downstairs and the women were upstairs. There was a candle on the table and it got knocked over and the room upstairs caught on fire. When the women tried to get out, the door was locked so they all burned to death. So i believe i heard the spirit of the bride burning to death in the fire. It is a very sad thing if you think about it.

    3. I’ve always found it hard to believe that this is anything more than just fun and spooky lore. The original tavern was demolished in 1854 and wasn’t rebuilt until 1976. The Colonial looking building is a replica. Obviously, the tavern doesn’t really advertise that and it’s a very convincing replica. But unless the ghosts decided to come back 120 years or more after they died – or the waiter and bride met their demise sometime in the past 39 years – this is just part of the Society Hill Ghost Tour meant to play up the history of the neighborhood.

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