Pennhurst State School and Hospital

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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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    Off Commonwealth Dr
    Spring City, PA
    United States

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    40.1927316038738, -75.56108051719667
    Chester County, Pennsylvania
    Nearest Towns:
    Spring City, PA (1.3 mi.)
    Royersford, PA (1.4 mi.)
    Limerick, PA (3.3 mi.)
    Sanatoga, PA (4.0 mi.)
    Trappe, PA (4.5 mi.)
    Kenilworth, PA (4.7 mi.)
    Phoenixville, PA (4.9 mi.)
    Pottsgrove, PA (5.7 mi.)
    South Pottstown, PA (5.7 mi.)
    Collegeville, PA (5.8 mi.)


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    1. I have been to PennHurst once and I can say the feeling you get can be overwhelming I am big on ghost research and all kinds of things. There is now a military base on site but there is also a scary haunted house there that’s open for 2 months out of the year. It is definitely worth going to. However the experience will be better if you go during the night and venture on your own. Make sure you don’t get caught because it will be a felony but if your into being scared shitless and having an adventure with your girlfriend plus have her clung onto you sneak into PennHurst it will be worth it.

    2. I would highly advise against the above advice. Get proper permissions and go with proper gear. There are many dangerous areas at Pennhurst and one can easily be hurt by natural causes. Yes, the place has a lot of paranormal activity, and shouldn’t be missed if the chance arises, but do so safetly and with permission, which isn’t very hard to get last i checked. Or watch for ghost hunting tours that pop up now and again.

    3. I was doing a private tour of the Mayflower Hall and I had split up from my small group and was alone on the second floor. I entered what looked like a lounge area and was headed across the room when a small red and blue ball rolled across the room and I heard a quiet giggle coming from the far corner. I knew I was alone and I shown the flashlight at the direction the ball came from and there was nothing there.

    4. Went to Pennhurst last night and after enjoying there man made haunted house we explored the area that was available for historic/museum knowledge. As I went to take out my phone to take a picture of one of the rooms the phone flashed a bit over 20 photos that I had taken in the past. Never has that happened before. Ironic? There isn’t even an option for that kind of feature and the gallery wasn’t even opened from previous use so I’m ruling out a glitch on the phone. Recommend visiting this place. It’s architecture is beautifully creepy.

    5. I worked on a local Ambulance and used to go there with my partner at night to look around. While exploring the tunnels in the middle of the night, we could hear footsteps in the water that had flooded the tunnels. Right after the footsteps, I felt a sharp pain on my cheek, followed by the sound of a girl giggling. When I was back in the ambulance, I looked at my cheek and there was a perfect bite mark that lasted for two days.

    6. I recently visited Pennhurst for their Halloween tours/shows…The last tour on the stop is inside the Mayflower..I was with a group of other people when we entered the 2nd floor,so I tried to stay back & snapped a few “live” pictures with my phone..Lo & behold when I viewed the pictures you could see orbs in just about every pic,only because I used this “live” feature when taking them…Pretty cool…I cant wait to go again..Maybe they’ll let me tour the 3rd floor or the basement..

    7. Benjamin Anthony  |  

      I went there before with my friends. I am a catholic and all my friends are atheists. There is definitely A LOT of paranormal stuff going on over there. I’m not gonna go over the history of this because I don’t have much time. I heard about ghostly stuff here before so I blessed myself with Holy water before I went. One of my friends had a panic attack out of no where and needed medical attention. Their was definitely this terrible heavy feeling through out the whole campus. It was stronger in certain places. Ever since this visit, one of my friends has never been the same. I highly suggest you don’t go here, even if your a hard core paranormal investigator. This place is Demonic. These spirits want to cause you harm. I have seen and felt way to many things in just the few hours I was their. Please say away for Penshurst. Dark angels lurk the grounds of this place. Penshurst truly is a Portal to Hell.

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