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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 of the staircase in the John Penn House.

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United States

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39.9745835, -75.19575259999999
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Nearest Towns:
Philadelphia, PA (2.3 mi.)
Tioga, PA (2.8 mi.)
Millbourne, PA (3.0 mi.)
Bala Cynwyd, PA (3.1 mi.)
East Lansdowne, PA (4.0 mi.)
Yeadon, PA (4.0 mi.)
Narberth, PA (4.1 mi.)
Penn Wynne, PA (4.3 mi.)
Lansdowne, PA (4.8 mi.)
Darby, PA (5.1 mi.)


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  1. My friend and I were at the tree house for a girl scout sleepover. During the middle of the night, my friend thought that it would be a good idea to go up into the tree house because we heard someone up there. Quietly we snuck past the others sleeping, and walked up the tree house. It sounded as if someone was following us, and someone was coming back down towards us. We freaked out because we knew we were the only ones awake. We ran back down the tree house and into our sleeping bags. My friend managed to go back to sleep but I stayed awake playing on my phone. An hour or two later she woke up asking me what I did to the blanket. I told her I wasn’t sure because I was busy on my phone. She ignored it, and went back to bed. When we woke up, our troop leader wanted some coffee so I volunteered to get her some. When I walked over to the coffee pot, our blanket was carefully draped around it, and their were specks of paint from the tree on it, We told our troop leader but she didn’t believe us until she saw the episode on “Ghost Hunters”. By far one of the most terrifying experiences of our lives.

  2. I went to a cub scout sleepover at the Philadelphia zoo in the treehouse the guy there said we have to form a fire lane with our sleeping bags when we sleep when I went to bed I woken by footsteps I picked my head off the ground and saw a black shadow walking down the fire lane I was really freaked out and putt my head down I managed to go back to sleep but an hour later I heard running and laughing in the tree I was bed but I was really really scared

  3. I worked at the zoo as a zoo balloon pilot,sometimes having to come n at 5 am I seen stuff.i seen a ghost of a man with a too hat and under the pigs housing,i was told slave bones was discovered

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