Though one of the most breath-taking destinations for brisk fall hikes or family weekend trips, the dark past of the Brandywine River resurfaces from time to time. The site of the Brandywine Battle has come alive to some visitors in the form of ghostly soldiers and horse visions, sometimes even accompanied by echoing sounds of battle.
General Wayne Inn
This Merion Station spot has supposedly been known for its ghoulish apparitions and visitors like Edgar Allan Poe and General Wayne since 1704. Poltergeist-like activity has been among the folklore. The inn closed in 2004 and was purchased by Chabad of the Main Line. It has since been converted to a synagogue and Center for Jewish Life.
625 Montgomery Ave., Merion (610) 660-9900.
Through Oct. 28, this historically haunted educational landmark will be hosting ghostly events not for the feint of heart. Bring a flashlight and some courage and explore the grounds after-hours with experienced paranormal investigators and candlelit ghost tours.
82 Fort Mifflin Road, Philadelphia, (215) 685-4167.
Frick’s Lock Village
Once a flourishing area, the industrial revolution pushed this 18-acre stretch of the Schuylkill Canal into abandonment. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, tours can be taken twice a month, hosted by the East Coventry Township Historical Commission.
Fricks Lock, East Coventry.
Those who don’t mind a bit of a trek can head to the Logan Inn. Eat, drink and stay overnight, but keep your eyes peeled—some visitors have reported ghost sightings, including the former owner of the inn, Revolutionary War soldiers and even Aaron Burr.
10 W. Ferry St., New Hope, (215) 862-2300.
What began as a controversial state-funded school and mental hospital at the turn of the 20th century is now one of the most popular Halloween destinations. The new Containment attraction, an underground experimentation area, is guaranteeing fear and nightmares to fill your Halloween season.
1205 Commonwealth Drive, Spring City, (304) 261-2744
Though an unofficial name, Satansville, as it’s been dubbed by some, lurks in the shadows of Chadds Ford, where part of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2004 thriller, The Village, was filmed. With trees bending away from the road, this spot is supposedly haunted and leaves some visitors unsettled. Visit in the daylight and it’s another idyllic patch of Delaware County farmland.
Cossart Road, Chadds Ford.