Haunt Jaunt to Bucks County, PA
I’m doing a little something different today. Our good friend Courtney Mroch, who runs the awesome blog Haunt Jaunts, recently had the site hacked, and had to change the entire look of the site, the domain hosting, etc. The site is back up and running now, but as a little tribute to her and to show our support, I thought I’d do my own little version of a haunt jaunt today. I’ve been to Bucks County in Pennsylvania before, and have been aware of its long history of UFO activity, but I didn’t know much about its haunted history. I just stumbled upon this little article detailing some of the haunts of Bucks County, which is a guide to some of the haunted inns and hotels in the area. Good stuff!
Bucks County’s rich historical past has left behind some chilling haunted tales at its various historic attractions and lodging venues. Could it be that many of the inns’ house guests never checked out? Ghostly tales are what make these unique destinations suitable for only the bravest. We encourage travelers to experience a hair-raising slumber or visit one of the county’s most haunted locations…if you dare.
* Spend an eerie night in Room Six of New Hope’sLogan Inn. Room Six has been rumored to house four individual ghosts, each with their own unique tale. The female ghost likes to linger while you sleep. The male ghost likes to appear in the bathroom mirror and the two children enjoy waking you up with their chilling cries. Smell lavender? That usually means one of the spirits is near.
* Witness the ghost of the former Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, shuffle about the stairwell and second floor of the Aaron Burr House Bed and Breakfast in New Hope. Occupants claimed to have felt his presence and seen his ghostly figure.
* The Wedgwood Inn was once a part of the Underground Railroad and housed many runaway slaves during the 19th century. It is believed that 12-year-old ex-slave, Sarah, still takes refuge at the New Hope inn. Her ghost has appeared at numerous occasions to various 12-year-old girls visiting the inn telling her story of slavery and escape.
* The walls of Bristol Township’s Bolton Mansion tell of a tragic love story. A previous owner of the estate disowned his son after he fled to fight for the South in the Civil War. Unable to live with the guilt from his father, the rebel solider hung himself in the mansion. His body was found by the servant girl, his lover, who took her own life out of despair. Tours of the mansions are gladly offered by appointment.
* Craven Hall in Warminster is believed to house an ex-solider dressed in 1700s clothing. The young man appears in the windows on the first floor of the historical building. He has also been seen banging on the windows as if he is trying to escape. It is believed that his body is buried on the grounds and his banging is a desperate attempt to escape. Visitors interested in touring the facility are welcome at monthly open houses and special events throughout the year.
* The Black Bass Hotel’s revamped exterior cannot hide the remnants of its chilling past. Previous owner of the Solebury hotel, Hans, met his demise during a squabble with canal workers. It is said that his ghost still hangs around the Empire Room in the hotel. The hotel has recently undergone a beautiful renovation and is open to overnight and dining guests.
* The Van Sant Bridge in Solebury, known to locals as “Cry Baby Bridge” has a sad story to be told. After an unmarried young woman with her newborn child was thrown out by her lover she threw herself and her child over the bridge. It is said that if you stand on the bridge at night you can hear the cries of the child and the whispers of the young woman.
To learn more about these haunted locations, check out www.VisitBucksCounty.com