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Hauntings at Pennhurst

Definition: There are several reports of paranormal activity at Pennhurst. The following is a small listing that describes those hauntings.

 

Naturally, as with any such institution with a sorted history of human suffering, violence and death, Pennhurst is not without its share of ghostly tales. Pennhurst is allegedly so haunted, in fact, that its paranormal presences have spawned a spectral cottage industry - ghost hunting on the grounds of the old asylum. In addition to overseeing the restoration projects at Pennhurst and operating the Pennhurst Asylum haunted attraction during the Halloween season, Timothy Smith is also President and CEO of the Pennhurst Paranormal Association. Using the enticing tagline, "They lived here, died here and are still here," the organization plans to open up the former hospital to the public for ghost hunts on the campus.

Here are some of the paranormal claims:

Quaker Building: Numerous shadows manifest and dissipate at will. These shadows include what appeared to be a small female child with long black hair, a hunched over presence with long dangling arms and the upper portion of bodies looking over or around obstacles. Doors and a rocking chair have moved without anyone being near them. Investigator was shoved from behind hard enough on a stairway to leave a deep red mark on the small of back. Investigator was scratched on the arm by unknown object when they were not by anything or close to any walls. Objects being propelled in the basement such as a pry bar, some sort of brass fixture, and various other unknown objects. Multiple EVP's (electronic voice phenomena) as well EMF spikes throughout the building when there is no electric supplied to any building there. Our Psychic Medium, Sharon Pugh, has felt multiple energies there including either a demonic force or a past life that wasn't a very nice person.

Limerick Building: The apparition of a woman in a old style nurse's uniform was observed by a fire fighter, police officer and a marine. Multiple EVP's.

Devon Building: Unknown sounds and multiple EVP's.

Mayflower Building: Shadow people seen multiple times. EVP's captured. Investigators have been touched in this building.

Tinicum Building: Multiple EVP's. Investigator had their legs touched.

Philadelphia Building: Loud sounds and voices heard coming from the building. Investigators surrounded the building and entered it via the tunnel system. No one was in the building nor could they have fled without being observed.

Administration Building: Multiple voices heard at various times and EVP's caught of what appears to be a toilet flushing. This building has no running water or bathroom fixtures.

Hershey Building: Investigator heard a female child's voice on the third floor.

Collections:

Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution

 

Related Categories:

| Interactive Pennhurst Timeline | Pennhurst State School and Hospital | Behind Closed Doors | Excerpts from Halderman vs. Pennhurst State School | Pennhurst - Property Layout | Pennhurst Today | Pennhurst - Categorizing the Children | Pennhurst - General Operations | Lost in a Desert World | Pennhurst - Suffer The Little Children |

Resources:

  external linkPennhurst Asylum: The Shame of Pennsylvania | Weird NJ

 

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