The Early American Room is actually one of two rooms that are said to be haunted, but the second is completely closed to the public. It is said to be haunted by Martha Jane Poe a distant relative to Edgar Allan Poe.
Martha dies in 1936, but her spirit is said to hang out in the Early America Room where her wedding quilt is proudly displayed on the bed. There are reports of coverlets flying off the bed, objects falling from their places, photographs mysteriously cracking and a rocking chair moving on its own.
Congelier lived in the house with his wife, Lyda and their maid Essie. But when Lyda discovered an affair between her husband and their maid, she went mad and killed them with a knife and meat cleaver. It was said that when Lyda was found days later, she was humming lullabies to Essie's severed head. Nothing is known of what became of Lydia. The house; however, took in quite the interesting occupant following the murders.
After being converted into apartments, the house was abandoned because of mysterious sounds and noises. In 1900, however, Dr.Adolph C. Brunricter purchased Congelier House. Dr. Brunrichter's reclusive nature meant that he never left the house. But just a year after he bought the house, screaming could be heard followed by an explosion from the house. When police arrived, Dr. Brunrichter disappeared leaving behind decapitated heads. Like many serial killers, Brunrichter was quiet, friendly to neighbors and kept to himself.
Find the remnants of the home, and maybe some spirits, at 1129 Ridge Ave. on the North Side in Pittsburgh.
Shortly after the building opened, November 28th, 1899, the first tragedy occurred. Robert Peebles "was found dead in eight feet of water" in the pool under mysterious circumstances.
Books fly off the stacks and switch positions on the library shelves for no apparent reason, and doors open and close without any human intervention. Loud disembodied voices have been reported. The ghosts of old steel hands, still dressed in their sooty mill outfits, wander about the structure.
Outside of the library, strange things also occur. The housekeeper claimed to have seen a shadow moving in the back steps of the old music hall in the library; shadow figures of both sexes are regularly sighted in the building. Syfy Channel's "Ghost Hunters" toured the library and also caught the voices of ladies giggling in the basement locker room.
Head over to Munhall to check out a book and maybe check out a ghost! Don't forget to verify library hours before you go.
Throughout the years, many visitors have reported strange experiences while visiting the Dead Man's Hollow area. Some of the most common occurrences involve unusual noises and unexplained movement. Visitors often find themselves baffled by tree branches that begin to shake when there is no wind or wildlife to cause the disturbance. Others have felt as if they were being watched by an unseen presence while hiking on the trails.
Dead Man's Hollow has many mysteries and lore associated with it. Some passed down from generation to generation. To read each story, check out the Dead Man's Hollow website here before you embark on a fall hike in the woods!
The school is said to have been built on the same grounds where people died during the Whiskey Rebellion. The 1929 school was not the original school on the grounds. The first school dated back to the 1800s, but according to South Park resident Nicole Weisbrod of Allegheny County Paranormal Investigators, because of a miners’ strike, the original school was shot up and torn down and another built there.
Besides the Whiskey Rebellion deaths, Weisbrod says, “There are several other deaths that are reported to have taken place on the grounds after the school was built, but there are no reports of any deaths having actually occurred in the school.” Many who have investigated reported hearing children’s voices inside.
The elementary school has been vacated by the living for over a decade, but the spirits of children and teachers alike are said to roam the building, running, shouting and moving objects around. Paranormal investigators who visited the building report capturing chilling voice recordings telling them, alternatively, to “get out of here,” and “don’t leave.”
Since the Broughton School is closed off to the public, there is no official access to the building. No trespassing!
Today, people say Ray's spirit walks along that lonely stretch of road looking for someone to talk to. Take a drive out and see if he will chat with you.