Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania have a long, rich history, so it only makes sense that there are probably a few ghosts still wandering around. Abandoned ghost towns, century-old buildings, and old cemeteries play host to a number of Pittsburgh ghost stories, folktales and legends. These ghostly tales may very well be hauntingly true, or more likely just flights of fancy. We'll let you decide...
Ghost Tales from Pittsburgh & Western PA
The most interesting story of a real-life Pittsburgh haunted house involves a former Ridge Avenue mansion in the Manchester neighborhood on Pittsburgh's North Side known as the Original Most Haunted House in America. The spooky stories which revolve around this house include murder, human experimentation and the supernatural - a ghost story so terrifying it seems almost too good to be true. Perhaps, because it is....
The National Aviary, on Pittsburgh's North Side, was built on the site of an old Civil War prison. It is said that the ghosts of the former Confederate prisoners roam through its halls after dark.
One of Pittsburgh's most famous haunted places, the century-old Pittsburgh Playhouse is literally teeming with ghosts, from the Lady in White and Weeping Eleanor, to Gorgeous George and Bouncing Red Meanie.
Strange experiences in Room 1201 of Bruce Hall at the University of Pittsburgh are reported to be caused by ghosts.
The large Victorian turn-of-the-century Frick Mansion just looks like the place to be haunted by a ghost, and it doesn't disappoint. It is said that the ghost of Helen Clay Frick has been seen walking its halls, continuing to watch over her childhood home.
The Ghost Town Trail follows 16 miles of abandoned railroad in the scenic Blacklick Creek Valley of Cambria and Indiana counties, past several abandoned ghost towns and the Eliza Furnace, one of Pennsylvania's best-preserved hot-blast iron furnaces.
The ghost stories which revolve around this aptly-named hiking and biking trail primarily involve the owner of the blast furnace, David Ritter, whose ghost has been seen hanging in the furnace's entrance.
Ghost Tours & Story Telling in Pittsburgh
Want to experience Pittsburgh's ghosts first-hand? Area historical societies, paranormal organizations, and others share first-hand accounts and tours of Pittsburgh's ghostly sites. Many of these annual events are held in October, to coincide with Halloween.
Nightmare Bus Tour - Climb aboard an antique bus for a tour of spooky places in Zelienople and Harmony and stories of ghost sightings and hauntings that you can only hope are the work of fiction.
Haunted Tales of Manchester Walking Tour - Listen to the spirits and spine-tingling tales of ghostly happenings in Pittsburgh's historic Manchester neighborhood on this tour of the neighborhood's haunted places.
Wine & Spirits at the National Aviary - A haunted tour of the National Aviary includes stories of the Confederate soldiers who are said to haunt its halls.
Spirits of Allegheny West Walking Tour - This annual outdoor tour in the 150-year-old historic district includes stops at haunted sites, and stories of fatal love triangles, homesick soldiers and others who have remained in spectral form.