Sunday, October 25, 2009
New Hope and It's Ghosts
The Mistress's fair little hamlet is just a couple minutes skip down the road from the quaint little town of New Hope. I've talked about it many times before. We love to go there and dine and dance a ditty on occasion. The town of New Hope in Bucks County lies on the west bank of the Delaware River, halfway between Philadelphia and New York City. A canal was built in the early 1800's and mules pulled barges transporting coal and lumber. Up to a couple years ago the borough still gave mule boat rides. Travelers to the two major cities would stay in the town overnight. Today, New Hope attracts tourist with it's many art and antique galleries,bed and breakfast, craft stores, New Age and witchcraft shops, high end boutiques and very fine restaurant dinning. It is a retreat for artist, a pretty good size gay community and various drag queens....and it's ghosts. Some say it is America's most haunted town. I have yet to do the tour, but the town offers a pretty good ghost tour from what I understand. Most of the places that are haunted, I have dined at and didn't have any disturbances I'm happy to say. Some of the places haunted are:
Inn at Phillips Mill
The 'home" to a woman who wanders the grounds and around the staircase and is also said to have been seen in a rocking chair.
The Logan Inn
It is said there are many ghost seen at this haunt. A soldier in the main dinning room, bar area and the basement has been seen. Room six is the one where a ghostly man's reflection has been seen in the mirror, and the phantoms of two children run amok through out the inn. We have ate and drank here many times, but haven't seen anything. One time though Boy-Toy and I were some of the only two diners there and I did have a eerie feeling, I have to admit!
A brunch spot favorite of ours here. There are inexplicable cold spots, ghostly voices in the place, and the aroma of perfume from a woman who is said to have been murdered there. Some even say to see the ghost of Jessica Savitch,who was the first major female new anchor woman, who met a untimely death herself there, when her car backed up in the canal, where she drown.
This is another of our favorite places to dine. Marsha Browns took over a old church that has been around since the early 1900's, and from time to time there have been eye witnesses who have seen two ghost in old suits. Some people believe them to be a part of the original congregation! So's long they aren't sitting next to me in the pew when we go soon to have dinner there!
People have also seen the night traveler all over the area. A ghostly hitch-hiker who appears as a young man with blond hair, wearing a jacket and toting a knap sack. He was killed late during the night, which is when he's been seen. Some claim to have seen many soldiers and George Washington himself as they all stayed here prior the night to his famous crossing of the Delaware River. Many think they return to past sites they once knew. A pretty interesting little town I have to say. If I ever take the tour I'll let you know. But I can tell you this the dinning there is phenomenal