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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ghosts of the Dryland--Newburg Inn

Monday's Express-Times reported that the City Lights Paranormal Center, headed by Joe Ianetta, visited the Newburg Inn to investigate ghost sightings that have been reported there over the years. A quote from the article:
"The history of the inn includes a grim chapter of the capture of one Indian who was then hung among the rafters in that attic.

Apparently to some, he still hangs around in the bar as a shape and a source of high paranormal activity. Iannetta says he believes the hanged man is haunting the place of his unjust death to assert his innocence."

Not only are other ghosts mentioned ("a black man who greets people at the front door, another small man, a woman" . . . "and a former owner of the inn named Newt"), but also a doll that moves and an unplugged phone that rings! You can see the full article by Tony Nauroth here.

Ianetta took more than 60 hours of video at the inn and as of the time of the article, planned to review it. The manager of the Newburg Inn, Lou Basta, seems to take it all in stride, but Nauroth writes, "As for that disconnected phone that rings, Basta says, 'I don't answer it.' "

Have any of our readers seen ghosts at the Newburg Inn? Anywhere else? Tell us about it. Maybe those specters just want to be mentioned on the internet!

History note: Newburg was part of the area called the Dryland because of a dearth of creeks and springs between the present Brodhead Road and Nazareth.


harally said...

History of the "Drylands", according to the LN Township website... the Township was originally part of the "Walking Purchase" of 1737. Purchased from William Penn, this area was originally known as "The Drylands". This 83 hundred-acre section was once thought to be doomed and was termed, "Barren". There was very little forest land as the Indians had burned all of the vegetation to drive the game into the open to hunt. This "Barren" appearance of the area gave rise to the popular superstition that no crops could be grown in this region as it was too "dry".

harally said...

and my grandmother, who grew up in a farmhouse on the corner across the street (where the bank is now) told some great tales about occurances in the Inn from the 30's and 40's...apparently, before it hosted fine dining, the bar featured "dancers", one of which was famous (notorious?) for being able to swing the tassles of her pasties in opposite directions...wonder if she is haunting the place?

Geophile said...

Thank you for that additional history! I hadn't heard that part of it. The early Moravian writings also say that the Drylands had no streams or springs, which made them uninhabitable for them and other European newcomers until people started digging wells there.

I like your grandmother's story. That would be quite a haunting to have!

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I'd love to take a look around sometime and see whats going on around there. Do a little research, and maybe publish a story.