1873: Spirits Attack at the Huckleberry Strip

Here’s a strange account clipped from the Savannah Morning News – August 30, 1873: All Cumru Township, over in Berks County, is agitated from the fact that a spirit settlement has taken up its abode in a narrow strip of wood about five miles from the city of Reading, on the road leading out to Kohl’s Mill. It was a raw, damp night when your correspondent alighted at the roadside inn, about a half-mile from the above place. The wind howled, and the swaying of the heavy branches of sturdy oaks creaked and sighed, and gave echo to the croaking owl away over on the mountainside. I need not describe one of these quaint old revolutionary relics–these Pennsylvania country wayside inns. In the barroom sat seven men, whose sun-browned features and shaggy whiskers told of long years of toil on the farm and wood-chopping on the hills. A coal-oil […] Read More

1898: Vintage ‘Missing’ Mystery

Here’s an interesting story forwarded by a reader from 1898 that was published in the Bucks County Gazette. The Little Wanderer Alice Rachel Peck, aged 3 years and four months, wandered away from her home in Burn’s Valley, Thursday, August 25th, 1898, in search for her mother, who went on an errand. The little girl traveled an old and unused bark road, climbed over a high and very rough mountain and there, worn out with hunger and without bonnet or shoes, for three days and night had nothing to eat but a few huckleberries, while friends and neighbors were diligently searching for her or her remains. She was found on Sunday morning, August 28th at half-past seven o’clock, by William Bair, sound and well. She neither smiled nor cried as two hundred voices rang out the glad tidings of great joy, five miles from her home, in the mountains. […] Read More

2015: Pennsylvania Man Claims Lost Ancient Native American Civilization in His Backyard

In Berks County, Pennsylvania, the forces of pseudoscience are descending on Richland Township as a result of one man’s deep-seated belief that he has discovered a lost civilization in his backyard. Last month, Rick Zimmerman, 55, told the Morning Call newspaper that he made this momentous discovery while exploring a new property he had purchased in 2013. When he asked for help in analyzing what he uncovered, it opened a window into the popular understanding of the past. While exploring his 74-acre property, Zimmerman, who has been permanently disabled since losing his leg in a horrific accident in 2005, says that he found earthen mounds, stone tools, and stone buildings that he attributes to a lost ancient Native American civilization. Photographs published in the Morning Call show what seem to be natural stones and colonial-era drystone constructions. Zimmerman calls the stone structures “cairns,” which can refer to any manmade […] Read More

2005: Flight 93 Shot Down

Eyewitness Reports at Odds With Official Scenario American Free Press/Christopher Bollyn | July 18 2005 INDIAN LAKE, Pennsylvania—Eyewitness testimonies have generally been excluded from the official version of 9-11. In the Shanksville area, where many residents believe Flight 93 was shot down, there are scores of eyewitnesses whose testimonies contradict the government’s claim that courageous passengers fought hijackers, forcing the jetliner to crash rather than be flown into a building. Some local residents here are deeply offended by the official explanation of what supposedly happened to United Airlines Flight 93, calling it a patriotic pack of lies. Fearful of retribution from federal agents, many eyewitnesses who spoke with American Free Press asked that their names not be published. While differing on some details of the plane said to be Flight 93, which passed over Lambertsville, eyewitnesses agree that unexplained military aircraft were in the immediate vicinity when a huge […] Read More

1973: Unusual Human(?) Remains

Several human skulls with horns protruding from them were discovered in a burial mound at Sayre, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in the 1880s. With the exception of the bony projections located about two inches above the eyebrows, the men whom these skeletons belonged to were anatomically normal, though at seven feet tall they were giants. It was estimated that the bodies had been buried around A.D. 1200. The find was made by a reputable group of antiquarians, including the Pennsylvania state historian and dignitary of the Presbyterian Church (Dr. G.P. Donehoo) and two professors, A.B. Skinner, of the American Investigating Museum, and W.K.Morehead, of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. The bones were sent to the American Investigating Museum in Philadelphia, where like so many finds that question anthropology, they were stolen and never seen again. Pursuit, 6:69-70, July 1973  Mysteries of the Unexplained, p. 39 1992

2012: The Pavia Monument

The Legend: A picture of the monument, taken around 1910.  A stone monument stands near the town of Pavia in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Erected by public subscription, it commemorates an event that is still unexplained today. On the morning of April 24, 1856, the two young sons of Samuel and Susannah Cox vanished. The boys, George (seven) and Joseph (five), had wandered off into the woods near the family shack, and they didn’t respond to their parents’ repeated calls. Samuel made his way to the house of his nearest neighbors to enlist their aid. One of them set out on horseback to enlist more help from all the farmers scattered for miles around. By nightfall, more than a hundred people were searching the woods for the boys… but they had no luck. It had been a warm night, so there were good odds that the boys were still alive; […] Read More