Ghosts of York County

Benigna Polanco, Reporter

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Have you ever been interested in the paranormal happenings of York County? Here are five good ghost stories to start you off.

Rehmeyer’s Hollow in Stewartstown, known locally as the Hex House, once belonged to ‘Pow Wow Doctor’ Nelson Rehmeyer until his death in 1928.

It is thought that he got into an argument with another local ‘witch’, John H. Blymire. He accused Rehmeyer of casting a curse on him that was affecting his health.

On November 28, 1928, Blymire and two teens broke into the house, looking for a copy of Long Lost Friend (a book of spells) and demanded the removal of the curse.

When not satisfied, they beat Rehmeyer to death and set his home ablaze.

The house did not burn down, and this caused others to believe there were, in fact, occult forces within the home.

A lesser known attraction, the House on King Street, is easy to miss.

This unassuming house in Charlestown is actually the place of a brutal murder of a family of four.

It is believed that the victims now haunt the home.

There are reports of slamming doors, cabinets opening and closing on their own, and footsteps in the sealed attic.

There have even been sightings of a little boy, but he disappears when people try to speak to him.

Considered one of the most haunted places in York, what is believed to be the spirits of soldiers killed by the order of Anthony Wayne during the Revolutionary war haunts Penn Common in york.

It was once also the sight of an Army hospital that treated more than 14,000 Civil War soldiers.

Nowadays, it is has been redone into Penn Park.

The Accomac Inn, located on the other side of the Susquehanna River, was home to the Coyle family in the 1800s.

It is said that Johnny Coyle fell in love with a servant, Emil Myers, but was upset when he realized she didn’t feel the same.

As a result of his despair, he killed her in the barn, and he was later arrested and hanged for his crimes.

It is rumored that Coyle was buried on the property. Both he and the servant are believed to haunt the property.

There are reports of slammed doors, disembodied voices, broken dishes, and objects moving on their own.

Finally, built in 1765 as part of the Hellam Iron Works, the Codorus Furnace once supplied cannon balls for colonist soldiers in the revolutionary war.

It is long since abandoned, but visitors say a woman in white can often be seen leaving the furnace house, and making her way down to the furnace.

It is not known who she is, but theories range from a previous resident, to the victim of a long-forgotten crime.

There are many more haunted places in york county, but these were some with interesting history.

Try checking them out. Plan a tour, and take some pictures.

Information was gathered from the following sites.