Three Haunted Spots in Easton
These places in -- and near -- Easton all have a ghostly history...
I don't exactly believe in ghosts, yet stories about the supernatural have always fascinated me. Easton has quite a few spots that are haunted; for Halloween, I chose three, and invite my readers to share their own. It doesn't have to be a famous haunting; maybe it's just a noise in your attic you can't explain.
1. The State Theatre. Probably the most popular Easton ghost story on the list. According to the theater's website, people have spotted a mysterious figure in the building since the 1970s, believed to be the spirit of J. Fred Osterstock, who managed the State between 1936 and 1965. The theater is hardly bothered by his presence; they've named their Freddy Awards in his honor.
2. Getter's Island. A gruesome history with this one. In 1833, a man named Charles Getter was convicted of the murder of his wife. When it came time to hang him, he was executed on a small island in the Delaware River in Easton, and subsequently began haunting the place where he died. The story is that Getter chose to slowly strangle to death, rather than the faster neck-break method of hanging.
3. Hexenkopf Rock. OK, so this technically isn't in Easton -- it's a few miles outside the city, in Williams Township-- but it's my favorite entry on this list. Mainly because there doesn't seem to be a specific legend attached to it; rather its reputation as a haunted place goes way, way back, with everything from witchcraft to Native American shamans to UFO sightings tied to the rock.
To me that's a lot more fascinating -- and more fun -- than something like the State Theatre ghost. It allows us to use our imagination a bit more.
I've included a YouTube video about Hexenkopf, a short, not-really-for-kids (due to language) Blair Witch style film. For more information, head to the Sigal Museum this afternoon at 2 p.m. for a talk on Williams Township's witchy history.