Last weekend I took a trip out to one of my favorite previous destinations….Boyertown, PA. Considered by Charles Adams III to be one of one of the most haunted small towns in the U.S., that feeling really comes across when you enter the town. This most recent trip was initiated by a meetup with a collector of fine 80’s horror items right on the outskirts. Those of you who know me are already familiar with my love of old horror movies on pretty much any media format. This gentleman had a fine collection of over 50 horror VHS tapes and a couple of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees action figures, which I was happy to buy from him. After that was over, I decided to venture into town for the first time in 4 years. Entering the town by way of 73, I noticed there were some distant hills which were surrounded by fog. I immediately felt the familiarity from doing the Ghost Walk last time I was there. This time was different in that it was in the middle of the afternoon, but no less creepy. I decided I would pull over and attempt a self-guided tour up and down Philadelphia Ave and take some pictures. Although the pictures do not completely capture the creepy atmosphere of that cool foggy day, they do a convincing job of painting the vibe you could expect to feel in one of the most haunted small towns in America.
The afternoon was exceptionally quiet as I parked the car across the street from Durango’s and set out on my expedition. I was hoping to stop in and enjoy a mid-afternoon brew, but much to my dismay, they weren’t yet open that time of day. As I ventured up the steep hill in the center of town, I was particularly taken by the way the fog laid around the distant hills. The more I walked around, the more notable the silence was, and the fact that there were so few people around….almost as though they knew some kind of dark secret about the fog and knew better than to be out in it. I took the opportunity to take several pictures along the main street and side streets. Memories of the ghost walk continued to come back to me. I revisited all the same spots….the Boyertown Historical Society building, the Rhodes Opera House and of course, Durangos. I thought back to the night of the tour and how surreal it was to see our tour guide keel over from heat exhaustion (more on that in the Boyertown Ghost Walk )
As I continued up Philadelphia Ave, I was surprised to find a very large graveyard which was not featured in the ghost walk.
As if the self-guided tour wasn’t creepy enough with the fog and the empty streets….here was a massively laid out cemetery right before me!