Ghost Sightings in Philadelphia
Have you ever wondered where the most haunted city in the US is? Where you can find the most ghosts walking around and visible to the trained eye, should you want to?
Even if you aren't a psychic medium yourself, everyone has a fascination with the world of the paranormal - is it real? is it not? are they all frauds? can I experience it myself? These are all common questions wondered and asked by both believers and non-believers alike.
And as a professionally practicing medium in search of the best place to set up my home practice, I've searched far and wide for the most energetic home for my spiritual business, and I've landed on Philadelphia, PA.
In Philadelphia, there is never a shortage of spiritual activity or inspiration.
Being one of the most historic cities in the United States and home to the oldest chartered Spiritualist Society in the United States (source), Philadelphia is not only ripe with mediums, it's also ripe with Spirits.
In Philadelphila, it has always been this way.
By as early as 1851, there were more than 60 mediumship groups practicing and meeting in Philadelphia (source). And in a popular essay, Spiritualism in Philadelphia (digital version) published in 1871, Henry Child writes,
On the social acceptance of mediums:
One hundred thousand persons in this city will willingly indorse them. I estimate the number in the State at two hundred and fifty thousand.
On practicing mediums:
There are, I think, three hundred public and private mediums in this city, and six hundred in other parts of the State.
And where there are mediums, there will always be spirits.
As a medium myself, I've never lived somewhere with a more active spirit population in all my life and while I still have heart strings for my former California home, Philadelphia is surely growing on me, for this reason primarily.
So from my psychic medium mouth to page, here's what you need to know if you want to see some ghosts (call them what you want, though I prefer the PC term: deceased loved ones or spirits), in my beautiful home city of Philadelphia.
Hot Spots for Spiritual Activity in Philly:
Old City is always ripe with Spirits, just mingling, out and about. You're likely to run into a few in and around Elfreth's Alley, Besty's Ross' House and down any of the old alleys that populate that neighborhood.
I went on my first ghost tour in Philly a few years ago, simply to learn what was being said about the spirits I'd come to know an love. After an hour through the tour and not having seen any Spirits, I was beginning to think about how ridiculous this was, and that I should probably just start my own tour... that is, until I came upon Washington Square Park. While I didn't know it at the time, Washington Square Park is a former burial ground, and it realllly shows. I suggest visiting at night, preferably with a guide, because cities can be dangerous.
Another historic location I would suggest is Independence Hall, as this is where you'll be most likely to find the more historic Spirits figures hanging out, both during the visiting hours and at night. Though to be fair, due to it's popularity with tourists and the over all hectic energy of the place, it can be hard for even the most well trained sensitive to get a clear read on the area with their psychic senses, EVP, or by regular 'ol photograph.
Eastern State Penitentiary is another a good place to capture a Spirit on camera or in EVP, but not every spirit person I've seen here seems like the kind you'd want to invite into your meditation space.
Eastern Penn capitalizes on their Spirit-yness more than any other hotspot in Philly, especially around halloween, so keep this in mind when you visit - do you really want to be a part of that energy? Only you can decide that.
The Northern Liberties and Fishtown neighborhoods are the most richly entrenched areas of the city for old world immigrant roots, making it a both a spirit practicer's haven and a spirit attractant. Further more, the modern Philadelphia mediumship movement started in and around this area (source) and it continues to be home to several mediums and spiritual shops to this day (source), and for good reason: there's still a ton of spirits in Northern Libs.
Upon first moving to the city, I lived Northern Liberties with my sweetie and boyfriend at the time, and truth be told, it was impossible to keep spirits from walking through the walls, which drove me crazy. I had such a hard time keeping the place energetically clear, so we later moved. Furthermore, when my office gets requests for home clearings, the request near-always originates from someone living in Northern Liberties/Fishtown neighborhood. Something to think about...
So, these are my recommendations and if you are truly seeking a spiritual encounter when visiting the city, don't forget to check out these lists put together by external sources:
Philly's 13 Most Haunted Places (The Thrillist)
Top Haunted Attractions in Philadelphia for 2015 (Visit Philly.com)
The Guide To Experiencing Haunted Philadelphia (Uwishunu Philadelphia)
While I can only personally vouch for Eastern State Penitentiary, Washington Square, Independence Hall, Elfreth’s Alley, and The Betsy Ross House, the official sources above mention many other locations you ought to try out and experience for yourself. So, why not, right?
And finally, while Philadelphia is home to Edgar Allen Poe's house and people claim it to be haunted, I've been there twice and thus far, it's a total ghost town over there (ha ha ha). Don't say I didn't tell you so.
Wishing you well on your spirit sighting adventures, and if you need some tips on how to see spirits with your own two eyes when you go (you totally can), then check out these items in the member's portion of my website:
- Advanced Tips for Physical Clairvoyance
- Third Eye Chaka Opening Meditation
- Clairvoyance Cleanse Meditation
- Clairvoyant Exercises #1 Audio
Amanda Linette Meder
Thinking of taking a ghost tour while visiting Philadelphia?
While I'd prefer you use the term spirit, as it's the politically correct term for ghost, my significant other and I have taken a few and conclusively decided that while theatrical, The Spirit of '76 company offers the most educational and well rounded tour in the entire city. Take it from a medium, ya'll.
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Amanda Linette Meder is a psychic medium, teacher and writer, now residing in the fern forests just north of the city. She enjoys researching about spirit history and sharing her love for the other side with the 2 million annual visitors who are served by her website each year. Visit her website: www.amandalinettemeder.com.