Hauntings and Sightings, Very, Very Frightening!
December 8, 2023
Hauntings and Sightings, Very, Very Frightening
Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is just around the corner and who can resist a good spine-tingling, hair-raising, ghost story? Especially when it is a local one! Draw the shades, pull your blanket up a little tighter, and read on if you dare!
Our spooky tale takes place in the sleepy little village of Academia in the heart of Juniata County, not far from the historic Pomeroy Academia Covered Bridge. There you will find, just beyond the Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church and cemetery, the now vacant spot where once stood a striking, 1800s, Gothic style building. This stately edifice housed the Tuscarora Female Seminary. I am sure it was quite the talk of the town in its day, since there had never been anything like it built in Juniata County. It was a large, symmetrically designed structure constructed of limestone with a stunning cupola and a sprawling veranda. It boasted sweeping views of the Tuscarora Valley, Tuscarora Creek, and neighboring farms.