Situated on a scenic hilltop near Perryopolis, the Quaker Church was originally the Meetinghouse for members of the Society of Friends in the area. The site was originally used for such purpose since 1789. There is no door on the building, so visitors can walk right in. The church and surrounding cemetery have been the subject of numerous paranormal accounts for decades. Tales of voices being heard, devil worship, ghostly oppression and even a “hound from hell” abound. Some would not even turn their car off in fear that it will not start again! But the main legend involves a particular gravestone, that of William Lynch, with a scary inscription (at least by today’s standards). Supposedly you will be cursed if you read it aloud, causing bad luck to you and your companions. On a personal note, I have experienced this firsthand, and is something that I cannot explain. My tale is described in detail in my friend, Tom White’s, book – please check it out! I have been to this site numerous times, and have said that if there ever was a haunted site, this would be it!
Please be aware that this location is open during daylight hours only. It is unlawful and considered trespassing to enter at night, and police are on the lookout. The penalty is even more severe since it is a historical landmark.
In recent years I discussed the matter with William Lynch’s great-granddaughter, who lives in the area and is a local historian. Her opinion is that, if the site is haunted, it is not by Billy Lynch. She has heard many family accounts that he was a caring and gentle man, and believes he would not haunt anyone. He did die a tragic death, however, in a story that involves Jacob Cross, his son-in-law, who happens to be buried only a few feet away. Perhaps folklore has the wrong tombstone!