Evans City Cemetery (Evans City)Â
Ah fall. The picture-perfect tree lines, the chirping birds, busily preparing for winter, and the groans of the undead. Welcome to the Evans City Cemetery - Butler County’s zombie capital. Just one mile south of PA-68, and a little bit off of Franklin Road, this spot is where the legendary horror flick “Night of the Living Dead” was filmed. Take a walk around the site and you’ll see why this was chosen for the movie shoot. It probably had something to do with the overall creepiness.
Harmony Society Cemetery (Harmony)
Just 15 minutes up the road takes you to your next destination. It’s not just ghosts you’ll find in autumn winds of Harmony Society Cemetery. There’s also an interesting history attached to this spooky spot as it was the first Harmonists cemetery in Pennsylvania. Members of the Harmony Society lived here in the early 1800’s. Push a 1-ton revolving stone gate out of your path (it’s not that hard) and you’ll have access to over 100 unmarked graves in this beautiful and tranquil cemetery. But don’t linger about for too long. The inhabitants are trying to get some rest.
Harmony Historic District (Harmony)
Harmony’s Historic District includes the beautiful Zeigler log house, built in 1835, the Wagner House, as well as the Father Rapp’s hillside bench. When you’re done snapping pictures, head on over to the Harmony Museum and learn a thing or two about the region's Native American culture, the town's history, and even George Washington's journey through the area. It's a much-needed unspooky detour on your journey through the haunts of Harmony.
Mennonite Meetinghouse and Cemetery (Harmony)
Just north of Harmony between US-19 and Mercer Road is your next destination. In 1825, Harmony’s Mennonite population decided to build this stone meetinghouse as a place to talk and pray. In those days, services were conducted in German. Sometime around the 19
thcentury, things started slowing down for Harmony’s Mennonites until their final regular service ended in 1902. But the meetinghouse still stands as a monument to the area’s early inhabitants. And the cemetery sits nearby atop a hill. Take a walk through them both and catch a glimpse of Harmony’s old days.
Moraine State Park (Portersville)
Take a quick lunch break at Brown’s Country Kitchen on your short 20-minute drive north to the beautiful 16,000-acre Moraine State Park. Here you’ll find tall trees welcoming you with multi-colored autumn leaves. You’ll also find 10 different cemeteries full of creepy tales. The largest cemetery is B.W. Snyder Cemetery, located next to Burton Road. It’s lined with row after row of peaceful-looking gravestones from the 1800’s. Thanks to good old-fashioned stone cutting, everything here looks pretty much the same as it did over two centuries ago. Just a little south of Chestnut Ridge Road is the Harris or Shaffer Cemetery. First thing you’ll notice is the thick hand cut stone walls that it’s enclosed in. Weirdest of all, you’ll also find a horse cemetery here. Do horse ghosts exist? Stick around to find out.
Make your way west over Route 79 and you’ll pass through the McConnell’s Mill State Park. The old mill and covered bridge here are rumored to be haunted by spirits. The story says that if you drive your car onto the bridge around midnight, shut off your car and honk, you’ll see a ghostly woman in the rearview. Luckily, you’ll be passing through during the day — a less spooky time to visit.
Historic Downtown (Butler)
About a half-hour drive will get you to Butler, a town full of rich history and storied tales. Visit the Butler County Courthouse, a government and judicial building located at the heart of the city. Its structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Then stroll over to the Maridon Museum just a few blocks downtown. It’s the only museum in the Western Pennsylvania region with a specific focus on Chinese and Japanese art and culture. Next, head to Cranberry just a short drive away for a good night's rest as we prepare for your second day of ghost hunting. Â
Harmony Inn (Harmony)
Much like the rest of Harmony, this place is rumored to have ghostly visitors wandering the halls. The inn was built way back in 1856, so who knows what spirits decided to make this their home. The Harmony Inn serves American cuisine with Mexican and German specialties. But you just can't go wrong with a steak.
Pittsburgh Marriott North (Cranberry)
When you're ready to kick back and catch some Z's, head over to this hotel just a short drive from Butler. Â Unlace your roadtripping boots and unwind in your guest room with some cable TV and internet access. Â And if you need a bite to eat, just head down to the River City Grille and Lounge for some Authentic American cuisine. Â After a day on the road, you've probably worked up a mighty appetite. Â