Friday, October 7, 2016


Huendoara Castle

   Hunedoara is not a name that frequently pops up in conversations about vampires and especially Dracula.  Few people know that Hunedoara is actually the castle where Vlad the Impaler, the man who gave inspiration to Hollywood's Dracula, was imprisoned during the fifteenth century.
   Located in Transylvania, Romania, the castle pretty much stands the way it looked back then during Vlad's time.  The castle is Gotic in style and has both round and square shaped turrets with a red roof, perched over a cliff near the Hungarian border.

Vlad the Impaler

   Hunedoara, or Hunyadi as it is more properly known, has a rich background in Eastern European history.  Because of its close location to Hungary, at one point it was claimed as part of Hungarian territory when the nation was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire until the end of World War 1.  As with any other castle, Hunedoara, also contains grand rooms for those who once owned it; a knight's hall, diet's hall, guard rooms, and sleeping quarters.  The castle was first built by the Anjou family which claims its origins back to the House of Angevin, a French dynasty that had branches well in to the regions of Poland, Hungary, and the Latin Empire.

Inside Hunedoara Castle

   Vlad Draculea, better known as Vlad the Impaler, was the Prince of Wallachia in the south part of Romania.  He lived up to his name for he was known as a cruel punisher, frequently impaling his victims which would always result in death.  He was only 17 years old when he ascended the throne in Wallachia, eventually becoming greedy enough to want to fight the Ottomans in order to protect and preserve his land of reign.  He allied with the Hungarians, finally launching a crusade againt the Ottomans which resulted in the impalement of over 23,000 Turks.  Leaving his calling card-the impaling stick-Vlad turned back but only to find the Ottoman troops ready to attack and capture him.  Vlad could not be subdued by the armies and his stepbrother Radu was left to fight the Ottoman troops.  The Hungarians gave up on Vlad and had one of their men, Matthias Cornivus, imprison Vlad in Hunedoara castle for crimes against the Turks.

Radu Draculea

Matthias Cornivus



   While at Hunedoara, Vlad continued his bizarre rituals of blood and torture, extending them to rodents, but making friends with the bats.  He continued to eat rare meat that still had blood remaining in it.  During the twentieth century, the castle was restored and turned into a museum.  Visitors can walk through the different  rooms and turrets and hear an occasional mysterious laugh that seems to come from beyond.  Like many castles, the Hundoara is haunted, but it is the ghost of Vlade the Impaler that haunts it.

Vlad's Burial Spot


   Covered bridges are fascinating whether they are rumored to be haunted or not.  America's first covered bridge was built in 1804.  Pennsylvania boasted 1500 covered bridges at its peak, today, Pennsylvania has 200 covered bridges, still the highest number in the states.  In the swift evolving and ever-changing technological age we live in, covered bridges represent a simpler time and are very often revered as relics of the past by preservationists.
   It's no wonder tales of haunting abound in legends surrounding covered bridges.  Bridges are themselves, tools for crossing from one side to another.  A covered bridge so easily harbors secrets within its walls, plus given that most if not all were built centuries ago, only lends to an air of nostalgia and probable ghostly activity.

Stowe Hollow Bridge

Stow Bridge ghost pictures

   Stowe Hollow Bridge in Vermont, also known as "Emily's Bridge" or "Gold Brook Bridge," , was built in 1844.  The locals call it Emily's Bridge because it is Emily, they believe, who haunt it.  In 1849, Emily wanted to marry a man her family did not approve of.  Though forbidden to marry, the couple decided to elope and met one night, on Stowe Hollow Bridge.
   Emily waited for hours for her lover to join her.  Broken-hearted, Emily hung herself from one of the rafters.  Now, her angry, desperate ghost haunts the bridge, waiting for her fiance' to return to her.  But many locals refuse to cross this bridge at night, because they believe it is Emily who shakes their cars, and sometimes, may even slash visitors with invisible claws.  Tales of horses, people and cars being slashed by these invisible claws have run rampant for 150 years.  Others have heard a woman weeping.  Emily, perhaps?

Sach's Covered Bridge

Sach's Ghost


   Sach's Covered Bridge in Adam's County, Pennsylvania, was built in 1854 and supposedly haunted by three Condederate soldiers.  They deserted their posts and when captured, were hung from the rafters inside the Sach's Bridge.  Folks who have taken pictures of the inside of this covered bridge get strange orbs on the film.  When inside the covered bridge, many people report feeling cold spots.

Concord Bridge side view

The Concord Covered Bridge

   The Concord Covered Bridge in Smyrna, Georgia, is one of just 12 covered bridges in the state of Georgia.  It is a one-lane bridge, built in 1872.  It is about 132 feet long and only 16 feet wide.  Supposedly, if you park on the bridge, turn off your lights, and place a Snicker's bar on the roof, you will hear ghostly pattering and then the Snicker's bar will be gone.  The ghostly pattering is of children who drowned in the creek below.  It is recommended due to a decent amount of traffic on this road, that you don't try this.  Still, the legend is interesting as I've never before heard of the dead enjoying Snicker's bars!

Ghostly Orbs

The Van Sant Covered Bridge

   The Van Sant Covered Bridge in New Hope, Pennsylvania, was built in 1875 and spans Pidcock Creek.  Some people believe a woman haunts this bridge, others, a highwayman who was murdered here.  The woman, supposedly, threw herself and her baby off of the bridge and drowned in Pidcock Creek. Regardless of its ghostly inhabitants, an overwhelming sense of sadness permeates this covered bridge, a stark contrast to the beauty that surrounds it.

Jericho Covered Bridge

Jericho Bridge in the early days

  Jericho Covered Bridge in Joppa, Maryland, was built in the early 1800's.  During the civil War, several lynchings were reported to have occurred on this bridge.  If you drive your car onto this bridge late at night and look in your rear view mirror, you are supposed to be able to see the image of a dead person swinging from the rafters.


  Glasgow, Kentucky.  A covered bridge exists here where, legend says, is haunted by sounds of an axe hitting a chopping block.  What's being chopped?  A head, of course.  In the 1800's, a slave kidnapped the daughter of his wealthy master and took her back to the covered bridge.  He cut off her head with an axe.  People say if you drive onto the bridge and roll down the car windows, you can hear the sound of the axe hitting the chopping block.

The Colville Road Covered Bridge

  The Colville Road Covered Bridge in Paris, Kentucky, is haunted by a girl killed in a car wreck with her boyfriend.  Returning from the prom, they prepared to stop at the bridge and instead careened into the water below.  If you sit in your car in the middle of the bridge, headlights might come up behind you, but when you look you see the car has fallen into the water.