The Ghost Of Independence Hall
So, earlier this year, maybe late June or July, I was in Philadelphia. I’m a believer in the paranormal(that’s why I watch his channel after all!), so for kicks and giggles, I decided to do a local ghost tour of the more historic part of Philly.
One of the first stops was Independence Hall; the place where they signed the Declaration of Independence. We went towards the back of it, where tourists enter the building. They don’t enter from the front, for some reason. Weird if you ask me. Anyway, there’s this big window above the back door, one that shows the staircase leading to the second floor. As the tour guy started talking, what caught my interest was the fact that the second floor is closed off to the public. He said that there are a
variety of reasons as to why that could be, but of course there’s the paranormal one.
He then started talking about something else, but I wasn’t paying attention anymore. I was focusing on the new figure on the staircase. What stood out first was his clothes. They were your typical 18th century fashion, your coat, breeches and tricorn hat. That’s how I knew it was a he.
Second was his face. Or rather, his lack of one. Sounds stupid and cliche, I know, but his face was completely black. Not skin-colour black, black black, Void black, Hitler’s soul black. Whatever adjective you can come up with. This figure then stopped leaning on the staircase and disappeared into another room upstairs. I paid no heed to him. I figured he was just a park ranger or a living history dude or, even worse, was paid by this group to impersonate a ghost.
I now realise that’s impossible because a small local tour group isn’t going to have that kind of dough. After a little while of listening to the tour guide(which was very interesting, by the way), I decided to peek at the window again. The figure was back. Except for this time, he was going down the stairs…… This is what puts a hole in my ghost theory. He was walking down the stairs, as if he had finished checking something, for one; another was, that he stopped and stared out the window for a solid 5 minutes. I don’t know if that’s normal ghost behaviour, but it seemed kinda cheesy to me. He then walked down the rest of the stairs and disappeared for good. I saw no more ghosts on that tour.
Now there are a couple of things that could very well be proof it was a ranger having some giggles. Take for instance:
- This figure was not transparent. I know not all ghosts are transparent, but they are few and far between.
- Its clothes had full colour while its skin had only black. I can deduce if it was a ghost, it was that of a patriot. But if its clothes had colour, why not its face?
- It acted like a ghost from a cheesy movie. I mean, come on. It stared out a window for 5 minutes!
Of course, there are a few things that could also prove it as well, such as the fact barely anyone is allowed up there. Only park rangers and select police officers can go up there. And no
one could’ve snuck up there, because it’s one of the most important places in American history, so it’s bound to be well guarded. I know it sounds really unbelievable, being a ghost in
Independence Hall of all places. And I totally had a really stupid moment and decided not to take a pic. But I saw what I saw and I’m sticking to it. What do you think? A picture of the back window is below.