Paranormal Investigator asks Is Dover, PA haunted?


Is Dover Haunted? By Tom Miles

Dover Borough is 250 years old this year. There is a lot of history in Dover, not only the town but the whole area. People lived, worked, and died here; most were probably from natural causes. But, there were some that were not so natural. It’s not whether a person dies by natural causes or by another tragic event, they say when your time comes, it comes, whether you are ready or not. What about those individuals who are not ready to go?  Whether they have unfinished business, they choose to stay with a loved one to help them through their grief, to give someone a message or perhaps it’s the fear of the unknown, not knowing what lays waiting for them beyond the light. There are many reasons that spirits stay in this realm, most of which we will never really know the answer to until our time comes. And when that day comes for me and a ghost hunter asks if I have any messages for any one, BOY HE’LL BE SORRY HE ASKED THAT QUESTION!

Looking at the Dover area in general, it has a very long and interesting history. The Confederate Army came through Dover and some of their troops were in need of medical attention.  A local doctor on the square tended to these men who were probably wounded during the battle of Hanover. I’ve searched and have found that the Confederates did have wounded and dead from this battle. I have yet to find where the soldiers who died were buried. I’ve been told stories that on the square of Dover people have seen the apparitions of Confederate soldier’s still standing watch over the square. I’ve also been told of a patch of woods in Weiglestown where people have seen the ghostly images of Confederate soldiers in the woods.



Undated-looking from 2 N. Main towards Weiglestown.

Undated-looking from 2 N. Main towards Weiglestown.


It is fact that the underground ground railroad came through Dover, a house on North Main Street is said to have been a safe haven for slaves coming to the north. The house is rumored to have a lot of activity in its basement. Could this activity be caused by the spirits of those slaves that were seeking freedom and dying from sickness before they reached their free home?  Are they still seeking their freedom?

The borough fire station has two spirits roaming through the building; they are both older gentleman who probably loved being around the fire station. We speculate that when they died, their feelings for the fire station and/or the people there were that strong they were drawn back to the station where they “help or watch over things”. There is also a small boy there, he is not connected with the fire house, but the land the fire house sets on. He may have lived on this land or died on this land, it is hard to say. He is a lost soul and must find some comfort being in the fire station. He is a bit of a prankster.

There is a story I have been investigating and researching that took place in August of 1957. It involves four young boys, two pairs of brother—Weaver’s and the Baker boys–who were tragically, killed by a bazooka shell. Somehow, the boys got obtained three bazooka shells while visiting their brother in the service. One day the boys were playing in the yard and one boy climbed up a tree near the house and dropped the shell to ground below. The shell exploded and three boys were killed instantly. The boy who dropped the shell was blown from the tree and his leg shattered. He died later that afternoon. This all took place literally in my own back yard on a hot August day in 1957.

Over fifty years ago there was a farm house where my house sets today. This story shows how time has a way of erasing the past. I found out about this from a friend who lived her whole life in Dover. I started searching and finally found the story of what happened. I find it sad that these boys have been forgotten because they died in another generation in time. The boys are still here, they are attached to the land. Donna, our Spiritual Investigator for Dover Paranormal Research Team lives in the small development behind me, no more than a hundred yards away. She has a gift where she can feel the energy of spirits. The boys showed up in her kitchen a few days after she moved in, attracted to her by her energy. We’ve done short EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) sessions in my back yard and captured a child’s voice saying “Yes” confirming a question that was asked.

There is an undisclosed house in the Dover area from the early 1800’s that the owners have allowed us to come in and investigate home many times. The local historical society did a deed search and found the names of the families who owned it since it was built. We have been investigating this home for over three years and have dozens of EVP’s from inside the house. We know the names of the spirits who still reside there and we have found their names through one of online genealogy search engines. The names that appeared in the search match the names of a man and his daughter that once lived in the home. They have spoken to us on numerous occasions. This is known as a “Disembodied Voice.  Like the night a little girl told us “HELLO”. As she said this, we had a camera on a table focused on an EMF Meter, a K2 meter to be exact, and when she spoke her voice registered on the meter. We have all been called by name at least once or more during our investigations. The spirits of the house have accepted us just as it did the home owner.

I’ve heard many stories about houses in the Dover area that are rumored to have paranormal activity. We wanted to do a Haunted Ghost Tour through Dover this year, but could not find enough stories to tell, we are hoping for next year. So if you live in a house that has strange things going on such as whispers, voices, footsteps, things disappearing and reappearing in another place, animals acting out of sorts, staring at things you can’t see or growling at something that is not there, chance are it is paranormal activity.

There is another tragic story where a small shop owner on the square of Dover was killed during a robbery. I can’t help but wonder if he is still working in his shop.

We have conducted investigations in a local church which is several hundred years old. The congregation has seen shadows and heard voices through-out the church. We caught a lot of EVP’s and came to the conclusion the spirits were there for the same reason the spirits were at the fire station; the church was a favorite and familiar location and they felt comfortable.

One of our more interesting investigations was an old early 18th century, log, farm house. The owners were restoring the house back to its original state. They asked us to come into the home and check over the house and land. We believe the house may have been once owned by an old witch. When one of our investigators stated a phrase that one witch would have said to another witch, we caught an EVP that said “Hello”. Out in the field, we had a static recorder set up that ran all night. On it we found what sounded like Native American Indians chanting or singing.

How We Work

We at Dover Paranormal Research Team do not refer to spirits as ghosts, we refer to them as people or if we have one, we will call them by name. We treat them just as if they were sitting across the table chatting with us in life. After all, they were people once, so why would you not treat them as you would if they were alive. We show respect to them, unlike many of the TV shows where the investigators yell and swear at them or make threats. Let’s face it, if this is how you were treated by some fool stumbling around in the dark yelling and cursing at you, would you talk to them? I don’t think so.

They still probably think they are fools for stumbling around in the dark, asking a lot of questions, snapping pictures with our bodies covered with all sorts of electronics. We hope they talk to us because we are doing one thing that the guys on the TV shows aren’t and that is showing them our respect. We treat the site with respect, we treat the property with respect, and we show respect to the owners of the property. We begin an investigation by saying “Hello” and afterwards thank them for allowing us to speak to them. We also introduce ourselves and explain why we are there. We know it’s working when we hear a very soft, ghostly “Good Bye”.  We then remind them that they must stay there and they cannot come with us.

Ah, what about evil spirits or demons? This is an area that I will only say a little about. Everyone has their own religious beliefs, as it should be. We are not out to change religious beliefs and most of what I say about this is my own personal beliefs. I believe that when someone dies their disposition in death is the same as it was in life. If you were one mean, nasty, SOB in life, well guess that’s probably the way you will be in death too. To be honest, the worst thing we have ever come across is negative energy, some will call this evil or demonic, it’s all in your religious beliefs. We have found in cases like this the negative energy was manifested by the family.

Have ever known anyone whose family did nothing but fight and argue constantly, never having a nice word to say to anyone? Ever notice how heavy the air is and just the overall negative feeling in the house itself? This energy feeds off of fighting, fear, anger, and distrust. When this is taking place, it is constantly growing and feeding off of you. Negative energy itself can make you sick, depressed, angry, and emotional. And this is where I will stop with the subject.

Who We Are

Our services are free and all information is confidential unless you say otherwise. We are made up of five people; we have one young man, Kevin, who is an investigator on our team. Since he is the youngest member, he gets to carry all the heavy stuff for the old people. He keeps telling us he hopes we get a new kid someday to help him. Carl is our lead investigator and cofounder of the group. He is our skeptic and keeps us grounded, which allows us to look at evidence with an open mind. Donna is our spiritual investigator and cofounder of the team. She has a gift of feeling spirit’s energy and where they travel. She goes into a site and tells us what she feels. She knows nothing going into an investigation, when she is done with her walk through she will sit down with the owners and explains her findings. This is always my favor it part, watching the owner faces when she tell them what’s been going on. Then we have the owners explain to her their experiences. It’s always amazing at how accurate she is. John is our newest member and also an investigator. He has an interesting way of looking at things which makes us stop and think twice about some of the things we experience.

I am Tom, the old man in the group. I am disabled but, I do what I can to help. I am the team’s Case Manager, Researcher, Investigator, Computer Geek, Inventor and Web Master. Together, we make up Dover Paranormal Research Team. Our investigations are held on Saturday evenings, we do not go all night because we are all above the age of 40 (except for Kevin). We are not a bunch of kids looking for a thrill. We do this because we all have had our own paranormal experiences. When we formed this team we decided our investigations would be done scientifically. We would only tell the truth and not exaggerate our evidence, being up front about everything found. We have no reason to lie or deceive people. What is the point of that? I was taught a very long time ago to tell the truth . . . that lying will only come back to haunt you.

Our evidence is our proof that what we show you is real. If you choose not to believe, that is your choice, but we know it is real. We do this because we all enjoy helping people, especially when someone is experiencing paranormal activity, and needs explanations of what is taking place. Many people have no one to turn to when this happens and are afraid of what people will think. We do this because we want to help you understand. So if you need help contact us. Our services are always free. If you have a group of people, whether it be just a few friends or a club or organization who would like to hear our thoughts, experiences and evidence contact us, our seminars are also free of charge, but we do accept tips!

So that being said, I thank you for reading our article. We bid you a good bye and tell you that you must stay here and not follow us home! Happy Halloween!

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York County Facebook groups remember when – The York Daily Record

Getting the word out about Dover, PA’s Facebook Page!

York County Facebook groups remember when – The York Daily Record.

Dover Blacksmith Shop

Today was the last opportunity until next year to see Eli Nikkanen demonstrate blacksmith skills at the Dover Blacksmith Shop on Butter Road.  I happened to see the sign indicating the shop was open so we stopped by to check it out.  Dale, Susan and I were fascinated by all the history in that little shop!

Eli Nikkanen

Eli Nikkanen

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Property Marker 1786 John Kniselley & Mary, His Wife July 28 one thousand seven hundred and eighty six

Property Marker
1786 John Kniselley & Mary, His Wife
July 28 one thousand seven hundred and eighty six

Everything is made of iron...even the eggs and bacon.  LOVE IT!!

Everything is made of iron…even the eggs and bacon. LOVE IT!!

Contributors for moving the blacksmith shop to Ketterman Park

Contributors for moving the blacksmith shop to Ketterman Park


Randy Worley (local joker)

Randy Worley (local joker)

Blacksmith's Shop before it was moved to Ketterman Park

Blacksmith’s Shop before it was moved to Ketterman Park


Flooding in York County PA

It’s been raining for two days and the streams and creeks have breached their banks….and it’s STILL RAINING!!!

Click on the first thumbnail to open the flooding gallery.  Thanks for stopping by!  ~Pattie

Jim & Nena Classic Car Show~Dover PA

Today was the Jim & Nena’s Pizzeria Car Show in Dover, PA.  I stopped and enjoyed the custom and classic cars and motorcycles.  Click the first thumbnail to open the photo gallery!  Thanks for stopping by my blog site!  ~Pattie

One Tattooed Fox

First photo session with the tattooed model, Elyse Fox, from Dover, PA.  This was a relaxed session, shooting Fox posing in her own home.

Future photo sessions to come!  Click on the first thumbnail to open the photo gallery.  ~P.

Dover United Church of Christ

Dover United Church of Christ 2013

Dover United Church of Christ 2013

45 W. Canal Street

Dover,PA 17315




“Out of the interest of nineteen men, in providing a site for Sunday school sessions of the Dover Union Reformed Sunday School the present church building, excluding basement and the annex, was built. The building was erected by C. H. Quickel for a contract price of $4,710. This did not include excavation, foundation wall, bell and windows.

Ground was broken on May 20, 1902, with a team of 4 horses scooping the ground out and the cornerstone was laid in the fall of 1902. On August 23, 1903, the first Sunday School Session was held. On the following Sunday, the Reverend O. P. Schellhamer conducted the first Worship Service and preached the first sermon. Dedication Sunday was September 6, marked by three services. Total approximate cost of the entire project, including windows, lights, pews, chairs, furnace, was slightly more than $7,000.00.

The United Church of Christ in Dover, with its membership of 250, began modestly in 1902 when the people chose to separate from the parent church, Salem, and began to conduct worship and Sunday school in a school located across from the present church site. This was the third church established in Dover know as the Dover Union Reformed Church.

Reverend Oliver Shellhamer supplied pastoral needs from the time the first sanctuary was completed in 1903 until a year after the organization of the congregation as the Reformed Church in May 1920. It is part of the Salem-Dover Charge. Charger members were: Lucy Bentzel, Margie Lauer Nagle, Anna Bentzel Paules, Mrs. Emory Seifert, Edith Toomey, Kate Wehler, John A. Deardorff, Jr., C. W. Guise, and Charles P. Toomey.

Dr. J. M. Gross donated a part of the tract of land on West Canal that he purchased from Dr. John Ahl on April 1, 1876. It had a frontage of 207 feet and a depth of 250 feet. Dr. Ahl purchased the tract from the estate of Harriet Fries on April 2, 1866. Originally, this was part of the Jacob Joner farm which was conveyed to John Sharp who seems to have transferred it to his son George Sharp who administrators conveyed a little more than 16 acres to John Strayer who died about 1832.

Before Dover Borough was supplied with its own Lutheran and Reformed Churches, it was customary for the villagers to attend services at Strayer’s Union Church. In order to make it easier for pedestrians to get to Strayer’s Church, a narrow strip of land skirting along the northern side of the Canal Road was acquired by the church officials from the landowners, Joseph Hantz and Edward Keesey.

The fence posts were set back from the Canal Road about five feet and the strip of land between the road and the fence was leveled off; making a serviceable side walk which was good for wet or dry seasons. Henry Quickel of Dover built the boardwalk over the meadow between the stone bridge, past the old election house to the high and dry part of the sidewalk.

The church is a brick edifice of Gothic Architecture, with a roof of Peach Bottom slate. It is provided with stained glass windows, depicting Biblical scenes and characters. The interior woodwork is of cypress and the pews of polished hard wood.

On August 12, 1903, the first Sunday school session was held in the new church. The lesson was reviewed by Honorable E. D. Zeigler of York.

It was noted in the minutes of 1909 it was necessary to change the heating system at a cost of $355.00. The Acetylene gas generator lights had to be changed to electric in 1911 for a cost of $155.00.

In the fall of 1921, a plot of ground 85 feet in frontage and 250 feet in depth, adjoining the church was purchased from Dr. J. M. Gross. The price was $595.00 with a discount of $100 as a donation to the church by Dr. Gross.

On August 29, 1921 a property at 93 South Main Street, Dover, PA was purchased for use as a parsonage by the Dover Charge (Dover, Salem, and Shiloh).

The first changes in the building began on September 30, 1934, when the Crusaders and Sunshine Bible Classes were given permission to dig out the basement to provide space for class and social purposes. This project grew and continued until completed in 1949, when a service of dedication for it was held on September 25, 1949.

In 1952, the Dover Reformed Church became the Dover Evangelical and Reformed Church.

Major building renovations in 1954 included a reorienting of church furnishings and addition of the apse where the altar is not located. Originally the pulpit and choir loft were in the recess facing our parking lot. Long pews spanned the middle of the nave, providing two side aisles beyond which were shorter pews. With the addition of the present chancel, the pews were rearranged facing it, and the long pews were divided into two sections with the addition of new end supports.

The Annex as added in 1959 and 1960, providing needed classrooms and a social hall. Dedication was on June 20, 1960. More recently, our stained glass windows were cleaned, completely releaded, and covered with protective storm glass in 1973. In the first week of 1977, new carpeting and new pews were installed, which were dedicated January 9, 1977.

In 1994, after breaking ground on May 16, 1993, a new addition began to take shape. In January, they moved into the new facility and it was dedicated on April 24, 1994. This included an elevator style lift, five new Sunday school classrooms and offices for the Pastor and the Church Secretary, a large conference style meeting room, kitchenette, sanctuary level handicapped accessible restrooms, and new entrances to the North side of the building and into the Sanctuary.”







Click on the first thumbnail to open the photo gallery.  Thank you for stopping by!  ~P.


Multiple car accident~Corner of Canal & Intermediate Rd Dover PA

A minor fender-bender I witnessed while out taking photos.  Interestingly, someone took photos of me leaving.  I’m not sure why.

No apparent injuries, no EMS on scene.  One officer on sight, and one drove by.  There seemed to be a large amount of people affected, but not hurt.  ~P.

4 Car Accident Carlisle Rd & Oakland Dover PA

Four vehicles were involved in a pile-up on Carlisle Road on August 10th at approximately 1:30 PM.  The accident was at the intersection of Oakland Road and in front of Sal’s Pizza.  Dover Ambulance and the Dover Township Volunteer Fire Company was at the scene as well as several Northern Regional police officers.  There did not appear to be any injuries.  ~P.

The Founding Days Dover PA

I began a Facebook page dedicated to Dover, PA and have been posting single pictures for people to enjoy.  I decided to do a few posts and add the pictures of that time period so they are all located in one place.  Most of these photos range from the 1700’s to the mid 1960’s.

The pictures can be found in “Sands of Time” or “A History of Dover Township”  ~P.

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