DELAWARE WATER GAP (WOLF) — Even though it's only September 9th, stores are all ready for Halloween and so is the Haunted Pocono Trolley.
Now through October, on Fridays and Saturdays, the Trolley tour takes guests to several spooky stops in the Delaware Water Gap along with tales of old hauntings throughout the area.
Back for its second year, The Haunted Pocono Trolley tours operate right outside of The historic Castle Inn. The Inn was built back in 1906. In 2005, Theresa Veltri and Frank Paccione purchased the Inn, working to preserve it as an original piece of American history.
The Castle Inn was the first hotel built with electricity. The building in the back of the Inn had its own powerplant, becoming an important resource.
“Besides lighting the lights in the hotel, it then also provided lights for the streetlights for Delaware Water Gap as well as power to the trolleys, that were very prevalent in that time. And so, this was also a major trolley stop.”
“We bought it 17 years ago and it was in disrepair, and totally vacant. So, we’ve been trying to restore it back to its original state for 17 years. And it’s a difficult and slow process but we love it and were not giving it up till it’s in its pristine original state.”
Frank and Theresa have partnered with Peter Luck, who operates his trolley from here.
“It’s a fun way to spend an evening, going out and getting the haunted history of the area here.”
We asked Luck what story he thought to be most interesting.
“ The Shawnee hotel is haunted. They call it the woman in white. It was a story of a woman that was betrothed, got married and on her wedding night she decided to take her life.”
The Trolley is an hour-long ride and offers two departure times.
Tour guide Joseph Carnevali tells us what visitors can expect.
“It starts tonight, Friday night, its every Friday and Saturday night through October. It’s a night tour so its beautiful, you get to go through all the streets. And you’re on a nice historical Trolley as you do it. Its an open area trolley, so it’s a nice ride through the area. And you’re leaning about all the haunted and crazy tales that we have going on here in the Poconos.”
The Trolley is now decked out in Halloween decorations, ready to welcome you.
A historical trolley tour is offered at 11am and the haunted tours at 7pm, but that will change to 6pm later in the season.
For more information and to reserve your spot go https://www.poconomountains.com/event/pocono-haunted-trolley-tours/20795/