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Ghost of strangled boy once haunted historic cabin in Jumonville

Just east of Uniontown, in Fayette County, is Jumonville, famous for its 60-foot-tall cross which protrudes from the top of Dunbar's Knob. Built in 1950, the enormous cross is visible from a distance of fifty miles on a clear day, and can be seen from three states. Jumonville is also home to a Methodist retreat center, which sits on the site of an old orphan's school that was created by the state of Pennsylvania to care for the children of Civil War soldiers killed in battle.

In the late 19th century there was another point of interest that made Jumonville famous-- a  mountain shack haunted by the ghost of a boy who was strangled to death.

In early January of 1896 the surrounding towns and villages were buzzing with rumors of a peculiar haunted cabin in the woods near Jumonville, and a party of volunteers decided to pay a visit to the shack and see if the rumors and legends were true. Many volunteered, but as the appointed day of the investigation grew nearer, most of the folks…
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