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Resurrection Cemetery

Trexlertown, Pennsylvania

In the 1940s, a young lady lived across the street from the cemetery. After becoming infected with tuberculosis, the girl died and was buried in a white party gown. It is said that on dark nights, one may see a bright, illuminating figure of a young girl walking along the side of the road. It is said that if one stops, she will ask him for a ride home because she is lost. Once they get past the cemetery�s property line, however, the girl disappears.

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Amanda says:

October 14, 2005, 10:25 am

omg that is sooooo scary !!! i would freak out if i saw that!!!!!!

Amanda says:

October 14, 2005, 10:26 am

Oh my gosh that is so scary. I would freak out if i saw that!

Naim says:

October 15, 2005, 9:26 pm

Oh wow, that is so cool. I would so wanna go out with that hot ghost. Can you send me a picture of that hot ghost girl so I can imagine her in my imagination. 😀 .

Anna says:

November 6, 2005, 12:44 am

That sounds a lot like the story of Resurection Mary from Illinois. I live right there and its pretty much the same story except the girl was killed by a car when she was coming back from prom. I’ve never actually seen her but a person who is a very reliable source for me claims to have seen her.

Julia says:

November 24, 2005, 4:39 pm

That’s the same thing I thought of. It sounds like a combination of the old hitch hiker ones, and that one. If that’s the one I’m thinking of…Does Mary ask them to stop/disappear when they pass the graveyard?

Eric says:

December 13, 2005, 4:01 am

I drive right by this cemetary once a week for work. I recognized the name from hearing it on Unsolved Mysteries, but I didn’t know that this one, as well, was haunted.


lily says:

January 14, 2006, 1:59 pm


marie says:

March 17, 2006, 9:16 pm

Dear eric,
i too saw this on unsolved mysteries. while it still remains to be seen i think that it could be possible. i’m not messing with this s##t.

Jenny says:

June 18, 2006, 2:53 pm

That is really crazy, my dad is burried there!

rebecca says:

July 3, 2006, 2:05 am

I thought of unsolved mysteries when i read this too! Is it the same one?

RAIDEN says:

August 8, 2006, 6:09 pm


luc says:

August 10, 2006, 10:02 pm

This stroy is not true. People would know if a ghost asked them for a ride. And even if the girl dissappeared when they got to the border line of the cemetery wouldn’t theghost say “Thank you” if she so politely said “May I have a ride”?

Terry says:

August 22, 2006, 11:49 am

Ressurection cemetary is in Illinois not Pennsylvania. The same story is told in Illinois. The girl is known as Ressurrection Mary, and she died in a car accident. She was walking along Archer Ave. after leaving the O’Henry ballroom, now Willbrook ballroom, when she was hit by a car and killed right in front of Ressurrection cemetary. She has been known to be picked up at night while she is walking along Archer Ave. During the forties she would jump on the running boards of cars that were going down Archer Ave., only to vanish when the car approached Ressurrection cemetaries main gates. She has also been sene dancing at the Willowbrook Ballroom (use to be O’Henry Ballroom), and a number of men have danced with her. Jerry Paulus danced with her in 1939 and she asked him to take her home. He did so, but when they got to the cemetary gates she asked him to stop the car. He told her that it didn’t seem to be the right thing to do because it was late at night. She told him that where she was going he couldn’t follow. She got out of the car, walked to the main gates of the cemetary; walked through them, and then vanished.

Ariel Kershner says:

August 22, 2006, 12:13 pm

Sometimes if I look out my window I see a bright light. If I yell down to it ,it runs away.

jackie says:

August 26, 2006, 3:01 pm

I heard about that on unsolved mysteries. I never really knew if it was true or not but that would be kind of freaky if it was!

J says:

September 7, 2006, 5:56 pm

There is a resurrection cemetary in Trexlertown, however I never heard the story referred to (exception of general lore elsewhere). Used to live up the road from it on Lone Lane.

R says:

September 19, 2006, 1:45 pm

Hey J,

I used to live right across from Air Products. Now I live in SW FL – small world! I never heard this one though… and it isn’t in the “Ghosts of the Lehigh Valley” that was published a few years back.

austin says:

October 11, 2006, 4:40 pm

this is so fake you guys are fool of it lol now what

Lisa says:

October 15, 2006, 5:13 pm

This is very true. One night while driving past this cemetary after I got out of work around 12 midnight, me and the person I was with has seen the illuminating light that looked very much like a girl walking along side of the road.

Carrie says:

October 19, 2006, 6:32 pm

This is not true. It is an Urban Legend. Every state has it!

Shannon says:

January 17, 2007, 12:46 am

WOW !!! That’s really freaky. Has anyone ever tried to talk with her ? Hearing this story makes me want to get in my car and go find her. Maybe she’s lonely and just wants to tell somebody what happened to her. I believe this story and i think calling this an Urban Legend is a good way to deny that things like this really happen ! Does anyone know Ressurrection Mary’s real name and age ?

Dustin says:

January 23, 2007, 7:12 am

Think about it if she lived across the street from the graveyard .do you think she would say i am lost give me a ride Home .i don’t know where i live ,but give me a ride there .hahahah it makes @#$%ing sence
my email is if you want to argue go for it

Dustin says:

January 23, 2007, 7:15 am

Think about it if she lived across the street from the graveyard .do you think she would say i am lost give me a ride Home .i don’t know where i live ,but give me a ride there .hahahah it makes @#$%ing sence

Lisa says:

February 2, 2007, 8:19 pm

I can’t imagine the ghost appearing to anyone. Considering the grave yard is right along BUSY route 100. Maybe she walks (or floats) down to the skating rink on a Saturday night looking to scare someone in the parking lot.

jill says:

February 4, 2007, 6:54 am

I do not believe this is a true story. I have been very active in the field of parapsychology, doing a lot of research and investigations, and it sounds like Resurrection Mary in Chicago.


March 18, 2007, 8:50 pm

o this is sooooooooo scary [not] like that is even real!!! that shouldnt even be in haunted house stories like a girl would disappear

loco says:

June 14, 2007, 9:22 am

This is an Urban Legend and found in almost every ghost story book.

Sean says:

July 17, 2007, 8:20 pm

HI, A couple people on here have said that The ressurection cemetary is in ILL. Not in PA. In Trexlertown there is a Ressurection Cemetary, whether the story of the girl is true , I don’t know. I go to one of the colleges that are near Trexlertown and the first time I saw the signs for the cemetary I immediatly thought of the Mary from the Ill. area. I thought it was kind of amusing. But yeah, there is a cemetery withht he same name.

Pandinus says:

October 5, 2007, 8:58 pm

This story is told a thousand different ways in a thousand different countries. There is the White Lady of Buckhorn near my own house in Altoona. There is also the White Lady of Sheperd’s Mountain in Virginia. Same story different cemetaries.

jill says:

October 7, 2007, 7:21 pm

This tale is not true.

There is a Resurrection Cemetery in Allentown, PA, not Trexlertown.

I agree that this tale is a mix of Mary, the ghost Resurrection Cemetery in Chicago and urban legends about the disappearing hitchhiker. The former is a well documented case.

Michelle says:

October 19, 2007, 9:56 pm

Wow!! My mother in law lives right across the street from the cemetary. I never knew about this story, and asked my husband about it and he said he and some friends have seen the girl. Guess I need to pay more attention and see if i can see her also!!!

Mc Nugget says:

October 26, 2007, 1:49 pm

wowwww B***h Get Out Of My Car ahhhhh!!!!

Jen says:

November 3, 2007, 3:29 pm

I saw this one on Unsolved Mysteries and it is definitely in ILLINOIS!!!! There are a lot of vanishing hitchhiker stories areound the country and I think they may very well be urban legends. Resurrection Mary however has been called the most documented vanishing hitchhiker (or any other kind of ghost pretty much) around. I am not even going to try to say this one’s fake, there’s too much documentation, however this documentation is for the one in Illinois on Archer Avenue and not in Pennsylania.

TEnaya says:

December 27, 2007, 8:15 pm

Actually it happened in the Resurrection Cemetery, in Justice,Illinois

Catherine And Hallie says:

January 19, 2008, 11:14 am

We know a person who has picked this “woman” up… it was really creepy… she got out of the car, went straight to the cemetery, and disappeared… just hope that none of you had the same experience that he did!

Lynn says:

January 28, 2008, 1:08 am

I am really upset…i went practically my whole childhood thinkin that the ghost of Reserection Mary was a young women who lost her love at a young age on route 507 in PA….damn was i wrong….

Greg says:

May 16, 2008, 3:08 pm

That ghost is awesome….What if she was blowing me and I drove past the cemetary line? Would my **** disappear because it was in her mouth and she disappears at teh cemetary boundry. Does she like anal??Do ghosts in general like anal?

Trinity says:

June 6, 2008, 4:05 pm

ok now this is good. same old stories diffrent places. get real folks, ill tell you what, i would be happy to walk up in there with a sperit board and B**ch slap any demon, sperit, ghost whatever you can give me… come on folks lets see it real stuff now. call um up and out lets do this

Eddie says:

June 9, 2008, 2:58 pm

a lot of people see ghost on bright sunny days and didn’t know it. I saw an old farm house being boarded up because of being abandon for years.And my wife and I noticed an old woman sitting on a rocker on the front porch amongst all the workers. we drove a block down the road and commented on it,then drove back.and she was gone.Later I ask the lawn care guy and he feels someone is watching him threw the window, thogh never seeing anyone????

S.E.P.P.S says:

July 14, 2008, 11:25 pm

My name is Casey Morganelli and I am the co-founder of South Eastern Pennsylvania Paranormal Society “S.E.P.P.S”, please check out our website for video and audio evidence from a few investigations, also if you’d like us to investigate your residence or business check out the site and contact me at

chris says:

September 24, 2008, 12:01 pm

I live right by this cemetary in allentown. This place does exist and it is called RESSURECTION CEMETARY. I’ve heard stories about it, but I was never there….yet.

Olivia says:

October 26, 2008, 3:48 pm

Hi i know this has nothing to do with baker mansion but… You see i live in pennslyvannia and there is no haunted places around me that i know but when i was little my parents went out to see a horror movie and i was asleep and new nothing about them going. I remeber seeing a little girl in a white dress sitting on the edge of my bed and asking me odd questions …. which i cant remeber. Something she did just made me scream (i dont remeber what exacly) I woke my mom up from screaming so load (they where back from the movies now)and it freaked her out because she saw a movie with a little girl. when i went back to sleep i saw her again and she asked me why i did that. i answerd “i dont know i was scared” she said not to be scared and walked through my door and went away. I’m 12 now and it still gives me chills.

Olivia says:

October 26, 2008, 3:50 pm

Opps sorry i was reading about baker mansion just take the first sentence out

Karen says:

October 30, 2008, 10:46 pm

Sounds a little like the tale Of Ressurection Mary, who is actually in Illinois At *that* Resurrection Cemetary. (Which was on unlsolved mysteries). Except she was killed in a car accident, and it was before 1940.

Leslie Bohanon says:

November 16, 2008, 9:19 pm

I grew up in Nottingham Park Illinois, which is right next to Bridgeview, only about a mile from Ressuraction Cemetary! When I was 19, I was driving home from work at about 11:30 pm, driving past the cemetary. I was driving down the road, and all of a sudden, a lady in all white jumped out on front of me! I got out of my car to check the damage, and there was none, and I looked back to see if she was behind me hurt, and no-one was there! I went home to inspect my car a little better and there were no dents or scratches anywhere on my car, but there was a piece of white lace hanging under my front bumper! So the next day, I drove down the same stretch of road to see if anything had happened, and there was no sign of anyone being hit! Was it Mary? That question has been haunting me since it happened, now both of my parents are buried at Bethania cemetary right next to Ressurection cemetary!

Robyn says:

January 22, 2009, 12:58 pm

Terry and Anna are both correct. Ressurection Cemetary is in Chicago, Illinois, being born and raised an hour north I have heard all of these stories all of my life,,and my mother was a personal friend of Richard Crow, who did the ghost tours in Chicago. These stories are very true and to those who do not believe,,,you need to open you mind.

Danielle says:

March 27, 2009, 11:43 am

There is indeed a Resurrection Cemetary in PA – not in Allentown nor Trexlertown, but in Wescosville which is right between the two. It’s located on the old Krocks Road (not the new one where the bypass is)right off of Route 222. I grew up in this area and have driven past there many times, I’ve never seen anything though I have heard the stories.

Why is such a difficult concept that there is more than one Resurrection Cemetary in the US? It’s a common name for a cemetary. And whether these are urban legends or actual hauntings – why couldn’t it happen in or be linked to both the PA one, the IL one, or any of the others anywhere in the US?

Shovawn says:

September 24, 2009, 11:19 pm

Did it ever occur to anyone that there might actually be more than one Ressurection Cemetary…..It is a big country after all and seems that would be a fitting name for any cememtary. Just curious. I know the story of Ressurection Mary from Illinois, and I know some one who lived there and has seen her.

sean hein says:

October 11, 2009, 6:02 pm


Rebecca says:

October 13, 2009, 10:58 am

I seem to recall this taking place near Chi-town and hearing a similar story that takes place in CA (I’m thinking San-something… Diego, Francisco…?) But really, doesn’t every town have an urban legend similar to this? The people who think this story is specific and unique to Trexlertown are probably still trying to find out what really happened to Mikey and hoping they won’t wake up in a tub full of ice with a missing kidney. Have a Happy and Haunted Halloween everyone. And remember – don’t mix your Pop Rocks with Coca-Cola!

Jenni says:

November 4, 2009, 3:47 pm

this is so not true-I drive past that cemetery every day at all hours of the day and night–NEVER have I saw this–no one I know that lives around me has seen this girl-I live about one mile away–nobody has ever seen anything around here

SAli says:

June 12, 2010, 3:53 pm

Resurrection Mary is the Chicago area’s best-known ghost story. Of the “vanishing hitchhiker” type, the story takes place outside Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois, a few miles southwest of Chicago.[1]

Since the 1930s, several men driving northeast along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom and Resurrection Cemetery have reported picking up a young female hitchhiker. This young woman is dressed somewhat formally and said to have light blond hair, blue eyes, and wearing a white party dress. There are other reports that she wore a thin shawl, dancing shoes, that she carried a small clutch purse, and/or that she was very quiet. When the driver nears the Resurrection Cemetery, the young woman asked to be let out, whereupon she disappeared into the cemetery. According to the Chicago Tribune, “full-time ghost hunter” Richard Crowe has collected “three dozen . . . substantiated” reports of Mary from the 1930s to the present.[2]
The story goes that Mary had spent the evening dancing with a boyfriend at the Oh Henry Ballroom. At some point, they got into an argument and Mary stormed out. Even though it was a cold winterâ??s night, she thought she would rather face a cold walk home than spend another minute with her boyfriend.

She left the ballroom and started walking up Archer Avenue. She had not gotten very far when she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who fled the scene leaving Mary to die. Her parents found her and were grief-stricken at the sight of her dead body. They buried her in Resurrection Cemetery, wearing a beautiful white dancing dress and matching dancing shoes. The hit-and-run driver was never found.[3]
Jerry Palus, a Chicago southsider, reported that in 1939 he met a person who he came to believe was Resurrection Mary at the Liberty Grove and Hall at 47th and Mozart (and not the Oh Henry/Willowbrook Ballroom). They danced and even kissed and she asked him to drive her home along Archer Avenue, of course exiting the car and disappearing in front of Resurrection Cemetery.[4]

Burned section of the front gate bars.In 1973, Resurrection Mary was said to have shown up at Harlow’s nightclub, on Cicero Avenue on Chicago’s southwest side.[5] That same year, a cab driver came into Chet’s Melody Lounge, across the street from Resurrection Cemetery, to inquire about a young lady who had left without paying her fare.[6]

There were said to be sightings in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1989, which involved cars striking, or nearly striking, Mary outside Resurrection Cemetery.[7] Mary disappears, however, by the time the motorist exits the car.

She also reportedly burned her handprints into the wrought iron fence around the cemetery, in August 1976,[8] although officials at the cemetery have stated that a truck had damaged the fence and that there is no evidence of a ghost.

In a January 31, 1979 article in the Suburban Trib, columnist Bill Geist detailed the story of a cab driver, Ralph, who picked up a young woman â?? “a looker. A blonde. . .she was young enough to be my daughter – 21 tops” â?? near a small shopping center on Archer Avenue.

“A couple miles up Archer there, she jumped with a start like a horse and said ‘Here! Here!’ I hit the brakes. I looked around and didn’t see no kind of house. ‘Where?’ I said. And then she sticks out her arm and points across the road to my left and says ‘There!’. And that’s when it happened. I looked to my left, like this, at this little shack. And when I turned she was gone. Vanished! And the car door never opened. May the good Lord strike me dead, it never opened.”
Geist described Ralph as “neither an idiot nor a maniac, but rather [in Ralph’s own words] ‘a typical 52-year-old working guy, a veteran, father, Little League baseball coach, churchgoer, the whole shot’. Geist goes on to say: “The simple explanation, Ralph, is that you picked up the Chicago area’s preeminent ghost: Resurrection Mary.”[9]
by the way i live in chicago and ressurection mary does come where i live because she comes on the south side of chicago thats where i live! and i have been to archer avenue where ressurection mary got hit by a car

Scott says:

June 14, 2010, 2:48 pm

To all the people who say it’s not true: How do you know? The truth is, you don’t … you’d just like everybody to “think” you know. It’s OK though, most people just skip right by your comments.

Alex says:

July 3, 2010, 11:03 am

This has a possibility to be real. And it does seem (to what you guys have told me) to bare a resembilence to this story in Illinois. But there have many people who have died over the many many many years 2 are bound to be the same. but why a party dress? was she not able to afford better? And why would she say she is lost when she lived across the street from it? It could be myth or it could be real. IDK!

Sharde C says:

July 11, 2010, 6:59 pm

ii liive not 10 minutes from that cemetery ii constantly pass iit going baqq and forth from AMC and Kmart i never knew there was a story behind iit!!!

melissa says:

July 15, 2010, 8:10 pm

wow tat is so scary

alicia says:

August 2, 2010, 4:07 pm

this isnt where it is. its in moon township pa. i live by it and have gone a few times. the story is a lot different. there is a black grave with the name damon on it with an upside down cross.

alicia says:

August 2, 2010, 4:12 pm

Ressurection cemetery is in moon township pa. its a different story. i live by it. the story is there is a black grave with the name damon on it and it has an upside down cross. and if you tamper or disrespect the grave that bad things will happen. one time a 4 boys went to see if the legend was true. when they got to the grave 3 of the 4 boys were saying bad things about the grave and they actually peed on it. and when they left they go in a car accident and only the one who did nothing survived. and the few times that i have been there and left a few of my friends that accompanied me got into car accidents. but nothing life threatening.

Leandro Olmo says:

August 23, 2010, 1:49 am

i have allready experienced her… she asked me to stop at the end of the sementary n when she got out of the door she desapeared… but before she left the car her face turned white n she had no eyes nor face… it was my only experience with the paranormal n it got me interested ever since!

mander says:

April 3, 2011, 3:00 am

So I just read this and actually got in my car and drove to the cemetery. While we did not see anything we weren’t screwing around and stopping our car to find out if anything would come out. We actually went in the cemetery because the creepy gates were open at 2a.m. Does anyone know where I can get more info on this? I want to go back next weekend and actually stop the car and wait around for a bit.

Mike says:

January 14, 2012, 7:49 pm

I’ve been to Resurection Cemetary in Moon. The name on the grave is Damien not Damon. There is an upside cross and the tombstone says “This is not good bye, just so long.” we used to party at Damiens grave all the time. I even have pictures of me pissing on his grave(I now realize how disrespectful that was). We heard the same stories about disrespecting the grave which I’d why we did it. This was around 15yrs ago and nothing has happened to me or any of my friends involved.

Buck says:

March 12, 2013, 4:49 pm

That would be a wonderful experience to be able to actually see a ghost. I have been searching for years to find a place that might allow me to. In 1984 I lived with my parents and two sisters in a farm house that was filled with unexplained occurrences but through it all I have never seen a spirit or ghost or any other entity. I could only see things move and heard whispers and footsteps but upon investigating closer I saw nothing. That old farm house is still standing and it saddens me that the life I once saw there is gone. It is a play ground for the paranormal and it is just too bad we didn’t know about all these ghost hunters at the time. I have visited the old place and I still sense those energies there. Maybe one day I will write the whole story from day 1 until the last day when we couldn’t take it anymore and left but for now I would like to see just one ghost so that I will know in my heart that my family wasn’t crazy. Thanks for your post on the cemetery. I will have a few drives up that road!!

Alex says:

December 17, 2013, 3:59 pm

It seems this is the cemetery across from the Nursing Home / ALF. Not a terribly terrifying stretch of road. There are 2 houses past the SNF / ALF. Both look pretty modern. Pretty sure that the cemetery is a no trespassing area. I know the farm fields around it are, and pretty well posted. So my guess would be to proceed with caution. I pass it every day on the way home from work. So far, no girls in white dresses.

Sara says:

October 29, 2014, 11:40 am

Id love to pick her up and drive around all night in the cemetary talking to her so she wouldnt leave. This is so sad. I hope she finds peace.

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