Friday, June 4, 2010
Haunted Places: The Pittsburgh Aviary
I recently came across some information that the Aviary is haunted! Being a life long Pittsburgh resident I was shocked I had never heard this so I did some research. Very interesting story involving Civil War history and Confederate prisoners of war held in Pittsburgh. So animals, ghosts and history--makes me happy as a vampire in a blood bank!
The Aviary is built over the former site of the Pittsburgh Western Penitentiary. During the Civil War of group of Confederate soldiers were captured in Lisbon, Ohio. They were brought to Pittsburgh as Prisoners of War and housed at the Penitentiary. The story is that many died due to horrible conditions and now their ghosts wander the halls of the Aviary.
Lawrenceville Historical Society. There you can read the actual letters from the prisoners and the names of the Confederates held in the prison.
The Aviary also has a special event centered around this story every Halloween. It is called Haunted Aviary which is an adults only event where you can wander the halls of the Aviary in semi-darkness, hear ghost stories, and eat! You can also learn more about the regular programs and other special events through this link. I certainly recommend a visit if you are in Pittsburgh. I can't guarantee you will see Confederate soldiers but you will see lots of really neat birds.