House Crazy Sarah has long been fascinated with this peculiar looking relic. It is located in Rehmeyer’s Hollow near Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. Locals refer to it as the House at Hex Hollow.
It has a bit of a macabre history, you see. On a cold November night in 1928 a murder occurred here and physical traces of the crime remain to this day.
Here’s the back story:
Three members of the Pennsylvania Dutch community had been experiencing a spell of bad luck and ill health in the late 1920’s. They believe that they had been “hexed” by another member of the Dutch community – a farmer by the name of Nelson Rehmeyer.
The men were told the only way to rid themselves of the hex was to find Nelson Rehmeyer’s spell book and burn it, along with a lock of his hair. (The early Dutch community in Pennsylvania was known to be superstitious and they believed in witchcraft.)
On the night of November 27th 1928, the three men went to this very house – Mr. Nelson Rehmeyer’s house – and confronted him.
It did not end well.
Rehmeyer refused to cooperate and was subsequently strangled to death in his kitchen. The perpetrators went a little further to make sure he was actually dead and mutilated his body. They then attempted to burn the house down in order to hide the crime. But the old house at Rehmeyer’s hollow had a stubborn soul.
It only partially burned before the fire died out. There was plenty of evidence which survived the fire and the evidence indicated who the killers were. The three murderers were tried and found guilty of the murder of Nelson Rehmeyer.
Below is a photo that was taken of the burnt-out house during the police investigation:
Apart from losing the rear log addition, the house doesn’t look all that different today. Probably because it has been meticulously restored and maintained by Nelson Rehmeyer’s great-grandson, Ricky Ebaugh, who now owns the house.
It didn’t always look this well preserved however. The house was abandoned for years after the murder and fell into extreme disrepair, as you can see in this rare photo below:
Rehmeyer’s daughter and her husband took over the house to use as a rental property and they fixed it up to the point where it was livable again. It was a rental for many years but starting in 2007, great-grandson Ricky Ebaugh took it over and has been restoring it to how it would have looked in 1929 – minus the back log section.
Not surprisingly, the house is believed to be haunted by the tortured ghost of Nelson Rehmeyer. Many paranormal enthusiasts are drawn to what was known as “Hex Hollow”. The name of the hollow was later changed to Spring Valley County Park – which has a much more cheerful connotation.
The house, however, retains the tragic, creepy feeling recalling the terrible events that took place here.
Let’s have a look inside!
One of the things Rehmeyer’s great-grandson did to preserve the House at Hex Hollow’s terrible history was to uncover the hole in the original kitchen floor where Nelson Rehmeyer’s burned body was found. In the photo below, you can see where his legs burned through the floor joist and if you look closely, there is even dried blood still visible from that gruesome night in 1929…
Isn’t that ghoulishly amazing?
Here’s the rest of the kitchen:
House Crazy Sarah is highly impressed with Ricky Ebaugh’s efforts to restore and recreate the interior of the house as it would have appeared in 1928 when his great-grandfather was murdered.
Below Ricky is pictured looking proud and maybe even vindicated in front of the kitchen stove:
What a tribute he is providing for his unfortunate ancestor!
The antique furnishings are perfect for the house.
Here’s the living room:
And this is Nelson’ Rehmeyer’s former writing desk:
Below is a photo of an antique bedframe in one of the bedrooms.
Apparently Ricky now gives tours of the home – if you are ever in the area of York County, Pennsylvania.
House Crazy Sarah has got to add the House at Hex Hollow to her bucket list because this home is just so eerily fascinating!