The Stone Couch
Buck Mountain, PA
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The Stone Couch is situated along rural Eckley Road, just beyond the Carbon-Luzerne county line.
It's been a landmark at that location as long as anyone can remember. A special roadside rest for the ages, although nobody is certain of its origin. For those who stumble on it by accident, it literally turns heads.
Research suggests that the curse has a very early origin. According to legend, an Indian woman with a papoose on her back had hiked up the steep mountainside. The Native American stopped at the couch to feed her baby. But when she reached around, she found the child dead.
Brokenhearted, she placed a curse on the site. As a result, it is said that anyone who lies down on the couch will meet with tragedy.
It seems everyone agrees it's a bad omen to place your head on the couch's rock bolster.
Some, however, have a different story about the rock formation. They say a few boulders actually were moved into perfect position by a man who wanted to provide a resting place for his sick family members.
"His wife and child became ill with high fever. I think it happened during the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Back then, this was still a dirt road," says a nearby resident.
According to the story, the man was driving his family to the nearest doctor in Weatherly when a wheel on his early automobile, a tin lizzie, broke off. The man was forced to continue afoot, leaving his family behind. Before he left, he noticed large rocks at the roadside. Using a lever, he moved the boulders into place, creating a resting spot for his wife and child.
Many hours later, the man returned with a doctor. But it was too late. His family had perished. Brokenhearted, he faded away and died.
The story we were told that it was used as a stagecoach stop, and one day a lady was waiting there with her baby for her husband to return and a pack of wolves or coyotes attacked her and child, she tried to save her child by placing it under the couch but both were killed. They say if you lift up the couch you can hear the child cry for its mom
Another story that was reported that it was used by Santa Claus as a resting spot. And families had their pictures taken on the couch.
Today, they say the man's tortured spirit wanders the woods around Buck Mountain. On certain nights, motorists report seeing the ghostly figure of a lost man walking along the roadway. They say his spirit still searches for help. Others say the vision is that of a lost Native American woman and her dead baby.
People agree that a restless air surrounds the Stone Couch. But the spookiness doesn't end with the legend. Upon close examination, weathered droplets of something bright red can be seen on the couch's back cushion. The droplets never disappear.
Even stranger are things seen at nightfall.
In fact, there are quite a few brave souls who say that something odd happens there on foggy nights. Something unexplained takes place along the lonely road.
Above all, the most basic questions remain unanswered.
Who or what created a granite couch weighing thousands of pounds? Exactly what happens at this mysterious place at such a lonely stretch? Even more, why would a couch, normally a place to pause and rest, be charged with tragedy and fright?
Some believe there are places on earth that are portals to the netherworld.
One thing is certain, there's no sense of peace at the Stone Couch of Buck Mountain.
There's a strange feeling in the air. Mountain winds whip through the woods. They whistle and howl and rustle the leaves. If you stand still, you might hear voices. Or even spine-tingling screams.