Rhoads Opera House burial site.

Located in the cemetery where you enter Boyertown stands this grave marker to mark where the victims of the fire that could not be identified were laid to rest. It’s a big plot. No one knows who they were. The names of some victims are here on the Stone.

The old building.

After that horrid fire which burned 171 people, a good portion of the bodies were taken here in the basement to await burial. It was under a different name back then, but the original building still stands. Since that fire, this building is said to be haunted by those who lost their lives. I was told that strange sounds are heard, voices from empty space, and objects being moved from one place to another. Now, weather that’s true or not, I don’t really know. I wanted to go inside the building, but the sign said it’s closed. Will re-open soon.

Thanks for stopping by.


Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.

3 thoughts on “OPERA HOUSE FIRE

  1. I appreciated hearing about the story of the opera house fire, Les, and your photos and back-story were interesting. A sad ending for those folks who just wanted a night of entertainment.

    1. Thank you, Jet for your comment. It is a place of sadness to know what happened there. I wanted to go inside the building, but was not sure if I should. Just may go there again and ask some questions.

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