Created: Monday, 14 September 2015 Last Updated: Monday, 14 September 2015 Written by Administrator Print Email

The first blacksmith shop in Berlin that is remembered by the old residents of that place was conducted by one Schmidtbarndt. This old shop stood on Main street at about the center of the second square east of the lower diamond. and opposite the graveyard of the Reformed Church.

The people of that day were very superstitious and, as reports of fantastic and spectral figures were seen to issue from the shop and flit about in the graveyard, they began to avoid this "headquarters of ghosts and spooks".

Finally Mr. Robert Philson, who did not believe in ghosts, investigated the terrible phenomenon, and found that the "specters" were the result of light reflected through the windows of the shop upon the tombstones.