“We are a tourist trap.”
That”s the way the folks at Trundle Manor introduce themselves. Located in Swissvale, PA, outside of Pittsburgh, the old house (built in 1910) seems like an unusual destination. It looks pretty much like any other house in the area. Though if you get a little closer, you might notice the coffins on the porch.
That”s because inside, the house is anything but ordinary. The owners, who go by the names Mr. Arm and Velda Von Minx (actually Anton Miriello and Rachel Rech), have collected tons of bizarre memorabilia for many years. Instead of hiding their extraordinary collection behind closed doors, they decided to open the house to the public, creating an attraction in the spirit of old roadside weirdness.
The collection is vast, but it all comes with something of a macabre twist. It includes coffins, jarred animals, and taxidermy specimens. It also features weapons, primitive medical devices, and all manner of strange, fascinating items. If you want to just check out all the creeptastic things, they offer comprehensive tours.
In addition to the collection, Trundle Manor also functions as an artists” residence and exhibition space with ever-changing exhibits. They also host events including live music and movie nights. For all this, there”s never any charge, as the whole thing exists on donations. Money is always good, but they”ll also gladly accept creepy items and hard liquor (not beer). And yes, there is a gift shop.
You can check out more about the Manor on their website. You can also keep up with events, new items, and other general weirdness on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. If you need something creepy yourself, check out their Etsy page.