The Albatwitches of
Chickie Rock, PA.
Local legends in the area of Columbia, Pennsylvania
speak of a creature called an "albatwitch." The albatwitch is
a small (about 4 feet tall), manlike creature, which supposedly lived in
Their main area of residence seemed to be near an area called
"Chickie's Rock," a heavily wooded area along the banks of the
Susquehanna River about a mile or two north of town. Albatwitches were also
reported from wooded areas all along the river's shore.
The creatures are named for a habit, which they possess. Their bizarre
common name is short for "apple-snitch", as they are reputed to have a taste
for apples. Legends speak of how the Albatwitches would often steal
apples from picnickers, occasionally even throwing them at the startled
Legends also record that the creatures often sat in trees, coming
down only to find food. Legend also says that the Albatwitches either became extinct or were driven
nearly into extinction in the later years of the nineteenth century.
Chickie's Rock, where the creatures supposedly lived, does have a tradition
of strange sights and sounds in the 1950s and 1970s, a manlike
figure was seen several times, and local legends also speak of sounds
like the crack of a whip heard in the woods at night.
One can only wonder
if these could be connected with the albatwitch. Whether these stories
are connected or not, several sightings of Bigfoot-types have been recorded
from this area.
A vague report concerning the sighting of a hairy humanoid
came from Lancaster in 1973.
Lancaster is a scant 10 miles east of Columbia.
Another came from the town of North Annville (about 20 miles to the north)
in the same year. In addition, a number of reports have surfaced out of
neighboring York County.
Also, some sources say that the Susquehannocks,
like many Indian tribes, had a belief in an apelike monster, and sometimes
depicted it on their war-shields.
The Susquehannocks were a local tribe;
coincidentally, major evidences of their civilization (ruins of a village
and burial grounds) were found at the base of Chickie's Rock.
Story Source: Andrew D Gable