I used to think Lehigh Valley was dull, and for years I was convinced that Nazareth was about the dullest place in it. Then I began to look beneath the surface ...

I began to ask around about what I thought were false rumors of tunnels under the streets in Nazareth. To my surprise, older people who had grown up there swore that the tunnels existed. Some said they'd been in them.

This created a dilemma, since the Moravian Historical Society, headquartered in Nazareth, is certain that there are no tunnels.

So now either the MHS is wrong and there are mysterious tunnels under Nazareth, or we have an equally interesting phenomenon, with elders of the town having widespread false memories or hallucinations of being in tunnels that don't exist. Either way something odd is going on!

I visited basements downtown and got pictures of things that, while not conclusive, are certainly tunnel-ish. Meanwhile, I've heard rumors of other tunnels under Bethlehem, Easton and the little place called Christian Spring, which has another peculiar story all its own.

And that's just the beginning. From one end to the other, it turns out Lehigh Valley is full of mysteries, ghosts, UFO sightings, and sacred sites, both modern and very old, not to mention powwow doctors and 9000-year-old jasper quarries.

I started out in one of the dullest places on earth and now, without moving, I find I'm planted in the middle of a curious and mystical landscape.

What's your take on the tunnels under Nazareth?

This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Nancy Wisser, who also writes for the Weird Nazareth blog.