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Haunted Places to Visit in New Jersey

The Garden State, like all the others, is full of weird and unusual buildings and legends to go along with them. Abandoned orphanages and mental hospitals and elementary schools, the Port Monmouth "Spy House", "The Hermitage" up north, and so on are all great places to investigate. Unfortunately, most are either closed to the public or closed completely due to disrepair. Sure it's fun to sneak into an archaic school room with no electricity, but it's not the safest thing in the world and trespassing can get you arrested. Here are some New Jersey locales you can visit without winding up in jail.

Burlington County Prison Museum

Burlington County Prison Museum

1.) Burlington County Prison Museum

128 High St., Mt. Holly, NJ

Built in 1811 the building served as a prison for 154 years before shutting down in 1965. Criminals convicted of a capital crime during that time were all sentenced to death by hanging. In the prison yard out back, you can still see remnants of where the gallows once stood. The fact that the overall appearance of the prison has remained unchanged throughout the years is one factor that makes it a prime candidate for a haunting. Other contributing factors are the imprints left behind in the form of writings and drawings on the cell walls, a tape that plays "Sounds of Prison Life" constantly on speakers throughout the prison, and realistic looking mannequins resembling prisoners placed randomly among the three floors. Museum workers report seeing apparitions on the first floor, ghosts "with no legs" floating on a path from the massive front door toward the small backdoor leading into the prison yard. But the most activity takes place on the third floor -- Death Row. Smack in the center of the row of cells sits the gloomiest room, originally designed to hold a death row inmate during his last 24 hours. In 1908 it was turned into a tool of punishment and reinvented as a solitary confinement chamber. Convicted murdered Joel Clough supposedly haunts this dungeon frequently. The cell just to the right of the dungeon has an extremely bad vibe as well. Visitors frequently report intense stomach pain that attacks upon entering the room, but subsides as soon as they leave. You'll know you're in the right room because there is a sketch of a tree on the wall near the window. Perhaps it was drawn by a forlorn prisoner gazing outside at the world beyond and longing for a taste of freedom...

2.) Old Jake Brown Road (NIKE missile base)

Route 9 South, Old Bridge, NJ

At the end of Old Jake Brown Road sits a group of small, one-family houses that were obviously abandoned---in a great hurry. The homes were probably inhabited by employees of NIKE, since a locked fence at the back of the tiny community leads to the old missile base that was deserted in the early 1970's. What no one knows is why the base and it's surrounding homes were deserted so quickly. If you go inside any of the houses, you will find furniture in every room, family photos still in frames and nailed to the walls, trash cans that were never emptied, rotting food in the cupboards, and stacks of newspapers from the 1970's in the attic.

Old Tennent Church

Old Tennent Church

3.) Monmouth Battlefield--Old Tennent Church

448 Tennent Road, Manalapan, NJ

Monmouth Battlefield was the site of the longest battle to be waged during the American Revolution. Supposedly, a young soldier was resting against a large oak tree near a church when a cannonball fired by the British hit him, taking off his entire arm, and starting the battle of Monmouth. On June 28, 1778, after several long, hot hours of battle, the American army emerged victorious. But the casualties were many. The church was quickly converted to a makeshift hospital. Legend has it that there was so much carnage that doctors and nurses were wading around in blood up to their ankles. Saw marks can still be seen on the church pews from where soldiers had limbs amputated (without anesthesia). Making this site doubly interesting is the local legend of an alleged witch who died in the 1600's, an outcast, whose only departing wish was to be buried at the center of the new cemetery up on the hill. Of course, town officials did not honor this wish and buried her instead on the outskirts. However, over time, the cemetery grew larger and larger, extending out in several directions on all sides of the hill. Today, what was once the outskirts of the small graveyard has become the exact center. Visitors frequently catch a scent of ginger or vanilla when they are close to the witch's resting place.

Charlie Brown's Steakhouse

Charlie Brown's Steakhouse

4.) Charlie Brown's Steakhouse

109 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ

Over 250 years old, this restaurant once served as a hotel and, before that, a brothel. In the 1800's a man hung himself from the enormous tree that still stands out front. His ghost has been captured in photographs of the outside and his voice picked pick up on audio recorders. This place is an absolute hot spot for capturing EVPs (electronic voice phenomenons). Only two of the three floors are open to the public, but if you can make friends with a waitress, hostess or manager, they'll be glad to show you the third floor if you sign a waiver saying you will not hold them liable for any injury that may occur since the third floor is the most active but is also in a state of disrepair. Supposedly a woman who frequented the building when it was a brothel used to rent the room at the end of the wing, the only one with it's own bathroom. She used to bring her toddler son with her to "work" and lock him in the bathroom while she entertained her guests. Because the walls were so thin, other guests could hear the child crying out for his mother from behind the bathroom door. The story here gets hazy, but either the woman had just gotten out of the bath when a client showed up and she had no time to drain the water and her son drowned in the bathtub or, bereft with grief over the twist her life had taken, she committed suicide by drowning her son and then drowning herself. This section of the third floor is CREEPY. Intense stomach pains hit virtually anyone who passes through there, and cold spots are often felt. The little boy is said to roam the third floor, still seeking his mother. My own mother and I were investigating this room when we picked up an EVP of a child's voice saying "Mommy". Further down the hall there have been sightings of a man in a hat roaming near the exit sign.

5.) Rose Hill Cemetery

Ravine Drive, Matawan, NJ

Go for the three hundred year old masoleums, stay for the intriguing headstones and the almost-certainty of EVPs. But leave before it gets dark, because that's when the bats come out, and they are not afraid to divebomb your head. There's no crazy legend or local tale behind this cemetery, founded during the Revolutionary War. For some reason it is just ripe with paranormal activity. Winding roads and a hilly terrain make it great for exploring, and it seems to interact very well with devices such as divining rods (used in dowsing, a divination that detects the presence of electromagnetic fields aka spiritual presences) and pendulums (essentially a weight on the end of a string that also reacts to electromagnetic presences; can also be asked questions and commanded to swing in a straight line for yes, swing in a circle for no). When my mother and I visited Rose Hill, she had a pendulum with her and I suggested that she swing it over a particular grave and ask those resting there a question. Later, upon playback of the audio recorder we had with us at the time, we discovered that we had picked up a voice saying insistently, "No, no, no!" right after I asked my mom to hold the pendulum over the grave.

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Mike Kay on June 24, 2018:

As kids we use to ride our sleds in Rose Hill Cemetery. My brother used to fish in the tiny pond there. I was surprised to hear no mention of what all the kids referred to as the witches tomb. It is the only mausoleum next to the pond. In the early 70's the entrance of the tomb was completely open as if it was blown out. I'm surprised of no mention or interest in this tomb.

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Katie MacQueen on June 06, 2018:

This is shit. I lived at 202 Jake Brown Road in the late eighties, we took all our stuff when we moved and so did everyone else.

jjm on June 12, 2015:

have to laugh at the Jake Brown Road comments. Those houses (which formerly housed Nike soldiers in the 1950s-early 60s because they were on call 24-7) were still open into the mid 1990s housing Army and fulltime reservists who worked in NJ. I had a friend who worked at the Camp Kilmer reserve center who lived in one of those houses and I visited her there. They were not suddenly closed but were part of the decades long base closing operation mandated by Congress. My friend then moved to a condo which I am sure cost the taxpayers a bit more than the old Nike houses. As for the Nike site itself, no mystery why it was closed. It was one of the sites in a ring around NYC and was closed in 1968 as part of an arms reduction treaty with the Soviets.

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on February 25, 2013:

I'll have updates on my website shortly with pictures and audio from my 2 trips to the Taylor Farmhouse. It's an area you have to be careful in because of all the run down structures and broken trees from Hurricane Sandy. But its a part of Monmouth Battlefield which has plenty of activity and its next to Old Tennent Church, which as stated in the article, is haunted too.

I don't have a team as I am a solo investigator for the most part, due in part to my work schedule. You could try looking up teams on the Paranormal Socities website, there are quite a few in Ocean county and you can contact them to see if they are looking for new members. Good luck!

jlk74 on February 14, 2013:

I'm new to Ocean County, Brick to be exact. Originally from northern NJ. I love the paranormal and Taylor-Thompson farmhouse sounds like a lot of fun. Does anyone have any open paranormal groups with open availability in the area?

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on January 20, 2013:

An update to the Taylor-Thompson Farmhouse over at Monmouth Battlefield. I was there a couple of weeks ago when we had that 50F weather here. I got to access more of the area since the poison ivy and foliage was gone for the winter. Plus I got to get a good look and some pictures inside the house as a gap opened up in a wall to look inside. The floor is in bad shape, half of it collapsed in the basement. Somebody tries to go inside, they could get seriously injured. Next, in the 2 hours that I was there, I caught well over 20 EVP. Just to give a fair warning, there may be some "not nice" spirits there. One EVP told me to go back when I got too close to the house. In front of the Silo (which gave me an uneasy feeling), one EVP said "turn it off" referring to my Ovilus X. Another one said the word, "Devil". I don't know if they were calling me a devil or this was a place where one shows up for whatever reason. If you do go in the future, just be careful of what might be there.

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on October 22, 2012:

@Karen - Catching something by photo is hard to do and hearing disembodied voices by ear is just as rare also. I've only once ever heard a voice by ear (whisper) and when I go out on an investigation, I can easily take over 100 photos with a digital camera and infrared camera, plus hours of video camera footage and not catch a thing. Plus spirits don't just come out on cue, especially if you are not trying to interact with them.

You're best bet for capturing evidence is by using an audio recorder to try to catch EVP. If you don't have one, Sony makes a good recorder with 2GB memory for about $60. Just be sure to get something that has USB on it so it can be uploaded to your computer quickly. The Sony comes with audio software that is easy to use, but you can also use Audacity, which is free software you can use to review your audio.

Now having your cameras shut down with new batteries in them is a pretty good catch, believe it or not. That's something that usually doesn't happen unless you are in an area that is supposedly haunted. That is a personal experience. Next time, use the audio recorder, spend some time and ask some questions out loud, be respectful and I'm sure you will catch something. Just always remember to tell the spirits that they need to stay there and do not have any permission to come home with you. Good luck!

PEACHESNJ30 on October 21, 2012:

Has anyone been to The spy house in port monmouth nj? We went there last night and nothing. I was so dissapointed. The only thing that happened was my daughter and I both had cameras with brand new batteries in each one and as soon as we walked up to the house both of our cameras shut off and would not go back on, We took some pics with out iphones but did not capture anything. This is supposed to be the second most haunted place in NJ and I am afraid of my own shadow and I felt nothing and saw nothing at all. We also went to Rose hill cemetery and it was creepy but again nothing, then we went to brisbane in wall the former mental institution for children . we pulled up shut the car off and opened the windows and it was very creepy but again nothing, They say u can here the kids walking and laughing but again nothing, now I know spirits exist because I have had some encounters from the other side but none at these so called haunted places. we are gonna try again soon.

\karen tinton falls nj

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on October 20, 2012:

I finally made it over to the Thompson-Taylor farmhouse over at Monmouth Battlefield. It was easy to get to, taking the trail from the Suftin house towards the Craig house, about 1/3 the way there is a trail marker that points to the right, which would lead you back to Rt.522. As you hike that about 200 yards, you come right up to the house, barn, silo and some other landmarks. I caught several EVP, one saying a 4 letter word at me, one said Maria, a young female saying "Hey there" and a male saying "Who is that?". Next time you're out that way, I recommend it!

Jade on October 03, 2012:

This article gave me the rest of the info i needed about the Burlington County Prison! I just started a paranormal investigation group and we are planning to investigate there!

Dick Chaplinsk on September 14, 2012:

Im sorry to inform you but the Charlie Browns with the hanging was located in Plum Town Corners, now Edison, NJ Charlie Brown's the ghost name is chief and he likes to play games and turn TV's back on and steal glassware..........the big oak outside is over 100 years old


Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on August 31, 2012:

I know its not NJ, but right across the bridge in New Hope, PA is the Logan Inn. I did an investigation there the other night with 2 other 2 person groups (5 total). That was by far the craziest investigation I have even been a part of. Room #6 is room you need to stay in. I ended up in #14 and the spirits messed with me until daybreak after we retired to our different rooms at 2:00AM.

Solid orbs caught in flight on camcorder, equipment going off, batteries drained, one of the group got nausea in the room above #6 (#16 I think it was), EVP, being touched. They knew we were there as we brought every piece of equipment but the kitchen sink. It was a Tuesday night so the inn was only half full. Just something to consider if yo're looking for a possible crazy night!

Pat on August 24, 2012:

Please do Chuck. I am definitely thinking of making a trip there with people from my group. It would be nice to have another destination to work on for evidence!!

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on August 24, 2012:

@becauseilive - Some frineds of mine who visit the Battlefield have come across an interesting spot that I was not aware of. Apparently to the right of the Suftin farmhouse is another farmhouse wasting away in the woods called the Taylor Farmhouse (1820's). The house is fenced in so you can't enter, but its a mess to begin with. There is an old silo in there too. It's not on the normal hiking path, just off of it. One of the friends is a sensitive and she says she won't go near the house because there is a bad energy she picks up. Either anger and/or sadness. Of course I have to go back there and check it out so I will let you know what I find out.

Dave on August 18, 2012:

I am Co-founder of a paranormal investigations team we have been to the burlington county prison / the thomas budd house / washington inn / the puffin inn / absecon lighthouse just to name a few with great results. we our looking for 2 people interested in joining our team we our located in ocean county. have many investigations coming up.

AndreaMK on July 28, 2012:

Great - I'll save this to print out. We were near one building that looked like a chapel. Next to it , was a building - it looked as though it was not being torn down, but repaired. It may be the same building - you could see the framework, but there was all new lumber. I'm sorry but my memory fails me what road we came in on, bur the cemetery was on our left and you could see the church from the road. I believe it was probably Tennent Road.

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on July 28, 2012:

Glad to help out! Also to note that if going to the park on the Rt-522 side, there is a small house with a small parking area. The front of the house is almost hidden by trees, so if you blink you'll drive by it. There is a small sign in the front of the house that says "Friends of Monmouth Battlefield". I was told the house is going to be torn down, but the parking area is going to remain. On the map link I gave, the little "P" just to the left of the Sutfin House is where this parking area is.

AndreaMK on July 28, 2012:

Thanks, Chuck - That's remarkable :-)

I'll keep all of that in mind for the next time we go -

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on July 28, 2012:

@Chuck - Thank you so much! That is really helpful. My mom and I have been dying for new places to investigate, but maybe we'll give this oldie but goodie another try instead :)

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on July 28, 2012:

Here is a quick link to the Battlefield Map -

I did this because as you know the park is so big, there really is no way you can investigate it all in one day. I have more to add, just behind on updating everything. :-)

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on July 28, 2012:

Andrea - I've been to Old Tennent twice during the midday and not had a problem investigating, except for the noise if the lawn mowers are in action, or staying far enough away from visitors. The only thing I know is that you have to get permission to come in and investigate at night and I know a couple of groups that have been turned down for that. When I was back there a couple of weeks ago, I got an EVP that said "you came back"!

@becauseilive- On my website, I have a map of the battlefield listed that shows the different places I have picked up EVP or other odd things, plus a couple of Youtube videos. But I think the Rt-522 side is the place to go (Sutfin house, Washginton battle line). Everybody goes to Combs Hill or the farm field for EVP because that's near the visitor center and easier to get to. The best part of the Rt-522 side is there is very little human activity in that part except for the serious hiker doing the battlefield trail or the ranger mowing the trail.

AndreaMK on July 27, 2012:

Thank you -

I am curious to know if you need permission, because we did go there during the day about two weeks ago. We drove around inside the cemetery but weren't sure if we had to get permission someplace. Nobody seemed to be around except for one person visiting a grave and I just didn't want to investigate then.

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on July 27, 2012:

@Chuck - I totally agree! We went to Old Tennent Cemetery/Monmouth Battlefield a few years back, and in addition to being a cool historical place, it was definitely haunted. We got several EVPs, my sister smelled gingerbread everywhere though it didn't seem to have an origin, and when we were standing outside the church just after nightfall we heard a VERY distinct and loud knock come from inside the church's front door. It's a great place and I'd love to go back, especially now knowing your tips!

Chuck's Paranormal Adventures on July 27, 2012:

For those in the Central NJ area, I highly recommend Old Tennent church cemetery / Monmouth Battlefield for some paranormal investigating. I have made several visits to the both places (since they border on each other) and have gotten quite a few EVP, Ovilus X and Spirit Box interaction. The key to good EVP at the Battlefield is near the Suftin House and surrounding area on the Rt-522 side of the park. The hedgerow area is decent when you enter on the Rt-33 side of the park.

AndreaMK on July 15, 2012:

I was looking to join a local ghost hunting group - if anyone is in central nj - I have some of my own small equipment and would love to go!!

Robbie on July 06, 2012:

Im looking for people to do hunts with and explore some new places.

Email me if interested.

MIke of HTown on June 21, 2012:

Don't bother with Charlie Brown's place has been closed for years. New owner is converting it into an Irish Pub. I am sure there will be plenty of sightings from the bar faithful once it opens up.

banjo on April 25, 2012:

didn't see anything on the cranbury inn. can't understand why i can't see the rest of the site.

Paranorm Consults from Central NJ on March 17, 2012:

Great Thread! We are a group in Central NJ. We have investigated lots of famous and client homes, and are going strong.

Burlington County is nice and convenient. We have investigated there before and plan to go back in the next few months.

I am looking for any info on Freehold township - Tennent Church. Please let me know if anyone has info on this or Emley Church / Screaming Hill / Emley Hill Church.


AmyLeighA on March 11, 2012:

Oh, the irony. I just wrote a comment not five minutes ago about how I really never got a conclusive evidence on all my ghost adventures and it got me in the mood to listen to a couple evps "sessions" that I have not listened to yet. Listening to recordings for possible evps can get a little tedious at times. So i'd put it off.

This particular one I just listened to is amazing. It was only a 29 second long segment of recording and it was actually done three weeks ago at the Burlington Prison Museum (listed here, ironically enough). We were getting ready to clear out and we were the only two (other than the woman who runs the front desk) in the entire building. For anyone who's ever been there before, it's a kind of small but very interesting place. So in the recording you hear some knocks, obviously made by myself and my fiancé. Than we stand still for a second, Dave (my fiancé) says something soft and right afterward you hear a womans voice yell, "NO you can't touch her!" from what sounds like a couple rooms away. It's incredibly loud and clear. Definitely a Class A evp. I'm thrilled because I've never gotten a word let alone a sentence like this, and with such clarity to boot! So, I guess I retract my former statement :)

AmyLeighA on March 11, 2012:

I've actually been to every place on your list except for Charlie Browns Steak House, though I've heard of it a great deal. You just can't do an investigation there without getting prior approval, which of course can be tricky and/or expensive. I've been everywhere from Philadelphia to Gettysburg to Salem, MA but have yet to get anything diffinative. That isn't to say I haven't gotten orb photos and once a strange very light growl on my recorder, but that's about it. I'm still going to keep trying, and I still believe in the paranormal. Something I think people just get lucky and other times they don't. And you have to stay in one place for a long time something to get things, which I have to admit I haven't really done. We're always moving around, snapping pics and stuff. One interesting place I really like is in Lambertville, NJ, appropriately named the "Lambertville High School" (just outside of New Hope, PA). It's abandoned and as run down as it gets, but it's really a cool place to explore. And super creepy. Just be careful, it's pretty defunct and rotting in some places plus, your not actually supposed to be there. I haven't had any problems yet (knock on wood) just go in a small group during daylight.

**Side note: For anyone looking for the NIKE Missile Base in Old Bridge, NJ, I was just looking for it today and could not find it for the life of me. We even put in the GPS coordinates for it, but alas, just ended up in a very residential neighborhood on Jake Brown Rd. We checked high and low, even a pathway that looked promising that only led to a cell tower. Perhaps it is simply not there anymore? Any info, email me please at Thanks!**

Sid on March 08, 2012:

The weirdest place I ever been to in all haunted places is in San Antonio,Tx next to an airport strip and alongside that is separated by old train tracks,my people told me that live out there has always told me many years ago one day along side those same old train tracks a road flows parallel to it a school bus wit kids were on that bus and the road at the end crosses over the train track suddenly the bus stopped on the tracks and a train came and killed all the children including the driver.And it was said and I didn't believe it until I went out there myself with them,it was said that if u take ur car and drive it on the same train track and roadway were the children got killed,park ur car right on the road and the track put ur car in neutral and get out of the car but leave ur car lights on and to have baby powder with u,go to the back of the bumper and sprinkle baby powder all over the bumper then step way to the side of the road and carry flashlights, with u and make sure all this is done late at nite,and wow low and behold ur car will mysteriously be pushed forward and pushed safely to the right side of the road,and if u don't believe wat just happen take ur flashlights and walk to the the back of the car and flash it over the bumper and u will see that all the little kids finger prints on the back of the bumper! This will scare the hell out of u cus I didn't believe it myself until my cousins took me, that road is mysterious, because that ain't the only thing that happen to us that same nite. That road is also a long road and we were leaving and all of a sudden a mysterious car came from out of nowhere flashing high and low beams swerving like crazy in the road tryna run us off the road,this went on for a good 5 minutes,now wen ur in a car on a nite like that on a spooky road that don't have lights wat so ever that 5 minutes will seem like 5 hours,as we got almost near to the end of the road all of a sudden the sane car that was flashing us tryna run us off the road the car just floor right pass us and we all said wow,did u just see that there wasn't no one driven,much less no one was even in the car and the car drive up ahead and just simply disappeared into thin air! Hope u liked my story and this is all true and a well documented street in Tx.

Michaela on January 14, 2012:

I went to the burlington county prison museum, which is right in front of the modern one, btw. I kinda get sensitive in "ghostly" areas, and in this one area i felt a heaviness on my chest and i had a headache and felt woozy. My camera want working, either. When i walked out of that area, it went away. When i asked the park ranger downstairs, he said, "up there? Its usually the basement that gets people. But that was where people waited to be executed." So please listen to me and be carefull of the upper left wing of the burlington prison museum.

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Guy from Matawan on January 02, 2012:

I grew up with Rose Hill Cemetery next to my house. Lived there 17 years...cemetery still had semi-regular burials at that point. The cemetery was a great place to play - sleigh riding around all the headstones, carving our initials in the big tree, ice hockey on the pond, hide and seek, great view of Raritan Bay and NYC skyline, etc. This place was so much fun to live next to. NEVER in my 17 years of living next to the cemetery did I or any of my friends (living on all sides of the cemetery except Ravine Drive) experience anything at all strange.

You can go there with your meters and whatever other Ghostbuster devices you have...I lived there. Nothing's going on there except dead people. Great, quiet neighbors.

Carry on.

Sorry to rain on your parade.

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Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on September 20, 2011:

@Roy - I agree that orbs are nothing to write home about. I don't get excited about them anymore. However, we have gotten some of our best EVPs at graveyards...who can really say why? The first one we captured was at a Quaker cemetery around twilight, it's a man's voice saying, "You look like death." At other small, local cemeteries that have graves from the 1700s we've captured someone screaming "Get me out!" and an authoritative man's voice saying, "We must wait until they go home." Where do you normally investigate?

Roy on September 19, 2011:

Why investigate a grave yard? How many deaths have u heard of that happen at a cemetery? Orb's are NOT good evidence... It could be a lot of things. Dust/dirt, Precipitation, a bug. I am a believer but some people are just naïve and dense

Justin on January 09, 2011:

Celebrate Valentines early Febuary 12 , 2011, with a romantic ghost hunt!!

Come visit the ghosts at the Cranbury Inn in Nj!! Many ghosts have been sighted at this location and they are waiting to meet you!

Bring your Valentine to hold as you investigate the grave yard !

Hunt begins at 6pm and costs $20 per person. This includes tour of site and hunting equiptment -such as emf meters and digital recorders. A nightvision camera and other ghost hunting supplies and our resident psychic  will be on site. 

Come visit the spirits and see where it leads!

You could also take advantage of the Inns romantic restaurant apart from the hunt. 

Contact us at if you are interested and pay at the event.

Jake on December 22, 2010:

Grew up around mt. Holly and made visit to the prison. As I came to the womens cells I heard a voice and all for I know I was the only one who made visit that day.

Dustin Vernon Werstler on November 13, 2010:


I grew up in Barnegat's Settlers Landing. I remember sometime right about 1980 when my family moved from Schooner Avenue to Tiller Drive, we walked right through a Klan rally. They were at a fenced in home on the left (heading from BBES) at the corner of Schooner and Village. I'm trying to figure when that happened for my own life history timeline.

steven marsico on May 01, 2010:

hi i am the lead investigator for nnjgh and if anyone can use our teams help in any way and any possible haunting please let us know...thanks...steve

BettieJess on April 03, 2010:

I drove down Old Jake Brown Rod today and there are no houses left, it appears that they've all been torn down. :( Disappointing.

chickenlady on February 27, 2010:

Hi Brett,

We moved here 1989 and my kids said they learned the name of a road called monkeytown road or something like that. The school libertarian was giving them town history. you wouldn't find that in the history books. They went to EVES. are you familiar with that? I know Village Drive and I know there is a cemetery that was only for black people by the new HS.

Brett on February 19, 2010:

chickenlady: I grew up in Barnegat in the 1970s and early 80s and I clearly remember the KKK marching down Village Drive down the road to Barnegat Blvd. Elementary School. My mom would hide me from the window (I'm half black!) but I found it all quite fascinating. Don't know about any haunting, though.

Kim Laws on January 04, 2010:


My name is Kimberly Laws. My mother told me about a haunted cemetery that is in Newark, N.J. It had something to do about a 4-ft,hooded person when you come to these two trees, he takes you on a trail,he stops and points to a tree and you see yourself hanging from a tree. I don't know the name of that cemetery. Can you help me please?

Thank you for your time.


kim Laws

chickenlady on November 13, 2009:

Hey Rob from Depford, where is Green cemetary?

ROB from Deptford on November 02, 2009:

Yo check out Green cemetary I`ve had experances there!! While your in the area check out a house by J.M.Library same street take dead end (last house on rt.)civil war era 1600`s i knew the owners,tunnels,cells in basement COOL house

jamie on October 30, 2009:

this place is really cool..this guy has a whole bunch of stuff to check out. but dont try getting out of your car and exploring the abandoned trains, they will call the cops on you!!!

chickenlady on October 17, 2009:

Hey Dave, thanks for the info. I am not into KKK, but I heard my town, back in the day, was very involved. You spelled Middletown correctly. The info sounds interesting, but I doubt any of my friends would go with me on some trail. Maybe I'll get someone to go with me during the day if it isn't posted property. I'm not into breaking laws.

Dave on September 11, 2009:

Hey Chickenlady, You wanted to know a place about KKK Hauntings and the most strangest place to go, Its Wippawill Road(hope its spelled right) in Middletown,N.J, but there is some crazy things that happens their at night there is a trail also that brings you to a very old cabin with peoples names carved in, and next to that is Cooper, another be careful tho,

chickenlady on August 28, 2009:

I live in Barnegat, NJ near the Quaker Meeting house. They have their own cemetary. Does anyone know if there are any haunded places in Barnegat or about that cemetary. Are there any hauntings from KKK activity? I heard back in the day KKK was active in and around this area. Creepy

chris on June 25, 2009:

i live around the block from the berry cemeterey on 7th street , and i would like to noe if anybody noes what the tombstone looks like of the 3 witches. if anybody noes email me!

dt544 on June 05, 2009:

Am surprised not to see the Spy House listed here. In Port Monmouth, cited as one of the top three haunted locations in the US by US News and World Report.

john on May 14, 2009:

i live in Lanoka harbor and my house is haunted! I was going to join a ghost hunting group in brick new jersey but just didn't have the time!They meet once a year at a restaurant and do a slide show of their hauntings for the year. I went to the restaurant and saw it that's how i know.

propertyauction from UK on May 01, 2009:

I am involved in houses for auction and I've never heard that and if any of them were or are haunted. Still, interesting hub you have here.

realestateuk from United Kingdom on May 01, 2009:

I found myself reading your hub from top to bottom. I'm into real estate and somehow I find myself lucky that I have not been involved with property that event hints at hauntings. Good hub.

Gary on April 03, 2009:

You FOOLS! There are no ghosts! Sure, there are really cool, spooky places in N.J. but none of them are truly "haunted". Not such a long time ago, people used to think volcanos and earthquakes were wraths of angry gods. Later on we figured out plate-techtonics -oh, no otherworldly powers just magma moving around in the earth. What people think are "ghosts" or "EVP's" are just odd acts of nature that we haven't figured out yet. Basically, what we NOW think is the SUPERNATURAL will eventually be explained as the NATURAL world. And there's plenty of that man still has yet to understand...

J on March 22, 2009:

Hey..went searching for the abandoned veterans village near ancora psych. hospital tonight--wandered around the woods for a while and no luck. Most sites say they've all been torn down but I couldn't even find foundations or clearings or anything. Anyone have any info?? Anyone in this area know of any other places to check out?

Susan on February 25, 2009:

I just love haunted places but yet I've never been to one. Go figure!

Mrs Hozey on February 21, 2009:

Creepy! I walked by that old jail one day (on the other side of the street) but I was afraid to go in! I'll definitely have to check out some of those places.

Teddy on February 15, 2009:

a good place may be in Atco. NJ. look it up in google for more info. i heard its pretty good and works !

Nona on January 09, 2009:

Hi I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good places i can check out up in Northern New Jersey Sussex/Morris county area?

John on November 09, 2008:

trying to start a group out of cent new jersey if anyones intrested please leave a comment here i am only a ammature

Trish on November 05, 2008:

To: James

I live close to Manasquan. Where is there paranormal activity??


Tompo ~(Girl)~ on November 04, 2008:

Ohha, wowee! I never "new" new jersey had this to show meh! I was born there but I moved, but reading this makes me wanna go back! Thanks becauseilive, this is a wonderful article and I can't wait to see more of your work! Byesies!

Nicole on September 30, 2008:

I've been to the Berry Town cemetary before. It's pretty cool. Although I never found the gravestone with the witches, all my photos come up with crazy amounts of orbs and stuff. Also at one point I felt like someone was pinching me. It was weird. What area of the cemetary is it in? If you're going down Wood-Ridge St. or whatever it turns to away from Wood-Ridge and more into Carlstadt, what area?

Dan on September 26, 2008:

I used to work in Hackettstown and eat at the Claredon/Charlie Browns all the time. I now live just a few miles form there and have heard the storys of ghostly goings on. It's good to hear that things haven't changed.

Jean on September 22, 2008:

I used to live on the 3rd floor of "Charlie Brown's Steak House". It was called "The Clarendon" back then in the 70's. I had the room with the bathroom. I waitressed there. Another waitress and the dishwasher lived up there and so did the manager and his girlfriend. Although I never saw or heard anything ghostly, I promise you, a lot of "Unearthly" happenings took place up there !!!!! :) :) ):

abby on September 20, 2008:

I live around the block from berry cemetery. There are witches there and you can only see the engraving on the tomb stones in the moonlight.

the cnjpg on August 25, 2008:

Becca on July 09, 2008:

I'm in somers point, new jersy and I am currently interested in locating a haunted, house, mansion or grounds. Anywhere in Somers point, ocean city, marmora, or any place near that would be perfect I am trying to find a place where I can stay the night and hopefully have some paranoraml experiences. Thank you.

Tyler on July 08, 2008:

is is cool

Victoria L. Williams on June 17, 2008:

I'd like to find out about a cemetary in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

The Berry Town Cemetary on 7th st.

I was told there are 3 witches buried there. Do you know anything about this OR possibly direct me to a site with further information?

Thank you.


John Mazurkiewicz on May 21, 2008:

im looking for more people to go on ghost hunts with, i have a site with pics and

supra4life on April 22, 2008:

ya da guy who said cemetery quiet go into the cemetarty at night for 10min by urlsef.... nd neway neone no any good places by Monroe NJ middlesex county? i no dis cemetery in East Brunswic i got and extreeeeemely freak evp on it.

me and ma frined put down a tape recorder near a tree and left it for 2hrs came back at 2am picked it up when we were leaving we heard a really freak noise next to our ears and we ran.When i piked da recoreder record was on and buttonw aas pushed in lite was on and den we put stop. When we got home the tapes says 10sec after we put it down "Let's step on this" after that whole tape is blank. Every time i hear it i feel chills and i can picture exactly what the kid looks like it s reallllly freaky.

Tomm Gittinger on April 07, 2008: By the way April 12th we are in Burlington county Prison

Tom Gittnger on April 07, 2008:

Just wanted people to check out Shadows Paranormal website. We have done some cool places and are doing more in the future.

pitdawgg on March 16, 2008:

Pretty cool,But i can attest i live very close,very close to the tennant cemetary....They are all dead and dont make a me on this one i lived here for over 7 years and been out back late nights day time holloween storms etc.etc never seen anything..yet anyway..

Manny G on March 08, 2008:

The Burlington County Prison will be the subject of a Ghosthunter's investigation on The Sci Fi Network, to be shown on March 12th, 2008. Undoubtedly it will be in reruns, too. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. It's obviously a spooky place with a strong history. The fact that it has been undisturbed can only lend to the ambiance. The NIKE site sounds extremely interesting, too. Other sites state that the abandoned houses are still the exact same as they were left in the 70's, complete with newspapers and 70's décor, which was abandoned in a hurry.

james on February 09, 2008:

Very interesting content here! I'd love to check out Rose Hill or Tennent Church. Never been ghost hunting before. Also know of a few places near Manasquan that have supposed paranormal activity

Lowrychris on December 31, 2007:

Awesome hub!

I keep telling people that ideas for low budget horror films are everywhere, and in my book, I talk about finding all of the local legends and hot spots for dead activity as a source of inspiration and cool b roll shots.

This hub plays right into that. What a great bunch of creepy spook filled places, just waiting to pass out chills.

Great hub!

Philip on December 02, 2007:

I live right next too the old tennet church and my moms friend's brother in law runs the cemetary and if you wanna investagate all the stuff at night what i do alot it is very fun email me if you want to investagate

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on November 17, 2007:

Hey Ryan, thanks for the comment. I'm actually not too far from where you live, about 30 minutes. Anyway, the reason we do most of our ghost hunting at cemetaries is because they are usually city-owned and open to the public. As long as you go between normal visiting hours (usually it's posted that they're open form sunrise to sunset) you aren't doing anything wrong and don't need special permission--just like everyday people don't need special permission to visit their loved ones graves.

If you're looking for places indoors to investigate, your best bet is historial buildings. The Burlington County Prison Museum (pictured above) and Eastern State Penetentiary in Philly, for example, are notoriously haunted and they profit off this by letting ghost hunters come in to visit during any normal operating hours. If you're looking for a special late-night investigation, both places offer special deals specifically for ghost hunting groups, you'd just have to give them a call. We don't get into all that, we just go during the day and always see excellent results.

Once in a while we attend the NJGHS annual conferences, which usually involve a ghost hunt to some old, notorious building, but there's so many people there that it makes picking up EVPs insanely difficult.

I'd say just start out at a cemetary, the older the better, and it seems to help if the cemetary has like a school or a church or some other type of building located on the property. Let me know how it goes!

Ryan on November 15, 2007:

im trying to start a group. I live in toms river new jersey. I wanted to ask how you get permision from all the places you investigate. and also can you recommend a place that would be a simple place to start for a new group thank you

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on September 20, 2007:

Hi Rose, wow, thanks so much for linking to me from your page! I really appreciate it, and thanks again for the compliment, I'm glad I could share :)

Rose Myst on September 20, 2007:

Your articles here have very valuable information and I am very grateful to you for sharing them. I hope you don't mind, but I've linked to a couple of your articles in my blog's newest entry "Ghost Hunting For Newbies", located here:

Once again, thanks for sharing the info. I'm from South Jersey so this article was of particular interest to me. :-)

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