New Jersey has plenty of intriguing places filled with rich history. With some buildings across the state dating back into the 1700’s, it’s quite easy to find a haunted building or area not too far from home. Looking for the most terrifying places? We’ve outlined the five most haunted places within the Garden State.
Location: Secaucus, Hudson County
If you’ve ever driven southbound on the eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike, Snake Hill is on your right just after Exit 15X. Located inside Laurel Hill Park, it has been home to numerous hospitals and a portion also served as a graveyard from the 1880’s to 1962, according to Weird NJ. Snake Hill was named after the snakes that would seek refuge here from the flat areas of the Meadowlands that surround it. Today, portions of Snake Hill are used for the popular Field Station: Dinosaurs attraction.
Built in 1764, this house originally served as the residence to the Royal Governor of New Jersey, back when our state was one of thirteen colonies. The popular SyFy show “Ghost Hunters” visited the site in 2008, and found noises coming from the basement and first floors. Part of the house has been turned into a museum, where tours are available every Wednesday and the last Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This is known as one of the most haunted roads in all of the U.S. While the origin of this road’s name is up for debate, it is lined by a lush canopy of trees, and does not have any artificial lighting at night. Many reports of paranormal activity have been reported on this road and surrounding sites, such as the suitably named Ghost Lake and Lenape Lane. According to Weird NJ, things ranging from footprints on cars to the sounds of broken glass have been heard at night.
Built in 1903, this mansion served as the home of Murry Guggenheim, who was the son of successful businessman Meyer Guggenheim. Today, the mansion is a library for Monmouth University students and staff. According to the Asbury Park Press, there is belief that the ghost of Murry’s wife Leona walks down the spiral staircase in the front of the library every night at midnight. Students have reported hearing thuds when studying here late at night. On the other side of campus, the school’s iconic Wilson Hall is also believed to be haunted.
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Location: Ocean City, Cape May County
Since 1923, the iconic Flanders Hotel has provided a unique place to stay in Ocean City. There’s believed to be a spirit named Emily who roams the halls of the hotel. According to Pennsylvania Haunts & History, Emily is believed to play with door locks, unscrew light bulbs, and open and close doors throughout the hotel. If you decide not to stay at the hotel, the Ghost Tour of Ocean City, NJ makes a stop here year-round.