Haunted Local Legends That Are Not The Jersey Devil

Haunted Legends in New Jersey

When people think of unsettling stories about New Jersey, most people will think of the story of the Jersey Devil. While the Jersey Devil is one of New Jersey’s more famous legends, there are actually many others that you may not have heard of. If you want to learn more about other mysterious legends relating to places in New Jersey, read on.

Spy House

View of the Spy House
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The Legend: Captain Morgan

Considered by some to be the most haunted house in New Jersey, the Seabrook-Wilson House, also known as the Spy House, was said to have been used as a tavern by the British during the Revolutionary War. Battle strategies were discussed here, and the innkeepers would rely this information to Colonial troops, thus giving the Spy House its nickname. The building is now closed to the public, but for a short time it was opened as a public museum.
During the Spy House’s time as a museum, stories began cropping up that detailed the appearances of ghosts in the building. Some of the ghosts that were apparently sighted include a ghostly woman dressed in white who was looking for her baby, and a pirate known as Captain Morgan who would hide his treasure in the building. It was stories like these that gave the house its current reputation.

Union Hotel

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The Legend: Bruno Hauptmann

The Union Hotel in Flemington is another historical site that has multiple legends surrounding it. The hotel was first constructed in 1814, and gained infamy when the trial of Bruno Hauptmann, which was considered by many to be the “trial of the century,” was held in a courthouse across the street. The hotel was converted into a restaurant for a short time, though it was officially shut down in 2008.
Most of the stories relating to the Union Hotel have come from employees, as the hotel’s ghost sightings have only been reported in places where guests are not normally allowed. One employee claimed to have seen a pair of shoes walk up a staircase all on its own, and others claimed to have seen the ghosts of children running around the hotel late at night. One waitress claimed to have heard a disembodied voice singing a lullaby.

The Devil’s Tree

Shot of the Devil's Tree
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The Legend: No particular person is associated with this, but the tree is considered cursed.

This barren oak tree located in Bernards Township is a bit of an off-putting sight, as some of the tree’s limbs are still alive, while others are dead. Over the years, a number of stories have been told about the odd-looking tree. One story says that a farmer once hanged himself from this tree after he killed his family. Another says that some people who got too close to the tree were chased away by a black pick-up truck that eventually vanished into thin air.

These stories made people believe that the tree was cursed. It is believed that anyone who damages or disrespects the tree will be harmed in the future. One person claimed that there was no snow beneath the tree during the winter, when the rest of the ground was covered with snow. While the tree is considered to be cursed, stories like these will always draw people in to see if the stories surrounding it are true.

Snake Hill

Snake Hill
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The Legend: Leonardo Andriani

Snake Hill is a black, rocky form that juts up from the ground in the Meadowlands of southern Secaucus. It was named after the abundance of snakes that used to inhabit the area, though the name was officially changed to Laurel Hill when the snake population decreased. The Hudson County Burial Grounds once operated here, and when the Secaucus train station was being constructed, the graves were disturbed by construction equipment.
Snake Hill was once the location of a psychiatric hospital and a penitentiary, and any dead bodies from these facilities were buried at the previously mentioned burial grounds. When the graves were discovered, almost four thousand bodies were dug up and reburied in Hackensack. One of the bodies found was of Leonardo Andriani, an Italian man who came to America to find a good living after World War I. This story is one of the main reasons why Snake Hill is considered one of the most haunted places in all of New Jersey.

All of this proves that the Jersey Devil is not the only haunted legend New Jersey has. The state has plenty of other stories that will chill you to the bone.