Author Archives: Mark and Mark

Murdered Maid Haunts Centenary College

Centenary College was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1867 as a preparatory school and women’s college. It underwent several incarnations before becoming a four-year, co-educational institution in 1988. In 1886, when the school was still known as Centenary … Continue reading

The Deserted Village and Enchanted Forest of the Watchung Reservation

There is a place deep in the woods of the Watchung Reservation that is officially known as the Feltville Historic District. Here, down a narrow winding road that leads into the forest you will find a cluster of houses dating back to the mid-19th century, several of which are now long abandoned. The site is known locally as the “Deserted Village,” and he has a many–storied history of promise, failure and even hauntings. Continue reading

The Three Stooges Tombstone

James Bechtold was one of Metuchen’s bravest, and dubbed the unofficial “Mayor of Metuchen.” A fireman since he was 18, he became the treasurer of the Metuchen Fire Department. “Everyone loved him,” says his brother Bob. “The funeral procession looked … Continue reading

Presidential Death on the Jersey Shore

Situated alongside a narrow seaside street in the tony Elberon section of Long Branch lies a curious footnote to United State history––a monument marking the death spot of the twentieth U.S. president, James A. Garfield. Garfield was shot on July … Continue reading

Ghosts of the Union Hotel, Flemington

Though the grand old hotel no longer accepts visitors today, there are said to be some guests who have never checked out. Recently Weird NJ was invited to tour the vacant rooms and empty corridors of the Union Hotel, which have been sealed off from the eyes of the public for three years now. Continue reading