Local Legends

The Mount Holly Witch Trials

While most people are familiar with the story of the infamous witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 and 1693, less well known are the legends told in the Mount Holly, NJ area of women being tried … Continue reading

Route 55: Indian Curse Road

In March of 2016 a eerie video was posted on the Internet of what appeared to be a ghostly woman in a white wedding dress moving down the side of the road along Route 55 in the area of Exit 56. The apparition appears to be floating. Is it a ghost, or just an internet hoax? You be the judge… Continue reading

Tales of Berry’s Chapel in the Pines

In the Nineteenth Century a small but thriving African American community was developing in the tiny township of Quinton, NJ. Located deep in the piney woods of Salem County, this community was spread out and disparate. John Berry, a Quinton … Continue reading

Legends of Crematory Hill

There is, or once was, a legendary place off a dirt road called Disbrow Hill in Monroe Township (Middlesex County) known as Crematory Hill in local lore. As the stories go, back in the 1970s it was one of those … Continue reading

The Legend of Bud’s Grave

There have been many versions of the legend of Bud’s Grave, located in Highlands, Monmouth County, told over the years, and most contain some elements of truth. For the most part the story is this: An old man lived in a bungalow he called Hollywood located on a lonely bay shore road at the bottom of a wooded hillside. His son Bud wandered away from home one day never to be seen alive again, and was presumed dead. The old man, consumed by grief, began to construct a monument to the memory of his missing son. Continue reading

Legends of Lakewood’s JL Tree

In the town of Lakewood, Ocean County, stands a tree which is famous in local lore known as the “JL Tree.” Its tragic tale tells of the violent death of a young local lad and the tree that has immortalized … Continue reading

The Spanish Mansion and the Capone Connection

Located in the wood on the outskirts of Pinewald, near Cedar Creek, can be found the mysterious ruins of a hacienda-style dwelling that has come to be known in local lore as The Spanish Mansion, which has long been rumored to have once been owned by the gangster Al Capone. Continue reading

Legends of the Dempsey House

Dempsey House in the Leonardo section of Middletown sat quietly in the woods for many years as the legends about it grew. The abandoned foreboding looking stone building is one of the last remnants of the vast Dempsey estate, which once occupied the surrounding grounds. Those who have grown up near it tell tales of its dark and disturbing past. Continue reading