The Haunted Registry of the Somerset Hills

Haunted Takes From the Somerset Hills - Mr Local History

Believe it or not, the dead is alive in in the blue hills of Somerset in northern Somerset County. The question is not whether they are real or not, but more like are they disturbing or friendly. The Mr. Local History Project is looking for the public to share their paranormal experiences.

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Phyllis Parker Ghost – Bernardsville


Old Bernardsville Library c.1907 used to be the Parker Tavern home to daughter Phyllis the ghost. #mrlocalhistory
Old Bernardsville Library c.1907 used to be the Parker Tavern home to daughter Phyllis the ghost.
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Probably the most famous ghost in the area – Phyllis Parker.
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Phyllis, the daughter of John Parker, at the Parker Tavern (Old Library) in Bernardsville. She commits suicide after finding her lover was hung and put in a cellar coffin.

Local lore

Ghost of Astor Estate

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The Astor Estate in 1968 just after Bernards Township acquired the property. Source: Courier News.

The 3rd Floor “Spirit of the Astor Estate” in Basking Ridge. A spirit has haunted owners and workers wandering the third floor causing ghostly havoc at times.

Reported by a number of Bernards Township Employees at the Astor Estate.

Devil’s Tomb

Mr. Local History Archives - Jacobs Ladder
Known as the gateway to hell, it is said that the nuns from Blairsden covered the devil himself and the gateway to hell, hence the naming “the devil’s tomb”.

Blairsden Nuns

The crazed and murderous nuns of the Blairsden estate in Peapack, New Jersey from the mid-1900s who captured delivery boys and supposedly tortured them in the gated estate.

Weird New Jersey

Great Swamp Witches, Devil, Headless Hessian

The Devil’s Den in the Great Swamp. Legend has it that the Jersey Devil, the Headless Hessian, the White Witch and other ghoulish creatures inhabit the Great Swamp.

Local Lore
There is a building case that Washington Irving’s “Headless Horseman” is actually the “Headless Hessian” from the Great Swamp. You decide.
Not sure if this is the ghost girl or the milk mother of Basking Ridge. Just stay away!

The “Milk Mother” at Cerino Brothers in Basking Ridge and her baby in the cemetery casket. A wandering mother cries for milk but was burried in the nearby cemetery. They open the casket and find the mothers baby, who wanders the village on foggy nights.

Local Lore

Ghost Hunters Map

Some of the Haunted Sites in the Somerset Hills – Click Here

Phareloch Castle Ghost

The Chartwell Manor School for Boys in Basking Ridge New Jersey - Phareloch Castle 1971
The Phareloch Castle in Liberty Corner – Bill Beatty’s haunt.

Phareloch Castle in Liberty Corner has been known to be haunted by the original owner Bill Beatty, the man who died before his dream was completed. Bill has been seen causing mischief, been on TV paranormal shows, and plays his organ.


Devil’s Tree

Mr Local History Project presents Haunted Roots Filmmakers to a virtual event
Learn about Nick the Farmer, the KKK, and other mysteries about this tree and the area.

Nick the Farmer murdering his family at the devil tree in Liberty Corner.

Weird New Jersey/ Haunted Roots

Jacob’s Ladder

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Jacobs Ladder and the Devil’s Tomb in Peapack.

Weird New Jersey

Runaway Phantom Carriage

There is the story of the runaway "Phantom Carriage" that has been spotted by residents who often stopped at night outside the Grain House. Credit: The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
There is the story of the runaway “Phantom Carriage” that has been spotted by residents who often stopped at night outside the Grain House. Credit: The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills

The runaway ghost carriage at the Grain House. Rumor has it that a runaway stagecoach often haunts Route 202 by the Grain House Mill in Basking Ridge.

Innkeeper at the Olde Mill Inn

Haunted Tale Videos

Video Playlist of some of the recordings of the horror tales from the Somerset Hills

Additional Paranormal Research/Stories

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