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
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
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.
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
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
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Phareloch Castle Ghost
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.
Nick the Farmer murdering his family at the devil tree in Liberty Corner.Weird New Jersey/ Haunted Roots
Jacobs Ladder and the Devil’s Tomb in Peapack.Weird New Jersey
Runaway Phantom Carriage
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
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Additional Paranormal Research/Stories
- Horror in the Somerset Hills -Peapack
- Blairsden – The Murdering Nuns – Peapack
- Ghosts of Central Jersey – Gordon Ward
- Haunted Roots – Documentary of the Devil Tree – Liberty Corner
- Phareloch Castle – the Ghost of Bill Beatty – Liberty Corner