Piscatawaytown Burial Ground

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Piscatawaytown Burial Ground is a graveyard that holds the burial sites of many Revolutionary War soldiers and other folk; graves date back to 1693, when two brothers died from eating poisonous mushrooms. But the graveyard also houses a witch, locals say. Mary Moore, buried here in 1731, was accused and put to death for witchcraft. Mary’s ghost is said to appear if you walk around her grave three times and spit. However, another tale says that two local boys stole Mary’s headstone years ago, so no one knows where to find it. The legend’s variations tell of several ways the boys were cursed and died for tampering with the gravestone.

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Geographic Information

Address:
2133 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, NJ
United States

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GPS:
40.50048253545353, -74.39574149249893
County:
Middlesex County, New Jersey
Nearest Towns:
Piscataway, NJ (0.2 mi.)
Edison, NJ (1.5 mi.)
Highland Park, NJ (1.5 mi.)
New Brunswick, NJ (3.1 mi.)
Sayreville, NJ (3.4 mi.)
Metuchen, NJ (3.4 mi.)
South River, NJ (3.8 mi.)
Milltown, NJ (3.9 mi.)
Society Hill, NJ (4.0 mi.)
Sayreville Junction, NJ (4.2 mi.)

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  1. my friend and i found the hoopar brothers’ tomb. she said she felt an unusual warm spot next to it. we also tried to find mary moore’s grave, but no dice. maybe those boys really did steal it or mary’s grave is so illegible that we didn’t notice. plan on coming here again.

  2. Hi I grew up in Edison. I saw the grave in 1973 when I was a kid. It was really strange it said “Here Lies The Accursed Body Of Mary Moore. She Burns In Hell Forever.” So the witch story may very well be true. It was a horrible Epitaph. As an adult I went back in 2004 the stone is there but the face is damaged so you will not be able to read it. It was stolen once, and dropped before it was returned. In the picture above it is on the right all the way down by where the blue car is ( toward Highland Park )

    All this is true. I have heard talk that the kid who stole it got killed crossing RT1 with it. Unconfirmed on that.

  3. Went to this cemetery today. Hard to walk on the snow. I heard this location was in Highland Park but I guess I was wrong. Found in Edison. Preety, peaceful place.

  4. I went there a few yrs ago with a huge group of friends. As we were planning our route, two of us saw a guy step from behind a tree, cock his gun then hide again. I had no idea about the war vets, just the witch. I freaked out because I couldn’t tell if it was real until I saw the look on my friends face. After wandering, I went back to the car because one side of the place was freezing while the other wasn’t. It was weird. When we were all in the car, the videos all 6 of us took , we’re deleted. All of them.

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