The Colby Mansion - Tamaracks Country Villa

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The former Colby Mansion (now Tamaracks Country Villa bed-and-breakfast inn), was originally a turn-of-the-century stone farmhouse. In 1909 it was turned into a castle, and the Tamaracks Country Villa was born. Local teens tell the story of a rich man who lived here and was entangled in the occult. He murdered his family, and their ghosts are said to haunt the place.

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Geographic Information

Address:
85 Tamarack Rd
Byram Township, NJ 07821
United States

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GPS:
40.9661169, -74.71768600000001
County:
Sussex County, New Jersey
Nearest Towns:
Andover, NJ (1.9 mi.)
Hopatcong Hills, NJ (2.9 mi.)
Hopatcong, NJ (3.8 mi.)
Stanhope, NJ (4.4 mi.)
Netcong, NJ (4.7 mi.)
Lake Mohawk, NJ (4.7 mi.)
Mount Arlington, NJ (5.1 mi.)
Allamuchy, NJ (5.7 mi.)
Budd Lake, NJ (6.6 mi.)
Newton, NJ (6.6 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.tamarackscountryvilla.com/

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  1. Not true at all. My aunt owns this place . I spent lots of time there and my brother worked a LOT on renovating the building. It was NEVER haunted and nothing bad ever happened there- it was all stories. The true story is that a wealthy stone mason from Tuscany built it for his wife- which is why the entire building is cement- even the stairs. Coming from the sunny Tuscan region she hated the NJ winter (like most of us ) and was home sick. So, they abandoned the house and went back to Italy. End of story.

    • I disagree with john I grew up in forest lakes and walked or biked past it daily and was 1/2 mile from my house now I’m not sure about the history I never had any desire to go on property I’m hyper sensitive to places like this say spirits friendly or not were present also there was 2 or 3 headstones on the property like smack dab in the middle of the forest if I remember rite they were servants or hired help the whole area has past history which is still present today

  2. I grew up around the corner from Colby Mansion, walking distance from the place. Took many walks as a teenager in the woods from my house to the mansion. In 1982 a friend of mine had the bright idea of going inside to check it out. It was a spooky place for sure, there was a room or two with what seemed like the family story painted on the walls, old books from around the turn of the century circa 1900 and late 1800’s. I saw a lot of strange things, we found a stairway that went from the 2nd or 3rd floor directly to the basement, but the place was definitely was not haunted. All the stuff on the internet comes from made up stories over the years. Unfortunately half my high school class had the same bright idea on that same weekend and kids broke and stole some stuff, we all got questioned by the police. So embarrassing to think about it now! I still live in the area and would love to see the place again.

  3. My brother worked at the mansion in the 60’s, he would come home and tell different stories. My daughter spent weekends there in the 90’s she was best friends with the caretakers daughter. I lived in Byram most of my life, it as more going now then any body would believe, just live with a child that can see things that nobody else does.

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