Haunted Places in Belford, New Jersey



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    The Spy House - Seabrook-Wilson House

    Middletown, New Jersey

    Seabrook-Wilson House, also known as the Spy House, is said to be the first house on the Jersey shoreline. It was constructed by Thomas Whitlock in the 1600s and is rumored to be haunted. It operated as a tavern during the Revolutionary war, and reports say that British troops would ...


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    Wolfe's Pond Park

    Belford, New York

    8.6 miles from Belford, NJ

    Wolfe’s Pond Park, according to some, is haunted by the ghosts of two teens who perished in a nearby car crash. Local legend says the teens can be seen along the park paths at around 2 a.m., often calling for their parents.


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    Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital

    Marlboro Township, New Jersey

    9.8 miles from Belford, NJ

    Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital opened in early 1931 and operated for many years, but not without problems. Rampant deaths at the hospital were frequently being investigated. An adjacent cemetery holds nearly 1,000 graves. Over 130 patients became ill from food poisoning in the 1970s, four of whom died. The hospital was ...


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    The Conference House - Billop House

    Belford, New York

    10.1 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Conference House, aka Billop House, was built in 1680. It was the scene of a tragedy when in 1779 owner Christopher Billop, a British loyalist, accused a female servant of spying on him for the Colonists. She denied the charge, and Billop threw her down the stairs, breaking her ...


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    Historic Richmond Town

    Belford, New York

    10.4 miles from Belford, NJ

    Historic Richmond Town, a living history village and museum complex, is rumored to have some haunted buildings. Some say the Guyon Lake Tysen House, built in 1740, is haunted by Elizabeth Lake Tysen. Some of her many children are suspected to linger here as well, playing with the house museum's ...


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    The Parsonage

    Belford, New York

    10.5 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Parsonage, now closed, was a restaurant set inside an 1855 minister's home for the Reformed Dutch Church. It was said to be haunted by an apparition of a lady in 1800s clothing and a bonnet, who appeared between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. in an upper window. Furthermore, apparitions ...


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    Church of St Andrew

    Belford, New York

    10.6 miles from Belford, NJ

    Investigated on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters, the centuries-old church once was used as a makeshift Revolutionary War hospital. Witnesses have reported apparitions, unexplained sounds, pictures that fall off walls, footsteps, voices, a feeling of being watched, and an organ that plays by itself.


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    The Vanderbilt Tomb - Moravian Cemetery

    Belford, New York

    10.7 miles from Belford, NJ

    Legends surrounding the Vanderbilt Tomb at Moravian Cemetery abound. One says the photos taken near it show an extra person or one of the people in the shot vanishes. Another says that inside the tomb, the Vanderbilts are not buried but are propped up like statues. The cemetery is believed ...


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    Kreischer Mansion

    Belford, New York

    10.8 miles from Belford, NJ

    Kreischer Mansion has been on the market for a couple years now, sources say. A cool $8.5 million will buy it, and the ghost is included. According to the home's history, original builder German brickmaker Balthasar Kreischer died one year after the house was finished, and his son Edward died ...


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    Proprietary House

    Perth Amboy, New Jersey

    11 miles from Belford, NJ

    The 1762 Proprietary House was the home of William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, New Jersey's last royal Governor from 1762 to 1777. It is said to be haunted by ghosts of a Revolutionary War soldier, a woman who stands in the dining room window, and a little boy in ...


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    The Historic Old Bermuda Inn

    Staten Island, New York

    11.2 miles from Belford, NJ

    Believed to be haunted by the home's original mistress Martha Mesereau whose husband died fighting the Civil War. Legend has it that her restless spirit continues to occupy the former mansion, waiting endlessly for her husband to return to her. People see her in the dining room (which was ...


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    Old Seaview Hospital

    Belford, New York

    11.7 miles from Belford, NJ

    Seaview Hospital, once a tuberculosis sanatorium, is now a national historic district on Staten Island. Built between 1905 and 1938, the site has over 30 historic buildings along Brielle Avenue. The former hospital building is reported to be haunted by the spirits of its deceased patients.


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    Fort Wadsworth

    Belford, New York

    12.5 miles from Belford, NJ

    At Fort Wadsworth, the apparition of a soldier may appear to walk through walls and moving vehicles. Other strange things have happened here: One witness said she flashed back to wartime where she was apparently inside the body of a curly-haired nurse. She saw wounded and dying soldiers all around, ...


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    Cunard Hall - Wagner College

    Belford, New York

    13 miles from Belford, NJ

    The circa-1852 Cunard Hall was built by Edward Cunard, son and heir of shipping magnate Samuel Cunard. It is now part of Wagner College. In 1890, a man leapt to his death from a second-story window, and witnesses have seen his face peering from the windows.


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    Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

    Belford, New York

    13.1 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is rumored to be haunted by former owner Antonion Meucci's wife Ester, who was buried in the front yard. Ester was bedridden, and phantom groans and coughing have been heard at the museum. Italian war hero Giuseppe Garibaldi may linger here in spirit as well.


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    Oriental Manor Catering Hall - American Place

    Belford, New York

    13.3 miles from Belford, NJ

    This building once housed the Oriental Manor catering hall, a place for weddings and events. It was widely known by staff and locals that the hall was haunted by at least three spirits. People were constantly hearing disembodied footsteps, and doors would open and close on their own. The ...


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    Baron Hirsch Cemetery

    Belford, New York

    14 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Jewish Baron Hirsch Cemetery was in the news for vandalism in 1960 when "Fuhrer" was painted in yellow on 87 headstones. It is said to have been haunted since the early 1800s. Nearby residents have had visits from the cemetery's spirits, sometimes seen as shadowy figures.


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    Stephen Crane House

    Asbury Park, New Jersey

    14.6 miles from Belford, NJ

    Stephen Crane House, which has been explored by TV's Ghost Hunters. It was the home of author Stephen Crane of "The Red Badge of Courage" fame. Witnesses here have seen apparitions and heard ghostly kids playing or crying. But look out -- a rambunctious ghost here has been known to ...


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    Sailors' Snug Harbor

    Belford, New York

    15.1 miles from Belford, NJ

    Sailors' Snug Harbor, aka Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, is a complex of 19th-century buildings in a city park. It was once home to senior sailors and is now home to several ghosts. Witnesses have seen several apparitions, including a lady in white who has shown up in ...


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    Ashley House - Angel Nook Inn

    Neptune Township, New Jersey

    15.2 miles from Belford, NJ

    At this inn, originally built in 1875, ghosts are known to touch guests while they are sleeping and, in some instances, even crawl into bed with them.


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    Robbins Reef Yacht Club

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    16.3 miles from Belford, NJ

    A ghostly legend about this place tells of a gentleman who hanged himself in an upstairs room. Witnesses describe an icy sensation when you enter that room in darkness and, at the bar, bottles seem to hop off of their shelves.


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    Ayers-Allen House

    Metuchen, New Jersey

    16.7 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Ayers-Allen House is a private residence that dates back to the 1700s. It is believed to be haunted. Witnesses say the ghosts who live here are Revolutionary War or Hessian soldiers or a woman searching for her young son who was killed by British soldiers. Also said to be ...


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    Piscatawaytown Burial Ground

    Edison, New Jersey

    17 miles from Belford, NJ

    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 ...


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    Litchfield Villa

    Belford, New York

    17.6 miles from Belford, NJ

    A seance was held in an effort to communicate with a dead civil war soldier. There was a lot of weird stuff happening at the seance, including flickering lights, shaking plates, sulfur smells, demons and things like that. A few days later, demons appeared in the shape of glowing gargoyles ...


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    Union County Courthouse

    Elizabeth, New Jersey

    17.7 miles from Belford, NJ

    Investigated by TV's Ghost Hunters, the Union County Courthouse is said to be haunted by spirits from the Revolutionary War era. A woman's ghost has been seen in the rotunda, and Hannah Caldwell, the first woman to die in the American Revolution, is said to haunt a fifth floor courtroom ...


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    Richard A. Rutkowski Park - Elco Naval Division

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    18.3 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Elco Naval Division was a boat-building factory that churned out nearly 400 PT boats for World War II. It is long gone, located where the Richard A. Rutkowski Park currently stands. A historical marker is all that's left now to commemorate the efforts that went on there. It ...


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    Allaire Village

    Wall Township, New Jersey

    18.8 miles from Belford, NJ

    The 1800s living history museum Allaire Village is said to be haunted by Hal Allaire, son of James Peter Allaire. The ghost hangs out in the Big House, playing pranks on the costumed employees by moving objects or playing with candles. Oscar Smith is another spirit said to reside at ...


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    Domani's Restaurant

    Roselle Park, New Jersey

    18.9 miles from Belford, NJ

    This restaurant, housed in a building that dates back to the 1880s, was said to be haunted by a former owner who died inside the building. The place was once featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters. However, the location burned down in April 2009.


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    Kean University

    Union, New Jersey

    19.2 miles from Belford, NJ

    Several places at Kean University, originally established in 1855 as the Newark Normal School, are said to be visited by spirits. East Campus and Rogers Hall are haunted by former students, the Eames building has a negative spirit, and the Wilkins Theater sports the ghost of a man named George ...


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    Lefferts-Laidlaw House

    Belford, New York

    19.5 miles from Belford, NJ

    The 1840 Greek Revival house is said to have been haunted since the 1800s. According to the story, it was December 1878 when resident Edward F. Smith answered a knock at his door, but no one was there. Still, the knocking kept on, along with rattling of the doors and ...


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    Conant Park

    Hillside, New Jersey

    19.6 miles from Belford, NJ

    Conant Park is said to be haunted by ghostly figures with no faces. According to legend, they drive a van and kidnap girls off the street, and when (if) the girls are released, they are far too frightened to explain what happened to them.


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    Bridge Cafe

    New York, New York

    20 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Bridge Café dated back to 1794, and folks said it was haunted, as evidenced by footsteps and unexplained aromas. However, reports say it was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and is now closed.


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    St. Paul's Chapel

    New York, New York

    20.1 miles from Belford, NJ

    St. Paul's Chapel is New York's oldest public building that is still in use, and is the burial place for British actor George Frederick Cooke. Legend has it that to settle his towering debt, he agreed to leave his head to science. So, since his 1812 death, his ghost is ...


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    The Virginia Tavern

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    20.2 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Virginia Tavern has more than just the drinking kind of spirits, according to witnesses. They have seen apparitions and beer cans flying off shelves, have been touched by something unseen, and have detected strange odors and cold spots.


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    Hanging Post

    Cranford, New Jersey

    20.3 miles from Belford, NJ

    At the corner of Gallows Hill Road and Brookside Place once stood the giant hanging tree, where Revolutionary War spies were hanged. Although the tree is gone now, locals say you can still see ghostly movement here from a distance.


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    Most Holy Trinity Church

    Belford, New York

    20.8 miles from Belford, NJ

    Most Holy Trinity Church is housed in an 1880s building. Its school building was built atop a former cemetery, and is rumored to be haunted by some of the folks whose bodies weren't moved before the construction: Lights go on and off in the school gym, voices come from seemingly ...


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    Manhattan Bistro

    New York, New York

    21.1 miles from Belford, NJ

    Manhattan Bistro is rumored to be haunted because of a murder and a well. It was near here that in 1799, Gulielma Elmore Sands left to elope with her secret lover, Levi Weeks, but her body was found strangled in a nearby well. Weeks was accused of the crime, but ...


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    Ear Inn - James Brown House

    New York, New York

    21.1 miles from Belford, NJ

    The Ear Inn, once known as the Green Door (its nickname during the Prohibition), was a late-18th-century home originally constructed for James Brown, an African-American and George Washington's aide during the Revolution. Over the years after that, the building housed a bar, dining room, Prohibition speakeasy, boarding house, smuggler’s den ...


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    Caldwell Parsonage

    Union, New Jersey

    21.1 miles from Belford, NJ

    Caldwell Parsonage dates to 1730 and was home to Rev. James Caldwell, a Presbyterian minister and patriot cause during the Revolutionary War. In 1780 during the Battle of Connecticut Farms, Caldwell's wife Hannah was killed in the living room by British soldiers, and one year later, Caldwell was shot by ...


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    Bayside Cemetery

    Belford, New York

    21.2 miles from Belford, NJ

    At the historic Jewish Bayside Cemetery, witnesses describe strange things that happen in the night: a feeling of being watched, the odor of decay, and even apparitions. However, reports say the cemetery is closed daily at 4 p.m. due to rampant vandalization.


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    Il Buco

    New York, New York

    21.3 miles from Belford, NJ

    Edgar Allan Poe may haunt Il Buco, which once was a favorite tavern of Poe's. Its 200-year-old wine cellar, some say, was the inspiration for the tale "The Cask of Amontillado." Apparitions of a fighting couple have been seen, a disembodied baby cry has been heard, and more strange things ...


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    Merchant's House Museum

    New York, New York

    21.4 miles from Belford, NJ

    Merchant's House Museum is said to be haunted by the Tredwell family, who lived here for nearly a century. Gertrude Tredwell, who was born in an upstairs bedroom in 1840 and lived here until she died at age 93, is believed to be one of its ghostly residents. Witnesses have ...


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    Ghost of Firefighter Schwartz

    New York, New York

    21.5 miles from Belford, NJ

    Author and TV personality Anderson Cooper is said to own this former fire station that was converted into a home. Firefighters who lived and worked here before the building was converted say it is haunted by the ghost of a firefighter named Schwartz who, distraught after learning of his wife's ...


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    Furman Hall

    New York, New York

    21.5 miles from Belford, NJ

    When Furman Hall at NYU was constructed, much of Edgar Allan Poe's former home was demolished. According to reports, the only portion of the home original on this site is the staircase bannister. Students have been startled to see an apparition of Poe himself climbing the staircase.


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    McCaren Park

    Belford, New York

    21.5 miles from Belford, NJ

    A pool in McCarren Park has caught the attention of paranormal fans. When McCarren Park opened the giant pool in 1936, it had a capacity of 6,800. It recently reopened after being closed for over 30 years, and is rumored to be haunted by an invisible little girl. Cold spots, ...


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    Hangman’s Elm - Washington Square Park

    New York, New York

    21.6 miles from Belford, NJ

    Washington Square Park was a site used for corporal punishment in the 19th century. Convicted criminals were hanged, and even buried here. Rumor has it that it was previously an Indian burial ground as well, so its likelihood for hauntings is higher than most places. Witnesses have described apparitions hanging, ...


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    One if by Land, Two if by Sea

    New York, New York

    21.6 miles from Belford, NJ

    One if by Land, Two if by Sea is a restaurant that was formerly a carriage house was once owned by vice president Aaron Burr. The haunted eatery is said to have 20 ghosts, including Burr’s daughter Theodosia, whose apparition has been spotted in the mezzanine. Witnesses have heard the ...


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    St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

    New York, New York

    21.7 miles from Belford, NJ

    St. Mark’s Chruch in-the-Bowery, second-oldest church in Manhattan, is said to be haunted by cantankerous Dutch colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant. The church was built over the former site of his family’s farm, and his peg-legged ghost has heckled clergymen and parishioners, rung church bells, and even interrupted church services with ...


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    12 Gay Street

    New York, New York

    21.7 miles from Belford, NJ

    It's a historic brick townhouse, built in 1827, and it was once a speakeasy called Pirate's Den. So of course, it has to have a ghost! The townhouse has been home to former New York City mayor Jimmy Walker and Howdy Doody puppet designer Frank Paris. The ghost's identity is ...


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    Brittany Hall - NYU

    New York, New York

    21.7 miles from Belford, NJ

    NYU's Brittany Hall dormitory, originally the Brittany Hotel, was built in 1929, and has had some private residents: actor Al Pacino and journalist Walter Winchell. Its penthouse was used as a speakeasy, and phantom parties are still heard coming from the upper floors. Witnesses described footsteps and music along with ...


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