Haunted Places in East Hanover, New Jersey



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    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Madison, New Jersey

    4.7 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Fairleigh Dickinson University has haunts in two halls, according to campus legend. In Lenfel Hall, witnesses have seen an apparition of founder Peter Sanmartino, and lights turn on and off on their own. And at the Mansion, many have seen a ghostly girl dancing in a white dress.


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    Drew University

    Madison, New Jersey

    5.2 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Many hauntings have been described at Drew University; for instance, in the Great Hall, which is quite like a castle, ghostly faces are said to appear in the ceiling carvings as the chandeliers swing by themselves. Also, a mirror reflects an apparition of a man in gold round spectacles. At ...


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    Darress Theatre

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    6.3 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Darress Theatre, built in 1919, is said to be haunted by ghost of a former actor. Witnesses say chairs move by themselves in the backstage area.


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    Essex County Hospital Center

    Cedar Grove, New Jersey

    6.7 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    This 1800s former hospital, also called Overbrook, was turned into a psychiatric hospital in the 1920s. It was said to have been haunted by phantom nurses and patients. Also, the sound of rolling gurneys could be seen, and a demonic presence was felt by witnesses. According to reports, in 1917 ...


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    St Mary's Cemetery

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    6.8 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Locals tell vague stories about this cemetery having "glowing gravestones" if you visit it late at night.


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    Old Canal Inn

    Nutley, New Jersey

    9.5 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    A legend from as far back as the 1960s tells of the historic Old Canal Inn's "Death Seat." So the story goes, there were two men about 70 years of age who preferred this particular red-cushioned seat, because it had better lighting. The men would fight over who got the ...


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    Dey Mansion

    Totowa, New Jersey

    9.5 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Dey (pronounced "dye") Mansion, formerly known as Bloomsbury Manor, is an 18th-century building that served several times as George Washington's Headquarters during the American Revolution. Witnesses say it is haunted by strange shadows and lights, and often visitors become frightened for no reason at all, especially in the conference room.


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    Caldwell Parsonage

    Union, New Jersey

    9.7 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Park Pub

    Nutley, New Jersey

    10.8 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    This old-school New Jersey bar is said to be the home of at least two ghosts. They've been seen by staff on the dance floor area after hours.


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    Hanging Post

    Cranford, New Jersey

    11.3 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Conant Park

    Hillside, New Jersey

    11.6 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Kean University

    Union, New Jersey

    11.8 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Domani's Restaurant

    Roselle Park, New Jersey

    12.1 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Knotty Pine Pub

    Wharton, New Jersey

    12.4 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Knotty Pine Pub is said to be haunted by the apparition of a thin man standing by the dartboards. A whistling sound comes from the same area. The pub's basement and attic also are rumored to be hot spots for paranormal activity.


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    NJ Bar and Grill

    Mine Hill Township, New Jersey

    12.6 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    NJ Bar and Grill was the scene of a murder. Reports say long ago a man was killed by his mistress while he was playing pool here, and now his ghost lingers in the place where he passed. Witnesses say wine bottles float and then drop to the ground, and ...


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    Old Bernardsville Public Library

    Bernardsville, New Jersey

    12.7 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Old Bernardsville Public Library was built in 1710 as the Vealtown Tavern during the American Revolution. It is said to be haunted by Phyllis Parker, whose father owned the Vealtown Tavern. She was in love with a doctor who was hanged for treason during the Revolutionary War. Not knowing what ...


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    Union County Courthouse

    Elizabeth, New Jersey

    13.4 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Abandoned Factory on Herman Street

    East Rutherford, New Jersey

    13.8 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Local legend has it that a ghost who haunts the abandoned factory will chase away curious passersby who peek into the factory's windows.


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    Park Lane

    Carlstadt, New Jersey

    14.5 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    In the town of Calrstadt, NJ, a cobblestone road on Park Lane is believed to be a meeting place for Ku Klux Klan members a long time ago. A tunnel is buried between the trees and wells which led to the meeting spot of the members. This would be under ...


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    229 Rock Road

    Glen Rock, New Jersey

    15.7 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    I used to work in an office on the 2nd story of 229 Rock Road, Glen Rock, NJ. We were an eclectic group of scientists and used to play practical jokes on each other. We also had a ghost we called the Phantom. Our front door was at the bottom ...


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    Richard A. Rutkowski Park - Elco Naval Division

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    16 miles from East Hanover, 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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    The Virginia Tavern

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    16.1 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Easton Tower - Red Mill

    Fair Lawn, New Jersey

    16.1 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Easton Tower is a stone and wood frame structure, once an irrigation pump, built in 1900 as part of a scenic park. It now abuts the Saddle River Bikeway. It was named after Edward D. Easton (1856-1915), founder and president of the Columbia Phonograph Company. It is sometimes mistakenly called ...


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    Robbins Reef Yacht Club

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    16.5 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Dunellen Hotel

    Dunellen, New Jersey

    16.5 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    One guest here claims to have captured a ghostly image of a Victorian woman and boy on her iPhone while in the rathskeller (basement bar). (Submitted by Marlene B.)


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    Crayhay Mansion

    Midland Park, New Jersey

    16.6 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    The 1864 Crayhay Mansion is said to have many ghosts in residence, including a phantom yellow-and-white cat. Some of the human ghosts believed to haunt the mansion are Max McCray, who committed suicide in the barn; pregnant neighbor girl Rose, who fell out her third-floor window while trying to elope ...


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    Myers-Masker House - Van Iderstine House

    Midland Park, New Jersey

    16.9 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    This house dates back to 1795 and is known as either the "Myers-Masker House" or the "Van Iderstine House". It is commonly believed by locals that Hessian prisoners were held in this house during the Revolutionary War (which, confusingly, was won almost a decade before this home was built?) ...


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    The Devil's Tree

    Bernards, New Jersey

    17.4 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    This tree is said to have once been a meeting point, a headquarters and lynching spot used by the Ku Klux Klan. The Bernards Township tree allegedly will give off warmth, even in winter, and consequently, snow will not pile up on it as it does on other trees. According ...


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    The Publick House

    Chester, New Jersey

    17.4 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Originally the 1810 Brick Hotel, the Publick House is said to be haunted by apparitions, growling noises, cold spots, phantom perfumes, and more eerie phenomena.


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    Baron Hirsch Cemetery

    East Hanover, New York

    17.5 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Sailors' Snug Harbor

    East Hanover, New York

    18.4 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Arthur's Tavern

    Hoboken, New Jersey

    18.4 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    At Arthur's Tavern, three spirits are said to lurk. Employees say they've heard footsteps and seen lights come on and off or flicker and door open by themselves. There also have been reports of a clipboard flying off of a desk, ghostly whispers, and someone's hair being pulled by something ...


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    The Brass Rail

    Hoboken, New Jersey

    18.4 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    The Brass Rail restaurant is known for its hauntings. Legend has it that in 1904, a bride who was just married tripped at the top of the spiral staircase, broke her neck, and died. The groom shortly thereafter hanged himself in an adjacent room. The bride, groom, and even some ...


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    Steuben House

    River Edge, New Jersey

    18.6 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Steuben House is a historic Revolutionary landmark. George Washington was headquartered here for 16 days in 1780. But it's also known for a ghost who visited in 1951. Former resident Gen. F.W.A. Von Steuben, according to legend, paid a visit to his former home, sitting in a chair and having ...


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    Ayers-Allen House

    Metuchen, New Jersey

    19 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Clinton Road

    West Milford, New Jersey

    19.3 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Clinton Road begins at Route 23 near Newfoundland and runs 10 miles to Upper Greenwood Lake. The area is said to be traversed by ghosts, odd creatures, devil worshippers, witches, and members of the Ku Klux Klan, and is known for being a spot where murderers choose to dispose of ...


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    White Horse Tavern

    New York, New York

    19.7 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    The ghost who haunts White Horse Tavern is said to be none other than renowned poet Dylan Thomas, who died in 1952 after drinking 18 whiskey shots and collapsing into a coma. He died the next morning at St. Vincent's hospital, but he still has his own table at the ...


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    Ear Inn - James Brown House

    New York, New York

    19.7 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Old River Road

    Edgewater, New Jersey

    19.8 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    Ghostly Leni Lenapi Indians are said to walk along the Old River Road, perhaps coming from the nearby 1400s Native American burial ground.


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    One if by Land, Two if by Sea

    New York, New York

    19.9 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Hotel Chelsea

    New York, New York

    20 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    There is no way to list all the famous people who are attached to or have stayed at the Hotel Chelsea. A veritable palace of bohemia indulgence, the creativity, sexy and above all drugs that soaked the halls of the Chelsea would be enough to have you seeing ghosts, even ...


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    The Historic Old Bermuda Inn

    Staten Island, New York

    20 miles from East Hanover, 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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    12 Gay Street

    New York, New York

    20 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Old Seaview Hospital

    East Hanover, New York

    20 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Jefferson Market Library

    New York, New York

    20 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    A friendly woman catches people's attention, waves at them and smiles, then disappears. Other figures have been seen on the balcony, but remain unexplained. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    St. Paul's Chapel

    New York, New York

    20.1 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Ghost of Firefighter Schwartz

    New York, New York

    20.1 miles from East Hanover, 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

    20.1 miles from East Hanover, 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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    Cunard Hall - Wagner College

    East Hanover, New York

    20.2 miles from East Hanover, 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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    House of Death

    New York, New York

    20.2 miles from East Hanover, NJ

    The tale of this house is told in the 1974 book "Spindrift: Spray From a Psychic Sea" by actress-turned-psychic Jan Bryant Bartell. According to her, many people died under mysterious circumstances at this haunted place. Among the ghosts who are said to haunt the place are author Mark Twain, who ...


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