Haunted Places in Highland Lake, New Jersey



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    Vernon Inn

    Vernon Township, New Jersey

    Vernon Inn was built around 1833 by John Vandegriff, and it is rumored to be haunted. Witnesses say lights come on and off, doors open and close, and apparitions and shadows have been seen. Ghost investigators turned up many orbs in photographs as well as EVPs of a child's voice.


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    Silvio's Italian Villa Restaurant

    Warwick, New York

    4.8 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Silvio's Italian Villa Restaurant is housed in a building that originally dates back to the 1700s, was originally inhabited by a Revolutionary War veteran Levi Ellis. After several owners it was purchased by the Vail family, when tragedy struck. In 1972, Roy Vail’s sister was found murdered in 1972, and ...


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    Clinton Road

    West Milford, New Jersey

    5.8 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Demarest Building

    Warwick, New York

    7.5 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    The Demarest Building, once called the National Hotel, was constructed in 1863 and was used as an inn and a meeting place for the townspeople. In the mid-1900s, the building was turned into apartments and the Demarest Bar, which closed in the early 1990s. It is now a complex of ...


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    Ringwood Manor

    Ringwood, New Jersey

    10.8 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Ringwood Manor began in 1740, built by the Ogden family, although it was expanded over the years. Witnesses say it is haunted, and report footsteps, locked doors that open on their own, chills, cold spots, and apparitions of former residents.


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    Goshen Historic Track

    Goshen, New York

    17.1 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Goshen Historic Track is said to be haunted by the spirit of a jockey and his horse, who both drowned in the nearby lake early 1900s. They've been seen riding along the lake or chasing visitors through the dirt-road trails; other witnesses say the clip-clopping of ghostly horse hooves has ...


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    The McGarrah Stagecoach Tavern Inn

    Monroe, New York

    17.4 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Featured on several ghost-related TV shows, this historic inn from the late 1700s is one of the oldest buildings in town. Here you may see a ghost in a top hat and dark suit. The inn may no longer be in operation but may be offering private tours by appointment ...


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    Oxford Depot Cemetery

    Chester, New York

    17.4 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Among the many odd occurrences reported at Oxford Depot Cemetery are orbs of light, dark figures that may give chase, the sound of someone unseen whistling, and footsteps coming from behind visitors. Some orbs have shown up in photographs of the cemetery.


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    St Mary's Cemetery

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    18.4 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

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


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    Darress Theatre

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    18.9 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Spook Rock Road

    Suffern, New York

    19.1 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    The name of Spook Rock Road comes from the large rock formation thought to have been created by Lenape Tribes and rumored to have been used as a sacrificial stone. One legend tells of a Dutch woman and her Indian lover who met here and were murdered by other Dutch ...


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    Knotty Pine Pub

    Wharton, New Jersey

    19.6 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    The Colby Mansion - Tamaracks Country Villa

    Byram Township, New Jersey

    19.9 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    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 ...


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    Myers-Masker House - Van Iderstine House

    Midland Park, New Jersey

    20.2 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Tom Quick Inn

    Milford, Pennsylvania

    20.6 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    At this old Victorian inn, spirits like to make neatly made beds look rumpled, like someone has slept in them. They also have been known to call out the names of the staff and move guests' beds.


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    Cliff Park Inn

    Milford, Pennsylvania

    21.3 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    The inn was, until recently, a very busy resort, but now stands empty. Three ghosts are known to reside here: Sally, who just might open the door for you, if she likes you; the Lady in Brown, who has been known to appear on the staircase; and Walt, who has ...


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    Crayhay Mansion

    Midland Park, New Jersey

    21.4 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Dey Mansion

    Totowa, New Jersey

    21.5 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    NJ Bar and Grill

    Mine Hill Township, New Jersey

    22.1 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    229 Rock Road

    Glen Rock, New Jersey

    22.5 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Letchworth Village

    Thiells, New York

    22.7 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Letchworth Village is a former psychiatric hospital that is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of the patients who suffered here. Some reports say the full name of the place was Letchworth Village Institute for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic, and the establishment got into trouble with the law ...


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    Essex County Hospital Center

    Cedar Grove, New Jersey

    25 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Easton Tower - Red Mill

    Fair Lawn, New Jersey

    25.8 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Madison, New Jersey

    27.6 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Blauvelt Cemetery - Old Burying Ground

    Harrington Park, New Jersey

    28.3 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Blauvelt Cemetery, or the Old Burying Ground, has been in use since 1722 and is rumored to be full of ghostly presences. Visitors have found strange shadows, orbs or mists in the photos they've taken here, and reports say there is also the unexplained sound of a clock ticking on ...


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    Park Pub

    Nutley, New Jersey

    28.4 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Steuben House

    River Edge, New Jersey

    28.7 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    1 LaVeta Place

    Nyack, New York

    28.7 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    1 LaVeta Place is a private home that's said to have been haunted since at least the 1960s. It was owned by Helen and George Ackley, who at least once saw an apparition there and woke up every morning to a shaking bed. After getting used to and living peacefully ...


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    Drew University

    Madison, New Jersey

    28.8 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Shades Of Death Road

    Independence Township, New Jersey

    28.9 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Shades Of Death Road, or just "Shades" to locals, is a 7-mile stretch that's the subject of myriad local legends. In fact, it's said that so many paranormal enthusiasts try to steal the street signs that residents have gone as far as to smear grease on the poles to try ...


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    Old Canal Inn

    Nutley, New Jersey

    28.9 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Harbour House - 14 and Hudson

    Piermont, New York

    29.7 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    This building was formerly the Harbour House and before that Mama Maraglia's. As a former employee and patron of the Harbour House, I have seen some many things that would make even the hardest doubter shake their heads. It is said the Mama Maraglia walks around the second floor to ...


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    The Publick House

    Chester, New Jersey

    29.7 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Abandoned Factory on Herman Street

    East Rutherford, New Jersey

    29.8 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Union Cemetery

    Hackettstown, New Jersey

    29.8 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Union Cemetery dates back to 1859 and is the burial place of Centenary College murder victim and alleged ghost, Tillie Smith. Witnesses say a girl in white walks along the road nearby and may get in the car with you if you ask her if she'd like a ride. She ...


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    Centenary College

    Hackettstown, New Jersey

    30.1 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Centenary College is said to be haunted by Tillie Smith, who has a tragic story. When she was 18, in 1886, she lived and worked at the college. Her body was found in a nearby field, raped and strangled. College maintenance man James Titus was accused of the murder, although ...


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    Park Lane

    Carlstadt, New Jersey

    30.2 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Jenny Jump State Forest

    Blairstown, New Jersey

    30.2 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    At Jenny Jump State Forest, some say the ghost of Jenny lurks. Legend has it that she was 9 years old when she was playing on the cliffs, and the sudden appearance of a Native American nearby startled her. She called out to her father, who cried out in alarm, ...


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    Bannerman Castle

    Beacon, New York

    31 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Bannerman Castle was built by Francis Bannerman, who had a military surplus business. In 1901 he began to build an arsenal on Pollepel Island because his storerooms couldn't hold all of his stock. When Bannerman died in 1918, construction on his castle stopped. Then, in 1920, some of his stock ...


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    Sparta Cemetery

    Briarcliff Manor, New York

    31.1 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    At Sparta Cemetery, visitors have described eerie mists over the graves, ghostly voices, and unexplained lights.


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    Washington Irving's Sunnyside

    Irvington, New York

    31.8 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Washington Irving's Sunnyside, historic home of the famed writer of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," is said to be haunted by Irving himself as well as his nieces, who used to take care of the home. Irving's ghost has a reputation for pinching women, and his ...


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    Devil's Tower

    Alpine, New Jersey

    32 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    In the early 1900s, some say, plantation owner Manuel Rionda built this tower for his wife, so she could look out over the New York City skyline. Others say he built it as a mausoleum or for religious purposes. An underground tunnel connected the tower to his home. According to ...


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    Downing Park

    Newburgh, New York

    32.1 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    A little boy's ghost has been seen sitting by Downing Park's lake, crying. Locals say he drowned here long ago. He also has been known to make bubbles in the water and scream when a child gets too close to the water's edge.


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    Old Bernardsville Public Library

    Bernardsville, New Jersey

    32.2 miles from Highland Lake, 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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    Church of St. Barnabas

    Irvington, New York

    32.2 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    The church is allegedly haunted by two separate spirits, one is believed to be that of a former pastor and the other that of a former pastor's wife, who died somewhere in the early 1900's. She seems to be especially drawn to the children of pastors who live in ...


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    Newburgh Masonic Temple

    Newburgh, New York

    32.2 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    One night at Newburgh Masonic Temple, students experienced some strange and unexplained phenomena: A chair slid itself across the floor, a hinged door began to swing, and disembodied men's voices were heard throughout the building.


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    Marymount College - EF Academy

    Tarrytown, New York

    32.3 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    The former Marymount College merged with Fordham University, then was sold to EF Academy in 2007. It is said to be haunted by the ghosts of its founders, Father Gailhac and Mother Butler, on hand to protect the former woman's college's students. More sinister tales tell of ghosts who shake ...


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    Bird and Bottle Inn

    Garrison, New York

    32.7 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Reportedly haunted by the ghost of Emily Warren, the woman who lived there originally. People claim to see a hazy figure and reportedly hear her singing.


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    Oakland Cemetery

    Yonkers, New York

    34.2 miles from Highland Lake, NJ

    Oakland Cemetery, established around 1783 to bury Revolutionary War soldiers, was originally called St. John’s Burial Grounds. The name was changed to Oakland Cemetery in 1875. Rampant vandalism has led to the rumors of its being haunted; three ghostly women, coming from the hill towards the cemetery's center, are said ...


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    Caldwell Parsonage

    Union, New Jersey

    34.5 miles from Highland Lake, 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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