Hanging Post

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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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Gallows Hill Road and Brookside Place
Cranford, NJ
United States

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40.6597486, -74.32223019999998
Union County, New Jersey
Nearest Towns:
Garwood, NJ (0.6 mi.)
Cranford, NJ (1.2 mi.)
Westfield, NJ (1.3 mi.)
Clark, NJ (1.4 mi.)
Kenilworth, NJ (2.0 mi.)
Mountainside, NJ (2.0 mi.)
Winfield, NJ (2.3 mi.)
Roselle Park, NJ (3.1 mi.)
Roselle, NJ (3.1 mi.)
Springfield, NJ (3.1 mi.)


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  1. Hi guys I was recently passing this place, on sep 05th 2014, I was admitted in hospital at around 1030 pm I stayed till 3 am in the hospital where doctors said that I had a miscarriage. Later they discharge me and while on my way home at 4 am I passed this place where I say a huge tree where someone in full white is hanging. It was a guy for sure his cloth were bright/like too much light on him it was white cloths. I told my parents right away that I saw some thing creepy n ask my dad to turn around too see but he said no. He drove fast so that I don’t get more stressed after my miscarriage. I have been looking for that place on like to check anything online and finally I found it. My husband never trusted me now I will show him

    • People can sometimes have paranormal experiences right after traumatic events. Sounds like that’s what happened with you. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Hand to GOD in 2006 i was driving from mountainside to cranford, and the brakes went on my van LUCKILY (I STILL DONT EVEN KNOW HOW I COASTED ENOUGH TO SLOW TO A SLOW ROLL STOP?!?) I coasted to the dead end @gallows and stopped W/o crashing i was coming down gallows @good clip 40+mph speeding (Got em replaced the next day btw) HAND TO GOD: “I NEVER KNEW THIS INTERSECTION TO BE HAUNTED?!?” I was reading about 13 bumps in watchung (Witch IS REAL BTW) and Round Valley Res. And they offered this redirect re: gallows hill rd/brookside cranford when i clicked and saw on the map: “IT WAS THE EXACT SAME PLACE MY BRAKES ‘MYSTERIOUSLY WENT’ I WAS FLOORED!?!” (Very odd/VERY ODD LOCATION INDEED, My mother who comitted suicide in 95 is buried at nearby fairview cemetery as well)…

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