The Southern Mansion

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Some claim that the Southern Mansion is haunted by numerous spirits but the most frequently seen and well-known is a female ghost that they call Esther. People claim to hear her laughing and hear the rustle of her dress and smell her perfume. Others claim to see a soldier striding through the ballroom.

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    720 Washington St
    Cape May, NJ 08204
    United States

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    38.935557, -74.91868099999999
    Cape May County, New Jersey
    Nearest Towns:
    Cape May, NJ (0.7 mi.)
    West Cape May, NJ (1.3 mi.)
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    1. We stayed in Rm #3 on the second floor and about 1am we heard thumps from above us…sounded like someone dropped a suitcase or children jumping off the bed…this went on for a few hours to the point me and my boyfriend were certain to let the front desk know; however, we knew there weren’t any children only a car load of seniors checked in after we did. The next morning after a wonderful stay fid we have but one complaint…our noisy neighbors above us. Front desk person (middle name Leonard) checked the guest list to see what giest was above us amd assired is there was only one guest on the third floor and they were on the other side of the building. I jokingly said well…i guess its your resident ghost and he replied…yes…it was probably Esther…my mouth dropped because i had no knowledge of the Southern Mansion having a haunted history.

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