Haunted Places in Rockaway, New Jersey



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    Knotty Pine Pub

    Wharton, New Jersey

    3 miles from Rockaway, 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

    4.6 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Darress Theatre

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    5.4 miles from Rockaway, 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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    St Mary's Cemetery

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    5.6 miles from Rockaway, NJ

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


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    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Madison, New Jersey

    9.5 miles from Rockaway, 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

    10.7 miles from Rockaway, 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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    The Colby Mansion - Tamaracks Country Villa

    Byram Township, New Jersey

    11.5 miles from Rockaway, 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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    The Publick House

    Chester, New Jersey

    12.3 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Old Bernardsville Public Library

    Bernardsville, New Jersey

    12.9 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Clinton Road

    West Milford, New Jersey

    13.8 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Essex County Hospital Center

    Cedar Grove, New Jersey

    14.5 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Dey Mansion

    Totowa, New Jersey

    14.7 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Union Cemetery

    Hackettstown, New Jersey

    16.5 miles from Rockaway, 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

    17.1 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Old Canal Inn

    Nutley, New Jersey

    18.4 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Caldwell Parsonage

    Union, New Jersey

    18.8 miles from Rockaway, 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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    The Devil's Tree

    Bernards, New Jersey

    19 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Park Pub

    Nutley, New Jersey

    19.2 miles from Rockaway, 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

    19.5 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Shades Of Death Road

    Independence Township, New Jersey

    19.9 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Myers-Masker House - Van Iderstine House

    Midland Park, New Jersey

    20.4 miles from Rockaway, 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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    229 Rock Road

    Glen Rock, New Jersey

    20.5 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Crayhay Mansion

    Midland Park, New Jersey

    20.7 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Vernon Inn

    Vernon Township, New Jersey

    20.8 miles from Rockaway, NJ

    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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    Domani's Restaurant

    Roselle Park, New Jersey

    20.9 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Conant Park

    Hillside, New Jersey

    21 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Jenny Jump State Forest

    Blairstown, New Jersey

    21.1 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Kean University

    Union, New Jersey

    21.2 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Ringwood Manor

    Ringwood, New Jersey

    21.3 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Dunellen Hotel

    Dunellen, New Jersey

    21.5 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Abandoned Factory on Herman Street

    East Rutherford, New Jersey

    22 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Easton Tower - Red Mill

    Fair Lawn, New Jersey

    22.2 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Park Lane

    Carlstadt, New Jersey

    22.6 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Union County Courthouse

    Elizabeth, New Jersey

    22.7 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage

    Somerville, New Jersey

    23.6 miles from Rockaway, NJ

    The Old Dutch Parsonage was built in 1751 and was moved around 1913 to its present location, next door to the 1775 Wallace House. The Parsonage is said to be extremely haunted, with screams, banging, and objects being moved around at night. The Wallace House also is said to have ...


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    Abandoned Warehouses

    Bridgewater, New Jersey

    23.7 miles from Rockaway, NJ

    This abandoned building has been reported to have an evil entity that will chase you out of the building and slam doors while you are inside it. There is also a women that will stand by the open window in the back, she screams that "he is after her" ...


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    Raritan Public Library

    Raritan, New Jersey

    23.7 miles from Rockaway, NJ

    The historic Raritan Public Library is said to be haunted by a former librarian. Lights have been known to turn on and off by themselves, and books move on their own. Even more spooky, locals have seen the apparition of an elderly woman in the window and also in the ...


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    Silvio's Italian Villa Restaurant

    Warwick, New York

    23.8 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Steuben House

    River Edge, New Jersey

    25.3 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Richard A. Rutkowski Park - Elco Naval Division

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    25.6 miles from Rockaway, 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

    25.6 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Demarest Building

    Warwick, New York

    25.8 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Ayers-Allen House

    Metuchen, New Jersey

    25.9 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Robbins Reef Yacht Club

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    26 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Shippen Manor

    Oxford Township, New Jersey

    26.1 miles from Rockaway, NJ

    Shippen Manor, a historic Georgian mansion built in the 1760s for Dr. William Shippen II and his brother Joseph Shippen II, is the site of some strange happenings. Witnesses report that items appear on shelves that weren't there before, doors open and close on their own, and ghosts have been ...


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    Van Wickle House

    Franklin Township, New Jersey

    26.2 miles from Rockaway, NJ

    The Van Wickle House was a wedding present for Evert and Cornelia Van Wickle, but tragically, they died on the same day the house was presented to them March 3, 1757. They are buried nearby on a hill, under some trees. The house is said to be haunted by Evert ...


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    Spook Rock Road

    Suffern, New York

    26.5 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Baron Hirsch Cemetery

    Rockaway, New York

    26.9 miles from Rockaway, 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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    Arthur's Tavern

    Hoboken, New Jersey

    27.7 miles from Rockaway, 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

    27.7 miles from Rockaway, 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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