Haunted Places in Surf City, New Jersey



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    Surf City Hotel

    Surf City, New Jersey

    At this late-1800s hotel, apparitions have been seen and unexplained voices heard. Rumor has it that the hauntings may stem from a shipwreck of the Powhattan in 1854, which killed some 300 people. Bodies from the shipwreck were stored in this building for a bit, and it is said that ...


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    Elizabeth V. Edwards School

    Barnegat Township, New Jersey

    7.1 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Elizabeth V. Edwards School, established in 1930 and closed in 2004, is rumored to have a ghost that sets off security systems, makes calls to phones that are not in service, and turns on lights in unoccupied buildings. The identity of the spirit is unknown for sure, but one report ...


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    Dr. Jonathan Pitney House

    Absecon, New Jersey

    24.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Reports say guests staying at the private cottage heard the unexplained sound of soft fife music.


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    Absecon Lighthouse

    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    24.4 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Nearby in 1854, the Powhatan wrecked, killing 311 passengers and crew members, and causing the Absecon Inlet to be nicknamed Graveyard Inlet. So the Absecon Lighthouse was built in an attempt to prevent another tragedy. It served from 1857 until 1933, and now stands restored. Ghosts have been seen here ...


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    Trump Taj Mahal

    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    24.9 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Reports say a ghost who appears at the hotel every night around midnight is the spirit of a man who jumped to his death from the tenth floor.


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    Hindenburg Crash Site

    Lakehurst, New Jersey

    26.8 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The LZ 129 Hindenburg airship was completed in 1936 and made 17 round trips across the Atlantic Ocean in that year. But on the fateful evening of May 6, 1937, the airship caught fire and crashed, killing 36 people. The cause of the fire is unknown. Voices of men shouting ...


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    Red Feather Trail

    Pemberton Township, New Jersey

    27.9 miles from Surf City, NJ

    There are stories told by the local residents of Country Lake Estates of a strange, ghostly figure of a man that is often spotted walking Red Feather Trail late at night. He's often humming or singing a song to himself. You'll catch him out of the corner of ...


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    The Grenville Hotel

    Bay Head, New Jersey

    29.1 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Ghostly children playing and laughing in the halls, full-body apparitions and the sounds of bustling activity in empty rooms; people have been claiming the Grenville Hotel is haunted for years.


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    Magee's West Side Tavern - Shore House

    Point Pleasant, New Jersey

    29.5 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Built in the 1800s, Magee's West Side Tavern, aka Shore House, aka West Point Hotel, is one haunted tavern, say witnesses. It is believed to be haunted. Glasses fall, windows break, and a witness was once locked in a closet by a prankster ghost. Perhaps there is truth to the ...


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    Abbott House

    Hamilton Township, New Jersey

    33.5 miles from Surf City, NJ

    On the top floor of this beautiful bed-and-breakfast lives a ghostly little girl who has been seen and heard bouncing a ball.


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    Ocean City Mansion

    Ocean City, New Jersey

    33.9 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The Honeymoon Suite is apparently haunted. People report items moving, and the sounds of footsteps and voices.


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    Allaire Village

    Wall Township, New Jersey

    34.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The 1800s living history museum Allaire Village is said to be haunted by Hal Allaire, son of James Peter Allaire. The ghost hangs out in the Big House, playing pranks on the costumed employees by moving objects or playing with candles. Oscar Smith is another spirit said to reside at ...


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    The Flanders Hotel

    Ocean City, New Jersey

    34.6 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The ghost at this historic hotel is known as Emily or the Lady in White. She is most often seen at the Hall of Mirrors. Reports say a portrait of her can be seen inside the hotel.


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    Six Flags Great Adventure

    Jackson, New Jersey

    36 miles from Surf City, NJ

    An unfortunately high number of guests have died here, from guest who fell off of Rolling Thunder, to another guest who died on the Lightnin' Loops attraction in 1987. However, most famously was the fire of the Haunted Castle which claimed teenagers. Mediums detect the presence of these people, but ...


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    Ashley House - Angel Nook Inn

    Neptune Township, New Jersey

    39.1 miles from Surf City, NJ

    At this inn, originally built in 1875, ghosts are known to touch guests while they are sleeping and, in some instances, even crawl into bed with them.


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    Stephen Crane House

    Asbury Park, New Jersey

    39.7 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Stephen Crane House, which has been explored by TV's Ghost Hunters. It was the home of author Stephen Crane of "The Red Badge of Courage" fame. Witnesses here have seen apparitions and heard ghostly kids playing or crying. But look out -- a rambunctious ghost here has been known to ...


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    Burlington County Prison

    Mount Holly, New Jersey

    40.3 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Haunts at this 1811 prison building, now a museum, include a legless floating spirit that floats from the entrance out to the yard and a tall man in the basement. The third floor is also said to be rich with eerie occurrences.


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    Columbus Inn

    Mansfield, New Jersey

    40.9 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The Columbus Inn restaurant is no longer open for business, but locals will tell you that it was haunted. Newspaper articles and TV shows have featured the place, which some say was the birthplace of the Jersey Devil.


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    Olde Columbus Inne

    Columbus, New Jersey

    40.9 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The historic inn no longer is in operation but still stands, and is considered one of the most haunted places in New Jersey. Spirits seen here include a 19th-century orphan girl who used to work at this location and unexplained noises occurred near the jail cell.


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    White Hill Mansion

    Fieldsboro, New Jersey

    44.5 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The Revolutionary War created massive devastation in the colonies. Nowhere was this more evident than in New Jersey. Robert Field, a local business man and patriot, headed the Committee of Correspondence in an attempt to gain representation in British Parliament. In 1775 Robert drowned in the ...


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    Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital

    Marlboro Township, New Jersey

    47.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital opened in early 1931 and operated for many years, but not without problems. Rampant deaths at the hospital were frequently being investigated. An adjacent cemetery holds nearly 1,000 graves. Over 130 patients became ill from food poisoning in the 1970s, four of whom died. The hospital was ...


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    King George II Inn

    Bristol, Pennsylvania

    47.3 miles from Surf City, NJ

    This circa 1681 inn is said to be the oldest continually operating inn in the U.S. And with a title like that, it's bound to have a few ghosts around. Folks here have seen the apparition of a man wearing a top hat and tails. They've also witnessed chairs and ...


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    Camden County College - Jefferson Hall

    Gloucester Township, New Jersey

    47.3 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Jefferson Hall at Camden County College (founded in 1967 as a Roman Catholic seminary) is the center of a ghostly legend. A monk allegedly hanged himself on the third floor and now manifests as a shadowy figure in the night. Witnesses say doors slam by themselves, lights flicker, and weird ...


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    Henry Ludlam Inn

    Woodbine, New Jersey

    48.4 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Unexplained sounds and occurrences are said to abound here. Note: The inn is reported to be closed at this time.


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    Iona Lake Inn - Lake House Restaurant

    Franklin, New Jersey

    49.1 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Formerly the Iona Lake Inn, this is now LAKE HOUSE RESTAURANT. At some time it also has been Jake's Italian Restaurant. A ghost named Victor is said to haunt here, along with a Lady in Black. The original owners also are said to linger here.


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    Gabreil Daveis Tavern

    Gloucester Township, New Jersey

    49.1 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Gabreil Daveis Tavern was built in 1756 and the attic was turned into a hospital by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Reports say the attic still retains its original bloodstained furniture, and spirits can be heard walking and suffering there at night. Also, former owner William Schock is said ...


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    Lakeview Memorial Park

    Cinnaminson, New Jersey

    49.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    There is an area in this cemetery especially for the graves of children, and it is here that folks have seen ghostly boys and girls that may even leave footprints in the ground. The tower is also said to be visited by something supernatural.


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    Nellie's Pond

    Delanco, New Jersey

    49.3 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Legend has it that Nellie's Pond was named after the horse of a Revolutionary War messenger who drowned here long ago. The pond is pretty much dried up today, but folks say you can still hear the ghostly sounds of the horse's drowning cries.


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    Philadelphia Watch Case Company Building

    Riverside, New Jersey

    49.5 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The 1908 Philadelphia Watch Case Company Building has an 8-story clock tower and a great many sculptured friezes--but that's not all. The place is rumored to be haunted by apparitions and spirit orbs.


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    Phineas Pemberton House - Bolton Mansion

    Levittown, Pennsylvania

    49.6 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The mansion, which is made of 4 connected parts built from the 1600s to the 1700s, is rumored to be haunted. It is currently operating as a house museum.


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    Pen Ryn Mansion

    Bensalem, Pennsylvania

    50.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The historic mansion and its grounds are the haunting place for the ghosts of Robert Bickley and a female entity believed to be that of his girlfriend. The haunting is said to occur every December 24th. The woman appears on a black horse and holding a whip, and whips anyone ...


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    Rowan University

    Glassboro, New Jersey

    50.9 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Ghost stories told at Rowan University include apparitions, a face in a mirror and objects that move by themselves in Bunce Hall, and spirits of former residents and professors who are said to roam the campus.


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    Ritz Theatre

    Haddon township, New Jersey

    51.1 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The 1927 Ritz Theatre is said to be haunted by spirits from its past. Witnesses say eerie ghost lights appear backstage, objects move on their own, and unexplained voices can be heard.


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    Oaklyn Manor Bar

    Oaklyn, New Jersey

    51.4 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Incorporated in 1933, there are ghosts that haunt the Manor. From bottles clinking to beer kegs rolling on their own. ghosts have roamed the three bar rooms and two apartments. Recently a beer tray flew off the shelf without any wind. Hearing bottles clinking, the bartender checked out ...


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    Collings-Knight House

    Oaklyn, New Jersey

    51.6 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The 19th-century Collings-Knight House, built by Edward Zane Collings, is said to be haunted. Witnesses have been spooked by shadow figures, unexplained footsteps and disembodied voices.


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    Holmesburg Prison

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    52.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Prisoners here were described as lab rats for unusual experiments that could prove fatal. Of the dead, some people have reported seeing figures resembling former prisoners. Sounds of panic, doors slamming, and riots (as if history is repeating itself) have been heard. Electronic devices malfunction so be sure to ...


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    Cape May County Historical Museum

    Middle Township, New Jersey

    52.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    According to reports, the museum is haunted by a spirit who has a loud voice.


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    Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

    Trenton, New Jersey

    52.6 miles from Surf City, NJ

    A man named Henry Cotton took over as the main doctor in 1907, but his methods were inhumane. He'd remove teeth, limbs, and organs because he believed that they had an involvement with mental illness. However, by removing stomachs, colons, and other vital organs, he had a high mortality rate, ...


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    Growden Mansion

    Bensalem, Pennsylvania

    52.8 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Allegedly haunted by the ghost of Benjamin Franklin who is said to be seen flying his kite in a thunderstorm. Some people also claim to hear battle sounds from the Revolutionary War.


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    Gloucester County Jail

    Woodbury, New Jersey

    53.7 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Many deaths occured at the recently closed jail, including drug overdoses, accidental asphyxiation and at least 12 suicides. Witnesses say the jail is haunted; paranormal investigators have described unexplained crashes and banging along with clicking sounds heard in an EVP session.


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    The Spy House - Seabrook-Wilson House

    Middletown, New Jersey

    53.8 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Seabrook-Wilson House, also known as the Spy House, is said to be the first house on the Jersey shoreline. It was constructed by Thomas Whitlock in the 1600s and is rumored to be haunted. It operated as a tavern during the Revolutionary war, and reports say that British troops would ...


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    Sketch Club Players Theatre

    Woodbury, New Jersey

    54.1 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Sketch Club Players Theatre is housed in the former West End School, built in 1889, and is home to something spooky. Witnesses describe uneasy feelings in the basement, shadowy figures, and the sound of a ghostly party happening in the member's club room.


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    Ye Olde Centerton Inn

    Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey

    54.2 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Two spirits are said to reside here: One, a little girl who can be heard crying in the upstairs dining room, and two, a former maitre d' who creates cold patches in the same dining room.


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    USS Olympia

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    55.3 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The USS Olympia was a Navy cruiser from 1895 until 1922, and, now restored, she is stationed as a part of the Independence Seaport Museum. Her violent past as a warship may have led to her various hauntings: shadowy forms, unexplained voices, and spooky apparitions.


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    City Tavern

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    55.6 miles from Surf City, NJ

    Here's a two-fer for spirit searchers: Two ghosts are said to haunt the City Tavern. One is the spirit of a deceased waiter; the other is a young bride.


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    St. Peter's Church Cemetery

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    55.6 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The ghost who haunts here may own an alarm clock. Reports say that the apparition is seen at 9 p.m. standing over 5 unmarked graves, each of a Native American chief.


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    Powel House

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    55.7 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The historic and grand brick mansion built in 1756, now a house museum, is reportedly haunted by several Continental soldiers as well as the Marquis de La Fayette and Benedict Arnold and his wife, Peggy.


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    Bishop White House

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    55.7 miles from Surf City, NJ

    There are said to be three ghosts here, all of whom have been spotted by visitors. On the first floor, the apparition of an elderly housekeeper has been seen. On the third floor, the ghost of a thin man has appeared. Also reported in the house is a spectral meowing ...


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    Hill-Physick-Keith House

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    55.7 miles from Surf City, NJ

    This historic home is now a museum. Once the home of "Father of American Surgery" Philip Syng Physick, it was built originally in 1786 by wine importer Henry Hill. Rumor has it that Physick's wife haunts the yard near the spot where a beloved tree, which was chopped down shortly ...


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    First Bank of the United States

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    55.7 miles from Surf City, NJ

    The historic First Bank of the United States, a National Historic Landmark, is reported to be haunted by United States founding father Alexander Hamilton.


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