Haunted Places in Westfield, New Jersey



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    Hanging Post

    Cranford, New Jersey

    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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    Domani's Restaurant

    Roselle Park, New Jersey

    3.9 miles from Westfield, 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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    Caldwell Parsonage

    Union, New Jersey

    4.4 miles from Westfield, 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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    Kean University

    Union, New Jersey

    6.1 miles from Westfield, 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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    Conant Park

    Hillside, New Jersey

    6.5 miles from Westfield, 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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    Union County Courthouse

    Elizabeth, New Jersey

    6.9 miles from Westfield, 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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    Dunellen Hotel

    Dunellen, New Jersey

    7.6 miles from Westfield, 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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    Ayers-Allen House

    Metuchen, New Jersey

    8 miles from Westfield, 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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    Drew University

    Madison, New Jersey

    8.2 miles from Westfield, 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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    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Madison, New Jersey

    9.4 miles from Westfield, 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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    The Historic Old Bermuda Inn

    Staten Island, New York

    10 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Believed to be haunted by the home's original mistress Martha Mesereau whose husband died fighting the Civil War. Legend has it that her restless spirit continues to occupy the former mansion, waiting endlessly for her husband to return to her. People see her in the dining room (which was ...


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    Baron Hirsch Cemetery

    Westfield, New York

    10.3 miles from Westfield, 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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    Kreischer Mansion

    Westfield, New York

    10.4 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Kreischer Mansion has been on the market for a couple years now, sources say. A cool $8.5 million will buy it, and the ghost is included. According to the home's history, original builder German brickmaker Balthasar Kreischer died one year after the house was finished, and his son Edward died ...


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    Piscatawaytown Burial Ground

    Edison, New Jersey

    11.2 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Piscatawaytown Burial Ground is a graveyard that holds the burial sites of many Revolutionary War soldiers and other folk; graves date back to 1693, when two brothers died from eating poisonous mushrooms. But the graveyard also houses a witch, locals say. Mary Moore, buried here in 1731, was accused and ...


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    Robbins Reef Yacht Club

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    11.3 miles from Westfield, 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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    Proprietary House

    Perth Amboy, New Jersey

    11.5 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The 1762 Proprietary House was the home of William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, New Jersey's last royal Governor from 1762 to 1777. It is said to be haunted by ghosts of a Revolutionary War soldier, a woman who stands in the dining room window, and a little boy in ...


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    The Conference House - Billop House

    Westfield, New York

    11.9 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The Conference House, aka Billop House, was built in 1680. It was the scene of a tragedy when in 1779 owner Christopher Billop, a British loyalist, accused a female servant of spying on him for the Colonists. She denied the charge, and Billop threw her down the stairs, breaking her ...


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    Church of St Andrew

    Westfield, New York

    12 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Investigated on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters, the centuries-old church once was used as a makeshift Revolutionary War hospital. Witnesses have reported apparitions, unexplained sounds, pictures that fall off walls, footsteps, voices, a feeling of being watched, and an organ that plays by itself.


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    The Parsonage

    Westfield, New York

    12.1 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The Parsonage, now closed, was a restaurant set inside an 1855 minister's home for the Reformed Dutch Church. It was said to be haunted by an apparition of a lady in 1800s clothing and a bonnet, who appeared between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. in an upper window. Furthermore, apparitions ...


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    Van Wickle House

    Franklin Township, New Jersey

    12.1 miles from Westfield, 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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    Historic Richmond Town

    Westfield, New York

    12.2 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Historic Richmond Town, a living history village and museum complex, is rumored to have some haunted buildings. Some say the Guyon Lake Tysen House, built in 1740, is haunted by Elizabeth Lake Tysen. Some of her many children are suspected to linger here as well, playing with the house museum's ...


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    Old Seaview Hospital

    Westfield, New York

    12.3 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Seaview Hospital, once a tuberculosis sanatorium, is now a national historic district on Staten Island. Built between 1905 and 1938, the site has over 30 historic buildings along Brielle Avenue. The former hospital building is reported to be haunted by the spirits of its deceased patients.


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    Old Bernardsville Public Library

    Bernardsville, New Jersey

    12.3 miles from Westfield, 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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    Richard A. Rutkowski Park - Elco Naval Division

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    12.5 miles from Westfield, 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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    Wolfe's Pond Park

    Westfield, New York

    12.5 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Wolfe’s Pond Park, according to some, is haunted by the ghosts of two teens who perished in a nearby car crash. Local legend says the teens can be seen along the park paths at around 2 a.m., often calling for their parents.


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    The Devil's Tree

    Bernards, New Jersey

    12.5 miles from Westfield, 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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    Sailors' Snug Harbor

    Westfield, New York

    12.9 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Sailors' Snug Harbor, aka Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, is a complex of 19th-century buildings in a city park. It was once home to senior sailors and is now home to several ghosts. Witnesses have seen several apparitions, including a lady in white who has shown up in ...


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    The Vanderbilt Tomb - Moravian Cemetery

    Westfield, New York

    13.4 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Legends surrounding the Vanderbilt Tomb at Moravian Cemetery abound. One says the photos taken near it show an extra person or one of the people in the shot vanishes. Another says that inside the tomb, the Vanderbilts are not buried but are propped up like statues. The cemetery is believed ...


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    Old Canal Inn

    Nutley, New Jersey

    13.6 miles from Westfield, 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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    Abandoned Warehouses

    Bridgewater, New Jersey

    13.7 miles from Westfield, 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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    Cunard Hall - Wagner College

    Westfield, New York

    13.7 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The circa-1852 Cunard Hall was built by Edward Cunard, son and heir of shipping magnate Samuel Cunard. It is now part of Wagner College. In 1890, a man leapt to his death from a second-story window, and witnesses have seen his face peering from the windows.


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    The Virginia Tavern

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    14.2 miles from Westfield, 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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    Essex County Hospital Center

    Cedar Grove, New Jersey

    14.4 miles from Westfield, 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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    Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

    Westfield, New York

    14.7 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is rumored to be haunted by former owner Antonion Meucci's wife Ester, who was buried in the front yard. Ester was bedridden, and phantom groans and coughing have been heard at the museum. Italian war hero Giuseppe Garibaldi may linger here in spirit as well.


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    Hageman Farm

    Franklin Township, New Jersey

    15.5 miles from Westfield, NJ

    Hageman Farm is a historic house first settled by Catherine and Adrian Hegeman from the Netherlands in 1650 or 1651. It was occupied by relatives until 1972, then stood empty for 5 years until it was purchased and restored by the Meadows Foundation. Reports say an apparition of an elderly ...


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    Park Pub

    Nutley, New Jersey

    15.5 miles from Westfield, 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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    Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage

    Somerville, New Jersey

    15.7 miles from Westfield, 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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    Fort Wadsworth

    Westfield, New York

    15.8 miles from Westfield, NJ

    At Fort Wadsworth, the apparition of a soldier may appear to walk through walls and moving vehicles. Other strange things have happened here: One witness said she flashed back to wartime where she was apparently inside the body of a curly-haired nurse. She saw wounded and dying soldiers all around, ...


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    Raritan Public Library

    Raritan, New Jersey

    16 miles from Westfield, 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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    Darress Theatre

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    17.3 miles from Westfield, 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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    The Brass Rail

    Hoboken, New Jersey

    17.5 miles from Westfield, 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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    Arthur's Tavern

    Hoboken, New Jersey

    17.5 miles from Westfield, 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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    St Mary's Cemetery

    Boonton Township, New Jersey

    17.9 miles from Westfield, NJ

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


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    Abandoned Factory on Herman Street

    East Rutherford, New Jersey

    17.9 miles from Westfield, 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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    St. Paul's Chapel

    New York, New York

    18.1 miles from Westfield, NJ

    St. Paul's Chapel is New York's oldest public building that is still in use, and is the burial place for British actor George Frederick Cooke. Legend has it that to settle his towering debt, he agreed to leave his head to science. So, since his 1812 death, his ghost is ...


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    Ear Inn - James Brown House

    New York, New York

    18.3 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The Ear Inn, once known as the Green Door (its nickname during the Prohibition), was a late-18th-century home originally constructed for James Brown, an African-American and George Washington's aide during the Revolution. Over the years after that, the building housed a bar, dining room, Prohibition speakeasy, boarding house, smuggler’s den ...


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    Park Lane

    Carlstadt, New Jersey

    18.4 miles from Westfield, 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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    Oriental Manor Catering Hall - American Place

    Westfield, New York

    18.4 miles from Westfield, NJ

    This building once housed the Oriental Manor catering hall, a place for weddings and events. It was widely known by staff and locals that the hall was haunted by at least three spirits. People were constantly hearing disembodied footsteps, and doors would open and close on their own. The ...


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    Bridge Cafe

    New York, New York

    18.5 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The Bridge Café dated back to 1794, and folks said it was haunted, as evidenced by footsteps and unexplained aromas. However, reports say it was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and is now closed.


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    White Horse Tavern

    New York, New York

    18.6 miles from Westfield, NJ

    The ghost who haunts White Horse Tavern is said to be none other than renowned poet Dylan Thomas, who died in 1952 after drinking 18 whiskey shots and collapsing into a coma. He died the next morning at St. Vincent's hospital, but he still has his own table at the ...


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