These 7 Haunted Hotels In New Jersey Will Make Your Stay A Nightmare
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New Jersey is no stranger to the weird and unexplained. The Garden State is home to countless creepy haunted and abandoned places; paranormal and extraterrestrial legends abound. Take these hotels, for example. If you’re looking for haunted accommodations, New Jersey has got you covered — in fact, it seems that guests never want to leave our charming inns, so they stay forever. At these hotels, ghost stories, and unexplained phenomena, are not uncommon — and have been talked about for decades. Today we’re looking into seven haunted hotels in New Jersey that are sure to make your stay, well, memorable. Let’s take a look:
Are you brave enough to spend a night at one of these haunted hotels in New Jersey? I don’t think I would be! They are all amazing places to stay — the possibility of ghost sightings is really just an added bonus. If you’ve been lucky enough to lodge in any of these hotels, did you experience any supernatural activity? Are there any other haunted hotels or bed and breakfasts that you would add to this list? Share your favorite spooky spots in New Jersey in the comments below!
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Haunted Hotels in New Jersey
Are there any haunted restaurants in New Jersey?
Yes, there are haunted restaurants in New Jersey. Among the most haunted is The Cranbury Inn and here's why:
- One of the oldest eateries in New Jersey, this haunted restaurant has quite a creepy résumé. This business was officially established in 1780 after the colonies declared their independence from Britain.
- Records show that there was an Underground Railroad stop in the town of Cranbury, and many believe that the inn was this stop (there are different rumors swirling around about the inn possibly harboring captive slaves).
- This restaurant dishes up some truly delightful fare, with a side of spooky. According to one of the owners, many unexplainable events have taken place over the years.
- A pregnant employee had doors mysteriously swing open for her and some staff members insist they've gotten telepathic messages, warning them to turn off electrical fixtures.
- When psychics stop by, they say the spirits are warm and welcoming - they enjoy (after) life at the inn.
What are the creepiest places in New Jersey?
For totally creepy vibes, visit the Old Tennent Cemetery and Church in Manalapan:
- The area surrounding this historic cemetery was once the host of a bloody Revolutionary War battle - the Battle of Monmouth.
- The church acted as a makeshift hospital, and both the building and grounds are said to be haunted.
- According to legend, you can still see blood stains and saw marks (used for amputations) in the wood on some pews.
- The cemetery itself is open 24 hours and has tombstones dating back 280 years.
Does New Jersey have any ghost towns?
New Jersey is home to numerous mining and milling ghost towns like the following:
- Ong's Hat is an unincorporated community in Pemberton Township. The area can be seen on maps dating back centuries; and legend says that the town had just a handful of houses, along with a thriving dance hall. However, industry left the area and Ong's Hut/Ong's Hat slowly became abandoned. The last resident left the town in 1936, but not before some strange disappearances.
- Another creepy ghost town is located in Harrisville. It's home to some remarkably well-preserved gristmill ruins, and is actually quite beautiful, in its own, haunting way.