New Jersey February 19, 2018
This Is The Oldest Place You Can Possibly Go In New Jersey And Its History Will Fascinate You
The C.A. Nothnagle Log House located in Gibbstown, New Jersey dates back to 1638 and is believed to be the oldest surviving log cabin in the United States. Though the current owners occasionally accept guests, the structure is on private property. You won’t find regular tours and last I heard, it was up for sale. I’d like to see it purchased by an organization that would preserve it and open it to the public, but until that happens, we have another old house that’s absolutely worth a visit.
The Seabrook Wilson House dates back to 1663 and is believed by some to be one of the most haunted places in the United States.
The house was built in 1663 by Thomas Whitlock, who came to North America in 1641, first living in Brooklyn. It started out as a 1 1⁄2-story, one-room cabin; the house was turned into a two-story home by its second owner Thomas Seabrook, who was a patriot in the New Jersey militia. Over the years, the Seabrook family added to the original structure. In 1892, the house was expanded to its current size and appearance. After the Seabrooks, in the early 19th century, the house was owned by Reverend William V. Wilson, leader of the New Monmouth Baptist Church and his wife Martha. From 1910 to around the early-1970s, it was a summer inn under the names, "The Bayside Manor" and the "Lighthouse Inn."For many years after, the house served as a historical museum as the "Port Monmouth Spy House Museum". It featured exhibits about the history and heritage of the bayshore.
It was during its time as the spy house museum when hauntings became prevalent. It once boasted as many as 22 separate spirits! People have reported a female spirit dressed in white that was seen walking from room to room searching for her crying baby. Also, a small ghost of a boy has been seen peering out of the windows and the ghost of a bearded old sea captain is said to roam the grounds and halls. Legend has it that the infamous pirate Captain Morgan was known to hide treasure and conduct tortures in the houses's basement that had underground tunnels. Some say that the captain's ghost likes to threaten young visitors to the museum. The museum was briefly closed to the public and restored to its former glory. It is open for tours once again, from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, late April through October. Visitors can enjoy exhibits on the home's history and the ecology of Sandy Hook Bay.
Part of the beautiful Bayshore Waterfront Park, there's plenty more to do than tour the home.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, located in Port Monmouth next to Monmouth Cove Marina, preserves a thriving coastal landscape on Sandy Hook Bay. Enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. The park offers a fishing pier, access to Raritan Bay, and beautiful views of the NY skyline. The Park System continues to add to this site's 228 acres in the Bayshore area.
The regular events only add to the experience. Visit on February 24th for a seal watch or on March 24th for a lantern lit tour of the spooky Seabrook Wilson House. On Earth Day (April 21st), there will be a giant celebration with lectures, tours, and touch and tell time with sea creatures.
The Seabrook Wilson House can be found at 719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth. If you’re a history buff who loves the shore, you may also want to check out the
oldest lighthouse in America.