Tuesday, July 15, 2014

5 haunted Revolutionary War sites in New Jersey

1. Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Manalapan: As the Battle of Monmouth raged, a weary Capt. Henry Fauntleroy sat on a tombstone in a cemetery adjacent to the battlefield to catch his breath. A moment later, one of Fauntleroy's legs was ripped off by a cannonball. The captain's friends gathered him up and carried him into the church, which was being used as a battlefield hospital. Fauntleroy died there in a pew near the back of the sanctuary. You can still see the bloodstains on the pew today. And if you happen by the church at night, you may see 
Fauntleroy's spirit in the window looking out toward graveyard where he suffered the mortal blow.

2. Ayers-Allen House, Metuchen: The former tavern was host to a number of ghosts, including a Revolutionary War soldier who may have hung himself there and the ghost of the innkeeper's wife who is said to be searching for her kidnapped son. It is a private home today.
Ringwood Manor3. Ringwood Manor: The ghost of Robert Erskine, George Washington's Revolutionary War mapmaker, haunts the area near his grave at Ringwood. Some say you can see his ghost sitting on his crypt or carrying a lantern. Not far from Erskine's gravesite is a mass grave where French soldiers were buried. After dark, listen closely and you may hear sad voices speaking in French. Other spirits inhabit the area, and some people consider Ringwood Manor one of the most haunted places on the east coast.

4. Nellie's Pond, Delanco: A Revolutionary War messenger aboard his horse, Nellie, drowned in a pond in what is now Delanco. The pond was named for Nellie, and though it is mostly dried up today, some believe you can still hear the horse's anguished cries at the site where the horse and rider perished.

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