Nutley, NJ is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Kingsland Manor. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Joseph Kingsland purchased the Nutley property in 1790 and moved in with his family in 1796. The house, whose history, according to lore, is connected to the Revolutionary War, the Underground Railroad, and an underground "Indian-raid" cellar, has been described as containing "17 rooms, two kitchens, ballroom, slave prison, slaughterhouse, smokehouse, and underground Indian raid cellar, a 125-foot tunnel leading to a stone barn fort, solitary confinement torture pen with manacle leg irons, neck yokes, a double ball, and chain captors."
Joseph Kingsland Jr. lived there until his death in 1878, while his two daughters, Martha and Margaret, lived there until 1902. After almost 120 years of Kingsland's in residence, the homestead changed hands in 1909. Later, during the Prohibition era, the basement was turned into a speakeasy.
Drenched with intense of history from the American Revolution, this property will not disappoint the ghost hunting enthusiast. A barn located on the property was the tragic scene of the death of Bernard "Bus" McGinnity, a cartoonist for the New York American newspaper who ran a speakeasy in the basement — located beneath the ballroom — during Prohibition, and later a club in the ballroom called the Colonial Club once Prohibition was repealed. In later years, a young boy allegedly drowned in the pond located on the property.
Hauntings that were experienced and documented include disembodied voices from the speakeasy as well as in the summer kitchen and other rooms in the manor. Footsteps are common as well in the museum room. Shadow figures have also been witnessed, with various digital recordings of both a male and female voice. "Bus" has also been reported to have sat on the edge of a bed, per a previous caregiver.
This property was featured on Ghost Detectives.
The Kingsland Manor was featured in the 2019 World's Largest Ghost Hunt. http://www.nationalghosthuntingday.com/
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