Bernardsville, NJ is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, the former Bernardsville Public Library. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The gray building that housed the Bernardsville Public Library for over ninety years was initially called the Vealtown Tavern. Constructed in the 1700s, the tavern was a stopover for the weary and thirsty travelers and served the officers and men of the Continental Army.
The ownership of the tavern changed many times, but the lore of the sturdy clapboard building on Morristown Road has endured through more than two centuries. Currently, it houses a fitness center.
Vealtown Tavern was the scene of a tragic love affair between the innkeeper's daughter and a tenant, Dr. Byram. Just after the two were married, Dr. Byram was hanged by General Anthony Wayne for being a British spy, and his lifeless body was delivered to the tavern. Not knowing what was in the large pine box, Phyllis opened it. On seeing the bug-eyed corpse of her beloved, she became hysterical and suffered a nervous breakdown. Her weeping is still heard in the building.
After renovations in 1974, employees started seeing the apparition of Phyllis moving through the old wing.
The ghost of a woman in a long white dress has been seen in the building.
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