Pemberton Township, NJ is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Pine Barrens. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
All that grew up in southern Jersey are familiear with the Jersey Devil, where stories have been carried through the generations, possible around the campfire or on stormy nights.
The actual story of the Jersey Devil starts in 1735 when a woman, known as Mrs. Leeds, gave birth to her 13th infant baby. The child transformed into a winged devil, seen as a grotesque flying beast, with cloven hoofs for feet, a goat’s head and haunches, a forked tail, and massive wings.
For nearly 200 years creature has supposedly roamed the haunted forest. Escalated reports of the sightings occured around 1909, where 100's witnessed the monster. The terrified area residents would not leave their homes, with schools and the local mill closing for several days. In 1978, congress designated this area consisting of 1.1 million acres, protected as the Pinelands National Reserve. But this protection effort has not dismissed the fear for the Jersey Devil. Today, many avoid the Pine Barrens or warn their children not to swim in the Blue Hole for it is believed this is where the Jersey Devils lurks.
But this area beckons more that monsters. A spirit, known as James Still, roams the Pine Barrons. As an African American physician during the time of slavery, he was lynched when locals found that he was practicing medicine. Many say, that he is a friendly ghost, assisting those lost or injured in the area. Other ghosts include that of a blonde woman, white stag, black dog and the headless spirit of a famous pirate, Captain Kidd.
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