The Spy House


The story of the Spy House.

In Port Monmouth, New Jersey lays a landmark that is so old yet so active that it’s said to be one of the most haunted places in America. And it certainly holds the title of being the most haunted place on the eastern seaboard.

This house, which was built in the 1600s, it was named the Whitlock Seabrook-Wilson Homestead, the Spy House, by a British naval officer. It was given this name because it was believed that it was here that spies were being set up to watch British ships during the American Revolution. The ships would dock in the harbor to get food and supplies and enemy troops would attack the ships while they were left empty. Due to the spy activity that Britain believed was happening within the Spy House, the British troops tried to burn it down at one point however, their efforts were futile and the house remained where it was. The efforts of the British troops were doubly futile as not only did the house not burn down but the spy activity that was occurring was not coming from the Spy House at all but from Gerrett’s Hill, which was a short distance away from the Spy House.

The house saw many people living within it as well as coming and going through its doors. What began as a cabin with only one room in 1648 was expanded in 1677 to include the middle portion and in 1703 Daniel Seabrook extended it even more so to reach his mother’s property after her death. It then remained in the Seabrook family for 250 years. And although it never did house any spies, it did and still does house many spirits that just can’t seem to part with the piece of property.

Because there have been so many to have occupied the home and because it was located at such a huge point of entry into the country during a time of war, there are plenty of spirits that linger around the property and most of them unfortunately, are quite violent. Mostly they seem to come at certain times or periods, during certain events, but some come and go at random or are a regular feature of the home.

It’s said that at one time a sea captain resided there that had particularly cruel and evil practices. He is one of the most frequent visitors and people can feel a disturbed presence if he’s near. A woman who is named Abigail also watches sadly out the window and although there’s much speculation on what she’s waiting for, it’s unknown exactly. In the house there is an attic that has stairs leading down to the second floor, which holds the Blue and White Rooms. There is often an apparition of a woman who comes down the stairs and goes into the rooms. She then leans over a crib, straightens out a quilt, and fades away.

The house also has many tunnels leading away from it to the water nearby and pirates can often be heard in these tunnels. There’s also a reverend who in life practiced deranged and satanic rituals and although he can no longer practice them, he still visits and makes his unwelcome presence known. Because the home was also used to hold so many funerals during this time, people who came to the funeral can often be heard sobbing and weeping within the house.

Another spirit that’s often seen at the Spy House is the man with the long beard and the top hat that appears to stand in the doorway. There are also other happenings around the Spy House that although not specific people or figures, can still cause the creeps. These include the pungent aroma of smoking pipe, a very bad feeling particularly in the upper rooms, breezes running through hallways and other areas that are closed off, and other figures and images. In all, there have been 30 observed and documented presences within the Spy House in New Jersey.

The Spy House is not open or inhabited today but if you feel like a thrill you can walk along the grounds of Shoal Harbor, where the British left their ships or walk along the pier that’s on the same property. Perhaps you’ll get a glimpse of Abigail or the bearded man!

The Spy House

The Spy House

The Spy House

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