THE SPY HOUSE
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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
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
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
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