Mary’s Tower

The story in Weird NJ by Ryan Doan is long on exposition, but short on facts. The author describes how he saw this tower thru the trees and made several trips into a 5 story abandoned tower somewhere near Flemington. He makes reference to a specific street, and passing a pair of pillars and a chain across the remains of the driveway. He also makes reference to finding a diary belonging to Mary, the subject of the legend who committed suicide from the tower, which was abandoned as a result.

The location of this place is the subject of much debate on the various message boards…

Anyone know where it is?

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by chrissy on June 22, 2011 at 2:48 AM

  2. I agree the story was long on “exposition, but short on facts.” However, the story was not written by me “Ryan Doan” but reader submitted. I only did the illustration for it. Cool site here.

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  3. Posted by Lizie on March 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE MARY”S TOWER IS?

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    • Posted by lostinjersey on August 28, 2010 at 9:37 PM

      it’s gone. knocked down after a fire if I remember correctly.

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    • Posted by John on February 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM

      I know where it was. I can confirm it was burned and later torn down. It was gone by 2008 and the last I heard there was new construction in the area and a new home is now on the lot that housed Mary’s Tower.

      Reportedly a journal was kept in the desk but I never saw it so that part is legend until I am shown otherwise.

      The quickist way to get there was actually from Decker Rd not Oak Grove Rd. If you look at a map of Decker Road (running South from Oak Grove Rd) on the left side of Decker you will see 2 streams pictured on google maps. Now click on the satellite view. There are a collection of about 5 buildings on that left side of Decker Rd. Then to the left of these buildings are cleared spaces. In between the first clearing and second is a very small amount of bushes and a stream. In the second clearing is where Mary’s Tower was. You can see the foundation pictured right at the end of the clearing before the woods begin. The woods run north all the way to Oak Grove Rd. It was quicker to just cut through the farm area on Decker Rd. and walk straight to the tower as opposed to walking down the driveway bordering Oak Grove that ran right alongside the woods. On a map you will see that driveway turn left and fo to where the driveway of Mary’s Tower was. Again it is gone so all you can do now is look on maps to see where it used to be.

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  4. Posted by Mandy on March 18, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    heyy sweet site ya got here… yeh im from NJ and i was actually lookin for directions on how to get to Mary’s Tower… Feel Free to Email me anytime you want or anything… especially if ya got some directions that you might be interested in sharing with. Anyway… i best be off to look for my directions! TA-TA

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  5. Posted by Taylor on March 18, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    hey how u doing..like the site. i sent you an email about marys tower, in case u dont get it im sendin you this too. i kno you dotn liek giving directions but my friends and i have been searching for the tower for months. if you could just give me a more detailed description of the path you were on, and the name of the road iwould be completely satsified jsut email me back thanks

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  6. Posted by Eric on March 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Mary’s Tower. Any pics should be shown to a contractor or architect. The design of the building will give a lot more insight to what the place actually was. Pics I looked at http://www.surrealnewjersey.com/marys_tower.htm shown 2 entrances close to each other suggesting a possible business, maybe later turned into a home. The design is consistant with a 1920’s + boarding house or hotel. Maybe to house people that tended farmland. Not typical of a personal home.

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    • Posted by John on February 23, 2011 at 6:59 PM

      It does resemble a boarding house but a small one. Even if originally there were 6 bedrooms that is a small boarding house and a weird location for a boarding house. The location in the middle of farmland suggest it was in fact for farming people. The cinderblock construction with brick outside was nothing too fancy but it looks like they tried to make it look like a French style especially looking at the windows. The Kitchen had a large table and benches that could as easily fit a farm setting as a boarding home.

      Part of me wonders if someone who was familiar with St Mary’s Church (has a tower) in Thornbury, England gave it the name Mary’s Tower. Like the Church it has a long building and then attached tower except the tower part was not at the front but rather attached at the side.

      It had 3 distinct parts:

      1) A long house with two halves a kitchen and office on the right (left if you were looking at it from outside) and on the left half(right if looking from outside) a garage and there was an attic above.

      2) There was a tower part that was basically square. This housed the bathrooms as well as the little inside nook on the roof that had a small window.

      3) There was the tower part with the living room, bedrooms and stairs and then the flat roof

      The office after the kitchen had a window facing the back. The bathrooms likewise had windows facing the rear. The window on the nook at the roof faced the side. All other widows were in the forward of the structure.

      If standing outside the rear of the tower on your extreme left would be the back of the building with the garage, kitchen and office. The window you would be looking into would be the office window. Attached to the right would be the square tower with the bathrooms. You would see the 3 bathroom windows. Further to the right still you would see the back of the part with the bedrooms. It was not attached squarely to the bathroom section though. It was attached to the two upper corners of the bathroom section at somewhat of an angle. The angle of the bedroom section that intersected is where the doors to the bathroom were built.

      For some reason the third floor bathroom had been converted to a small room with a closet, the kind of closet found in the bedroom with sliding doors. It would be too small though for a bed though I suppose a small cot could have been used. More likely though it was used as a storage room.

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  7. Posted by Jill on March 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Hey! First of all, let me tell you that I enjoy your site. I just started going through it and found a post about Mary’s Tower. I know it was from a few years back and you may have updated about it someplace, but here are my pictures of the place for your enjoyment: http://good-times.webshots.com/album/557843699JElBVV

    Feel free to use my pictures as long as you link back to me. Keep up the great work and happy exploring! 😀

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    • Posted by John on February 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      It is too bad that your photos are from after it was burned. Still they do provide a good shot of the outside front of the portion with the bedrooms in it. Note that the door in the middle with the white overhang is the door that went into the living room. The door to the right is the one that led to the stairs.

      The two windows above the door leading to the stairs were hall windows that faced the stairwell. The next 3 windows to the left were all in the largest bedroom. The last window on the extreme left was in the smaller bedroom.

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