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Ghost in a tree?

These photos were submitted to me by Diane, a reader.

My friend and I met you today at the Weird Us book signing in Clifton. I gave you tips about the Heartland Mail Box, You showed us your down Jet pictures and I took your picture for you and you took mine ; Anyway I think that is enough clues as to who this is. Sorry, I did not introduce myself , I’m Diane and my friend’s name is Dolores. Anyway here is the picture of my ghost face in the Trees at Skylands Manor. The one picture looks like a clown face and other picture, I see another face. look within the circled area’s . Let me know what you think.



The grave of Whack me Jug, with bonus graveyard orbs

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My experience in the NJ Palisades

Manuel Rionda’s Stone Tower: A large medieval looking tower which was part of an estate that stretched to the edge of the Palisades Cliffs

Old Bridge: In the woods of Creskill is a large stone bridge, which may be a part of the old Camp Merritt. A bit of research and a few emails from readers suggests this bridge is more likely a relic from the Rionda estate…..

There are tunnels and underground chambers in various places thruout the Palisades.

Hitler’s Rock Profile: A 160 ft tall profile of Hitler appeared on the cliffs of the Palisades during WWII

Complete history of the Palisades: A detailed summary of the history of the Palisades.

The Palisades is one of the first areas the Dutch settled when the colonized America. This cemetery (known as Undercliff Cemetery) is almost all that remains of the “Undercliff” families, a group of hardworking men & women who fished, quarried and eeked out an existence here in the early 19th century. The cemetery has 17 graves, 5 of which have headstones legible enough to read. One of the grave belongs to Julia Bloomer, whose family was so influential that the local beach was known as Bloomers Beach. Also buried here is Jimmy Cunningham, AKA Whack me Jug. When the quarrying outraged enough people that there was an effort made to preserve the park, there were only 2 families still living down by the water: the Van Wagoners & the Crums. They eventually sold out, and all that remains now is this cemetery. Apparently the cemetery was much larger at one point but many of the graves can no longer be found, perhaps under the the waters of the Hudson or covered with weeds and grasses.




The graves that can be read reveal the following names.

Bloomer, Julia (Smith), d. Jan 5,1837, age: 21y 11m 26d, w/o Theophilus H. Bloomer, d/o Rev. John & Sarah Smith
Van Wagener, Jane, d. Jun 16, 1817, age: 6m
Van Wagener, Susan, d. Jan 11, 1811, w/o Charles Van Wagener
Van Wagoner, Peter, no dates
Woodhams, Samuel, no dates, age: 77y

Above information comes courtesy of Richard Hrazanek.

This would be another boring tale of me exploring an old cemetery if it weren’t for what happened when I got home. When I reviewed the pictures I had taken I found… this. Nothing unusual occurred while I was in the cemetery. Is this lens flare? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it appears to be moving. The light came thru dimly thru the heavy tree cover and over the cliff top, and it didn’t occur in any other picture. I believe in ghosts; I disbelieve most ghost stories; I’m not freaked, but I am perplexed. What do you think?


random odd stuff in jersey

as always, some of this may be old news, but so be it…

Came across an interesting book called Utopia, New Jersey: Travels in the Nearest Eden about communities in NJ that were utopian in their nature. Fascinating look at what different people’s idea of a perfect community is…

A police helicopter discovered a swastika carved into a Mercer County cornfield

Want some rally picturesque NJ calendars? check out

Here’s an article about haunted houses in NJ

my dad got married at the church of the glowing grave

A few years back I went night riding with my wife and her best friend. We hit Clinton Rd, the Kill Yourself Bridge, as well as the glowing grave of Montville (Sorry the links to the pics are bad but go there anyway for some more info. We were there a good half hour at 3am trying to find it but to no avail.

Yesterday my dad got married and I’m following my gps directions and all of a sudden I realize that he’s getting married at the same church where the glowing grave is! We were there for the rehearsal and afterwards I told my son about it. “Supposedly if you pull your car in somewhere about here… you can see a–holy crap there it is!” By accident I had positioned my car in the right spot to see the glowing grave. But of course, it’s nothing supernatural, it’s reflecting my headlights. So why this is even worthy of discussion I don’t know.

What’s interesting is the day of the wedding I had to go with the minister to sign the documents as I was a witness to the wedding. I decided to ask him and he said very matter of factly that yes there is a glowing grave, no it has nothing to do with reflecting headlights, and he wouldn’t say any more about it. Was he pulling my leg? Was he telling the truth? More investigation is required….