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Mary’s Tower the victim of arson

According to this post and this one Mary’s Tower was the victim of arson in early 2007.

Other people’s efforts to find Mary’s Tower

My attempt to find Mary’s Tower

I had no idea where it was despite the fact that the article stated clearly what road it was on. I guess that’s why all the fan sites were filled with posts saying “I traveled up and down that road and couldn’t find it!” The other thing all the post indicated was that there was absolutely no place to park. In September 2003, I gathered my wife and a friend and decided to try to find it. Like everyone else we checked out the street in question, as well as another one that was frequently mentioned.

We could not find anything promising (although if I were alone and had time I might’ve been tempted to explore a few patches of woods). Unfortunately we found nowhere to park anywhere on or near this road. The road was one lane in each direction, there were no businesses where you could park, and no room on the side of the road to pull over to.

I was about to give up when I decided to give it check out one thing which caught my eye. I had dismissed it as not being the right spot, but after thoroughly exploring the road I decided I had nothing to lose. Soon I was driving on a small dirt road. It was very long, very bumpy, and with heavy vegetation on both sides, there was no room to turn around. I saw some construction equipment down a ways and wanted to head back but had no means of doing that so I pressed on. Just past the backhoe I could see a house and a driveway with cars. I now realized this was not a narrow road, it was a really long driveway. Ooops. That would make the guy on the backhoe the property owner. Double oops.

I decided to play the only card I could. I pretended I was a photography student, looking for something I heard would be good subject matter for my final project. “Is there some sort of tower around here?” This is where things turned scary. First of all, the guy was about 55 and had only one eye. I don’t know what was creepier: the fact that he had one eye or the fact that the lone eye looked like it had some serious glaucoma going on. It had that white milky covering the eye, and it took all my ability not to stare at him.

“It’s my tower, it’s not abandoned. Now I got kids coming from all over trying to find this tower and I’m sick of it. You probably know already there’s nowhere to park around here. If you pull over on the side of the road the neighbors will know why you’re there and you’ll get a $100 ticket. The cops will be there therefore you can get back to your car. Now why don’t you just turn around & leave.”

I decided this was a good idea and got back in my car. His dog was somewhere, and I thought it was behind the car so I pulled forward so I could go make a u-turn. As I put it into park the dog darts from in front of my car, so I got endless ribbing the rest of the day about almost killing the one eyed guy’s dog… The dog came around but kept wandering in front of my car so I asked the guy to get his dog out of my way, and we finally drove off.

I’ve since seen a few posts in some forums by folks claiming they found it. They seem credible. All I can say is I don’t recommend folks trying to find it. Obviously the fact that there have been lots of folks searching for has raised neighbors awareness and that’s bad for all of us. Besides all of this there really is no parking anywhere nearby. The streets where it’s located go for at least 1-2 miles in all directions with just two lanes, one each way. There are no businesses anywhere nearby, so the best you can do is park on the shoulder when there is one. But you might as well put out a sign that says “Out seeking Mary’s Tower, be right back”.

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?