America's Most Haunted Places

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At these haunted hotels, bars, and asylums, the locals have been around for centuries and things go bump in the night.

The Pine Barrens, NJ

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Kids growing up in southern Jersey are bound to hear tales of the Jersey Devil, perhaps told around a campfire. The main plot point is that when Mrs. Leeds gave birth to her 13th child, the baby transformed into a winged devil—a grotesque flying beast, with cloven hoofs for feet, a goat’s head and haunches, a forked tail, and massive wings. For nearly 200 years, the creature has supposedly roamed the haunted forest, with the worst sightings in 1909; area residents were so terrified of running into the monster that schools shut down and the local mill closed for several days. Some still avoid the Pine Barrens or warn their children not to swim in the Blue Hole, a natural pool said to be bottomless and frequented by the winged monster.

America's Most Haunted Places

The Pine Barrens, NJ

Kids growing up in southern Jersey are bound to hear tales of the Jersey Devil, perhaps told around a campfire. The main plot point is that when Mrs. Leeds gave birth to her 13th child, the baby transformed into a winged devil—a grotesque flying beast, with cloven hoofs for feet, a goat’s head and haunches, a forked tail, and massive wings. For nearly 200 years, the creature has supposedly roamed the haunted forest, with the worst sightings in 1909; area residents were so terrified of running into the monster that schools shut down and the local mill closed for several days. Some still avoid the Pine Barrens or warn their children not to swim in the Blue Hole, a natural pool said to be bottomless and frequented by the winged monster.

Margaret Barry / Alamy
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