Creeped Out at Cape May

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Cape May New Jersey rests on the southern tip of New Jersey where the Delaware Bay meets the Pacific Ocean.  It is the nation’s oldest sea shore resort and is one of the country’s oldest vacation resort destinations.  Cape May is considered a National Historic Landmark due to the victorian architecture still present on the cape.

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(images:mycophagia/flickr)

Named after Cornelius Jacobsen May who charted the area in 1611, Cape May is listed on the list of America’s top ten beaches.  Hundreds of people flock to this cape to enjoy beaches, bird watching, and enjoy the architecture, although the cape did not become popular until the eighteenth century and even now only boasts a population of just under four thousand people.

Not only is Cape May known for its beauty, beaches and architecture, it is also considered one of the most haunted towns in the State of New Jersey.  There are over one hundred known, reported individual hauntings that occur- usually on a daily basis.  Certain buildings, areas and structure are more prone to the paranormal activity than others, but visitors don’t have to look hard to stumble across something they can’t explain.

One of the most haunted areas on Cape May is the Emlen Physicks Estate.  The home is now a museum, enticing guests to take a step back in time and see what it was like to live in the late 1800s.  The Victorian house museum was built in 1879 for Dr. Emlen Physick and many of the original furnishings can be seen throughout the house.  Before it was a museum it was rented out, although no one would stay for more than a few days.  Reports continue to surface that people in the house hear unidentifiable footsteps, shadows and cold spots.

A maid described petting a dog and later asking the renter about their pet, only to find out the renter did not have a dog.  She thought nothing of it until stumbling across pictures of the original owners, and spotting the same dog in the ancient photos.  Music, voices and sounds have been captured on EVP machines, including walking and talking as invisible spirits seem to linger and enjoy the home, even after death.  There have even been reports of furniture being moved when the house was locked up and vacant.

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(images: visit_cape_may/flickr)

Another haunted destination at Cape May is the Inn of Cape May.  Here, guests have reported hearing children calling out in the hallway and the sounds of laughter, foot steps, and balls bouncing.  Often running down the stairs is reported, although when someone goes to scold the children for being so loud, the steps disappear and no children can be found.  Talking is heard and orbs are spotted.  Often, there are photo disturbances that people don’t notice until they have left the house and are reviewing their pictures.

A final destination on the tour of haunted Cape May is the Hotel Macomber.  The former owner of the hotel killed herself and her dog.  She is often seen roaming the hotel with the dog, who barks and even allows some guests to pet him.  In Room ten there is a woman referred to as “the trunk lady”.  The old woman appears on the bed and has even been known to rearrange rooms or make herself known to other guests.

Megan Borchert
Megan Borchert
Lover of all things unusual, Megan is a staff attorney for the state of South Dakota. When she's not stuffed in an office writing case synopses, you can find her at home with her army of Schnauzers, snuggled up with some strong wine and a good book.

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