Mays Landing ghosts permanent guests at the Abbott House?
Nestled in the corner of Mays Landing on Main Street stands an old Victorian home that looks like something out of an old horror film. Most know it as the “Abbott House.” During its 150 years as a bed and breakfast, the house has been a temporary home to many residents, but not all of its guests have checked out.
According to a local legend, a young girl inhabits the top floor of the inn, and guests have reported hearing the sounds of a ball bouncing in the upper floor.
Dave Juliano, a member of the South Jersey Ghost Research (SJGR) group, says his team received a call from the owner in 2002, after she had experienced unexplained activity in the home. A few weeks after receiving the call, the team set up camp in an upstairs bedroom. What they found in their investigation shed light on the local legend.
“We did encounter the little girl,” says Juliano. “And we did hear the sound similar to a ball bouncing.” Juliano says the team did not know about the details of the haunting prior to their visit, in order to keep the investigation from being tainted by previous knowledge.
According to the report from the investigation, four electronic voice phenomena (EVP) appeared on tape, as well as 28 events on video and 46 positive images on film.
As Juliano explains, EVPs are voices that were not heard at the time of the recording, but were imprinted onto the recording by an unknown process. Ghost researchers believe these sounds are the voices of ghosts.
Juliano says the events captured on the infrared video camera included moving balls of light that were not visible to the naked eye, while the digital camera also picked up these balls of light (orbs). They appear later using infrared cameras, which are able to see light rays outside of the human visible spectrum.
The SJGR team does not know whom this ghost spirit belongs to, and Atlantic City Weekly was unable to find any record of a death in the house in the public records.
“[But death] isn’t necessary to have a haunted house,” says Juliano. “People can decide to return to their homes, favorite places, a place of comfort, etc. The spirit could also be attached to the land or a nearby property.”
The Abbott House, built in the 1860s by lawyer Joseph E.P. Abbott and his wife Adeline, is located in the older section of Mays Landing and much history surrounds it.
The house sits on Main Street, two doors down from the Boakes Funeral Home and diagonally across from the First United Methodist Church cemetery.
What makes the story even more eerie, when Atlantic City Weekly tried to contact the owner for questioning, she was nowhere to be found. The phone at the Abbott House went unanswered, and the voice mailbox was full, preventing the ability to leave a message. According to real-estate records, the house is not on the market, and the local police department had no information regarding the owner or the house.
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With large modern buildings and flashy lights, Atlantic City doesn’t seem to have the overall needed ingredients for a good haunting. However, some visitors of Atlantic City’s first legalized gaming venue, Resorts Casino Hotel, would tend to say otherwise.
Staff members of a little town in Cape May have reported several paranormal events that have left their hair standing on end. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the town is called Cold Springs.
If you’re looking for a frightfully good time this weekend, there are plenty of Halloween themed events going on right now, plus many more taking place later this month.
If you want to see real ghost hunters in action, join the Ghost-One Paranormal Research Group on the night of Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7-10pm, to investigate the most supernaturally active buildings at Historic Cold Spring Village.
This article is the first of four to be published this month on ‘haunted houses’ and ghosts in the Atlantic City region, written by Amanda Hopkins.
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With Halloween coming up, it felt like the perfect time to compile a list of my favorite scary movies. I’m an old school fan who prefers suspense to shock, and the bravery of ordinary people in supernatural situations. And, as you’ll notice from the list, I’m a sucker for a good haunted house tale.
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