HPI: Spy House, New Jersey
By Paul Dale Roberts, HPI's Esoteric Detective
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When Deanna Jaxine Stinson and I, went to Spy House in New Jersey, Deanna immediately felt the presence of many spirits. But before I get into that, let's talk a bit about Spy House. They say that Spy House aka Seabrook-Wilson Homestead is one of the most haunted buildings in America. It's a plain white building that looks beaten by the wind due to the nearby shore of the Sandy Hook Bay in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.
This old house dates back far into history. Let's say around 1650 and sat on 300 acres of land. During the Revolutionary War it served as a tavern. It was a popular hangout for British troops that were looking to get a bit tipsy. At the time the owner Thomas Seabrook was a patriot in the New Jersey Militia. Legend has it that owner Seabrook would get the Redcoats drunk and pull information from them in their stupor state of mind. Because of this legend, the Seabrook-Wilson Homestead became known as Spy House. This house became a tavern and later became an inn. It was an inn all the way into the 1970s. This inn had a couple of names, like The Bayside Manor and the Lighthouse Inn.
Due to the historical aspects of this old building, there is a lot of residual haunting activity happening here and lots of intelligent haunting activity also happening here. Melanie Batista from New Orleans visiting this old building saw a team of Redcoats marching to the building. Her first thought that these were actors. Melanie's husband tells her..."we're just in time for a show!" Melanie and her husband were shocked to see the Redcoats fade away into nothingness. Melanie and her husband just realized that they just saw a unit of Redcoat soldiers that were actually ghosts.
Back to more historical facts about this building. In the 19th century this building had new owners. Reverend William V. Wilson and his wife Martha. That is where the name “Wilson” becomes part of the name of this old house. This historical building is now a museum and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. A former curator named Gertrude Neidlinger was known to give public tours of this old building. She was known to embellish her stories about this house. She would talk about ghosts, espionage, murders, etc. It is believed that Gertrude’s stories is what kept this old house alive and preserved for future generations.
Deanna Jaxine Stinson, a psychic medium was able to point out an area of the house where she felt a ghost was at. I conducted an EVP session and captured a hoarse male voice saying words that sounded like: “stupid beard splitter!” Well, that is what it sounded like to me, what it means…who knows?
There are many ghost hunting groups in the New Jersey area that have investigated this old house. Many of these groups claim that they captured evidence. One group that wants to remain anonymous says that on their FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) they captured a large mass walking towards them and when it got close enough, they felt nothing but icy cold air. Deanna also felt a tugging on her shirt and looked down and could make out a little boy. The area where Deanna was seeing the little boy, I could feel a cold spot.
Spy House will always be an attraction for the curious and for people that seek out the supernatural.
HPI: Spy House, New Jersey