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We love all things spoopy and are here to bring you entertaining and informative content. You’ll not only find stories about abandoned NJ locations but about haunted tales, oddities and all things related. We are a group who come from NJ, hence the name, but we do venture our content outside our state to keep things interesting for everyone. For this Halloween season we are currently featuring a list of NJ attractions that offer amazing haunts, check out our top 5 list that we’ve put together from our own experiences. Also check out our overall top 10 lists of haunts around the States! Our blog features exciting stories from individuals who have visited abandoned/haunted places as well as their history, spoopy events and much more. If you have a story to tell or something interesting to share, visit our contact page and label your message “Feature”. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for updates and merchandise discounts. We are currently featuring our October Merch that have customizable options and make for great gifts!

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Eastern State Penitentiary

“Terror Behind the Walls has been suspended for 2020 due to COVID-19. But don’t cancel your fall visit to Eastern State Penitentiary yet! We’ve got something special in store. Experience our dark, abandoned cell blocks in a new, intimate way this fall with small-scale Night Tours.”

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Brighton Asylum

"Shut down in 1952 due to staff and patient disappearances, as well as intolerable living conditions. Brighton Asylum is a massive walk-through dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, horror movie style scares, and Hollywood quality special effects."

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Odd Fellows Lodge, Ringoes NJ

Odd Fellows, also known as Odd Fellowship, is an international fraternity. The first record of this organization was in London during the 1730s. Eventually, this organization spread overseas and the first recorded fraternity in the United States was in 1819.

This organization is founded upon the beliefs of universal brotherhood and stresses three important principals, friendship, love, and truth. They welcome all people regardless of religion, gender, race, and sexual orientation.

The name “odd” in Odd Fellows was used because at the time this fraternity was created it was deemed to be “odd” to want to commit oneself to these principals. Some principals included charity and communal healthcare.

What is even odder than just the name was that in the past the police had been called to investigate multiple skeletons discovered in Odd Fellows lodges. In 2001 the LA Times reported there was a discovery of skeletons that then sparked police investigations across the county in Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

An Odd Fellow from NY had revealed that skeletons were a symbol of mortality and order also you are not shown them until you are initiated. Another member who was talking to the LA Times remained quiet on the subject till he said it’s “a ceremony that is confined to the members, and if you’re not a member, you don’t discuss it.”

The lodge that we are specifically talking about here is the one that is in Ringoes NJ, it was open on Jan 20, 1848, and it had 86 members. The lodge officially closed on Oct 25, 1977, and the members transferred to another nearby lodge.

This is not the only lodge in NJ they’re multiple lodges in the state and more information can be found on their website.

Fish Factory

Forgotten amidst the eerie stillness of the bay, the notorious abandoned fish factory harkens back to the early days of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Located on Crab Island, one of the seven islands that make up the Great Bay, the factory sticks out like a sore thumb, surrounded by stretches of protected wetlands. Even from a distance, the smell is unmistakable, giving rise to its nickname, “The Stinkhouse,” coined by the local residents and fishermen. The origins of the old fish factory, however, are still being debated today. Some claim it has existed as far back as 1846 while others argue it was built sometime around 1902. Regardless, the history of this decaying eyesore is quite fascinating, and, fortunately for us, many older folks continue to share their memories of the factory’s glory days

Those who grew up in the area in the first half of the 20th century can often recall the activity that occurred on Crab Island. According to Hayes Parker, a resident of Mystic Island, the plant was temporarily shut down during WW1. Other recollections confirmed this, as one man described when he saw the lifeless bodies of horses waiting to be incinerated on the docks. Leftover residue from the garbage that was processed through the factory was also dumped into the bay. Unsurprisingly, these disturbing actions lead to the decrease in wildlife populations, and according to a 1922 environmental report, the factory was forced to stop dumping harmful waste.

The property experienced numerous ownership transfers and name changes throughout its operation, although for most of its existence it was known simply as “The Fish Products Company.” From 1910 to 1926, the island was owned by a fertilizer business. Because the fish were considered too oily and bony for consumption, they were instead processed through the plant and sold as compost. Shortly after the environmental report was made, however, the factory went bankrupt and in 1935 it was purchased for $5,771.04 by J. Howard Smith. In the time that he owned the property, he replaced many of the old buildings with new ones, repairing much of what had been neglected during the war. In 1944, the factory was finally reopened and the workers returned, who lived on the island for a period of time before the fishing season ended every November.

The men who worked at the fish factory slept in bunkers, waking early in the morning and working twelve hour shifts during the day. The boats, which were operated by the Menhaden Fleet, were made from wood until around 1950 when they were replaced with steel. Altogether there were six boats: the Barnegat, the Beach Haven, the Seagerth, the Texas, the Manasquan, and the Palm Beach. Each day the workers would set out in these boats and use enormous nets, most of which were ninety feet wide and nine-hundred feet long, to catch the fish and haul them back to the factory to be processed. In the early 1970s, the factory eventually closed down after its activity had peaked, where as many as one hundred employees had worked. Overfishing had significantly reduced the amount of production, and so in 1974 it was bought by the New Jersey Department of Environmental protection.

Despite its long-lasting untouched state, the fish factory remains an iconic piece of Little Egg Harbor’s history. Its distant silhouette continues to haunt the open landscape of the Great Bay area, and it leaves us to question its uncertain future. Will the factory simply rot away with time, or will it be destroyed and reclaimed back into tidal marsh? Whatever happens, one thing is certain: that place gives us the creeps.

Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital

This is a recently abandoned hospital that was shut down in 2011, but has history dating back to 1907 when the first sanitorium was opened in Glen Gardner. It was able to treat about 500 tuberculosis patients, and between 1907 and 1929 more than 10,000 people were treated there. At first they only took the patients that were deemed curable, in 1920 they took all cases no matter the severity. In 1950 the broaden to all chest diseases when a new TB treatment came out. Then in 1970 the hospital shut down, and a few years later in 1977 a new gero-psychiatric hospital was built next to the abandoned hospital. This new hospital was named after Senator G W Hagedorn. It was a state nursing home that had 288 beds, but in 2011 it was shut down by Chris Christie to save 9 million dollars.

The Closure caused a lot of controversy because they had to figure out where to put all of the patients that were in Hagedorn either in nirong homes or one of the other three state psychiatric hospitals. They determined some of the patients clinically ready to leave the housing, but putting these patients into the other homes might have stretched them too thin. All in all Hagedorn is still abandoned today, but here are some things that you should know before going.

It sits on a road named Sanatorium Road, and it is considered to be state-owned land and you can be charged with trespassing if caught. If you drive up Sanatorium Road past the two entrances to the state-operated veteran facility you can get a good look at the back of the original sanatorium buildings.