“I’ve seen enough!” is what Jeff Huber yelled to me after we both saw the shadow of a floating head in one of the upstairs windows of the old Spy House in Port Monmouth, New Jersey, last night. We had only stayed twenty minutes, and although we had not gone inside, we wanted to get out of there.
The Spy House is one of the more legendary attractions in New Jersey, known for it’s ghosts and paranormal activity. But it has since been acquired by new ownership, and renamed “Bayshore Waterfront Park”. It’s lame, I know. Want to know what’s worse? How about when it re-opens, the people working inside are not allowed to mention ghosts. Along with no mention of the entities who have made the place their eternal home, there also will be no mention of spies in any tour given from now on. This has led us to believe that maybe someone was injured by a ghost in the past. With a house that has so much potential money to make, and more notoriety to earn, there would be no other reason to not mention ghosts, unless you were trying to bury the legends. There are so many spirits at the house, dating back to when it was used as a station by a pirate, who psychic Jane Doherty claimed still resides there. There are also countless figures from the American Revolution there, as it was used to spy on the British while used as a tavern.
So there we were. It was such a spur of the moment thing. He called, we went, and we left in a hurry! The perimeter was surprisingly not fenced in, so we got pretty close to the house, but not within an arm’s length. We snapped shots of every inch of the house, especially aiming for the windows, hoping we would catch something. At three separate occasions, Jeff noticed a shadow walking by a top window (pictured middle, below):
It was when he turned away to go to another area did I see the same shadow move too. This was the side of the house not facing the road, so it was not a reflection of any passing cars, but an actual shadow. Ten minutes later, however, we would both see something that made us want to get out of there as fast as we could. We were standing in the back of the house, and at the exact same time, we both looked to each other and said, “Something does not want us here.” In those exact words.
Jeff is as close to a veteran as one can get with dealing with this kind of activity, and he says he felt something that he never felt before. It was like an evil emanating from the house. Something indeed did not want us there. So were turned and went around to the side to take some final pictures, when we saw the shocker of a lifetime.
In the window (middle floor, all the way to the left, on another section of the house) we saw the shadow of a head looking right at us. It is not in the picture below, because that was taken at a different time by me, but Jeff has it on his camera, and we are hoping to get it uploaded soon. However, when looking at the view box on his camera after the shot, the shape of the head looks more like a square, which was really strange.
We will be returning there in the next few days, as we feel that short twenty-minute bursts would be better than one visit of a few hours. Our cameras will be rolling again, hoping that we can capture more of the spirit world. Until then, I have added a paranormal category to this site’s side-bar, because a lot more of these will be on there way in the next few weeks.
As a side note, after getting home and reviewing the pictures, I noticed something strange in the photo. It caught my eye immediately. Because the power of suggestion is really strong, and could sway someone into thinking they see something that is not really there, I will not point it out. But do you see anything strange in this photo?
UPDATE (February, 2014): Check out our paranormal investigation of the Spy House as part of a lecture Greg gave there in February of 2014, by clicking here. There are videos on the episode listing as well as pictures and historical documents relating to this location. There are also additional articles on this blog in the Paranormal File.
UPDATE II (August 2014): Since writing this article, I have learned so much more about the Spy House, like a lot of the legends mentioned here not being true. While you can read all about them on the Internet, research I conducted for a recent article says otherwise. I have not removed this article only because we really did experience these instances of paranormal activity that night and because it shows how strong the myths are about this location.