With low interest rates, now may be a good time to consider buying that haunted house you’ve always dreamed about. Extroverts suffering from the isolation imposed by the pandemic might be able to find built-in companionship, guaranteed to be COVID-negative. For introverts, the allure of a candlelit property on a windswept moor may prove irresistible. Regardless of your personal motivation, discovering the haunted backstory of a property may provide the buyer with an edge during price negotiations. But how does one find such a property?Continue reading “Introvert’s How-to Guide to Buying Haunted Real Estate”
A turning point in the plot of Soul Search takes place in a pre-Revolutionary War Moravian cemetery located in Warren County New Jersey. Fia, the main character, must confront her fears and the dangers inherent in helping her first spirit pass on to the next life. The setting is defined by the entrance to this burial ground, an intricately fashioned, black wrought iron gate that bears the name of the cemetery. Right next door in Pennsylvania, another historic cemetery exists that recalls a different era. To enter this cemetery, one must pass through the formidable Gothic Revival Gatehouse replete with four turrets separated by a large central arch that is balanced on either side by smaller arches. More than anything else, the gates define these sites as liminal spaces, occupying a position on both sides of the disparate states of life and death. Continue reading “Introvert Through the Cemetery Gates”
But is it haunted? This is the question most people ask about the Roseberry House. Located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, this house stood as a silent witness during the birth pains of a new nation, as horses gave way to automobiles and when the first light bulb pushed back the night. If Frank Greenagel and the rest of the Phillipsburg Area Historical Society (PAHS) have anything to say about it, the Roseberry House will be standing strong and serving as a community hub when the OSIRIS-REx returns to Earth in 2023, laden with surface samples from the asteroid Bennu.
As a new member of PAHS, I was desperately curious about the Roseberry House and its history. After reading everything I could lay my hands on, I was surprised to discover how much is known and how deeply the roots of this structure penetrate into the historical fabric of Colonial era New Jersey. I was even more startled to learn that basic information about the origins of the Roseberry House remains shrouded in the mists of time. Continue reading “The Haunted Introvert”