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Movies, Myths & Legends

Movies- Warren County

FRIDAY THE 13TH

Blairstown is a small town West of Newton, NJ, located in the Northwestern corner of the state, close to the Pennsylvania border. Sean Cunningham chose this location because it provided the perfect small town setting for the events of the fictional "Camp Crystal Lake" to take place.
 

OPENING SCENE

 The first shot of the movie after the opening sequence shows Annie crossing a small bridge as she walks into town. There have been some alterations to the bridge, but the basic structure is the same OP

OLD MILL

 As Annie approaches the main street, she heads towards the Old Mill, which has an arched walkway underneath it. The archways can be seen at the building middle left, on the street corner.
 

 Cork's Candle, Bath & Body - (26 Main St, Blairstown, NJ) The white building with the balcony is where the the store was where Annie went in to ask for directions to Camp Crystal Lake.
Note: All of the actual inside shots were filmed at a different location at Hartung's store in Hope, NJ. 

Blairstown Diner - (186 State Route 94, Blairstown, NJ) This is the diner that Steve Christy spends all evening at while his counselors get slaughtered. The diner continues to be open for business, and is happy for a visit from Friday the 13th fans. 

This is the fictional Camp Crystal Lake sign.  The real one that stands today is for Camp NoBeBoSco. 

This was the main building used by the counselors, the Van Dusen cabin. It has the fireplace and the kitchen, this is where they played Strip Monopoly, and also where Alice barricaded herself in after finding the bodies.  

The archery range is still in place, although it appears that several trees have been cleared away to make more room. The basic structure of the area has not changed, however.  

This is another recognizable shot of when Mrs. Voorhees is watching the counselors swimming. You can see that the watchtower that was white is now painted brown, and the dock is stored on land while it is not in use. The brown building further back is where Ned thought he saw someone and went to inspect a noise...  

Myths and Legends- Warren County

Shades of Death Road

Many legends are associated with Shades of Death Road, which winds alongside Jenny Jump State Forest up to Allamuchy in Warren County. One of the more famous street names in New Jersey roadside culture, this road runs along an old haunted lake bed which occasionally has pillars of mist rising from the top of the water. 

Paulinskill Viaduct

When first constructed in 1908, the Paulinskill Viaduct was considered to be one of the “wonders of the world.” For a brief period of time the reinforced concrete arched bridge was the largest structure of its kind in the entire world (until a more massive one was built in Pennsylvania). Built by the Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western Railroad, the seven arch span is an awesome 1,100 feet long, and towers 115 feet above the Paulinskill River. The train line went out of service in 1979, the railroad tracks were torn up in 1985 and the Viaduct was abandoned. Since then it has remained a true hidden treasure. 

Jenny Jump

LEGEND 1- Jenny was a nine-year-old girl who lived a long time ago. She lived in a small white house that was below a high cliff. One day she was playing on the cliff and picking berries when an Indian surprised her. She called to her father because she was very afraid. He called back "Jump, Jenny, jump." She always did what her father told her, so she jumped from the high rocky cliff to her death.

LEGEND 2- Long ago, a beautiful young lady named Jenny Lee lived with her aged father in a small log cottage near the foot of the mountain. Jenny loved Dr. Frank Landis who was the doctor in the village. She was engaged to marry him. 

The Murdered Maid of Centenary College

Located in Hackettstown New Jersey Centenary College was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1867. It was a prep school and women's college.  It didn't become a co-ed institution until 1988.


In 1886 the school was known as Centenary Collegiate Institute.  An 18 year old kitchen maid who boarded at the school, Tillie Smith, was found murdered in a field behind the school.


Aparantly on the day Tillie died, she had asked the Janitor James Titus if he would let her enter the building after the 10p.m. curfew.  She wanted to stay out late for a local theater performance.


When she tried to get in, he attempted to rape her and strangled her to death in the process.  He was convicted of the crime and served 17 years in prison.


The talk of the town was that of Tilles''s virtue, the locals contributed money to have a marble monument made in her honor.  The monument is enscripted with a simple epitaph: "She died in defense of her honor."


The ghost of Tillie is said to be seen throughout the campus, on numerous occasions.  The hot spot for sightings is the theater, Tille's favorite.  She is also known to pull pranks on people, openings doors, moving items, and turning on electronics.  Do you dare to meet her acquaintance?





Myths and Legends- Sussex County

Vernon Inn

Vernon Inn was built around 1833 by John Vandegriff, and it is rumored to be haunted. Witnesses say lights come on and off, doors open and close, and apparitions and shadows have been seen. Ghost investigators turned up many orbs in photographs as well as EVPs of a child’s voice. 

Yellow Frame Church

The Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church on Route 94 in Fredon is a quaint building. Founded in 1750, a log church was located near the Dark Moon Tavern on Dark Moon Road (which is now State Route 519) and was often referred to as the Dark Moon Church & Cemetery, according to the history on the church’s website.  It was about one and a half miles southeast of the present Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, built and dedicated in 1887.  Stories are told that the ghost of a former minister haunts the church. According to local folklore, the man died shortly after giving his first sermon. He was buried out in the churchyard, but his body was later exhumed and moved to the Johnsonburg Cemetery about two miles down the road.  Locals believe his spirit returns to haunt the church to show his displeasure in being moved.  

The Colby Mansion

The former Colby Mansion (now Tamaracks Country Villa bed-and-breakfast inn), was originally a turn-of-the-century stone farmhouse. In 1909 it was turned into a castle, and the Tamaracks Country Villa was born. Local teens tell the story of a rich man who lived here and was entangled in the occult. He murdered his family, and their ghosts are said to haunt the place. 

The Big Red Eye

Whether called Bigfoot or Big Red Eye, something has been wandering Sussex County’s swamps and woodlands for decades. An unidentified woods animal was reported in Wantage in the late 1970s. Barbara Sites, of Wantage, said she heard a sound like “a woman screaming while she was being killed” on her farm.  Sites walked around her barn to find six of the family’s pet rabbits dead or dying from fierce wounds.  Three nights later, Sites family members positioned themselves on their farmyard, armed with shotguns and rifles. Eventually, “the monster” arrived.  “At first all I saw were these two red eyes staring at me from over there,” said Sites’ husband, Richard, pointing at their chicken coop. The Sites family said they shot more than 30 rounds at “it” before the creature escaped through an apple orchard.  A few years later, the Sites home burned down and the family moved away. No one in the area is sure where they went, but the Checkur family around the corner from the property still talks about the 1977 “sighting.”  “He’s never far from your mind,” Charles Checkur said of “it” during an interview with the New Jersey Herald in 2010.  Big Red Eye has spawned several websites, many Facebook fans and was even the headliner in the “Festival of the Big Red Eye” held at Fireman Dan’s Lounge in Wantage in July, sponsored by Weird NJ.  

Myths and Legends- Hunterdon County

Union Hotel

Located in Flemingoton, NJ.  Built in 1878 during the Victorian Era, the Union Hotel, with its red brick façade, French-style mansard roof, and wide two story tall porch, has been a centerpiece of Flemington’s Main Street ever since its days as a stagecoach stop. In 1934 it stood witness to the media event that was dubbed the “trial of the century,” when Bruno Hauptmann was accused of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son and tried at the courthouse right across the street. The hotel’s 52 rooms became the base of operations for scores of world-renowned journalists, as well as a temporary home to the sequestered jurors. 

The Red Mill Inn

Located in Clinton, NJ.

“There were no safety latches or guards on the machinery,” he said. “There was no such thing as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). People could get hurt or killed on this job.”

Pearson, a town resident, said there are accounts — some proven and some passed on through stories — of how workers and residents of the mill property met their untimely deaths. A young girl, the daughter of one the mill’s owners, who died in the early 1900s at age 6 or 7, can sometimes be seen and heard on the property.

Myths and Legends- Passaic County New Jersey

Clinton Road

There are many reasons to visit Clinton Road; the scenic beauty of the forest, lake, and abundant wildlife; the historic sites of the Clinton Furnace and Cross Castle; and sometimes to just get the wits scared out of you.

This rugged ten mile stretch of deserted road is so rich in lore that it has been attracting late night visitors for generations.  The stories that these sightseeing sojourners have brought back with them of their adventures are sometimes harrowing, often terrifying, and almost always intriguing.  Many of these tales of midnight joyrides may seem unbelievable, while others leave one wondering just where truth ends, and an overactive imagination begins.

DEY MANSION

Dey (pronounced “dye”) Mansion, formerly known as Bloomsbury Manor, is an 18th-century building that served several times as George Washington’s Headquarters during the American Revolution. Witnesses say it is haunted by strange shadows and lights, and often visitors become frightened for no reason at all, especially in the conference room. 

Myths and Legends- Northhampton County Pennsylvania

Hanoverville Roadhouse

Located in Bethlehem, PA.

Constructed around 1825, the building that houses the Hanoverville Road House restaurant is believed to be haunted. The ghost of a boy around 8 to 10 years old has been seen here, wearing dark clothing. Strange noises, voices and footsteps also have been heard, and poltergeist pranks have been reported. The boy’s identity is unknown.

The Blackhorse Inn

Located in Northhampton, PA.

The building dates back to 1773. It was once Black Horse Inn, but is now a restaurant called Stemie’s Place. It’s said that in the old inn days (in 1927, to be exact), a mobster was shot in the hall near the restrooms. After a dramatic fall down the stairs, he hit his head and died at the bottom. His ghost is rumored to haunt the establishment.