How {Haunted} is Hoboken?

Long time residents of Hoboken have been known to swap stories of spirits lurking in old brownstone basements and closets. But the most famous of Hoboken’s ghost stories are detailed for you here. Depending on your penchant for the paranormal, you’ll either want to steer clear or stop by these creepy spots this Halloween season.

Arthur’s Tavern

arthursArthur’s Tavern is said to be haunted by 3 spirits. They’re known to roam the restaurant flickering lights on and off and opening doors. There’s particularly a lot of activity in the upstairs women’s bathroom. The most notable sightings include a clipboard flying off a desk and a woman’s hair being pulled.

 

The Brass Rail

brass rail
The ghosts that call The Brass Rail home were married in 1904. The bride tragically tripped at the top of the restaurant’s spiral staircase, broke her neck and died. The groom was so distraught that he hung himself in a small room near the top of the staircase. The bride and groom are said to appear in the restaurant mostly late at night when the staff is cleaning up.

 

Sybil’s Cave

Sybil's CaveSybil’s Cave was a popular rest spot for many in the 1800s. People used to stop for a drink at the natural spring with an ornate gate and entrance. In 1841, Mary Rogers, a young girl in her 20s, was found murdered near the cave. Months later, her bloodied clothes were found in Weehawken. Her boyfriend, Daniel Payne, was accused of the murder and soon after poisoned himself at the site. All the while, a young, unknown writer by the name of named Edgar Allan Poe was living in the area and following the murder investigation very closely. He later used this story as the basis for “The Mystery of Marie Roget.” The location was changed from Hoboken to Paris, but many other facts and details remained the same.

Have you ever had any supernatural experiences in Hoboken? Tell us about them in the comments!


Written by Cat Shaw

Cat is a New Jersey native and super proud of it. Her love of Hoboken becomes apparent when anyone from across the Hudson tries to degrade the beloved Mile Square. When not at her 9 to 5 travel industry gig, she can be found sweating it out in spin class, experimenting in the kitchen with her prized KitchenAid mixer, reading at Pier A, or—let’s be honest—devouring a Luca Brasi chicken parm sandwich while binge-watching Netflix.

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