It’s baaaaaaack! We had a blood-curdling blast at Clinton Red Mill’s Haunted Mill last year, which brought droves of Halloween thrill seekers to this historic (and allegedly truly haunted) site along the South Branch of the Raritan. Fear and dread waited around each bend and lurked in every dark recess. Our cringing publisher screamed herself hoarse, and I had to practically carry our weak-kneed photographer through parts of the venue, which never let up.
This year’s theme is RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! And believe me, they mean it. The Red Mill Haunted Village has been providing scares to tri-state residents for 28 years, and is one of the popular haunted attractions in Hunterdon County.
46 Acres of
Historic Oldwick Farm Preserved
In the ebbing daylight of autumn or the early sunrise of spring, New Jersey’s lime burners stood their lonely vigils, stoking the hot coals and “burning the white marble”– limestone. A slave to the flames, they kept the fires burning continuously for days, stooping into the “eye of the kiln” and laboring before the white glow in the dark of midnight... Read More
As autumn fades to winter, people often entertain themselves with stories about ghosts and apparitions. One of the most famous ghost stories of the area – a tale about the Headless Hessian of the Great Swamp – has been told since the time of the Revolutionary War, and it may actually be the inspiration for one of the most famous ghost stories ever told. Read More
Bluebird Farm Alpacas You’re going to Smile
The Headless Hessian
Article and photos (except as noted)
by Gordon Thomas Ward
John Weisgerber and Elizabeth Geddes are the owners of The Gemini Company, originally based in Brooklyn, they now operate in Mendham, NJ and produce one-of-a kind curios featured in TV and film and sold to individual collectors.
A Curious Halloween features shrunken heads, Feejee mermaids and hand-colored lithographs by Louis Van Houte and Jane Loudon. You are invited to come and see this remarkable combination at the Gallery Reception Saturday October 6th, 5-7pm at Harmony Brookside, 2 East Main Street, Brookside NJ 07926 (next to the old Brookside Post Office). The exhibit runs from 3rd to 31st October during store hours: 10am – 4pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and 10am-6pm Thursday.
Red Mill Haunted Village
Run For Your Life!
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Stories of spirits and hauntings at the Gladstone Tavern have been told and re-told for decades by guests and employees of the former restaurants that occupied the building. But when we went on a paranormal investigation of the tavern in 2006, our research uncovered a possible family connection to a local ghost story that has haunted us ever since.
A small army of volunteers work tirelessly to transform the historic mill and buildings into 10-acres of horror-filled frights and the result is a scare-fest that will exceed your most terrifying expectations. The Haunted Mill runs October 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Brand new for this year are special behind-the-scenes “Lights On” tours which will be held Thursdays October 18 and 25. For tickets and more information, visit redmillhauntedvillage.org
A New Album
by Singer/Song Writer
Gordon Thomas Ward
Review By C.G. Wolfe
There’s something about alpacas that make you giggle. With their long necks, Lyle Lovett hair-dos, and perpetual grins, these gentle, humming, Dr. Seuss-like creatures just make you feel kind of silly inside. Humorous, good-natured, and full of personality, alpacas are the ideal farm animal to share with the public...
Scenes from last year's Red Mill Haunted Village (Photos by Susan Pedersen)
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More than 46 acres of the historic Craigmar Farm, in the same family since before the American Revolution, has been permanently preserved through a partnership between New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the State Agriculture Development Committee, Hunterdon County and Tewksbury Township.... Read More
ON THE FARM
A Curious Halloween
at Harmony Brookside
Photos Courtesy of Harmony Brookside
Everyone is Invited to the Pumpkin Teal Party
at The Willow School
A Haunting Experience
Two key grants, which will further propel the nonprofit organization’s plan to reassemble a Voorhees Dutch Barn – a rare and important example of early Dutch agricultural architecture...
Harmony Brookside is thrilled to be presenting “A Curious Halloween” in their gallery for the month of October. A surprising combination of 17th and 19th Century original botanical prints combine with handmade limited edition oddities to create a challenging and stimulating exhibit. The owners, Sally Harris and Ella Slayne, are always excited to work with local artists, and this exhibit provided the perfect opportunity.
Krieg Antique Prints is owned by a local husband and wife team, Richard and Joyce Krieg. They have specialized in antique prints for thirty five years, resulting in an extensive collection and an in depth knowledge of this genre.
Forget the candy, celebrate a food allergy-friendly Halloween at The Willow School’s Second Annual Teal Pumpkin Party, featuring trick-or-treating for treasures, pumpkin painting, slime making, scarecrow decorating, potion making, spooky story time, and other crafts and games …
Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House Receive State, Couny Grants for Dutch Barn Project
Storyteller, Gordon Thomas Ward, has returned from the studio with another gorgeously produced album, Providence, once again showcasing his multi-stringed artistry and poetic, folk lyricism. In the true vein of the Celtic bards, high lonesome Appalachian pickers, and American balladeers, Ward weaves a tapestry of emotions and poignant visualizations...