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White Hill Mansion Paranormal Investigation

I have a confession to make. I was reluctant to share the information, but it is October and ghost hunting is becoming more prevalent in my blog postings so I must come clean. I am married to a paranormal investigator. Yes, folks, “The Truth Is Out There”, and in my home, that is what we are seeking. I know what you must be thinking: what is it like to live a life full of strange occurrences, cryptids, and “what-ifs”? Let me tell you. It’s not boring. Our “how was work today” conversations do not follow the usual dinnertime debrief but they are not outlandish or full of salacious stories that are made for television, either.

Believe it or not, our conversations are not about if ghosts are real. They are about what can be proven and what cannot. We talk about science, physics, plumbing, and faulty HVAC units. We spend more time debunking than we do anything else. Trust me, we have to rely on a lot on in-depth research to do so but sometimes the facts don’t add up. Sometimes you are left with an occurrence that you cannot explain. It’s when we can’t explain it, that gets us both excited. After all, the true definition of paranormal is an occurrence that cannot be explained by the fact, which is very little, but it is why we continue to do ghost hunts together much to the eye-roll of our teenage sons.

The Story Of White Hill Mansion

Our next adventure will be the White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro, New Jersey. The White Hill Mansion has over 300 years of tumultuous history. Located on 600 acres, it had transformed from a family home to a speakeasy, a bordello, a restaurant, and now a historical landmark. Robert Field erected the White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro, New Jersey, in 1722, which is now a museum. The historical property is believed to be one of the most haunted in the country, and there are several paranormal stories about it, including those from ghost hunters who have entered the home and gathered proof.

History states that Field was a prominent trader and a supporter of the American Revolution. During his time within the home, he inexplicably drowned in the Delaware River in 1775. In the aftermath of Field's death, his young wife Mary was left in charge of the household, where she also looked after their three young children. It was during that time that the Revolutionary War stormed through the homestead.

During the conflict, the mansion was visited by military commanders from both the Hessian and Colonial armies. These individuals included naval captain and Commodore John Barry, who was appointed by George Washington and later known as the "Father of the United States Navy," and Hessian commander Colonel Carl von Donop, who was stationed in Bordentown but was killed by colonial militia at the Battle of Red Bank in Gloucester County and was subsequently buried at Bordentown Cemetery.

Mr Fields Life

Mrs. Field was accused of being a rebel supporter during the Revolutionary War by her loyalist neighbors when she dined with American navy Captain Tom Houston and his officers during the war's first year. Up until this point, Mrs. Field had been spared the scrutiny of the community by appearing non-political. Soon after, the British attacked her home in search of concealed soldiers and took her hostage. At the end of the year 1777, General Washington directed Colonial Captain Thomas Read and Captain John Barry to dock the American ships at White Hill. Following her marriage to Commodore Thomas Read in 1779, Mrs. Field continued to reside in White Hill Mansion until her death there in 1788.

The house has remained a private dwelling throughout the years, despite hosting a United States Senator, businessmen, and rum smugglers. Heinrich and Katrina Glenk purchased the property in 1923 and transformed it into Glenk's Mansion House Restaurant. The restaurant continued to serve New Jersey's upper-class for the following 50 years, but it wasn't without its share of bizarre encounters along the way.

In 1999, the property had fallen into chaos, and there were rumblings of it being abolished. By 2012, the property had been saved by members of the local community who were concerned about its preservation. Between 2011 and 2013, Richard Veit and students from Monmouth University conducted two archaeological investigations, during which they unearthed more than 30,000 artifacts and numerous building foundations, in addition to the ruins of many buildings that were previously unknown.

During one of the excavations, an underground passageway with stone walls more than 50 feet long was uncovered with stone walls. The door to the building had been locked. In order to make deliveries of commodities more inconspicuous, the tunnel connected the basement to a river dock. It was listed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Interesting history, right? It’s the perfect place for a paranormal investigation. Visitors report encounters with a faceless "shadow man" who is claimed to linger near the basement, occasionally sneaking up to startled tourists before disappearing into the darkness Disembodied voices is the most often reported occurrences, with many researchers thinking that the ghostly talk may be coming from the deceased Mr. Glenk himself, whose voice has been heard originating from the attic space.

Some of the other strange things that have happened during paranormal investigations within the building include the phantom sounds of children playing in the nursery and the sound of light footsteps making their way up and down the stairs late at night. EVP sessions conducted during paranormal investigations have documented a spirit who has identified herself as a former servant is there. It is said that she appears to be quite a chatty ghost who likes engaging with guests.

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