One of the most haunted locations in New Jersey is a home that is nearly 300 years old. The White Hill Mansion has served as a family home, bordello, speakeasy, restaurant, and office building throughout the course of its existence. The spirits that still lurk in the shadows are eager to share three centuries worth of secrets and it doesn’t take much effort to get them to speak! As featured on Paranormal Lockdown, the haunting of White Hill Mansion is known as one of the most active locations in the Northeast!
Robert Field II inherited White Hill from his father in 1757. Robert was deeply involved in the Colonial Efforts leading up to the Revolutionary War and suddenly died under mysterious circumstances by drowning in the Delaware River in 1775. Mary, his wife, was left to run the property and raise three young children during the war. Her neighbors gladly sold her out as a rebel sympathizer leading the British to seize the property and use it as temporary quarters. The troops that occupied White Hill were the Hessian Army (the German troops hired by the British to assist in the war). One of the most common paranormal experiences is the German accented voice coming from the attic. Could it be one of the troops that made themselves at home during the Revolutionary War? Or perhaps its Heinrich Glenk who opened an upscale German restaurant with his wife at White Hill in 1923?
Many guests that visit White Hill talk about seeing a shadow figure that lurks around the basement. The figure creeps up next to people and then slinks back into the darkness. He has no respect for personal space. Others report disembodied voices, the sounds of children playing, footsteps up and down the stairs, EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) captured of a talkative woman who claims to be a former servant, a full-bodied apparition of a woman that many believe to be Mary Field watching sternly over the house, lights turning on and off of their own volition, objects being moved and hidden, a spirit that tugs on people’s clothing, a lighthearted prankster that enjoys toying with guests—the White Hill Mansion is a paranormal enthusiasts’ dream!
Over the centuries, White Hill Mansion has served as a family home, housed rum smugglers during prohibition, served as a bordello and speakeasy, a restaurant for over 50 years, an office building and now as a beacon of history full of secrets. During the restoration of White Hill, they conducted two archaeological digs that uncovered 30,000 artifacts leading to the speculation that the property itself was built on an ancient Native American settlement. With all of the history, it’s no wonder that White Hill is one of the most haunted houses in New Jersey.
The only question that remains—will you be brave enough to encounter the shadow man!?!?
In 1722, Robert Field acquired White Hill and began construction of a home on the property. His son, aptly named Robert Field, inherited the property in 1757 where he lived with his wife and three small children before mysteriously drowning in the Delaware River on January 29, 1775. His wife, Mary, was left to run the 600 acres and raise their children during the tumultuous Revolutionary War.
Several of her neighbors were British sympathizers who jumped at the opportunity to curry favor with the Brits by reporting Mary as a colonialist. The rumors were supported by evidence of Captain Houston of the American Navy docking at White Hill and having dinner with Mary and her family. Of course, her support of the colonials led to the British Army seizing her home and searching the property for rebels in December of 1776. Captain Wrenden of the Hessian army (the German troops hired by the British during the Revolutionary War) decided to use White Hill as his temporary quarters and during his stay the Hessian Colonel Carl von Donop paid Mary a visit. Her hospitality, albeit forced upon her, helped to preserve White Hill throughout the duration of the war.
After the war, in 1779, Mary remarried Commodore Thomas Read who named White Hill his County Seat. The two lived happily together until his death at White Hill in 1788. Mary, widowed twice, remained in charge of the property until she signed it over to her son in 1797. Robert III’s ownership of the estate was short lived as he lost White Hill in 1804. His wife, Abigail nee Stockton, had a caring brother that wanted to preserve his family’s reputation. In doing so, he purchased White Hill and allowed Robert and Abigail to continue to live on the property.
Throughout the 19th century, White Hill had several owners. David Bruce, an inventor, created a typesetting machine in 1832 while living on the estate. Senator Isaac Field then purchased White Hill in 1847. Another inventor, Joseph Mayer, purchased the home in 1885 and developed several pottery techniques while living on the property. Several families lived, loved and died at White Hill but the 20th century would prove to attract even more people to the home.
In 1923, Heinrich and Katrina Glenk opened a German Restaurant at White Hill that catered to upscale clientele. They would remain for fifty years serving the people of the Borough of Fieldsboro before another family purchased the home. In 1991, the Stepan Company acquired White Hill but in 1999 they planned to demolish it. The Borough, in an effort to preserve history, bought White Hill and began the renovation process.
For well over 200 years, White Hill has been the home to doctors, inventors, entrepreneurs, Senators, and rum smugglers during the days of prohibition. A family home, a bordello, a speakeasy, a restaurant…the stories that White Hill Mansion can tell are secretly hiding within its walls. The only way to hear them is to visit White Hill and listen for yourself!
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