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     The May 2017 issue of Weird New Jersey featured an article concerning Witches' Hollow Road and cemetery that captured the interest of Joel Mindas, one of our SCOPE NJ investigators. As a result, Joel thought it might be a good idea to actually check the place out and ascertain whether it would be a good location for a future SCOPE NJ investigation.
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     The Witches' Hollow is located between Roosevelt Township and Millstone Township. Joel reported back his findings from his May 6, 2017 adventure into the eerie woods and adjoining cemetery. Below, in his own words, is his commentary.

     "What I found surprised me. The cemetery is surrounded by woods and farmland along with scattered million-dollar mansions belonging to people who obviously want to be alone. There is a single road access to the cemetery (Eleanor Lane) which traverses a park and hiking trails. This road dead-ends and loops around the small cemetery, which despite my best research efforts, remains nameless. There is approximately 30 tombstones there, but no buildings at all, either administrative or maintenance-related. I did not notice any old grave markers as most of the tombstones seem recent, marking burials from the late 1970's until the 2000's. So, this is no long-forgotten cemetery with centuries-old burials and markers; it is not overgrown and unkempt and certainly not frightening (at least not during mid-day). It is a well-maintained cemetery of which most of the interred are Jewish. It is isolated and very peaceful with no city-type noise distractions. There are no signs stating hours of operation, no gates to keep you out, and no "No Trespassing" signs to be found anywhere."
      "Witches Hollow Road is another story entirely. According to Weird New Jersey magazine, before Witches' Hollow Road was there, a coven of witches were present in the woods at this location. They were practicing Wicca or "white magic" (circa late 1800's). One of the witches was hungry for more power and took up the dark arts after her husband died. She had tried to kill other witches in the coven in exchange for more power. Some died, and others got very ill. The remaining witches found out about her deception and led her into the woods where they hanged her!"
     "Now, supposedly the area has been befouled with many bad incidents over the course of many years, so bad that two neighboring townships had Witches' Hollow Road dug up for a length of almost a mile to halt the road from being a connector between the two towns. This portion of destroyed roadway was left to revert back to a natural state as it remains until today."
     "It is said that the witch that was hanged still haunts this area of forest and is willing to hurt any who disturb her. I have a greater fear. This area borders on the much larger Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. While I was walking a good length down Witches' Hollow road, I saw an impressively large pile of poop on the path. It wasn't what you'd expect from a deer or rabbits! I was concerned with either bears or coyotes--neither of which I desired meeting. Although my walk was peaceful, I found myself looking over my shoulder often with the feeling that I was being followed or watched. Nothing out of the ordinary happened, but I did realize that if something did happen to me here, I probably would never be found."
     "Witches' Hollow Road begins as a side road off of Agress Road and winds through a small residential area with two main developments. Passing these, it continues down into a wooded area with a few remaining houses, and terminates in a small parking area for access to some hiking trails. It is here that Witches Hollow Road becomes a path in the woods and meanders for about three-fourths of a mile in complete wilderness until it exits out on Oscar Drive in Roosevelt Township."
      
     
Photo by Joel Mindas
Photo by Joel Mindas
Photo by Joel Mindas
Photo by Joel Mindas
Photo by Joel Mindas
Photo by Joel Mindas
Photo by Joel Mindas
Photo Courtesy of Bing Images
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Photo by Joel Mindas
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Many thanks to Joel for this fascinating narrative of a hauntingly mysterious place in New Jersey. For more information, click on the witch below for a special link to Witches Hollow Road.
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