A Contrast In Horror

Clinton Mill

On the June 11th episode of “Ghost Hunters” the team from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) will be visiting the Garden State. One of their stops will be The Red Mill in Clinton, New Jersey. This historic Hunterdon County landmark has been rumored to be haunted for generations. It is hard to imagine a paranormal presence at this perfect pastoral setting. But just down the road a few short miles is a truly frightening location.   

The Now Shuttered National Hotel

Welcome to Frenchtown, New Jersey and the site of the now shuttered National Hotel. Like the Red Mill, this property has also played a significant role in the history of this area. During the 1930s poet, novelist and script writer James Agee lived on the street behind the National. Apparently he found the environs of the hotel well suited to his lifestyle and his talent. Much of his work during that period was accomplished while sitting at the bar .

During the late 1800s, Annie Oakley would visit  Frenchtown with fellow performers from Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. While in town the National was always their preferred watering hole. In recent years the bar was the de facto office of the publisher of American Public House Review. And while I can not prove the existence of the reported spirits that supposedly roam the halls of this hostelry, I can confirm that the  remains of a former long term guest have not been checked out.

Hotel Bar

But the real horror story here is that a property of this magnitude has been abandoned and allowed to fall into a state of decay. As always, it is not the activity of the dead but the actions of the living that we need to fear.

Update: The National Hotel is rising from the ruins and will reopen the week of November 1st, 2009

Posted by: Chris Poh, Publisher – American Public House Review

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  1. We are talking about haunted hotels on the CheapOair Buzz Blog today. We’d love to hear your stories. Come by for a visit!

  2. Chris, you might want to check out my new post on the Frenchtown Forum about recent developments at the National Hotel in Frenchtown.

  3. There is a historic and haunted hotel in Woodstown, NJ. It is called the Woodstown Hotel. It has a bar and resturant. It dates from the Revolutionary War, although this is not the original building. There are many rumors and stories about this hotel, including George Washington staying there, soldier ghosts, mysterious happenings, even child murder. It has never been investigated although these stories have existed for generations. The owner, who refuses to spend a night in the place, is eager and willing to have it investigated by psychic ghost hunters. Woodstown NJ is a fascinating, historical town that has been around since before the Revolutionary War. It is rumored to be filled with strange auras including the cemetary and the Woodstown. Please contact me it you would like to visit this site. Luna

  4. Hello Luna:
    I would love to know more about this place. Please send me an email at pohboy@hotmail.com

  5. Can I be part of an investigation? I will help in any way you want me to. I am fascinated by paranormal investigations. Thanks Frank Williams.

  6. Luna, Please contact me. Thedyehunter@gmail.com

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