Atco Ghost Of The Southern New Jersey Piney Barrens

1882 words - 8 pages

Atco Ghost of the Southern New Jersey Piney Barrens

The sparsely populated towns and countryside of the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey have often been the ideal setting of various ghost stories, including the infamous tale of the Jersey Devil, that are told in the more heavily populated Northern New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan regions. One of those “Piney” towns is home to a lesser-known, but equally interesting, tale of a street that is haunted by the ghost of a young boy. The story is set in the town of Atco, within Waterford Township, and is located approximately half-way between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, right in the heart of the Wharton State Forest section of the Pine Barrens National Reserve.

The story was told to me by one of my high-school classmates, who is a resident of the town of Atco. The nineteen year old young man is currently a sophomore at Clemson University and describes himself as being a Roman Catholic of half Italian-American and half Irish-American decent. The young man also noted that he is normally very socially conservative and a staunch Republican. His father is employed as a general contractor and his mother runs her own catering company. He describes himself as a “self proclaimed expert of all things related to the Atco Ghost.” He cannot remember the specific date when he first heard the story, but stated that he can remember knowing most of the details to the story for most of his life. He also claims to have attempted to see the ghost on only one occasion and after what he saw, he refuses to ever go back to that area of town at night. The following is an almost word for word account, which he checked to ensure its accuracy, of the lengthy story as he retold it to me on a recent trip to my hometown:

During the 1970s, on Burnt Mill Road, right off the Old White Horse Pike there used to be a factory until it was knocked down sometime in the ‘80s. I think the current building at the site is head of Waterford Township Water and Electric. All types of trucks, from flatbeds to tractor-trailers, would travel down the normally empty roads to load and deliver materials to the factory.

One night, in the summer of ’77, I think, a flat bed was heading back to the factory just after dusk. Thinking that he was going to be too late to make his delivery, the driver attempted to make up his lost time by taking a short cut and traveling down the less populated Burnt Mill Road, where he could travel at a speed well above the posted limit without worrying about getting caught by the police. What the driver did not know was that a little boy, about seven years old, was playing basketball in his front driveway. The parents, who were known throughout the town as having a “hippie” approach to raising their children, often let their young son roam around the outdoors with no supervision. As the flatbed continued to fly down the street towards the factory, the innocent young boy missed a shot and...

Find Another Essay On Atco Ghost of the Southern New Jersey Piney Barrens

The New Jersey Plan for the Constitution

930 words - 4 pages the states sending delegates to redress the Articles of Confederation. Several delegates submitted plans for consideration that would strengthen the national government two such plans were the Virginia and the New Jersey Plan. Despite much of Virginia’s plan being accepted, if a compromise had not been reached the New Jerseys plan would have been more workable because it offered: equal representation of the states, provided operational means

History of New Jersey - one of the most recognized lighthouses on the east cost, the Twin Lights.

1070 words - 4 pages Twin Lights of HighlandsSituated 200 feet above sea level atop the Navesink Highlands, Twin Lights has stood as a watcher and garden of ships over the treacherous coastal waters of northern New Jersey since 1828. Named Navesink Light Station, it became known as the "Twin Lights of Highlands" to those who used its mighty beacons to navigate. As the primary lighthouse for New York Harbor, it was the best and brightest light on the Atlantic Coast

The Ghost of Omagh

1894 words - 8 pages From the depths of the sky, my view is unintelligible. Some say angels live up here amongst the clouds. But why would they want to? Much more interesting things go on down below! As I draw closer to the realm of men, I see the nations, brimming with tiny souls full of big ambitions. Just like them I once was, centuries ago. But now, I am nothing but a ghost. A mere spirit persistent in my observation of the miseries, tragedies, triumphs and

Comparison Between the Culture and Economies of the New England and Southern Colonies

570 words - 2 pages In the 18th century more immigrants settled in the southern colonies because in New England the lands were limited in extent and under Puritan rule, the southern colonies were more tolerant. There were many similarities in the structure of society and economy such as social mobility and self government. Some differences were caused by the amount of land available and climate. The culture and economy of the southern colonies and those of the New

HOW THE POWERFUL MAYAN CIVILIZATION COLLAPSED & HOW THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO NEW JERSEY IN THE CASE OF A DRAUGHT. for a cultureal anthropology class: research paper

1142 words - 5 pages in your city. You're running out of water! Your growing population and new industries demand more water, which you don't happen to have. You're the mayor -- you're in charge. How will you solve the problem, since you want to do what's best for your community (and get re-elected)? The city is suffering from starvation, and diseases spread over our state. We need to act quickly before the worst happens.CONSERVING WATER AT HOMEMost of us take for

This is an analysis of the poem "The Same Moon Above Us", by Pittsburgh native and current New Jersey resident Gerald Stern.

1144 words - 5 pages : "the last one on the streets, the last poet left/ who lives like this, the last one who does a dance/ because of the dirty ice and the leather boots" (111-113). After choosing a temporary exile, to understand the plight of the indigent, of the emotionally bankrupt trying to survive in a hostile world, Stern makes an egress from New York City's frigorific ambiance, a " gorgeous retrieval" (115), and heads for home, his " other exile, far from Rome's

License and Allowance of Hemp Production in New Jersey: A Benefit to All

1193 words - 5 pages It is my belief that the state of New Jersey should license and allow the cultivation of industrial hemp. Further, I believe that the state legislature should join the fight to lift the federal ban on hemp production in the United States. For the state and US economy, hemp could be a tremendously valuable cash crop, and have a very positive effect on the environment. First and foremost, hemp production would result in instant job creation

Supreme Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. M.T., Plaintiff V. J.T., Defendant

784 words - 3 pages . v J.T.) The Supreme Court of New Jersey did not agree with the Corbett decision. It held a fundamentally different understanding of what is meant by sex for marital purposes. Acknowledging that a preoperative transsexual is in disharmony and should be classified by biological criteria, they however maintained that when successful reassignment surgery is achieved the conclusion should be based on the dual tests of anatomy and gender.In another

The Importance of the Ghost in Hamlet

1568 words - 6 pages . What Happens in Hamlet. Cambridge. University of Cambridge, 1951. p. 70. (6) Roy Battenhouse "The Ghost in Hamlet: A Catholic Linchpin?" SP 48 (1951), p. 192. (The second quotation appears on page 190.) (7) I.J. Semper. "The Ghost in King Hamlet: Pagan or Christian?" The Month. 9 (1953), pp. 233-234. (8) Robert West. "King Hamlet's Ambiguous Ghost:" PMLA. 70 (1955), p. 1116. (9) Harry Levin. The Queftion of Hamlet. New York

Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Importance of the Ghost

2858 words - 11 pages seriously works on avenging his murdered father. Laertes’ sister, Hamlet’s girlfriend Ophelia, is unfortunately the first to experience the hero’s new “madness,” and she is terrorized by the visit. Her father, Polonius, diagnoses Hamlet’s condition as madness resulting from unrequited love. The Ghost waits patiently for results while Hamlet maneuvers to establish the truth of the Ghost’s accusations.   Everyone meanwhile is trying to

The Ghost Story of the Banshee

1103 words - 4 pages . For this assignment, I chose to ask a friend to tell me a story regarding ghosts, magic, or the supernatural, and what she came up with I considered to be very helpful for this project. I collected a version of the Tale of the Banshee from my roommate here at the University of Maryland, who is also a college freshman. This young woman is a 19-year-old from Montgomery, New Jersey, with a very diverse and complex background. Her father is

Similar Essays

The New Jersey Pine Barrens Essay

599 words - 2 pages onto the ground when they are still partially lit. So what can be done to limit and eventually stop this destruction of the Pine Barrens? Humans can build more state and recreational parks that promote natural beauty along with a safety towards animals. Humans basically just need to realize that places like the New Jersey Pinelands need to be preserved; they are worth a lot more compared to the house they want to build over it. Many environmental groups such as the Greenpeace Organization, the Earthjustice Organization, and the Wilderness Society are taking measures to stop the endangerment of animals living in the Pinelands.

Ghost Story Of The New Jersey Devil

1142 words - 5 pages The New Jersey Devil The Legend of the Jersey Devil is the most prominent legend that is told to citizens of New Jersey; it is mainly told to elementary school aged children. There are a variety of settings that the story has; however, the most common location that is used when retelling the tale is Leeds Point, NJ, which is in the Pine Barrens region of the state. This tale of the Jersey Devil recounts the existence of a supernatural

The New Jersey Palisades Essay

2222 words - 9 pages The Palisades basalt sill is one of the most active mass movement areas in New Jersey (Pallis, 2009) and because of its activity it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms that cause the rockfalls along the outcrop. The Palisades are composed ancient Jurassic flood basalt that formed through at least three distinct intrusion events (Puffer, 2009). It is important to understand that in all of these events the molten magma was

Description Of A Trip To The Liberty Science Center In Jersey City, New Jersey

1181 words - 5 pages Description of a Trip to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey When deciding on a place for my science trip, I knew the perfect place would be the Liberty Science Center, located in Jersey City, New Jersey. I went there often as a child, so I already knew that there was a great deal to learn there. What I didn?t realize was how much it had been updated since I was there last. There are so many advances going on in science