Burlington County Prison Museum

Apparition photos taken in March 2008 - more info

The Burlington County Prison Museum is located in Mt Holly, NJ.   The prison was built in 1811 and was designed by the famous architect Robert Mills (the designer of the Washington Monument).   It is a large   rectangle building made of stone and iron that looks more like a castle from the outside.   It was used  continuously as a jail until 1966.  Since then local legends spoke of the ghosts that inhabited the building.   One  in particular was the ghost of Joseph Clough, a convicted murderer who killed his mistress with a leg from a   table.   He was held in the death row cell which consisted of an eye hook in the floor which he was always   chained and a extremely small window.   He was eventually hanged in the the 1850's and other guards and   prisoners report hearing his moans and chains rattling from that cell.   The guards and inmates also reported   seeing someone in the empty cell as well as objects levitating in the cell.  

In 1999 the county began a restoration project transforming the run down building into a museum and returning it  to it's original condition.  As the work progressed the construction working began reporting strange events such   as loud noises, voices and screams coming from various areas of the building.  They also reported having their   tools disappear when they turn thir backs only to find the missing items in another room or on another floor later   on in the day.     Eventually some workers were leaving early so they would not be the last ones in the building.      The county officials decided to contact a local research ghost research group, South Jersey Ghost Research, to   see what they could verify the claims of the workers and to put their minds at ease.   I was on each SJGR team that gone out to the museum and witnessed some of supernatural events first hand.   On each investigation I set   up a motion detector in the death row cell.   During each trip the motion detector was set off by an unseen force.     We were able to capture orbs on video and film simultaneously with the motion detectors alarm going off.   On  the 2nd visit, I also obtained an EVP seconds after the motion detector went off which was a man's voice saying   'go out here'.    We did experience objects moving as well, as did 3 reporters from the New York Times that were  there with us.   A stretcher that was located in the cell next to the death row cell relocated itself and it was actually  the reporters who noticed it first.    Other members of the SJGR observed a apparition in one part of the building  and found a single barefoot print on a dust covered floor of what was once the prison showers.    The teams also  obtained numerous photos, video clips and EMF readings.   You can view some of the photos and other  evidence on the SJGR website:  http://www.hanutedhelp.org. 

SJGR has investigated the museum many times since they were first called out to investigate the building.   On our 10th trip there, I obtained two apparition photos using a new camera rig I was testing.

by Dave Juliano (davejuliano@theshadowlands.net) 

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