New Jersey's Most Haunted Grounds

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 31st Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The posh bank standing today was once home to one of the spookiest eateries that came complete with an eerie atmosphere that kept diners intrigued throughout their meal. Today the building has been replaced by the TD Bank. It was rumored that the restaurant was haunted by several active entities that savored attention. Diners were highly entertained to no end with everything from spirited activities that included sitting with apparitions to seeing them walk through the dining room.

The Ghosts of Morristown, New Jersey

If you love ghosts then walking into the TD Bank on South Street comes highly recommended as the kind of place to enjoy paranormal experiences while you conduct business. Visitors to the bank can expect everything from spirited activities that include seeing ghosts and apparitions walking around the property. On an average business day it is not abnormal for objects to move or to be discovered in another location then they were originally placed.

This haunted building comes complete with an eerie atmosphere that keeps you intrigued throughout your visit. Despite tearing the original Sayre House down that was built as a private home back in 1749 by John Sayre, the property has had an overabundance of paranormal activity. In later years the structure was home to the Turnpike Inn, the Wedgewood Inn and Jimmy's Haunt. Today the new building still embodies the ghosts that have called the property home since the early 1800s after the Sayres family were murdered by an immigrant sailor that worked for them became disgruntled, making the bank that stands in place of the Sayre home the scene of one of New Jersey's most notorious murders. Before becoming a bank, the structure was a restaurant rumored to be haunted by several active entities that commanded the attention of diners and employees working at the restaurant.

The story behind the famous building is its haunted reputation that starts with Samuel Sayre, his wife Elizabeth and their servant Phoebe who were all murdered on location by a trusted employee known as Antoine Le Blanc. Antoine hid out after slaughtering his fellow employees with a shovel and a ax for some time, but was eventually caught for his heinous crime and publicly executed by being hung and dissected at the Morristown Green, known for its deep history and beautiful architecture, and is now a public park that is on the National Register of Historical Sites.

Their brutal demise happened so quickly that it is felt that this is the very reason that they remain in the structure today; possibly searching for reasons for their attack or not understanding that they are in fact deceased. Whatever the reason for their being there, diners enjoy the antics brought on by these active spirits who still walk around the home today that has become one of New Jersey's favorite eating establishments. A death mask which now hangs in the upper bar is all that is left of the murderous Antoine, however it appears to remain in a peaceful state, and diners enjoy discussing the sorted tales that go with the plaster cast of Antoine le Blanc's face.

The History of the Haunted Sayre Home

This horrific story is sadly a true one that begins in 1833 when Mr. & Mrs. Sayre moved into the stately family home that was built in 1749, and is known for many legends including being the romantic site where Alexander Hamilton proposed to his beloved Elizabeth. The haunted building has worn many hats since it was first built and transformed from a home into a restaurant in 1947.

The Sayres started a large business that required the assistance of employees. A beautiful immigrant girl named Phoebe became their servant, and soon other immigrants learned of the available employment opportunities at the Sayre home, and were more then happy to work for the higher wages that Mr. Sayre offered them. Antoine soon became his right hand man, however he quickly became angry once he understood that he was not in charge of the other laborers, but was merely one himself.

Antoine was irritated that the stunning Phoebe refused to give him even so much as a second glance, and instead peered at him as if he had two heads. He was mesmerized by her beauty, and could not understand why a lowly servant would not give him the time of day. With his confidence attacked by both Mr. Sayre for not offering him a position that held title, and then being snubbed by the beautiful Phoebe, Antoine snapped. He beat the Sayres to death with a shovel and severed Phoebe's body parts with a dull ax.

Tormented Souls Cause Paranormal Phenomena

Documented paranormal phenomena from investigators, psychics, employees, and one member of the clergy include statements that staff members working in what would have been Phoebe's old bedroom claim that they have seen Phoebe's reflection in the looking glass instead of their own. Other reports include eye witnesses seeing objects move on their own accord or they find them displaced, especially keys. Candles often relight after being blown out, and orbs are constantly captured on film on the ceiling by the chandelier. Chairs move by themselves, silverware flies off of tables, and the lights flicker whenever they feel so inclined to do so. Over the years various psychics and one very determined priest were brought in to perform an exorcism and communications in an effort to release tormented souls who were believed to be the ghosts of Le Blanc and Phoebe. Despite all of this, the cooks and wait staff that once worked at Jimmy's Haunts continued to encounter eerie paranormal occurrences no matter how many times the experts tried to send the ghosts away.

Noisy Ghosts in the Kitchen

Eye witnesses who enjoy paranormal activities loved the ethereal entertainment that was once offered at Jimmy's Haunt during it's existence. The restaurant was simply gorgeous with sparkling chandeliers that swung from time to time due to naughty spirits in the mood to play, and the diners reported witnessing doors opening and closing completely on their own. Music and everything from whispers to loud noises that emulate a crowd have been heard during the middle of the night when the place showed no signs of living entities mainly due to it being closed down tighter than Fort Knox, but the spirits refuse to be quieted just because the place has been locked up for the night.

One other known death has been recorded in the building's long history, but it was during the time that the house was still used as a residential living space. Alderman James Ledgerwood once used the grand home as a place of business despite the fact that he lived there. Civic duties, meetings and political functions were often held here, and during one event a man committed suicide without reason in the home. Some people believe that he was scared so badly by an apparition that he died from a heart attack precisely at the very spot where his body was found.

Unsuspecting visitors of the structure and former employees of the famous eatery claim that Mr. & Mrs. Sayre appeared to enjoy sitting at various tables and booths throughout the restaurant and bar, and late at night they could be heard roaming around the kitchen. Phoebe has been seen walking directly through the restaurant in her servant attire, and a few unknown male entities donning period clothing have been spotted at various locations throughout the bar & grill. The restaurant is long gone, but the paranormal essence is not. For whatever the reason these spirits choose to remain today in what is now a very busy bank that services the good citizens of Morristown.

Location: 217 South Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960


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Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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