Whitlock Seabrook Wilson Homestead – The Spy House

The Whitlock Seabrook Wilson Homestead, known also as “The Spy House” was built as a one room cabin in Port Monmouth, New Jersey in 1648. Through the following years there would be quite a bit of remodeling and adding on and by 1703 it was completed and this would be the house that Seabrook’s mother lived in until her death, and has remained in the family for over 250 years.

During the revolutionary war, the British believed the Whitlock Seabrook Wilson Homestead was being used as a “spy house” to watch British ships pull into port and then attack while they were empty. After many attempts to destroy the homestead by the British they finally realized that this was not the house that was being used for spies but instead the Gerrett’s Hill was where the spying was coming from.

There were also said to be pirates that used the underground tunnels to transport their treasure or prisoners back and forth from their hideouts to their ships. And there are those who say that they can still hear those same pirates rattling chains and clunking around in those tunnels, making a heck of a noise for the living.

A reverend who while alive would practice satanic and deranged occult rituals is noted to still hang around “the spy house” you can feel a ’unwelcome presence’ while he is visiting the house from the after life.

There is also said to be a ghost of a pirate captain who actually died in the Caribbean, who hid a family in the basement of the house for ransom, and then when the ransom was never received he raped the women and then murdered the entire family.

There is a woman seen coming down the attic stairs to go to what is now known as the “blue room” and the “white room”. She will pass through these rooms and then stops at what appears to be a crib or cradle straightens a blanket and then disappears. There is also a room that houses a sewing machine of that era, and there have been witnesses that the sewing machine will open, and it will start sewing without any living person touching the foot trundle. On the first floor in a front parlor, there is a man seen in a top hat and full beard who will appear and then just as quickly disappear. A woman by the name of Abigail is seen looking out the window waiting for her husband to return from sea. A young boy named Peter is sometimes seen with her, he is presumed to be her child.

There have been many sightings of ghostly children playing around in the house or running around the grounds. Some of these children hold a connection to the house, but the vast majority does not have any connection what so ever with “Spy House”. This house has had the usual cold spots, the strong scent of pipe tobacco, breezes sweeping through the hallways without any doors or windows open, the feeling of foreboding like there is evil around you or that there is someone that does not want you there.

Because of the people who lived here in a war time era, there are plenty of spirits not mentioned who linger about the house and grounds. I believe that the house is now a museum, and you can tour the place with an employee and see what you can see. With this much paranormal activity is it any wonder why it is one of the most haunted houses in America?

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  • pat kooyenga

    Is the Seabrook Wilson house open for tours. We are a school group interested. Please advise.
    Thank you,
    Pat Kooyenga, group coordinator.

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