Blairsden Mansion is a spooky mansion in New Jersey that is rumored to be haunted. It is also the site of a very scary urban legend.
Blairsden Mansion is famous because of a scary legend associated with the old building. As the story goes, a terrible mass murder occurred there and ghosts haunt the grounds to this very day.
Blairsden was built in 1903 by a stock market tycoon named Clinton Ledyard Blair. Upon his death in 1949, his heirs were unable to afford the upkeep so the mansion was sold to an order of nuns, the Sisters of Saint John the Baptist.
They say that the nuns ran an orphanage on the property. There were 25 nuns and 25 orphans living in the mansion. During the many years they lived there, the nuns rarely had any contact with the outside world. Local people say that the nuns were very quiet, generally avoiding the public and only allowing the occasional visitor inside the grounds.
According to the legend, there was a private bridge behind the mansion that provided access to the mansion’s back door to allow deliveries. A local grocery boy delivered groceries to the mansion every week. When he arrived, the Mother Superior would be waiting at the back gate to meet him. One week she didn’t show up. The grocery boy figured that she forgot so he left and came back the next week. When she wasn’t there a second time he got concerned and called the police.
The police visited the property and what they had found inside was a horrible, bloody massacre. The torn up, dismembered bodies of the nuns lay strewn about the old mansion. Each and every nun was torn to pieces except for the Mother Superior. To this day, no one knows for sure who or what killed them.
A search of the grounds revealed something even more horrific. The police discovered the dead bodies of 25 orphaned boys and girls floating in the lake. They had all drowned.
According to the legend, the police were never able to solve the mystery, but after the horrible discovery of so many dead bodies, rumors began to circulate among the locals in the area.
There were some who said that the Mother Superior had renounced Christianity and become involved in practicing pagan rituals. She became obsessed with one thing in particular – child sacrifice. One day, she had taken all of the orphans down to the waterfall and pushed them over the edge, one by one. Never having learned how to swim, all 25 quickly drowned.
Afterwards, the Mother Superior returned to the mansion and told all of the other nuns what she had done. She said she wanted them to convert to her pagan religion. When they refused, she tortured and killed her fellow sisters, along with a group of guests who were visiting at the time. After she had finished, the crazed Mother Superior then killed herself.
The legends say that there are two ghosts who now haunt the path leading from the back gate to the back steps of Blairsden Mansion. The first is the ghost of a mentally disabled man who was visiting Blairsden at the time of the massacre. He was tortured and killed by the Mother Superior. They say he is a “warning” ghost and can be found at the halfway point of the path where two trees cross eachother, making a doorway. He will appear and desperately try to scare you away, preventing you from going any further.
If the warning doesn’t frighten you and you choose to continue down the path, they say you will see the ghost of the Mother Superior herself. She will be waiting for you at the bottom of the mansion steps. Her objective is to lure you into the mansion only to torture and kill you, just like she did to her fellow nuns.
Note: Nobody knows for sure whether or not Blairsden Mansion is really haunted. Some swear that they have seen the ghosts with their own eyes, while others claim this is not true. What we do know for sure is that Blairsden Mansion is on private property, so that means no trespassing. If you trespass on the property, the police will show up very quickly, arrest you and you will be fined hundreds of dollars in court. So far, many people have gotten arrested and fined, so please don’t trespass.