A Trip Down Whipporwill Road

Posted: June 23, 2010 in Weird NJ
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Whipporwill Valley Road in Middletown, New Jersey in one of the most visited roads in the entire state. However, last night was first time Greg Caggiano of Franklin & Heard Paranormal ever visited the road. He decided to do a write-up on the road for his blog “From New York to San Francisco” about the experience.

“Old Whipporwill Valley Road in Middletown, New Jersey is perhaps the single most famous road in the entire state, made known by issues of Weird NJ, the paranormal bible of the state. The road, night in and night out, plays host to kids and adults alike, looking for a good night of fright.

The reason why this road is so popular, is because it is one of the safest isolated places that Weird NJ has ever published, and by “safe” I mean LEGAL. Here you cannot get arrested for trespassing, because it is an actual road and not private property.

There are so many legends surrounding the road, including the woods in the surrounding area serving as a meeting spot for Klansmen in the early 1900′s (some say that even continues today), a meeting spot for Devil worshipers in the 1800′s, and of course, the spot where a witch was supposedly burned in the 1800′s as well.

These three are the front-running stories, but obviously false legends have also sprung up noting people who have gotten murdered in the woods or on the road, and how when you exit the road, if you look on the back of your car, you will see hand-prints.

Out of all the stories, the only one that really makes sense is the one involving the KKK. Monmouth County and parts of Long Island, New York were hotbeds for Klan activity in the early 1900′s. The seclusion of Whipporwill Road would make it an ideal area for Klansmen to meet. The solitude felt there now would only be even worse back then, as mansion homes can now be seen from the road.

As for the Devil worshipers, I suppose it is possible, although the ritual acts of worshiping Satan really did not become popular until the mid-1900′s, with Anton LaVey’s creation of the Church of Satan. However, could be possible that other forms of occult practice were held there.

When it comes to burning witches, the only confirmed acts of witch-hunting on record predate the 1700′s, and most come from Salem, Massachusetts. That said, it is highly unlikely that any were burned here, as this was the practice in Europe, not the newly settled colonies. Here in the U.S, drowning and hanging were the ways witches were put to death.

For this to happen in the 1800′s would almost be impossible. There were more newspapers around by this time, and more reporters looking for extravagant stories to make a name for themselves. Should an event like this happen at a more civilized time in this nation’s history, it would be fact, not legend.

So for the first time, last night, I made it down to Whipporwill Valley Road (the valley was added recently in order to try to confuse people seeking the road) with my friend Brett Bodner, who has assisted Jeff Huber and I on paranormal investigations at the Proprietary House.”

You can read the rest of Greg’s article right here

I have been down the road a number of times since getting my license two years ago. Although I have read some pretty creepy and intense stories about the road, I have never experienced anything out of the ordinary. The road is just a naturally creepy place because there are no street lights along it and there are a few isolated houses off of the road.

The darkness gives you that uneasy feeling and like Greg says in his article, the thought of what would happen if your car was to break down on the road only adds to that feeling.

As we drove down the road last night, Greg was surprised at how calm I was. It reminded me of how nervous I was the first time I drove down the road. The road is very scary if you have no idea what you are getting yourself into, but after you drive down it once you realize that it is not really something to write home about.

You always hear these crazy stories about people getting chased off the road by the KKK or seeing animal sacrifices on the side of the road, but I have never come across anything even close to these stories. Who knows though, maybe one day I will have some sort of scary experience on the road and I’ll have my own story to add to the numerous tales of Whipporwill.

Although it is unlikely you will see something very unusual on the road, I still encourage anyone who has never been to the road to definitely pay it a visit. The dark, narrow, dirt road is a big Weird NJ hot spot in Monmouth County and is still creepy even without something frightening happening to you.

I’ve been down the road enough times that it does not faze me at all to drive down it. However, I have heard stories about people walking the road to see what it is like and they say its pretty scary. This is something I am probably going to attempt soon and I encourage all of those who say the road is not scary to do the same.

I will be sure to write-up a full report of the experience of walking down Whipporwill and I will let everyone know how it goes. Stay tuned for that article.


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