Ghost Hunters Delve Into Westfield's Historic Miller-Cory House

May 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Is the Miller-Cory House Haunted? A team of paranormal investigators recently visited the historic farmhouse, built in 1740, to find out. Using voice recorders, full-spectrum cameras equipped with night vision and K-2 meters, Ron Bolton, founder of Raritan Bay Paranormal, and his team scoped out the site one evening in early April.

“Video evidence is very rare,” Bolton noted, but they did record some electronic voice phenomenon, or EVPs, which they’ll share with the public during a special program at the Miller-Cory House on Sunday, May 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated an historic site by the town, the Miller-Cory House is one of Westfield’s oldest surviving houses.

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Centuries ago, the white clapboard home sat amidst an apple plantation. Today it is a museum dedicated to educating the public on life in the 18th century. Vegetable, kitchen and herb gardens still flourish on the property.

This is not the first time the Miller-Cory House Museum has had a visit from professional ghost hunters. That was in 2007, and that team “felt a lot of spirits in the buildings,” said Joan Barna, services coordinator at the museum.

Barna and other museum docents say they personally have sensed paranormal activity at the museum over the years.

“Occasionally, we smell tobacco smoke from a pipe. It’s usually in the main room,” she said, noting that the scent is not dependent on the weather or season.

The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. Bolton will hold presentations Sunday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., leaving time for a question-and-answer period after each. Tours of the property and demonstrations of 18th Century open-hearth cooking will be included Sunday afternoon. Admission for the ghost hunt reveal is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12.

Barna, who has volunteered at the museum for 30 years, said that anyone interested in gardening, cooking, leading children’s crafts or giving tours are encouraged to call the museum at 908-232-1776.

“We’re always looking for volunteers,” she said.

On May 24, the museum will hold its annual fundraiser, Aunt Carrie’s attic sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. On June 8, it will hold a Father’s Day craft program, the last Sunday program before it closes for the summer season.

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