A few hundred yards from where a Revolutionary War skirmish was fought on June 1, 1777 stands the Ayers-Allen House. Presumed to once have served as a tavern where British and Americans met to find common ground over a yard of ale, it is said that the ghost of a Continental Army soldier remains. There are also tales of the ghost of a Hessian soldier and the ghost of a mother searching for her son, murdered by the British. Others have seen the spirits of two Native Americans from the tribe of Chief Matochshoning who were hung unjustly from a tree in the yard. Whatever you believe about ghosts, one thing is certain; our town's most famous haunted house is the best place to be on Halloween!
Built in 1740 by Jonathon Ayers, whose grandparents were among the original founders of
Louise King lived in the house from 1947 until 1997. She was a school teacher and very fond of the ghost "with piercing blue eyes." In 1960, she allowed Hans Holzer, a famous ghost hunter, to bring in a medium and conduct a séance. Mrs. King made him promise not to scare away any of "her" ghosts. He agreed, and in his book, Ghosts, writes about the séance and the spirit he referred to as The Metuchen Ghost.
In 1998 the house was purchased by the Reuter family who has had their own experiences with ghosts. They believe one of them, whom they've named Jonathan, tries to protect the house from harm.
According to Mrs. Reuter, an active volunteer in the Borough Improvement League and descendent of a Revolutionary War family from New England, the wide-wooden plank floors make perfect old-home creaking noises and are uneven in places where the house has settled over the years. The family has found a 100+ year old silver spoon and many glass marbles lost in 1925 by the boy who lived there at the time. In the yard they often find oyster shells and bits of pottery leftover from the tavern days.
A new Reuter family tradition has taken root. Their three-year old believes that if you live in a haunted house, the ghost gives you a gift on Halloween to thank you for all your hospitality throughout the year.
The Reuters have embraced the history and the supernatural residents of their house. A perfect family for this historical site, they were married there on Halloween and each year, on their "Hallowedding" anniversary, with the spirits they've come to love, they celebrate the charm and romance that abounds in their
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