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Bernardsville Library

Bernardsville, New Jersey

During the Revolutionary War, a young lady named Parker became engaged. Her father, however, did not like the man and thus killed him. Parker went insane and hid in the library, until she died. It is said that now the library is haunted by Parker.

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kimbely staggs says:

October 16, 2005, 4:51 pm

Is there anymore to this s tory is so please let me know..

Aaron says:

October 28, 2005, 10:42 am

How do anyone let u know? Please leave an email address to reply you at least..

jessica dentlinger says:

November 17, 2005, 4:17 pm

hey im the girl but im not dead all i was doing was reading about finding a way to put my dad in jail wait i think i am insane my dad is dead lol haha i will control the world

potter says:

November 17, 2005, 4:20 pm

lol jessica ur not that girl…duh…lol ur sitting right next to me

shay says:

January 7, 2006, 4:01 pm

I scared of my owen home one day oneof my freinds came over and we were messing around when i banged on the bathroom counter and 5 min later the eletric toothbrush was on we ran and screamed and the week before 9:00 p.m a goast rold his finger down my spine wile i was in bed

B says:

January 7, 2006, 8:56 pm

Is this story about the old library I take it? Because they knocked that one down a long time ago and built a new one.

dezzra says:

January 31, 2006, 6:57 pm

i had a friend that got killed by a bus, to this day you can still see her waking 2 school carring her book lookin’ both ways , but you can only see her in the fog at night. In my high school you can see her ghost

mike says:

March 2, 2006, 7:32 pm

if this a real story why dont u say what library it is. this is bull **** LOL

Claire says:

March 30, 2006, 11:04 pm

Just to say. This is the old Bernardsville Public Library which is currently office space. The story goes that during the Revolutionary era when the building was a tavern, Phyllis Parker, the daughter of the innkeep, was in love with a prominent doctor. Unfortunately, he was convicted of being a British spy. The casket was sent back to the tavern where he had rooms and Phyllis, on a late night wandering, found the casket and curiously opened it. When she saw the body of her lover, she went insane and killed herself. She still haunts the building, moaning and replaying the circumstances of her death.

Hope says:

September 20, 2006, 3:50 pm

how can u stay in library until you died, you would get hungry and stuff

Courtney says:

October 12, 2006, 3:15 pm

Well maybe she had food with her.

ronald says:

October 18, 2006, 4:22 pm

or maybe she straved to death dumbass

steve says:

October 28, 2006, 1:38 pm

i once saw an old man **** in this place. it was quite a discrace. his scent was fowl, not like an owl, and it made me feel like sleeping.

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March 25, 2007, 5:00 pm

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Jazzi says:

June 20, 2007, 4:50 pm

my friend gabby said that her aunt pegine works at that library and that she never has seen or heard about parker haunting it. once again i think that this is just a fable made up to scare people at that library. Although i have to admit that the story was preety good. Out of all of the stories i think thst this one is one of the most realistic.

loco says:

June 26, 2007, 4:24 pm

Lame story-no facts to the real story at all. Bogus.

Amy says:

July 25, 2007, 3:59 pm

I grew up in the Bernardsville area. At the time of Parker’s death, the structure was a residence. It became a library many years after. I have heard many locals, particularly people who worked at the library, speak of a ghostly presence there. I spoke to one librarian personally, who had returned to the library after hours to retrieve a forgotten item. As she entered the main foyer, she saw an apparition in white floating towards her. There were also numerous reports of pots and pans claning in what was the kitchen. A few years ago, a paranormal team stayed in the library to conduct research and the findings indicated a presence.

kjtfr says:

August 21, 2007, 5:22 pm

help me me m,e

testing says:

August 21, 2007, 5:23 pm

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August 21, 2007, 5:25 pm

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Linda says:

October 20, 2007, 7:06 pm

I used to work in the Bernardsville Library, back in 1990-ish. I did most of my work upstairs in a little room, but I always had the door open and I always heard things – creepy, unexplainable sounds, like things crashing, floors creaking, and voices, even though it was after closing hour and it would be just me and some stuffy, old librarian there. I was constantly spooked, and when I mentioned it one day to someone they told me the haunted story of the innkeeper’s daughter. I remember cold spots and sounds and a constant, eery sense, even before I learned the truth. It’s a valid haunting. I also experienced a phenomenon in a hotel in Santa Monica, California, when I arrived late one night with my husband and 4 kids. There was a beautiful wedding party spilling into the lobby, and it was so nice, but then we started this long corridor walk to our rooms, and I got a chill, and this unexplained creepy feeling, and we got to the rooms and I just sat in a chair in the corner and couldn’t bring myself to unpack or help my kids settle in quickly for bed, like I usually do. I finally told my husband I felt like the place was haunted and we just had to go. Since I never did that before, he agreed and we actually moved up the Beverly Wilshire and I was fine. The next morning, when the Santa Monica hotel clerk called to ask us if there had been a problem, my husband explained my “sense” and the clerk confirmed that the hotel has a reputation for being haunted. WOW! Got chills right now… I have even more ghost stories if anyone’s interested. I think they have some affinity for me, for some reason, but nothing too extreme. I don’t see dead people…

loco says:

October 24, 2007, 2:28 pm

The girl died and was reincarnated as a bookworm. Cool story jujucoco. What else you got to tell?

ghosthunter says:

February 26, 2008, 6:00 pm

gosh dezzra thats sad i feel sorry for you

wolf says:

January 14, 2010, 7:41 pm

look im just 8 yrs old and i know a story once upon a time their was a real haunted haus in prospect park brown ave legend has it that there lived big family but the family was muderd no one knos who killed the family but it was in front of the after school program that i go to i kno dis becuz i was telling a scary story i said once aupon a time there was a haunted haus in prospect park but then my friends told me that there really was a haunted haus and me and my friends and my fun counseler Marni told us realy spooky story cuz then we wer goin up stairs and then my friend destiny said there is a statue behind u and mi and my friends Destiny Mariama Melany Emily Isiatu we all ran up stairs so fast that we screamed

tyesha says:

April 24, 2010, 3:05 pm

is this true?

wolf says:

April 25, 2010, 9:05 pm


Joey says:

September 10, 2010, 4:23 pm

Joey say’s to Jessica Dentlinger how can you lol an joke that your dad is dead? Your dad should come back an strip you nude an horse whip your ***, making it nice red an purple that’s what your *** needs a good horse whippin.

mrs rowand says:

February 18, 2011, 12:53 am

a sad story.began in 1777.her father owned the tavern&inn phyllis was 17 she was a barmind.oneday phyllis met a young dr.henry byrem he rerted.a room henry&phyllis fell in love soon to be findout byren was a brisn spy.a general& hes troops&mr.parker.hung the spy coffin back to the taven.that night.phyllis comedown stairs seen a coffin open it up when she saw her lover.she sreamnd her father find her face a red mass.tears eyes saddess she killed herslfe. now heartbreaking that her spirit has yet to recover from the tragie day. the story is in a book called ghost stories of newjersey by a.s.mott & in a book called haunted newjersey by patricia a. martinelli. and i sew the story on the biography channel called true haunting. my heart gos out to phyllis parker. a young lady in love still

billy says:

June 15, 2011, 12:06 am

what the hell is wrong with some of you ********??????

charlie K says:

November 6, 2015, 1:23 pm

Check out LEGENDS AND lORE OF SOMERSET COUNTY by Michael Haynes for this and other awesome stories including the real story of the Headless Horseman and the Great Swamp Devil.Plenty of photos, too.

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