Waterworks Valley

On the Channel Island of New Jersey, in the parish of St. Lawrence, Waterworks Valley is named after the number of water towers and pump stations found on it. The Valley is a dark, and misty place often giving off a dreary ambience due to its thick layer of trees and vegetation. Occasionally, there are sights and sounds given off by ghostly apparitions. Numerous accounts of people witnessing and running away after hearing it approach. They describe it as the ‘Phantom Carriage’.

All the accounts seem to follow a similar theme. Commonly, the occurrences happen after dusk and start off by the ringing of wedding bells. Accompanying the bells, is a sound of horses pulling a carriage scurrying along the dirt road. Materializing out of the darkness, observers spot the cavalcade garbed in eighteenth century attire. The coach’s passenger is witnessed to be a bride enveloped in her wedding dress, but as it passes by the witnesses view whats behind the veil. It is a no face, hollow-eyed skull of deathly remains.

The tale explains in the early eighteenth century a woman was set to be married at St Lawrence church but she was stood up at the altar. Extremely devastated, she committed suicide shortly after her disappointment, and the ghostly spirits are said to be embodiment of her timeless sorrow.

The locals are well aware of this tale, in fact, some even having their own encounters at Waterworks Valley. Many believe she rides through once a year taking place at midnight but there have been so many sightings, and detailed impressions, for all one knows, her anguish is unremitting.