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Leeds Point Pine Barrens - Real Haunt in Leeds Point NJ

   
  • Leeds Point, NJ
  • 609-894-7300
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Leeds Point, a small community in the Pine Barrens, is quite literally the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. According to legend, Mrs. Leeds found herself pregnant for the thirteenth time in 1735; having a drunkard of a husband and little means to support the 12 children she already bore, Leeds looked to the sky and cried “Let this one be a devil!” Several months later, Mrs. Leeds went into labor on a stormy night. Local midwives came to help her through the birthing process and before long the world welcomed a healthy baby boy.

The boy was not normal, however; within minutes he began to transform! Horns sprouted from his head as his body began to grow, talons sprouted from his hands and leathery wings from his back and feathers popped out all across his body. The creature’s eyes glowed red and before long it turned on its own mother, killing her and clawing at the terrified crowd about it. Many were either killed or maimed in the incident, including much of the Leeds family; the devil flew out the chimney, tearing it off in the process, and was soon out of sight.

Sightings of the Jersey Devil in Leeds Point and the surrounding areas have persisted ever since. Most famously, the creature is said to have been unusually active between January 16th and 23rd, 1909. Locals began noticing strange footprints throughout the Delaware Valley that week, making tracks over and under fences, across rooftops, and through wide fields. Panic set in as bloodhounds refused to follow these tracks; workers and children who had to travel through the woods refused to go to their jobs and schools. Witnesses claimed to see the beast in Camden and Bristol, Pennsylvania; it attacked a social club late one night and a trolley in Haddon Heights. Farmers reported that their livestock were being slaughtered, and one Camden Woman even said the devil tried to eat her dog. Though there has not since been a week quite so active as this one, the Jersey Devil has still continues to terrify people unfortunate enough to encounter it from time to time.
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  • Gps?

    I think the baby was born deformed. That is the story I always heard. My family lived down the road from the Leeds house. Does anyone know the gps coordinates of the old house remnants or exact directions on how to get to it? So many years ago.

    Posted 8/3/16

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