Shades of Death Road

American Haunting

An eerie road that edges the Mucklands in Great Meadows, New Jersey is named Shades of Death Road. It is an old road of the Township that most likely has existed since the Revolutionary times. This road begins at Hope Road and it comes to an end in Allamuchy. The disturbing name has long fascinated visitors to this part of the United States. Well over one hundred years ago, a traveling peddler and his horse were mysteriously slain on the road and since that incident, the road has been known as Shades of Death Road. The road has long been associated with many a tragic and mysterious death.

The infamous Sades of Death Road sign.

There were several vicious murders and frequent wildcat attacks were commonplace during this time in the road’s tragic history. In addition, many Indians died of malaria before the Mucklands were drained. this contributed to a large number of deaths of both the young and the old. Delaware Indians, local to the area, were killed in battles with the Iroquois tribe. Such battles were common occurrences and contributed to the tales of mystery and reports of the hauntings over the years. Additional folklore relates that a colony of squatters living on the roadway kept to themselves and created their own lawless society. It is reported that deaths were frequent as a result from fighting over women. The squatters were aggressive and remained problematic in the area for a long time. It’s not hard to imagine how they intimidated anyone walking along the road and took advantage of the isolation and darkness to rob or murder.

Other accounts of murder talk about the road being originally known as Shades due to the low hanging trees forming a canopy over it. Throughout the history of the area, many murders occurred and most remained unresolved. This caused the locals to add a sinister twist to the name. Visitors to the area state that the road is secluded and dark.

Graves on side of the road, old and forgotten.

Accounts

There have been several reports of paranormal activity on this winding road. The activity is likely due to the stories pertaining to dumped bodies of plague victims in the nearby Ghost Lake. Or, the activity could be attributed to the spirit of a murdered child who asks motorists for rides. There are also claims of people being chased by a ghost vehicle and also reports from people who find themselves mysteriously lost on the road. Are these accounts all true? One fact is that reports of unexplained activity has been reported for many, many years on Shades of Death Road.

Fact or Fiction?

Whatever paranormal road trip you decide to take, it is recommended that you investigate the local folklore for some of the best haunts many of these roads have to offer. It is said that many legends are based on facts and, if one digs deep enough, many historical origins can be uncovered.

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56 Comments

  1. Ian

    Hi Donna, just remind me that if i ever visit the states, never to go down Shades of Death Road. Cheers. Ian.

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    1. Donna

      OK, Ian….laughing!

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  2. Hope

    Donna…that’s fascinating! I love hearing and reading about the energy in different areas. I’ll be checking back to read more:-)

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    1. Donna

      I appreciate your feedback Hope! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Steve

    I’ve always been skeptical of paranormal claims but it is fascinating to learn the history of places that spawn the legends of many reported paranormal activities.

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for your feedback Steve!

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  4. Ayele

    This article gave me chills…So crazy that places like that do actually exist and not just in movies….Will definetely be back to learn more.

    Ayele,

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    1. Donna

      Oh, yes they do. All around the world! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Rich Far

    Hi Donna,

    Congratulations – this is such a well written article at times I felt like I was almost wandering along ‘Shades of Death Road’, mind you I doubt I would actually venture by way of this road myself.

    Once I am aware of a story like that I feel I am best leaving it at that 🙂

    Again, Great article!

    Blessings Be,

    – Rich

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    1. Donna

      I appreciate your comments Rich and thanks again for taking the time to read the story!

      Donna

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  6. Peggy Menke

    I really love you site. When my boys were in first grade, we had to walk by a house that people said was haunted. I made sure we didn’t go that way after dark. Great job! Peggy

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    1. donna

      thanks for your feedback Peggy!

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  7. Allan

    Love the site….one of my favorite subjects is paranormal activity. I’m a believer!
    Thanks for the cool information!

    Allan

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    1. Donna

      Thanks Allen! Be sure to come back to read more soon!

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    2. Mary

      Please hear my account with a ph hitchhr…..a few yrs ago on a misty late Sept day manning around 3 am or shortly after I was driving on a rural township rd in illinois when at a t in the rd up aheAd of me about 20 yrds or less I saw!!!!!!! Young female maybe 16….19 yrs old dressed in what struck me as gothic and she had a few vintage black dk born suitcases and thumbing 4 a ride at the t. She terrified me!!!!!!! I had my window rolled down because it was warm out and I wanted 2 be kept alert by the air. She was overdressed but appeared without expression and she east trying 2 scare me really but when I pulled up to stop and check traffic over the hill on Mr right she was very close on my left like 20 feet from me when I stopped window down!!!!! I DID NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT AT THE CLOSER DISTANCE WHILE CHECKING FOR ONCOMING TRAFFIC ON THE RIGHT. There was no traffic anywhere go miles. A graveyard was up ahead….about a mile or less and I had just passed one also a mile or less a couple minutes before. I was a half mile from the location of a historical marker along side a residence that once was a one room school house and is called arnolds grove. Help me understand what I saw. I have a silver aura. Someone just said and I am open to this stuff but want to be sage.

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      1. Donna L (Post author)

        What town were you in? I would definitely look into the local history of the area and find out if others have had the same experience as you. Thank you for sharing this experience with our readers.

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  8. jeanne

    Hey Donna,
    I just heard of a new one. “The Black dog” that haunts hubbard park in meriden

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    1. Donna

      Hi Jeanne!

      It’s great to hear back from you! Yes, I have read that people walking in that park have had quite a few experiences including the dog! I may look into this a bit further! Keep in touch!

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  9. Jeremy

    Hey Donna. Another great haunted article. This is such an awesome site! See you soon. ~Jeremy

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for stopping by Jeremy!

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  10. Peggy Menke

    Hello, Donna. Great article! I love spooky. We have a cemetery that is said to be haunted not far from me, but I can’t get anyone to go with me to explore. Oh, well! Keep up the good work. Love the photos, too! Peggy

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    1. Donna

      Hi Peggy….Thanks for the comment! I do hope you get someone to go along with you soon! Bring a camera!

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  11. Nishkarsh Sharma

    I’ve never seen a site like this, Donna! Keep up the good work 🙂

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Take care!

      Reply
  12. Jeff Burch

    Your site is awesome. Call me a chicken, I like to stay away from scary places. I do love the history you gathered about the road’s .Be Careful of which road you travel is something, I have never even thought of. I will pay more attention from now on.
    Most are safe as a rule, I would guess. May the sun shine on all your roads , and your future. J B

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for your feedback Jeff! Watch out for some of those treasure sites!

      Reply
  13. Cougan

    Creepy! Yet intriguing, I’ll definitely be reading future posts!

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Kristina

    Interesting post! I love a good ghoststory, and who knows what is really out there? I’m sure we have all had feelings of something being around us when we know we are alone. Cheers, Kristina

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comment Kristina!

      Reply
  15. Ty Jord

    eeriieeeeeeeeeeee,

    That’s saying the least, something like this always leaves a weird feeling in the back of your mind, unproven stories, strange tales, unexplained mysteries, eerie I say.

    Please write more.

    Ty

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    1. Donna

      Thanks Ty–I will try!!!

      Reply
  16. Jared

    Wow that is an incredible story. I had no idea that this place even existed! I am going to look around to see if you have any posts about locations in Idaho!

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for the comment Jared. I have not done a story relating to Idaho as of yet but, keep checking in!

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  17. Barbara Monahan

    Donna, I did not really know that you were into the paranormal! I now recall many “hints” along the way but what a cool thing you got going here. Did I ever tell you about the haunted house my family lived in up in Hatfield, Mass? It has been written up in books on haunted houses. I have my own stories too from the 6 months we lived there.

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    1. Donna

      I have found my guest blogger….seriously!

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  18. Milton

    Hi Donna,
    Great job, and nice looking website. Your theme and layout really go well with your niche. When I was reading your “About Me” page it gave me goosebumps. The paranormal realm has always frightened me 🙂 .

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    1. Donna

      Thanks Milton! Appreciate your taking the time to check out the website.

      Reply
  19. Peter

    Hey Donna, thanks for a great site. I love the images and the stories are creepy and cool! I live in mid Wales in the UK, there’s plenty of spooky roads and even ruined castles around here! Peter.

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for the comment Peter. Oh, I would love to visit Wales…so many tales and those Castles, yes!!

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  20. Evelyn

    I just got chills reading this. I never heard of this road. I will stay clear of that road if I got to Jersey. Thanks! 🙂

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    1. Donna

      Chills is what it’s all about! Thanks for the comment and be sure to let me know if you have any tales to tell!

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  21. Christine

    Wow creepy. Its strange to think you could go on holidays, drive along that road and never know all the stuff thats happened there. I wonder how many roads there are like that. The pictures are great. Nice site!

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Thank you for the comments Christine. Be sure to come back again or join the mailing list!

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  22. Shane

    This is great – i love these stories 🙂

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    1. Donna

      Thanks Shane! I will keep the stories coming!

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  23. Loes

    Brrr Donna, creepy stories, I know there is more between heaven and earth, but I like to keep that a bit romantic, Loes

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    1. Donna

      Romance is good too!

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  24. Deb

    Cool story and I only live 30 miles away. I will check it out.

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    1. Donna

      Thanks Deb and good luck on your road investigation!

      Reply
  25. Neil

    This road seems really creepy! Thanks for sharing your great story too, and if I ever travel down a road like this, it will be in the daytime 🙂

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    1. Donna

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Neil!

      Reply
  26. Don Herman

    EEeeK! I think every area has it’s ghost roads. We had Old Mill Road back in Kansas. The townsfolk moved an old mill from Holland to the city park, but on the way, the ship ran into a storm and a seaman was lost. When they reconstructed the mill, it’s said the ghost of the seaman haunted the builders day and night. The road that goes by the mill was always the site of ghost sitings. Scary!

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    1. Donna

      Wow! I will have to check that area out! Thanks for sharing.

      Reply
  27. Mark

    I really like the photos on this site. Keep them coming.

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    1. Donna

      Thanks Mark. Some of the photos are mine from travels. I will be sure to keep them coming!

      Reply

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