Southern Mansion Remains a Haunted Attraction in Cape May
By Melanie Zayas, SNJ Today Reporter
CAPE MAY, N.J. -
If you haven’t already checked out some haunted attractions throughout South Jersey this Halloween season you might want to check out Southern Mansion in Cape May.
Walking in, you can expect to see long staircases, countless paintings and handcrafted architecture that makes it a place for couples to host their weddings.
Built in 1863, by a gentleman named George Allen, used the home as a summer stay for his family. He later passed it onto his niece, Esther.
Ken Stefanide, the assistant manager and wedding coordinator of Southern Mansion shares background details of Esther.
“Esther also got married in this particular room that we’re in. So we kinda carried on her tradition and we’ve done weddings ever since,” says Stefanide.
He also describes an encounter of his own while checking out Esther’s room one day.
“I had my notepad and my pen and I went to sit in the rocking chair. And when I went to sit down, I got half of my booty down, and where I actually felt like I got shoved a little bit. The sense that I picked up on was like somebody was already sitting there,” says Stefanide.
Stefanide says Esther and a few other spirits tend to roam around the Southern Mansion.
“In this particular window over here, one of our guests caught an image of a little girl, you could see her long hair, her eyes, her mouth.”
The Southern Mansion has also been a frequent stop of a former investigator from the sci-fi series – Ghost Hunters.
So as Halloween approaches, Stefanide suggests to check out the historic hotel.
Then maybe you could even find something behind the “forever mirrors” on your own spooky experience. To check out the mansion, visit southernmansion.com.