86 – Route 55: Indian Curse Road-Deptford, NJ

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We have discovered some very interesting facts in our new studio. The most important fact is that our studio was built directly upon a tornado siren and they test this siren on Saturdays at noon. These tests appear to last about seventeen hours!

On this episode Harley and Brett took a little trip down a cursed highway to the town of Deptford, NJ in Gloucester County.

Before the construction of Route 55 in Deptford, the town was warned by an honest to goodness Native American Chief that this construction would disturb the ancestral spirits and that the construction should be rerouted. In accordance with all curse movies, this advice was completely ignored, and that is where the “fun” began.

We discuss the travel appeal of the area and there will be an upcoming odd spot show to cover the Red Bank Battlefield as an ademdum to this show.
We found an oddity inside of an oddity….Oddity Oddities?

No episode of Travel Oddities would be complete without a great place to eat. We have found a great little Italian inspired restaurant that will make your mouth water. If you go to Cugini’s in Deptford, try the Cuginirotti and report back!

The Travel Oddities Top Five includes every weird factoid about the state of New Jersey. Okay, that is a blatant lie, but we refuse to retract that statement, so just except it and share with your friends.

Don’t let the fear of curses stop you from a vacation to Deptford. Harley has included a defense against curses that will leave you feeling so fresh and so clean, or maybe smelling like you run a head-shop.

Amy is not on this episode, but that is okay, and we do not need any freak-outs by the Amy-Squad. We haven’t locked her in the basement or anything…

Gloucester County, NJ
Walmart
New York Times Story
Cugini Pizza
Red Bank Battlefield
Hysteria 51
Music by Mike Masse

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The Odd Blog – My Spooky Experience At Stanley Hotel’s Room 217 – by Kirin Johnson

My Spooky Experience At Stanley Hotel’s Room 217

When I wrote about my experience at the Stanley Hotel history and ghost tour, I was quite skeptical regarding the existence of actual spirits. While I did feel intense energy in certain parts of the hotel, it wasn’t enough to convince me. However, on Memorial weekend of 2017, I made reservations to stay the night. I chose the most famous room of them all — room 217. This is the room where horror author Stephen King once stayed. His adventure at the Stanley inspired him to write his famous horror novel called The Shining.

Experiences that occurred during my stay has fully convinced me that ghosts are real entities.

Reported Ghost Activity

Over the years, there have been many reports of ghost activity occurring in room 217. Some guests say they leave the room and when they come back, they find their luggage somehow unpacked. There are others who claim to have seen shadows passing through walls. In addition to these claims, there are other bizarre and unexplained experiences reported.

Many believe that the activity comes caused by a woman named Elizabeth Wilson. She was the first maid employee at the Stanley. In the early 1900’s, she was involved in a very serious accident while she was working in room 217. A gas leak lead to an explosion, which caused her to fall through the floor. Fortunately, the mishap had only caused moderate injuries.

Ms. Wilson died in the 1950’s. However, according to reports, she occasionally visits room 217.

Three Paranormal Experiences In Room 217

After my partner and I had arrived at the hotel room, we decided not to unpack any of our luggage. Instead, we left room in hopes that we might come back and find our luggage unpacked. However, when we came back to our room, there was nothing out of place.

What We Thought Was A Cart By Our Door: Occurred Around 8:00 p.m.

After staying in for a while, we decided to head back out and grab a couple of things from the grocery store. Then we came back to the room and chose to stay in for the night. The time was around 8:00 p.m. when out of nowhere was what clearly sounded like a cart right outside of our door. The noise prompted my partner to instantly go and check the peephole to see exactly who or what was out there. What was quite shocking is that there was no one there.

If my partner didn’t immediately look through the peephole, I would have thought that someone must have came to a nearby room and walked in. He could have easily missed seeing them come by. However, this wasn’t the case. Of course, this experience was a rather unusual one. However, it wasn’t something that could easily turn a skeptic into a believer.

Reaching Out To Ms. Wilson

It was about 11:00 p.m. when we thought it would be a good idea to actually reach out to the spirit of Ms. Wilson. Other than the sounds of an invisible cart that was outside of our room, there was nothing that could make me fully convinced that Ms. Wilson, nor any other ghost actually exists. Our luggage was never unpacked, and we didn’t see any shadows passing through the walls. We gave it one last shot before we went to sleep. In an attempt to reach Ms. Wilson, I said to her: “If you are really here with us, prove it.”

A Loud Noise In The Middle Of The Night: Occurred Around 2:30 a.m.

The most profound experience of the night happened at around 2:30 a.m. While we were both asleep, we were woken up by an extraordinary loud noise. If I were to describe the noise, it was almost as if someone had taken an enormous object, and then slammed it to the floor with extreme force. What’s even more odd is that in addition to my partner and I, there were other hotel guests near our room who also woke up from the noise. The reason I am so confident in saying it was the noise that had woken them up is because a couple of moments after my partner and I woke up, we heard people whispering and talking to each other.

An Explanation For The Noise?

The next morning after a long and creepy night, I woke up and noticed that there was my partner’s 20 oz. bottle of Mountain Dew on the floor. I asked myself: “How could this bottle have fallen to the floor in the middle of the night?” Besides just our shoes and luggage, there was nothing else was on the floor. Of course, the bigger question was how the bottle could have caused such a loud noise capable of waking up several people at the hotel. The only answer I could come up with is that it had to have been a ghost, or perhaps Ms. Wilson herself.

The Guests Who Heard The Loud Noise

As we were getting ready to check out and leave the Stanley, I overheard a conversation between people that were near our room. I was curious to hear what they were actually talking about. What they were discussing was a loud noise that they heard late the previous night. Of course, I didn’t hesitate to quickly come out of the room and find out if the noise that they were talking about was the same noise that was so loud, it woke up me, my partner and others.

Below is information on the three guests who heard the incredibly loud noise in the middle of the night. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to actually speak with two of them.

Guest #1

One guest stayed in a room directly above ours. She said she was woken up by a loud noise at around 2:30 a.m., which she reported as the sound of a “large barrel” that had hit something.

Guest #2

Although I did not get the chance to directly speak to guest #2, according to guest #1, she stayed in room 324. I was shocked to hear that she also had heard the loud noise.

Guest #3

While my partner and I were about to leave the hotel, there was a young man who wanted to talk to us about a few things. He first told us he stayed the night with his father in room 326.

Besides mentioning that he took some images of orbs, which he said were actually floating outside of room 217, he had something even more interesting to share with us. He said he woke up some time in the middle of the night from what he described as a “loud boom.”

A Woman Who Giggled At Me: Occurred Around 4:00 a.m.

The time was approximately 4:00 a.m. when I woke up again. However, this time it was very quiet and my partner appeared to be in a deep sleep. It was just a minute or two later when I heard this creepy chuckle that sounded like a woman who was laying right next to me. This was yet another paranormal experience that confirmed my belief that ghosts actually exist.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my paranormal experience that occurred at the Stanley Hotel in room 217. While many might believe that what I experienced that night was nothing but a little trick that my mind was playing on me, the fact is that they were not there. In addition to the sounds of the trolley and the woman’s bizarre giggle, no one can explain the loud noise that caused my partner and I, plus others to wake up in the middle of the night.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Stanley Hotel, at the very least, you will want to check out their fascinating history and ghost tour. If you plan on staying the night, there are several rooms that are known for being haunted. You may want to make your first choice —room 217.

Read the full story on OdditiesBizarre. The names of the guests who heard the noise, as well as a direct comment from one of them can be found in the full story.

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83 – Haunted Red Onion Brothel – Skagway, AK

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Amy, Brett and Harley have been slaving away for your listening pleasure. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy took the a cruise to explore one of the coldest, darkest and most stunning places in the US, Skagway, AK.

We discuss the Haunted Red Onion Brothel(also known as the Red Onion Saloon), and yes the haunting originates with a gold rush era lady of the night.

This oddity is not the most spooky, but does include a few Travel Oddities firsts.

The views are hugely responsible for the 900,000 annual tourists that stop into Skagway every year.

Amy is actively trying to start a feud with another podcast or more specifically, a “toaster.”

If you are planning a trip to Red Onion Brothel in Skagway, we have included some other activities in the area that should make the trip complete.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and the Sippin’ Sasquatch is a definite win. You can eat reindeer, moose, or you can just grab an espresso and a Squatch-Dog.

Brett’s Alaska Top 5 is complete, but we have kept him in the basement until he finishes the rest of his homework.

Skagway Site
Skagway History
Skagway Wiki
Alaska Daily News
Skagway News
Red Onion Site
White Pass and Yukon Rail Site
The Sippin’ Sasquatch
Music by Mike Masse

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82 – The Curse of Julia Brown – Manchac LA

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We are almost back on track for our Monday release. Amy has a note from her Witch Doctor, so you cannot comment on her snotty sounds. On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy drop their kayaks into the swamp of Louisiana to explore one of the murkiest places in the US, Manchac, LA.

We discuss the Curse of Julia Brown or Julia White or Julia Black. This curse was strong enough to tear through the entire state of Louisiana.

This oddity is spooky by itself, but if you throw in alligators and giant mosquitoes, Amy won’t even consider an expedition.

Cajun Pride Tours takes guests on tours of the swamp, the island where Julia Brown’s grave is located. The graveyard is on private land and can only be accessed on a Cajun Pride swamp tour.

Harley wins the Father of the Year Award.

If you are planning to travel to the grave site of Julia Brown or the Manchac Swamp, be sure to take the biggest bridge over a giant swamp thingy and watch out for the Rougarou…he is hangin’ out around here.

The Travel Oddities Podcast team is willing to meet at Middendorf’s for some fried catfish…if you want to arrange the travel(and pay).
The Top 5 seems to be less about Louisiana and more about Brett’s obsession with Nic Cage.

The Curse of Julia Brown
Manchac, Louisiana History
Middendorf’s Restaurant
Defense against Curses?
Music by Mike Masse

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75 – Westminster Burying Ground – Baltimore MD

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Amy explore the catacombs of Westminster Burying Ground in historic Baltimore, MD.

***Warning. We have some audio anomalies, and we are currently blaming gremlins***

This oddity is one of steeped in history. It starts with the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe. We discuss grave robbers, ghosts, screaming skulls, weird traditions, lost graves, conspiracies and tragedy. Amy really did her homework on this show and Harley really thinks its gross that Poe married his cousin. We also discuss the Poe Toaster, and that is not an author sized cooking device.

In The News: McDonald’s has a new menu and a new utensil that you really don’t need, ever, for any reason. What the Frork am I talking about?

We discuss Baltimore, Maryland, including the Poe House. There are more famous people from Baltimore than we could list in one show, but we made sure that David Hasslehoff made the list!

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and “pit beef” is a thing in Maryland, so we found THE place to eat that.

Brett’s Top 5 is back.

This show is Balti”more” than you can handle.

Westminster Burying Ground info:
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground Wiki
Westminster Hall website
Westminster Hall on Facebook
Edgar Allan Poe Gravesite on Facebook

Baltimore MD
Baltimore’s website
Baltimore on Facebook
Chaps Pit Beef website
Chaps Pit Beef on Facebook

News
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The Raven And The Swan outro song
Outro by Josh Woodward
Josh Woodward on Facebook

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63 – Haunted Cades Cove – Townsend, TN

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Join Harley and Brett as they pitch a tent in one of America’s most haunted campsites; Cades Cove in Townsend,TN
The boys are a bit sleep deprived so there is no telling what trail they’ll end up on. Nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove offers wildlife of every sort as well as a few spectral travelers as well. As if that wasn’t enough there’s an abandoned settlement equiped with all the structural nightmare fuel one could ask for, including two churches, a mill and log houses.
In the News: Roswell That Ends Well…unless you’re Newman Seely and you steal a UFO in the UFO capital of the U.S of A, Roswell ,New Mexico
Things to do: MTN Trax- Street Legal UTV Rental & Guided Off Road Tours
Things to eat: Black Bear Cafe- Featuring meals under $10
FRIED OKRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Of course Brett’s Top 5!

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Smoky Mountain site
Cades Cove Site
MTN TRAX
Cades Cove Grub

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