die, there are no more dreams.
The Jersey Devil by
When there are no more dreams, there is no more greatness." ~
|Is the Jersey Devil real? Is
it an alien, a mutation or a figment of the imagination? Without
a doubt, the Jersey Devil is the most popular folklore legend
in New Jersey. The earliest accounts of the creature go back
to stories told by Native Americans prior to the White man's
settlement here. The Lenape Indians called the Pine Barrens "Popuessing",
meaning"place of the dragon".
The most popular story is that the Jersey Devil was born in 1735,
the 13th child of a woman whose character was questionable, named
Leeds or Shrouds. The identity of the father varies from the
woman's brother, a town minister and a British soldier to Satan
himself. The story goes something like, during labor the woman
cursed the child saying," This one might as well go to the
devil for all I care!". Shortly after birth, the deformed
creature flew up the chimney and has been on the rampage in Southern
New Jersey and surrounding areas ever since.
I myself have had an encounter with the strange
being that I believe to be the Jersey Devil. It happened about
ten years ago on top of the old fire tower at Apple Pie Hill,
near Chatsworth. It was around the 4th of July and my friend
and I were looking for fireworks.We were the only two people
out there that chilly black night, deep in the pines. After some
time, we started to hear a faint raspy breathing sound. It seemed
to circle the tower several times and kept getting closer and
closer and louder and louder. We didn't stick around to actually
see the thing. We both literally flew down those steps, jumped
into our truck and sped away in terror.
Whether you believe in the Jersey Devil or
not, anyone who's ever spent any time in the New Jersey Pine
Barrens at night, can attest to the strange energies that are