The 175-year-old Red mill is located on the banks of the South Branch Raritan River in quaint Clinton, NJ. The mill, which served throughout its history as a grist mill, wheat mill and basket-making factory, is one of the most photographed sites in the state, gracing the cover of many a New Jersey tourist brochure and postcard. It is now part of the Hunterdon Historical Museum and has been the site of some unexplained phenomenon in recent years.
One warm spring afternoon in 1992, the director and curator of the Clinton Red Mill were locking up for the day. They were on the second floor of the Red Mill when they were startled by a loud gong. The alarm bell, sounded as a warning when the mill was in operation, letting out one loud boom which echoed through the building. The Red Mill has not been a working mill for decades and there was no one around to ring the bell.
In the autumn of 1993, the director was coming down the staircase from the second to the first floor of the Red Mill when he heard what sounded like the clicking of keys on an old Remington manual typewriter. The only typewriters on the property were in a storage building 1,000 feet away.
In October of 1993, a seance was held on the fourth floor of the Red Mill. Guests included a spiritual medium and 12 members of the public. The medium said she received the image of a child who had been injured in the mill.
There are also reports of a restless spirit across the South Branch Raritan River from the Red Mill at the Stone Mill (now an art gallery). Her name is Selinda and she may have been the wife of Samuel Parry who owned and operated the Stone Mill for 25 years.
Selinda's ghost is reported to have a vendetta against the opposite sex and locals refer to her as "the man-hating ghost." In 1910, there was a collapse of all three floors of the Stone Mill and Selinda was believed to have played a role. When renovations were being done on the mill in the 1980s, Selinda was reported to have thrown tools across the room at the renovators and slammed doors shut. There were workmen who simply wouldn't go into the Stone Mill alone.
Selinda Parry is buried next to her husband in town and has a great black marble tombstone that reads, "Why look ye here among the dead for the living?"
Written by Heather O'Connor as told by David Breslauer, former director of Hunterdon Historical Museum.