Shippen Manor Museum
Eighteenth Century Iron Master's Residence



Shippen Manor Museum (Ghost Hunters) -  The TAPS team investigates the Shippen Manor in Oxford, New Jersey.

The Shippen Manor is an 18th. century iron master's residence associated with the operation of the Oxford Furnace. The Manor was in either in private or corporate hands until 1974 when the property was purchased by the State of New Jersey.

However, lacking funds for restoration the structure was left to deteriorate until 1984, when efforts of the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission culminated in the transfer of both Shippen Manor and Oxford Furnace to Warren County. It was at this time that the restoration effort began.


Archaeological excavations at Shippen Manor have produced a wide range of information about the past inhabitants of the site, and about the various changes that the manor house and grounds have undergone in previous years.

Numerous subsurface features (including wells, builder's trenches, refuse pits, middens, and various architectural elements) and thousands of 18th.-19th. century artifacts have been recovered.

Information about the Manor was also obtained through primary sources such as inventories, letters, wills, and diaries. The site of the house emphasizes the position of the Shippens in the local society. They were "masters of all they surveyed" and then some. The estate contained over four thousand acres including land on the Delaware River and a grant from the King of England to operate a ferry.

The Manor was basically self-sufficient, surrounded by tenant farms, various mills, a store as well as the iron furnace. The Manor is Georgian in style, constructed from local stone, two foot thick stone walls, and three immense chimneys.

The ground floor consisted of six rooms. Upstairs there were two bed chambers and four garret rooms (currently unrestored and used for storage). In each room, you will find pictures depicting various renovation stages of selected architectural details.

When the Manor was built in 1754, it was designed to be functional rather than luxurious. Three colors dominated the interior of that portion of the house restored to the colonial period: white, blue-gray and red. Through analysis of paint chips, taken from throughout the Manor, workers have been able to reproduce the colors used in the restoration of the Manor. 

 
Claims of shadow people, unexplained noises and voices have been reported at the 18th century Shippen Manor Museum.


 


Investigation

The TAPS team heads off to the Shippen Manor, a museum where people have seen a young boy in period clothing, a roaming revolutionary war soldier, the torso of a woman and a spirit whooshing around.

TAPS notes that since many artifacts in the museum were from outside donors there could be residual haunts attached to those items.

Jason and Grant kick off the hunt in the attic filled with artifacts where they have the exact same experience of someone running by them. They hear voices, items moving and they hope the recorder catches it all. Britt and Amy hang out in the parlor hoping to catch the legless torso, where they get more spooked by a bug than a ghost. Or was it a bug?? Britt swears it was a stream of light moving through them.

In the reception room Amy and Kris chase strange noises, but there's no resolution for the mysterious sounds. In the parlor, Grant and Jason see shadows that look like a person- which could not possibly have been made by anyone or anything in the area. The only thing that could have made that shadow was a person leaning over the table. Turns out there were earlier claims that a soldier was seen hanging out in that same area.

Aside from personal activity, the equipment picked up footsteps to accompany the "swoosh" that passed Jay and Grant in the attic as well as a child's voice. In the end, the team finds that there is nothing malevolent at the Manor and the investigation was a success!