this is to the area of the blue hole in a wildlife
> 2. I would have to know the exact distance from the
> wooded area to the nearest neighborhood.
i have no idea. its pretty remote.
> 3. I would have to know if this area is patrolled by
> local police.
> 4. I would have to know what time of the year he was
> mostly seen, and is likely to be seen. day or night.
in the fall, i believe.
> 5. Do People walk regularly through these woods?
> How many trails are there?
there are trails throughout the woods. i have no idea
of the extent.
> 6. Leave the rest to my team.
good luck in your search. take some good pictures and
report back to me.
Thank you for the map,
it will help. I live in NY.
The story of John Erwin I think really proves the devil's existence.
would you know how I would be able to see this
one more thing, you said that you would like pictures, well what if we kill it
If you capture or kill it, you will have a fine story
for the local news.
Let me know how you fare.In the meantime, I will post these letters on my website, if you have no objection.
I will, of course,only use your initials so that you will remain anonymous.
Yes Please only use my initials, I would really like
to stay anonymous.
This will take a while to do, So please keep the same
E-mail address. When it is all over, I will let you
know the out come.
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 13:34:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: blue hole/ jersey devil
Well for starters - the trail map puts the Blue Hole in the wrong
place. I have attached as portion of a USGS map which I got off the web
which correctly places the Blue Hole next to the junction of the Cecil
Fire road and the Great Egg Harbor River at Inskips. Your map places it
the Squankum Branch considerably upstream of the correct location.
The Inquirer article is interesting - especially when compared to a
similar interview written up in the Henry Beck Book (More Forgotten
Towns of Southern New Jersey). Beck interviewed the locals in the early
1930's or late 1920's. The book was published in 1937. I could probably
scan the relevant pages if you would like to see the chapter on the
Hole. There is also a picture of the man he interviewed at the time who
was obviously not young in 1930!
I suppose that every one has an opinion about the origin of the Blue
Hole. Mine is different and I am not sure I ever heard this version
other sources. In is not very magical. First one wonders where the sand
that came out of the hole went? It just didn't disappear and it is
certainly not laying around in a pile- neither is any clay. I suggest
was dug out to make the dam for the mill pond. Next time you go and you
standing on the road looking over the Hole, turn around and you will
the start of the berm/dam which long ago blocked the river to make the
mill pond. This dam extends from the Hole all the way over to the
wonder if one made some measures of the amount of sand in the dam how
it would correspond to the volume of Blue Hole? If the mill dam makers
used a horse drawn drag line with a "pull back" mechanism they could
out sand and as they did so more sand woukd collapse into the trench
could easily end up being a close to round hole. The sand for the dam
from somewhere. It is not likly that they carried it from very far away
and I know of no other immediatly adjacent holes from which it might
come. The remains of the wooden part of the dam were still in the
the river in the 1950's.
The history of the bridges is also intereesting. The Beck article
to a "New" bridge when he visited in the early 1930's or late 1920's.
bridge was sill in place in the late 1930's. I remember vaguely being
there and there was a bridge. Then it went out - I am guessing with the
1938 Hurricane. However a new bridge was built maybe just after the
steel I beams and wood planking. The creosoted reamins of the pilings
from this 1940's birdge still remain. This bridge was stolen one piece
a time. I have a picture of it from 1952 which shows the start of its
stolen. By 1954 the last steel beam was gone. Since I used to cross
way - one time I arrived and there was no bridge so I had to walk all
way around - out to the pike and then back to Cecil. A long walk. It
too cold and the water too deep to just walk across in the middle of
I certainly and obviously concur that the Blue Hole has a bottom and
cetainly agree that when they dug it they hit some sort of aquifer
sufficient pressure to form a spring. Last time I was there there was
clearly an outfow on the side toward the river. However such springs
would or could cause the bottom to feel like quick sand - since quick
is called such and behaves as such because of the upwelling of water
essentially keeps the sand grains in suspension. ALso there is the
of time- maybe the hole was much deeper in the middle 150 years ago or
when it was first made and since that time the bottom has leveled out
sand pits are wont to do. We had a boat on it and probed the bottom - I
remembering 10 feet or so, but that was a long time back im memory.
As far as the Jersey Devil is concerned - when one is walking alone
along the Cecil fire road miles from anywhere on a cold dreary mid Jan
as a kid and the wind is in the pines and the cedars - it was
PS - By putting stuff on the web, you never know what will fall out-
was just surfing for " Blue Hole" and ran across your site. Also, The
Weymouth township web site has a few more color pictures of
the Blue Hole and the river at the site of the old Inskips bridge.
The Blue Hole and Inskips is clearly one of my favorite places.
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 15:40:56 EST
Subject: Re: jersey devil
here is the real story including some extra stuff bout my family and how we are related to it.
There is folklore about a devil that lives in the swamps of Southern New Jersey. Legend has it that 275 years ago Mrs. Leeds already had twelve children, when she found out she was going to have another child, she cursed the baby by saying that if the baby was not healthy, she wished it to be a devil, and her wish came true. People believe that Mother Leeds was a witch. Her husband was blinded at their wedding, and he drowned in the bay after the thirteenth child was born.
The Jersey Devil was a child that was born with horns upon its head and a tail. As the creature grew, it became more and more obvious that it was no normal human being. It had the wings of a bat, large eyes, skinny body, short legs and claw like fingers and toes. The child, shortly after it was born, flew up the chimney and into the swamps of the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.
The Jersey Devil has been sighted throughout the centuries, especially when our country has been involved in wars and on All Hollows Eve. Some people say that the devil child is mean, but most say that he is kind. He has killed animals such as chickens, and left them at the doors of the poor.
The story of the Jersey Devil is often shared when my father's family gathers for reunions or holidays. My great grandmother's maiden name was Helen Leeds. She is a distant relative to Mother Leeds. About ten years ago during a family reunion, many of the Leeds family members gathered at my grandparent's home. The Atlantic City Press sent a reporter and a photographer to interview us about our family history and our connection to the Jersey Devil. Today most people refer to the Jersey Devil as a joke. They probably will never experience an encounter with the devil child as my ancestors did 275 years ago.
i hope this helps explain the real story of the NJ devil thanx bubye