Weird SJ: Exhibit connects eerie art, strange artifacts
An exhibit in Mullica Hill exposes the weird side of the town through eerie art and area artifacts. The exhibit opens Oct. 14, 2017 and closes Dec. 9, 2017. Carly Q. Romalino
HARRISON TWP. - Three years passed since Michele Vallone snapped an iPhone photo of two friends on a spooky October ghost walk in Mullica Hill.
Other photos from the same time period are long gone, sent to the trash folder, then deleted permanently from the smartphone.
But this one — dark background with a light-colored wisp across the frame — stuck with her.
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"I thought it was a real ghost," Vallone, Newfield National Bank's vice president of business development, based in Mullica Hill.
The whsp, a ghostly outline of a face, has many potential explanations. Slow shutter speed, for instance, could have created the anomaly.
In a town known for antiques and a history of paranormal activity — particularly in October — Vallone wants to believe it's a spirit.
Her photographic evidence is among two dozen items on display at Harrison Township Historical Society's "Weird South Jersey" exhibit celebrating the region's spooky side.
The exhibit — a mix of art and eerie historical artifacts — opens Saturday, Oct, 14 and runs every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 9 at Old Town Hall Museum at the Route 45-Route 77 split in Mullica Hill.
Vallone's snapshot plays a minor role in the exhibit.
South Jersey artists take the spotlight in the small gallery, lending the historical society beautiful and unearthly photographs of cemetery gravestones and a dreamy, but dark covered bridge. 'Weird South Jersey' features artists whose work has appeared in Weird NJ Magazine and the Noyes Museum, as well as other museums in the region.
The chills come with the bits of real Harrison Township history, from the "funeral coach" hearse plaque used for Senator George W. F. Gaunt's services to the uneasy poem found in the wallet of a local World War I soldier, who took his own life.
"This time of year, it's spooky and ominous," said Vallone, the exhibit's coordinator.
In October — between Friday the 13th and Halloween — Harrison's history gives way to its paranormal past.
The exhibit is coordinated with the town's ghost walk, which starts at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. The 1½-hour tours down Main Street leave every 10 minutes from Blueplate Restaurant at 47 Bridgeton Pike. Tickets are $7.
"We're an eccentric town," Vallone said.
"And we have a historical story to us."
Carly Q. Romalino; (856) 486-2476; email@example.com
IF YOU GO:
'Weird South Jersey' opens Saturday, Oct. 14 and runs from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 9. The exhibit is free and housed inside the Old Town Hall Museum located at 62 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill.
The Mullica Hill Ghost Walk starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 with tours departing from Blueplate restaurant every 10 minutes. South Jersey paranormal investigators JUMPS will have live cameras of their Blueplate basement investigation set up at the restaurant. Tickets are $7. Buy tickets at harrisonhistorical.com/events.html.