Legends & Lore of Somerset County: Knitting Betty, the Great Swamp Devil and More Tales from Central

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Many have heard the legend of the Jersey Devil of the Pine Barrens, but what about his relative in Somerset County? The Great Swamp Devil was captured by an American Patriot, terrorized a Victorian family and was rediscovered by Depression-era adventurers. Clearly, Somerset County has a rich oral tradition filled with a folklore all its own. An encounter with the Dead River Witch of Liberty Corner is linked with the unsolved disappearance of a nine-year-old girl. Alleged Revolutionary War spy John Honeyman never stopped telling tall tales about himself, even after his death. The Pluckemin orbs--more than six thousand years old--frightened Native Americans, intrigued artists and still defy explanation. Discover these and other legends from Somerset County, New Jersey.
ISBN: 9781626196797
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: American Legends
Images: 47
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Michael Haynes, a New Jersey native, has worked for the Courier News of Bridgewater, the Somerset Messenger-Gazette and the Carolina/Savannah Morning News. He is the winner of the Robert P. Kelly Award for Feature Writing from the New Jersey Press Association. He has been a volunteer for the Somerset County Park Commission and the Great Swamp Folklore Project. His writings have appeared in the Catawba Art & Literary Journal, USCB Literary Journal, the Essence of Beaufort and Weird New Jersey.
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