When you first hear the tale of Blairsden, the 62,000 sq. ft. home of stock exchange tycoon Clinton Ledyard Blair, it seems more like a horrific campfire story where Sister Act, The Exorcist, and every Friday the 13th movie ever made come together in a terrifying mix. Well, except for Jason X where he went into space; that was just utterly ridiculous.
This beautiful thirty-one room mansion, when it was built in 1893, was the largest in New Jersey and was considered the height of opulence with its large Italian themed gardens, marble floors and oak interiors. In 1950 though, the house was sold to the Sisters of St. John the Baptist for $60,000, a year after Blair died because his heirs could not support the upkeep of the estate. This is when the nightmare and scary legends began.
Local lore has it that the mother superior, who lived at the estate with twenty-five other nuns and twenty-five orphans renounced her Christian faith and began to worship the devil. That, or she began listening to Ozzy Osbourne and things just got way out of hand. Legend has it one night she became possessed and went on a murder spree killing all twenty-five of the sisters (and let’s be honest, say after the first …five, you’d think the others would have gotten the news out and turned into ‘nuns on the run’.) Along with killing the sisters she also took the lives of some guests that were staying at the home. It’s said she then took each of the children down to the lake behind the house and ended their lives as well!
The price tag of $4,900,000 is considered quite a steal for this enormously sized estate. Or is it? Could it be that mother superior still haunts the home inviting all to enter the home so she can take their lives too?