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A lot has been said about JD over the years, is he a "Myth" or a "Legend". He has been spotted from the NJ Shore to California, some say he was born as a 13th child right here in N.J. See article below about President Monroe who must have had a "Thing" for The JD, he even ordered a search party. Allegedly The JD killed some sailor and that it was killed. His remains are on display.
Believe what you want, stories are still going on about "sightings".
Well I went searching down at Leed's Point, N.J. where The Shroud's House was, (a friend now owns the property) being an avid collector of things and hearing about JD since I was a kid (that was when gas was .25c a gallon) I decided to visit my friend (he said come down in the Fall or Winter, because the green heads, flies, nats will carry you away.
So one brisk Fall day I visited him, (oh, did it bring back memories that meadow smell, the marsh, the salt water).
Well anyway he was so kind to let me take some pictures and also dig out some old bricks. Enjoy the pictures.
Being a Bottle Collector, I found several bottles about The JD, plus an interesting glass piece.
Many sightings and drawings of The JD is on the web. HAVE YOU SEEN HIM?
The Jersey Devil Expedition of 1819 - Paranormal Museum
Revealed for the first time artifacts and relics from an expedition in 1819 charged by the President of the United States, James Monroe. He sends Commodore Stephen Decatur to New Jersey to test the ironworks of Hanover and Batsto. Decatur is sent another secret mission, accompanied by Dr. James Killian, Cryptozoologist. What Decatur and his team find in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey tests the boundaries of belief... An American hero meets and American legend. Now, you can meet both.
Paranormal Museum, 623 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712 PRICE: $5 PHONE: 646-496-8458 Web site: here
Museum exhibit shines light on 1819 Jersey Devil probe
By MATTHEW McGRATH • STAFF WRITER • October 24, 2009 as appeared in The Asbury Park Press
— Under a heavy glass case there is a yellowed, stained letter
purportedly from President James Monroe to a decorated Naval war
hero."Know ye, that Commodore Stephen Decatur has been commissioned
to carry out the agreed upon mission of the capture and detention of
the known Leeds Devil," Monroe wrote.
Officially, the mission was for Decatur to test cannonballs made at
a Pine Barrens iron works. With a small crew, Decatur, who fought
the French, the British and Barbary Corsairs, sailed to New Jersey
from Virginia aboard the USS Minuteman.
The journals tell the following story: