The Hanging Tree
died....ummm I mean have been murdered. The area is slowly being developed as it only recently has been paved. The Hanging Tree (formerly known as the "Nigger Tree") was used in hundreds if not
thousands of hangings. Yes, NJ was a "free state", but not everyone went by the laws and instead
followed the rules of the land. Slavery in the Americas ran from 1619 to 1863 and this area has
seen its share of lynchings. (NJ abolished slavery in 1804) The slaves in NJ consisted of
Africans, West Indies and Native Americans from the Carolinas.
The Hanging Tree curve
When this "road" (Deep Hollow Road) was "built", it was just a footpath from one town to the next
by the side of the lake and then later on the carriages and in modern times cars went down the
path. And the dirt road was formed and routed around this "useful" tree. In modern times this path
was paved and the road still wraps around the HANGING TREE.
The Hanging Tree video
UPDATE ON THE HANGING TREE:
The Hanging Tree gone
everything is still there but the tree lies cut into pieces beside it.
(Chris Chaos is a long time resident of South Jersey who once again resides in and writes from Gloucester City, New Jersey. He is a filmmaker, a business owner, writer, urban explorer and investigator of the odd and weird, a proud parent, happily taken and a connoisseur of hot wings. Chris can be reached at AxisVideo@aol.com)