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The Haunting of Morristown's Ford Mansion
By Brian LaMuraglia
October 19, 2016

If you ask Gordon Ward, a paranormal investigator, what goes bump in the night, he may just say it’s a ghost.

“They are just people, but without skin,” explained Ward. “That’s what you will encounter up at the Ford Mansion.”

For the past two years, Ward told tour visitors on Saturday, he has been making contact with ghosts at General Washington’s headquarters in Morristown. Currently, he claims to have conjured two male voices and three female voices in the mansion. Unfortunately, none of the voices belonged to the father of our country.

“I have no evidence that suggests Washington’s apparitional ghosts is in the mansion, nor would I expect that,” said Ward. “After all, he only spent six months there.” (Although hundreds reported sighting Washington, Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette on the Morristown Green on Sunday.)

Ward’s presentation at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in the Morristown National Historical Park was part of a series of historical tours organized by the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

Ward shared an “EVP” — short for electronic voice phenomena — that he considered one of his best recordings. The voice, he said, came from a female specter that may have been a kitchen servant. She was shy, according to Ward, so he posed his question “what is your favorite memory?” from a room across from the kitchen that he expected her to haunt.

“In the kitchen” was heard clearly and concisely from the speakers after Ward questioned the apparition.

The crowd listening to the talk gasped, wide-eyed. Ward said the only people who live in the mansion are Park Ranger Joni Rowe, and Ward’s co-workers, who include a medium.

“We had asked quite a few questions and when he asked what’s your favorite memory we stood and we counted mentally till 10 before we asked another question, to get the lapse. I was very surprised. And ‘in the kitchen’ is very clear,” said Rowe, who has worked at the park since 1985.

The Ranger noted that when she is alone in the mansion, she does feel a presence. Now when she enters the mansion, she makes sure to say hello to whoever or whatever still resides there.

One experience validated the notion of an afterlife for Ward. It was at the Old Bernardsville Library, off of Route 202. He was with a friend investigating, doing EVP work. Ward was seated upstairs between two windows, and his friend was at the bottom of the stairs with his video camera.

“I asked, ‘When did you die?’ Didn’t hear anything. I went home that night and I go to that point in the tape, and there was a clear whispered voice that said, ‘Gordon, we don’t die.’”

Both Ward and his friend had the voice signature in their recordings at the same sound level.

The investigator wasn’t the only one at the presentation who believes in ghosts and the supernatural.

“I do believe in ghosts. I had feelings, I had experiences and I do believe that there are energies that still want to communicate or connect. I have felt someone. I had a feeling of someone touching my shoulder at Waterloo Village,” noted Ellen Healy, 61, of Roxbury Township.

“Yes, I believe in ghosts I have had experiences,” added Gary Tiedens of Bergen County. “I’ve heard knocking and a number of experiences after my mother died.”


Pottersville artist releases first CD featuring musical reflections on life in Somerset Hills
By Amy Baratta, The Bernardsville News
September 20, 2013
BEDMINSTER TWP. – Author and lecturer Gordon Thomas Ward is at it again.
     Ward, who spent his formative years in Bernardsville and now lives in the Pottersville section of Bedminster Township, is fond of calling on his local roots for inspiration and has penned such works as “A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills: Growing Up in a Small New Jersey Town.”
      Now, the 54-year-old has released a music CD, “Welcome to the Past,” that includes a handful of original songs about the area.   Read more >
 
Tracing Infinity with Gordon Thomas Ward
by Deborah McComber,
Morristown Green
August 7, 2013
On November 3, 2013, Gordon Thomas Ward will be teaching the 9:15 a.m. Adult Education Sunday Morning Seminar at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. His topic, Tracing Infinity, will show you how close our lives are to heaven and the source of our existence. Meadows, mountains, gardens, and coastlines, are all God’s classrooms for Gordon Thomas Ward, and he will teach you how you can find evidence of God wherever you happen to be. Our lives are saturated in God, even when we feel we are in the wild lands and winters of our lives. Come and see how the Divine touches us all on our incredible journeys.   Read more >
 
The Psi Show
July 15, 2013
Radio interview on The Psi Show. Gordon discusses his new book, Tracing Infinity, and upcoming CD, Welcome to the Past.   Listen to the show >
 
The Psi Show
April 30, 2012
Radio interview on The Psi Show. Gordon, Dan, and Larry pay tribute to friend and co-investigator, Garrett Husveth.   Listen to the show >
 
The Psi Show
March 12, 2012
Radio interview on The Psi Show. Gordon, Dan, and Larry discuss paranormal investigations.   Listen to the show >
 
EBTV Interview
January 11, 2012
Television interview on EBTV. Gordon was interviewed by Professor Angus Kress Gillespie, American Studies Department of Rutgers University and discusses ghosts and hauntings in NJ.   Watch the show >
 
Got Spooks? A Little Paranormal Activity Right Here in Hillsborough
By Laura Madsen, HillsboroughPatch
November 9, 2011
I don't walk around my home seeing or feeling ghosts all the time. Nor do I think about them a lot. I'm not some crackpot looking for orbs on a daily basis, either. But there have been times when the inexplicable has happened, so like many, I turn to the experts for answers.
     On the night after Halloween, I went to a paranormal presentation. Yes, a ghostly evening event held right here at the Hillsborough Public Library. It was eerily dark outside; the moon was slightly larger than a crescent. It was cold and damp as some mist rose from the remains of the snow on the side streets. And that’s when I met Gordon Ward.   Read more >
 
Do You Believe in Ghosts? Paranormal Expert Makes Haunting Presentation at Library
By Gerard Longo, HillsboroughPatch
November 2, 2011
With Halloween in recent memory, the Hillsborough Public Library held a program on Tuesday night focusing on how to find one of the holiday’s traditional mascots—ghosts.
     The 90-minute program, “Ghosts: What They Are and How to Investigate Them”, was presented by Gordon Thomas Ward, an author and paranormal investigator who specializes in finding—and communicating with—beings and spirits on the “other side”. The presentation featured Ward’s views on ghosts, instructions for those interested on how to conduct their own sound-based paranormal investigations without costly equipment, and a question-and-answer session with audience members, all of whom believed in ghosts from the outset.   Read more >
 

‘A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills’ Tells History and Haunts

By Sherie Schmauder,
Recorder Community Newspapers

March 19, 2009

Gordon Thomas Ward, who lives in Bedminster, has written a memoir of his life on the Bernardsville Mountain in a small house on the Lloyd Estate, where he lived from 1959 to 1983, “A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills: Growing Up in a Small New Jersey Town.”

     But this book isn’t just a memoir. It contains little-known local history, wildlife information, ghosts, folklore, and an inspiring admonishment to record our own memories of places. Ward’s writing contains richly evocative images, though some of it is a more factual rendition of the history of Bernardsville’s Lloyd Road area, sometimes known as Somersetin. Black and white photos anchor the scenes.   Read more >
 

Ghosts are subject of book by local author
The Bernardsville News
September 19, 2008
BERNARDSVILLE – He claims to have debunked the infamous story of Phyllis Parker’s haunting of the Old Bernardsville Library on Morristown Road and invites residents to check out his evidence.
     Author and historian Gordon Thomas Ward of Bedminster Township has penned “Ghosts of Central Jersey, Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills,” designed to inform, entertain and take readers to places where the past is supposedly entwined with the present.   Read more >
 
Love of Land Prompts Local Writer’s Memoir; ‘A Bit of Earth’ Tells of Boyhood in B’ville
By Sandy Stuart, The Bernardsville News
December 5, 2006
Gordon Ward can still remember the precise moment more than 40 years ago when he “fell in love” with the Bernardsville land on which he then lived.It was 1964, and a man named Norman Hankinson had just published in the “New Yorker” his recollections of growing up as the kennelman’s son on a Bernardsville mountain estate.
     As his mother read the magazine story to him, Ward, then 6, was amazed to learn that Hankinson grew up on the same estate off Lloyd Road and had even lived in the same cottage.   Read more >
 
In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
FDU MAagazine
Volume 14, Number 1 
Summer/Fall 2006
Two centuries ago, American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark completed a famous and inspiring trek that would change the course of American history. The expedition, called the Corps of Discovery, set out from St. Louis, Mo., on May 14, 1804, to explore the vast wilderness of the Louisiana Territory, which had just been acquired from France, and beyond to the western coast of the new nation.
      Penetrating a territory known only through rumor and conjecture, Lewis and Clark’s team embarked on a perilous journey that would last 28 months, bring them up the Missouri River and lead over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and back. The 1803 Louisiana Purchase had doubled the physical size of the young country, but it was the explorers’ return on September 23, 1806, that truly opened up the territory for American expansion. In the 200 years since that historic trip, many have crossed the continent, but perhaps no one has retraced the footsteps as faithfully as FDU graduate Gordon Ward, BA ’81 (M). Ward completed a 1,800-mile retracing of Lewis and Clark’s trail from Bismarck, N.D., to the mouth of the Columbia River at the Pacific Ocean, the boundary dividing Washington and Oregon. He and his expedition partner, Todd Paige, cycled, backpacked, and canoed a winding ribbon of modern highways, gravel roads, wild and scenic rivers and mountain trails.   Read more >
 
His Quest West
By Liza Jaipaul, Somerset Magazine
Spring 2006
It’s ten years now since Gordon Ward retraced the Lewis and Clark expedition by bicycle, foot and canoe. But the lesson he learned along the way remains timeless: live life on the shoulder.
     The history teacher and writer developed his philosophy while writing his latest book, Life on the Shoulder: Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail, a journal of his adventure retracing the historical route with friend and colleague, Todd Paige. The book was released last year to coincide with the bicentennial of the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark that explored the uncharted West and resulted in one of the greatest adventure stories in American history.   Read more >
 
Out & About Guide to the Arts and Leisure, ...Shoulder Tells of Emotional Journey
By Sherie Schmauder,
Recorder Community Newspapers
February 9, 2006
Lewis and Clark’s stunning journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean in 1804 to 1806 inspired many to follow in their footsteps. In 1994, Gordon T. Ward, a Bedminster resident and a former history teacher at the Far Hills Country Day School, and Todd Paige, also a former FHCDS teacher who lives in Pennington, took just such a trip.
     Life on the Shoulder, Ward’s story of that grueling trip, is a combination of his travel journal and excerpts from Lewis’s and Clark’s journals. Black and white photos in the paperback book add to the immediacy of the narrative.    Read more >
 
Bedminster Man Follows Footsteps of Lewis, Clark
By Allison Elyse Gualtieri, The Reporter
December 15, 2005
BEDMINSTER — Lewis and Clark trekked across the American West, carrying out their mission to explore the vast country. With a little help and a little luck, they arrived in Astoria, Ore., and opened the west to the actions and imagination of a nation.
     For Gordon Ward, the spirit of their journey is still alive. After hiking, biking, and canoeing, the Bedminster man’s recreation of their trip is complete as well, and will never fade.
     While he and his trip partner, Todd Paige, had originally planned to travel the Oregon Trail, a twist of fate brought them to the Lewis and Clark trail instead, one of many the two would experience along the way.
     He met a man whose grandfather had served as the Superintendent of Indian Affairs after the Civil War, and found William Clark’s field note in the antique roll-top desk that came along with the job.   Read more >
 
Modern-Day Trailblazer Chronicles His Journey on the Lewis and Clark Trail
By Janet Leonardi, The Courier News
November 23, 2005
Gordon T. Ward has an affinity for writing, history, and adventure. This Bedminster resident readily admits that he has written his entire life.
     “I knew I would always write — it’s a release,” he said. He also cherishes the study of history, focusing on the pre-revolutionary Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Add to these his love of adventure and it's easy to understand how he came to write “Life on the Shoulder: Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail.”
     A little more than a decade ago, Ward, a teacher along with his friend and colleague, Todd Paige, planned to explore the Oregon Trail. But through a series of fortuitous circumstances, the pair came into possession of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s original 19th-century journals. The Oregon Trail trip quickly was replaced by a fascinating 1,800-mile journey retracing Lewis and Clark’s steps through Idaho, North Dakota, Montana, and Washington, culminating on the coast of Oregon.   Read more >
 
Walking in the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Area Writer Compares His Trek to Historic Journey Completed 200 Years Ago.
By Meg Huelsman, The Daily Record
November 14, 2005
Lewis and Clark wouldn't be able to canoe down the Missouri River today – there are too many dams.
     That was one of the many things Gordon Ward learned when he and a colleague retraced the 1,800 mile trek that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made in 1805.
     “It was a life-changing experience,” said Ward, 46...
     Ward and a colleague, Todd Paige, planned the trip for more than a year before they departed for Bismarck, N.D. with their bikes, tents, canoes, and supplies. They used Lewis and Clark’s original 19th-century journals to plan their trip.   Read more >
 
Bedminster Man Writes Book about Historic Trip. Gordon Ward Followed Route of Lewis and Clark Journey.
By Sandy Stuart, The Bernardsville News  
November 9, 2005
In Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s era, a shoulder was a body part, not the edge of a paved roadway where slower traffic travels.
     But Lewis and Clark might have appreciated the sentiment behind “Life on the Shoulder,” a book by Bedminster resident and Bernardsville native Gordon Ward.
     Published this fall to coincide with the bicentennial anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s historic expedition through the American Northwest, “Life on the Shoulder” details Ward’s 1994 recreation of the journey.
     The title was chosen, said Ward, both as a reference to bicycling along highway shoulders while retracing the route of the Lewis and Clark Trail, and as a nod toward a slower and more reflective way of life.   Read more >