Folk Legends, The Jersey Devil

With the approach of Halloween, it seems a good time to share a popular New Jersey folk legend – that of The Jersey Devil. This legendary creature is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.

As in many folk tales, the origins of the creature and even its physical description vary. Many claim it was the 13th. child of a poor woman called Mother Leeds. Or perhaps it was born in Leeds Point, New Jersey? Sometime after its birth, the child transformed into a ghastly creature with the head of a horse, large bat-like wings, and a 4-foot long serpentine body. Its appearance is said to herald disaster.

Reports of sightings have ebbed and flowed over the years. One thing is certain, however, the Jersey Devil continues to “exist” on T-shirts, websites and YouTube, in books, and as the name of the state’s National Hockey League team – the Jersey Devils!

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