Welcome to Ghost Hunt, a series of caches that bring you to scenes from the unsolved Hall-Mills double homicide of 1922.
Warning: the cache is located close to a ravine (but is not in the ravine). It is steeper than it looks. Be careful.
Looking just up the hill, you will see 105 George Street -- also known as “Carpender Hall ''. It was once the home of Edwin R. and Elovine Carpender. The affluent Edwin R. Carpender was the first cousin of Mrs. Frances Hall, who lived caddy-corner and across the street at 23 Nichol Ave. Edwin was the family member who identified the body of Rev. Edward Hall when it was found on DeRussey’s Lane on September 16th, 1922, and he was in charge of the funeral arrangements for the rector. According to Middlesexcreates.com, Elovine Carpender was one of the founders of the Urban League in New Brunswick and the first female member of the Federal Housing Authority; she was prominent among Republican women in New Jersey and was elected a delegate to the convention for the repeal of the prohibition against alcohol. On September 16, 1922, Elovine was the family member who first informed Mrs. Hall of her husband’s death. In the 1920s, the Carpenders were one of New Brunswick’s wealthiest families. Not everyone was nearly as wealthy as the Carpenders, however. For this “Maid” in Middlesex audio story, we travel inside the Carpender’s kitchen and imagine the internal dialogue of their maid, Anne.
Scan the QR code to listen to Anne gossip about her employers and their relatives; including Frances Hall.
Good luck, and keep an eye out for our other Ghost Hunt geocaches at places like Green-wood Cemetery, DeRussey's Lane, Church of Saint John the Evangelist, and the Seminary.