Old Tennent Church Paranormal Investigation

A New Jersey Haunting

Old Tennent Church is a Presbyterian church located at 448 Tennent Road in Manalapan, New Jersey. The congregation, a member of the Presbyterian Church USA, was founded in 1692 and played a prominent role in founding Presbyterianism in America. The current edifice was completed throughout 1751-53 and was named in memory of pastors John Tennent and his brother William Tennent. The Old Tennent Cemetery is located on the same property, and the Association manages it. The Church itself is a historic Revolutionary War site. Patriots fought and won a victory over the British in the Battle of Monmouth. The church building was used as a temporary hospital for wounded soldiers.

During the Battle of Monmouth, Capt. Henry Fauntleroy sat on a tombstone in the cemetery. Suddenly, a cannonball tore through the air, ripping off one of his legs and sending him crashing to the ground. He was carried into the nearby Church, which had been turned into a makeshift hospital. But even amidst the chaos and screams of wounded soldiers, Henry’s spirit remained restless. To this day, visitors claim they can still see his ghostly figure wandering the halls and leaving bloodstains on the pews where he died.

Intrigued by the tales, we visited the Church at night, determined to contact the legendary Capt. Fauntleroy. Little did we know what awaited us.

Remember to always ask permission and show respect when dabbling in the supernatural…or else face the wrath of those who have passed on.

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A dark figure appeared on the tree before us as we stood in the dimly lit woods, but we did not see it at the time; we saw it later in our ghost-hunting photograph. We were attempting to communicate with the ghost of Captain Henry Fauntleroy, who had perished there during a bloody battle in 1778. But as the shadowy image loomed over us, we realized that perhaps we were not alone in this haunted place and that our attempt to reach out to the other side may have attracted something far more sinister. 

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The picture we took while talking to Captain Henry.  We didn’t see him, but we communicated with him. He told us the enemy was coming.

A ghost shadow appearing on a tree in a graveyard.

At home, we left the room and came back in and the brightness slider was all the way, and we saw the man’s shadow on the tree! Captain Henry?

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Camera Gear and Settings Information for Old Tennent Church Ghost Hunting



It can be used for Ghost Hunting Photography but cannot completely see in the dark. You can use a red light to illuminate the area or bring a flashlight for focusing, and you can quickly obtain apparitions in your photos if you can stand the insidious invasion of the paranormal.


It takes quality Full-Spectrum photos and videos. It has been professionally modified to accept deeper Ultraviolet (UV) light spectrum light, allowing photos deep into the usually unseen spectrum of light. It is best used with an external infrared light source.


Takes quality IR photos and video with the convenience and ease of a compact digital camera with a built-in infrared light source.


This is a wide-angle lens event, but you ideally need a lens with an open aperture, such as 2.8 or below. The higher-end cameras will allow you to go to a very high ISO with less noise, so they are ideal. If you don’t have a high camera, any camera will do. After all, we are not going for super high-quality images here. We are going for a lot of paranormal activity that we can document. As long as we get evidence, it doesn’t always have to look pretty. Some of our lower-end camera images above are grain-filled, but we got what we were after.


For basic DSLR Photography, our goal is to capture activity, not necessarily consistently super high quality so that we will do a few things a little out of the ordinary.

  1. You must use a tripod when shooting in a dark area.
  2. Set your camera to manual mode.
  3. Put your camera on the 2-second timer or use a cable release.
  4. Set your ISO very high for very dark locations (example: 6400). The higher the number, the more light goes into the camera. You cannot shoot a DSLR in total darkness without some light source, such as a church light, a full moon, or a red light in the back of a room. Again, it’s not always about avoiding grain or digital noise here. ISO 100 is for outdoors in graveyards with decent lighting.
  5. Set your aperture to the lowest it will go. (ex. 2.8) to let more light in. If you need some depth of field, set the gap a little higher. You cannot go much higher in the darkness since the higher the number, the less light will come into the camera. Scroll your shutter speed until the meter reads center zero. You can take some test shots and adjust from there.
  6. To start, set your shutter speed to about 5 seconds. Then, again, adjust according to the light you have available.


Measure fluctuations in electromagnet fields (or EM fields). These fields directly result from electrical appliances in a home, cell phones, power lines outside, and even solar activity and weather fluctuations. Beyond that, a primary theory in the paranormal world is that entities can manipulate these fields to manifest themselves or interact with our world. When your meter goes off, do a long exposure on your tripod.


Now you are set. If you do not have enough light or your camera will not focus, take a flashlight and light up a single subject in the picture. (Don’t blast light all over; you will disturb who it is you are there to find.) Put the focus point where the camera will focus on the area you have lit up. When you see the camera has obtained focus and the two-second timer starts, turn your flashlight off quickly before the exposure begins. The camera will now take the shot. Set your camera to manual focus without touching the focus ring. Take several pictures without moving your camera. You will have to refocus the same way every time you do different shots.

Another way to focus on darker areas is to turn on live view. Hit your zoom button and zoom in on something lit. Expose your image. When you zoom in, the camera can see it better to grab focus. This only works if you have enough light.


  • Apparition: A ghost or ghostlike image of a person.
  • Automatism: An action performed unconsciously or involuntarily caused by spirits.
  • Banshee:  A female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death in a house.
  • Collective Apparition: This is a rare type of sighting in which more than one person sees the same apparition or phenomenon.
  • Digital and analog audio recording: Capturing unexplained noises and electronic voice phenomena (EVPs).
  • Direct Voice Phenomenon (DVP):  Voices spoken to the Medium at a séance.
  • Earthbound: This refers to a ghost or spirit attached to the earth that cannot leave this dimension.
  • Ectoplasm: A supernatural viscous substance. It is supposed to exude from the body of a medium during a trance.
  • EMF Meters: Measures the fluctuations in electromagnet fields (or EM fields). These fields directly result from electrical appliances, cell phones, power lines outside, and possible changes in solar activity and weather. Most noteworthy, a theory in the paranormal world is that entities can transform these fields to manifest themselves and events to contact this world.
  • Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP): Voices and sounds from beyond are recorded.
  • Ghost: A generic term referring to a form of apparition, typically the visual appearance of a deceased human’s soul.
  • Ghost Hunting: A research project using various methods and equipment to investigate ghost reports.
  • Ghoul: A Demonic or parasitic entity that eats human remains.
  • Orb: The term orb describes unexpected, typically circular artifacts in photography—sometimes with trails indicating motion.
  • Paranormal: Refers to something beyond the range of everyday human experience or scientific explanation.
  • Phantom: It is seen, heard, or sensed but has no physical reality (See Ghost).
  • Paranormal Vortex: A vortex in everyday life is a whirling mass of either air or water. Some believe a paranormal vortex is a space where apparitions can travel between our world and theirs on the other side.
  • Radio Voice Phenomenon (RVP): Receiving the voice of a spirit through a regular radio.
  • Reciprocal Apparition: A scarce phenomenon where humans communicate directly with spirits back and forth.
  • Retrocognition: It is an experience in which a person finds themselves in the past and can see events they knew nothing about.
  • Shaman: A person who acts as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds. They practice healing and divination and are believed to have control over natural events.
  • Spiritual Vortex: These metaphysical dimensions are said to be areas of energy that enhance psychic abilities and can heal the spirit.
  • Spiritualism: The belief system is that the dead can communicate with the living through a medium.
  • Vortex: An anomaly that appears in photographs. These images are sometimes thought to represent ghosts, collections of orbs, or gateways that travel to a wormhole in time-space.
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Old Tennant Church is located on a busy street in Manalapan, N.J. – If you travel here, we expect you to have complete respect for the area and those who have traveled on. Please, under no circumstances, do anything that will upset those here and afar.


Old Tennent Church is a Presbyterian church located at 450 Tennent Road, Manalapan, New Jersey.



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The best hotels while doing photography



The best place to stay in this area is the Colts Neck Inn. If you are traveling and looking for a place to rest, visit the Colts Neck Inn Hotel. The location offers the country’s tranquility while being close to the Asbury Park and Long Branch Beaches, Delicious Orchards, Monmouth Race Track, Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Eatontown, Freehold, and Red Bank. The two-story hotel features 47 individually decorated rooms with Thomasville™ furnishings. They also offer two grand suites, each with a Jacuzzi. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, cable TV, parking, and continental breakfast. The Colts Neck Inn Hotel offers the comfort and charm one expects in a country setting, with modern amenities.




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