Annie's Road, or more commonly known as Riverview Drive, is a small road located in Totowa, in Passaic County, NJ, It's one of the top haunted roads in the world.
Annie herself is a haunting commonly referred to as a Woman in White, a female spirit reportedly seen in desolate areas and associated with some local legend of tragedy. Common to many is the theme of losing or being betrayed by a loved one.
Rumors of ghosts and apparitions have been reported on this road going back as far the colonial days.
A couple variations are associated with this legend, The firs being:
Annie's tale surrounds the night of Prom.
After a wonderful night together at the event, a young couple, Annie and her boyfriend, began to bicker at each other while traveling along Riverview Drive. Heading past Lackawanna Ave. and further past the streetlight, the fighting grew worse as the street grew darker. Eventually, Annie’s boyfriend became so infuriated that he kicked her out and left her on the side of the road. She was alone, as well as lost.
Knowing she was close to Riverview Drive, but on the other end, she began walking to find some help. On her right was the Passaic River, on her left the Laurel Grove Cemetery.
She began to see some bright lights, and without warning was hit by a large pickup truck killing her instantly. Her dress became tangled in the car and she was dragged down the road shearing off her face.
After the incident, strange events began to occur. On an annual basis, a large red blood stain, actually paint, would appear on the road. This was rumored to be her father who wanted people to remember the tragic incident that took place. The road was repaved in the early 2000’s this has since stopped.
Many report seeing her on the side of the road, as if hitchhiking. Her apparition is so clear that many travelers believe she is real until she disappears in front of their eyes.
The second variation is:
That a bride was killed on this road and that her spirit continues to make herself known to travelers. The first version is much more interesting.
Local residents report various paranormal activity including failures of phones, cameras, and headlights on older cars. Other sightings include orbs, strange fog patterns, and screams that can be heard.
While most of these incidents are associated with Annie, there are a few others who believe the true source of the hauntings is the cemetery which is home to countless potential lost souls.
As legend states, if a young man is to see her and stop, she will enter the car and seduce the young man to crash.
Other legends call her a harbinger of death, that if you see her it means grave peril for either yourself or a close relative.
Located just off Annie’s Road is a small cul-de-sac with some very small houses. For years there have been rumors of little enclaves where dwarfs live.