Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Are All Cemeteries Haunted?

Hope Cemetery and the grave of Goldie
Bell Taylor

Jackman Cemetery outside of Calcutta.
Cemeteries. There are a lot of them. You associate them with death, of course. They are creepy places that many people avoid, especially at night. Unless you are a ghost hunter. Then, the cemetery becomes a place of mystery and adventure and the best time to visit one is at night. Above you will find several of the cemeteries I have been to. Some have residents that talk. Some do not. The above photos are from Jackman Cemetery, Bethlehem Cemetery near Shippingport, PA,
Spring Grove Cemetery in Glenmore, Longs Run Church Cemetery in Calcutta, Hope Cemetery in Salem, Lisbon Cemetery, and finally, the grave marker for George F. Thompson. Mr. Thompson's grave is in a field beside my house, near Calcutta, where a cemetery used to be. We know it was there in 1941, because that is when Mr. Thompson died. We do not know much more about it than that. It is one of the mysteries that got me started ghost hunting.
Hope Cemetery in Salem is hugely haunted. The statue of the little girl with the pink flowers can be found there. They occasionally have tours of Hope Cemetery. We spent some time there looking for my moms parents graves. They died when she was only three and their graves have no markers. In our search for those graves, we did several EVP sessions. We heard things like "You passed it!" which in fact we did. The grave marker of the little girl is for a child named Goldie Bell. There is another picture of it along the side that tells the legend of this statue. And, Hope Cemetery does not have a church on the grounds.
Bethlehem Cemetery is in Shippingport PA. Every time I go there I think of Zombies since it is right in the middle of the Nuclear Power Plant. Strangely, we got no EVP's at all there. It was perfectly quiet. What makes it eerie is it's location.
Jackman Cemetery is small and old. If you are not careful, you will miss it as you are traveling toward Fredericktown on rt. 170. The photo of the grave markers in the snow is from Jackmans. No church on the grounds, plenty of EVP, and an unwelcome feeling.
The photo with the Morris Gravestone is in Spring Grove Cemetery. Yes it is haunted. I went there two different times looking for the graves of murder victims from the county. In trying to find the gravesite of Debbie Taylor and her two children who were murdered in 1979 by Robert Wooten, I asked the spirits in the area if they were nearby. One EVP I got was "Leave Taylor alone!" as I sat beside her grave and asked her questions about Louise Davis. Debbie also said "My Billie." several times. Billie was her four year old daughter that was murdered along with her six year old son, Jesse. Louise Davis is a missing person in our county since 1979, four days before Debbie was murdered. And the last person seen with Louise was Robert Wooten. Geez, now I am getting into the other thing I like to do. CCFHV. Sorry.
The next cemetery to talk about is Longs Run Church. Look for the picture with the big orb in it during the day. This cemetery has a big Church right on the grounds. No EVP there, but one night at we made our way through the stones, Kylie and I both heard foot steps. I thought at first it was an animal running from us or something, but there was nothing there.
The Lisbon Cemetery, photo at the top with the older stones in it, is the most picturesque. It has mausoleums. It has a beautiful bridge to cross. Many of the stones tell something about the lives of the person buried there. I have only been there twice, so more work needs to be done there to better determine if it is haunted. Oh, and no church on the grounds.
Many times, if a cemetery has a church on it, it does not have much paranormal activity. I do not know why that is. For the most part, in fact, cemeteries do not have much to offer in the way of being haunted. Often when a person dies, their spirit seems to go to one of three places. Either they stay with their body, they stay with their loved ones, or they go to the place where they were the happiest in life. In the case of murder or sudden violent death, you can also find the spirit of the person in the location that it happened, though not always.
Cemeteries are great places to begin your ghost hunting adventures. They are truelly a part of history. They demand respect and honor. And very worth your time to explore.
I hope to have a look at a new one I just found yesterday while taking my son to work. Old and beautiful to be sure. With a church on the grounds. Wish me luck.