Monday, September 7, 2009

The Ghost of the Church Preacher Near West Point

West Beaver Cemetery is one of the more creepy cemeteries I have been in. The feeling was all wrong there. It is on Rt 518, just down the road from The General John Hunt Morgan Monument.
Most of the Grave Markers there are black. Not because they started out that way but because this black mold grows on almost all of them. Why? Where does it come from? It is creepy.

Some are very artistic and beautiful.

Some are beautifully Gothic and steel your attention like no other stone in the cemetery.

My mom and I walked around and tried to read several of the stones,

but most were a futile effort.

As the sun began to set, I had the urge to leave and it grew with each passing second. I don't like that.  It is that feeling of unnatural darkness.  Perhaps it is just suggested because of the black stones...

There is a ghost story to accompany this church. I was surprised to hear it from a relative of mine. Here it is:
If you go there late at night, a dim light will appear inside the church and an old man will come out the front doors holding a lantern or a candle. When he sees you he will be very angry with you and try to chase you away. For all appearances he looks real enough, but no one lives in the church and apparently the way he is dressed is like men dressed a hundred years ago. It looks like a stiff white dress he has on with a long sleeping cap.
Was there a preacher that lived there and protected his parish and church like that?   It has got to be written in an old book somewhere...

New Lebanon United Pres. Cemetery- The Chess Pieces

The second cemetery on our midnight adventure we encountered was this one. I was intrigued by the high stones that reminded me of Chess Pieces.
With my little mom beside them, they look even bigger.

Most of them are very weather worn and you can't read much on them.

This stone must have been beautiful when it was new. It is very dramatic. The open book represents the human heart with the deceased thoughts and feelings open to the world and to God. The curtain or veil is a symbol of the passage from one type of existence to another.

As in the St. Paul Cemetery, there are many white sand stone markers whose inscriptions are long worn away.

I am looking for an explanation to this one. It is not in my Stories In Stone book. It is different, though I originally thought it was a tree stone of some kind. There is a scroll or parchment on it and all the information on the deceased buried here is on it. Very interesting.

A hand pointing up means the soul has risen to the heavens. This is one of my favorite symbols found on grave stones.

There is also a table top grave marker in this little cemetery. They are rare to find. Often there is a whole story written on them, but because the inscription faces the sky, it gets all the weather and it usually chips off.

I enjoyed my little walk through history as I visited this cemetery. Tomorrow I will tell you about the third cemetery we found. It actually has a ghost story to go along with it.