A real Ghost Hunters Treasure Trove!
Then there is this stone that simply states "The Unknown Dead". Another stone near it tells that in this area is the mass grave of 20 to 25 people whose identity is unknown. That is a lot of people to not know who they are.I could understand it if this was a huge city with many indigents. But this is a rural area, all farm country. Down the road about a half mile is a sign that says this area was a haven for early mills like grist mills. Why would there be so many unknown people in a place like this?
An old wrought iron fence remains below the cemetery. What is left of the gate that once graced the entrance hangs precariously, sideways, surrounded by tall fir trees. It is slowly rusting away. There is what looks like a family crest at the top of the gate. Battle axes, and the heads of swans that have the bodies of snakes are in the design. If it is a family crest of some sort, which family?
Yet another mystery we walked away wondering about were these large piles of black stones. I have three theories so far to explain them. All together there are about 6 piles, and they look something like old burial mounds of some sort. Are there people buried inside? Do they mark the Indian Burial Grounds? Or are they simply the remains of the rebuilding of the church in 1905?
I was enchanted by this cemetery and church and the legends surrounding them. We are working with the Tri-State Genealogical & Historical Society to uncover some of these mysteries. You have to know the history to find the ghosts. Discovering the real events behind the legends makes it all worth while.