We’ve covered a lot of spooky, creepy and scary stuff here at Beekman 1802. There’s Mary Beekman, the spooky but delightful ghost that haunts our halls (she thinks we are her imaginary friends.) We have written about the most haunted places to visit and the most famous ghosts (don’t worry, Mary made the list.) We’ve even battled the scary effects of using harmful, chemical-filled cleaners.
After all of these scary stories, we can confidently say that there isn’t much that can scare us. No spooky specters that could rattle our bones. No bumps in the night that give us a fright. Long story short, we ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
But there is one thing that still gives us a little bit of the heebie-jeebies. Graveyards.
Now, during the day, we have no qualms about graveyards. They are wonderful ways to honor those who have passed and to learn more about the area we live in. But at night, when it’s dark, the sky is cloudy, and the wind is blowing, we can’t help but be a little creeped out.
Before we learned more, we always thought the crypt and former graveyard on our property were some of the spookiest places to go. But there are graveyards around the United States that are much scarier than that.
1. Union Cemetery in Easton, CT.
You know your cemetery is haunted by Ed and Lorraine Warren (paranormal investigators who inspired the horror movies The Conjuring, Annabelle and The Amityville Horror) call it the most haunted place on earth. Union Cemetery was created in the 1600s and is home to famous ghost the White Lady. According to urban legends, the White Lady is the ghost of a woman who died under mysterious circumstances and was left in a ditch near the cemetery. Now the White Lady walks the cemetery every night, looking for those who harmed her. Many people who drive near the cemetery report instances of seeing a woman in all white, wandering in the middle of the road.
2. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans, LA.
This cemetery is widely known for being the place where Nicholas Cage owns a tomb. Oh, and it’s the final resting place Mistress Marie Laveau AKA the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Many other important figures (both good and evil) reside at the St. Louis Cemetery, but it’s the Voodoo Queen who does the majority of the haunting.
Visitors frequently state that they see her ghost wandering the cemetery, even during the daylight hours. Laveau is always seen wearing her signature look, a turban and caftan (who says creepy can’t also be comfortable?) Hundreds of people visit Laveau’s tomb every year to leave wishes and offerings to the Voodoo Queen. If someone has left an offering and their wish has come true, they return to the tomb and draw three X’s on it.
3. Howard Street Cemetery in Salem, MA.
In Salem, Massachusetts, you can safely assume that every nook and cranny of the town is haunted in some way. But Howard Street Cemetery had a key role in the 1692 Witch Trials. This is the cemetery where Giles Corey, one of the accused who refused to stand trial, was pressed to death. In his last breaths, Giles cursed his torturers and the entire town of Salem. According to visitors, Giles has kept that promise and haunts the land where he died. Many who have seen the ghost of Giles report feeling like a heavy weight has been placed on their chest. The cemetery also runs along the land that the Salem jail sits on, and the ghosts of former prisoners wander around Howard Street late at night.
4. Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Midlothian, Illinois.
This cemetery is host to many famous and scary ghost stories. During the full moon, a woman dressed in white can be seen walking around with an infant in her arms. The ghost of a farmer and his horse, victims of a horrifying plowing accident, also like to take long walks in the moonlight. There’s also the black dog who stands guard at the cemetery’s entrance. The most famous of all of these stories is the “woman sitting on a grave.” The Chicago-Sun Times ran a photo of the apparition in 1991. The person who took the photo says that no one was around when he took a picture of one particular tombstone. It was only when the film was developed that the ghost appeared.
5. Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg, PA.
The Battle of Gettysburg was held on this hill in 1863. The deadly battle lasted three days and many soldiers from both sides of the war died. Due to the massive amounts of carnage and the lack of resources, it took several weeks to get all of the dead identified and buried. Because of this, Cemetery Hill is known for two “ghost smells” that have never faded away. One smell is the smell of decaying bodies. Another is the smell of peppermint. Soldiers, hired hands and caretakers from other cemeteries worked long days on the battlefield and would dab peppermint on handkerchiefs and wear them over their nose and mouth to help decrease the smell from the bodies. Visitors to the cemetery frequently report smelling peppermint during the day and decay at night.