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Cemeteries: Creepy or Cool?

I've visited many cemeteries in Illinois, Wisconsin and even Florida. What about you?

I have a confession to make.

I love going to cemeteries. Is that weird?

I know some of you are probably thinking that cemeteries are too creepy. I know I've definitely been to some creepy cemeteries. But they're also interesting historically and architecturally.

Take, for example, Graceland Cemetery in Chicago. Take a driving or walking tour around the cemetery and you'll see some big names. Marshall Field. George Pullman. Louis Sullivan. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

The monuments are just as big. One of the most famous is a statue of a cloaked figure at the burial site of Dexter Graves. It's pretty amazing!

But, of course, I do often visit these cemeteries for their legends and (alleged) hauntings. One of the coolest I've been to is Rosehill Cemetery, also in Chicago. It's home to the statue of a little girl named Lulu Fellows, and legend has it that it smells like flowers by her gravesite. The gravesite can be hard to find because Rosehill is so massive, but the last time I visited the gravesite, it did smell like flowers! (And, for all of you skeptics out there, no, there were no flowers nearby).

One of the greatest things about Rosehill is its mausoleum, which is the final resting place of people like John G. Shedd (founder of the Shedd Aquarium), Aaron Montgomery Ward and Richard Warren Sears.

It's pretty dark in most parts of the mausoleum, which adds to the spooky atmosphere. But one time I was there, my friend Angela and I heard what sounded like a gate slamming shut—as in a steel gate from one of the crypts. We hadn't seen anyone else in the building! And then there was a time my friend Cory and I were there and we were approached by a nice elderly man who chatted with us for a few minutes. Funny thing is, there were no other cars parked outside and we never saw the nice old man again. This may sound crazy, but we're not 100 percent convinced he was among the living!

I've had plenty of other weird cemetery experiences—like the time Cory and I were driving to see a cemetery near Lake Geneva, WI, and it felt like someone rested their (ghostly?) hand on my face. And then there's a cemetery we visited in Florida called the Page Jackson Cemetery. Creepy indeed, though it didn't really feel haunted. And then there was the one we saw in Wisconsin where both of our cameras' batteries were drained while we tried to take pictures. Interesting, indeed.

I've also been to Bachelor's Grove in Midlothian a couple of times. Nothing too spooky to report from there, although in one of the photos I took, it looks like there's a shadow of a person standing against a tree. I've included it in the photo gallery—let me know what you think!

Have you been to any particularly interesting (or spooky) cemeteries? Tell me in the comment section!

And a quick editor's note: If anyone chooses to visit these or other cemeteries, all I ask is that they are respectful. Cemeteries are sacred places, and some do not allow photos. Follow all of the rules listed on any signage.

Jamie D October 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM
My husband and I always wind up at a cemetery every trip we take. There is one in Milwaukee that the head stones are amazing!! St Louis bellafontein (sp?) wow they have a boom guided tour so you can see certain peoples graves like the Busch family and Lemp families. Very awesome cemetery.
Korrina Grom October 29, 2012 at 04:35 PM
That does sound awesome! I will definitely check that out! Thanks for the suggestion, Jamie!
Brian L. October 29, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I remember either in Cub Scouts or school, when I was much younger, we went to an old cemetery and did rubbings of the extremely old stones to get an image of the person and year. It was pretty neat. The only reason they have become scary places is our culture's obsession with the likes of zombies, vampires, and other undead creatures. I still see them (cemeteries) as a quiet place for reflection and remembrance.
Claudia Lenart October 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Although I wouldn't want to live next door to one, I don't find them creepy. When I was a little girl, my family would have picnics at the cemetery while the adults planted flowers on the graves. I learned how to drive in a cemetery.
Angela Sykora October 29, 2012 at 09:25 PM
The home I grew up in outside of Altoona, Pa., in the 80's was located next to a wooded area with a small mausoleum the was visible from our bedroom windows. My brother and I, and all the neighborhood kids, were fascinated with it. It must have been turn-of-the-century, just a little brick hut containing the remains of two farmer brothers. What really freaked us out were the air holes, you know, in case they had been buried alive by mistake. Yikes! I can still picture it.

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