Haunted hotels and mansions are all fine and well, but there’s something about a good old-fashioned graveyard that can be downright bone-chilling. Cemeteries have a way of spooking us to the core, reminding us that those who have left this world are still very much around us. To send even the most cool, calm, and collected of visitors into a goosebump-inducing fit, try touring these reportedly haunted cemeteries in the U.S.
Cemetery Hill — Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania
It comes as no surprise that one of the reportedly haunted cemeteries in the U.S. resides on the grounds of the Gettysburg battlefield. Home to the horrific and deadly Civil War battle, Cemetery Hill was set up by Abraham Lincoln to bury those who lost their lives during the battle. Often referred to as the Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg, the cemetery can be explored on a number of walking tours, including those under the cover of darkness. Some visitors claim to feel ghostly presences and even see apparitions while roaming Cemetery Hill.
Old Western Burying Grounds — Baltimore, Maryland
While officially referred to today as the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, the Old Western Burying Grounds in Baltimore represent the oldest cemetery in the city. Dating back to 1786, the graveyard acts as the final resting place of spooky author Edgar Allan Poe. In addition to Poe, the cemetery houses the remains of generals from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Some claim to have seen the ghost of Poe roaming the graveyard. Others say they can still hear the screams of a murdered man.
Hollywood Cemetery — Richmond, Virginia
Some cemeteries aren’t just spooky but also oddly beautiful. The Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia lives up to that description with its garden-like setting. The cemetery is the final resting place for a number of famous figures in U.S. history including former Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, 6 Virginia governors, and 18,000 Confederate soldiers. Designed in 1847, Hollywood Cemetery is allegedly haunted by none other than a vampire who likes to hang out in one of the cemetery’s mausoleums. If you want to seek out said vampire, you should book your tour of the grounds as soon as you find cheap domestic flights to Virginia — spots fill up fast! You can tour foot, Segway, or even trolley. Then again, you can always enter on your own and explore the winding paths, views, history — and maybe even ghosts on your own.
St. Louis Cemetery #1 — New Orleans, Louisiana
Not all cemeteries feature graves below the ground. New Orleans is known for its many cemeteries with above-ground tombs. Perhaps the spookiest is the St. Louis Cemetery #1, just steps away from the French Quarter. The oldest active cemetery in the city was founded in the late 18th century. It boasts the tombs of many of the city’s important historical figures including most of New Orleans’ early Creoles. However, it’s the tomb of the voodoo queen Marie Laveau that draws ghost seekers. She reportedly haunts the cemetery. While you can only enter the cemetery by joining an approved guided tour, some of these tours take on a haunted theme to truly give you the spooks.
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