(SC) Most Haunted Mausoleums & Cemeteries
You have to admit that a church reduced to rubble does spark the imagination. And the fact that the crumbling church finally fell down on Good Friday - also good fodder. Rumor has it that if you go up and knock on a rock in the rubble pile as if you were knocking on a door, the Devil himself will rise up and answer.
It's fitting that the cemetery Edgar Allan Poe now calls home is considered one of the scariest in America. Poe's ghost has been spotted, of course, but another freaky story is that of the Cambridge Skull. A minister was murdered, you see, but his head never stopped screaming, even after he died. The murderers finally gagged the skull and buried it in a block of cement to attempt to muffle it, but if you listen closely, it can still be heard. If you're one of the lucky ones to hear it, the story goes, you'll never get the sound out of your head and will likely be driven insane.
Haunted Cemeteries in Ohio
To get to the cemetery, you have to cross a scary old wooden bridge. Not only does it look creepy, but it's falling apart! There was a sign posted to warn people not to cross on horseback, and to warn that no more than five people should cross at a time! You could see where certain parts were patched up.
Many people know Olive Branch Cemetery as the home of "Carrie's Grave". I've heard a couple different versions of the haunting story:
The first story I heard goes like this...many, many years ago there was girl named Carrie. She was always picked on by other kids, they were extremely mean to her. One day they pulled a prank on her that went bad, and she was killed. She was buried in Olive Branch Cemetery. Seems the poor girl couldn't get any peace even after she died though. The local kids would visit her grave late at night and trash it, even going as far as breaking her gravestone to pieces. Her parents were furious and heartbroken, so they put a cast iron fence around her gravestone to keep the kids out. The kids still tried to trash the grave though, even with the fence. However, the first time the kids tried to destroy her grave after the fence was put up, Carrie came out of her grave and killed the boy by driving a fence post through his chest. Today people claim to hear Carrie scream every night, exactly at midnight.
I didn't see the name Carrie on any of the gravestones within the fence when I visited. However, one of the gravestones did have the name Susan on it, so the second story is a little more believable...
According to the second story, Carrie was the baby of a a proud mother named Susan. Sadly, Carrie became sick with a plague, and died a slow, painful death. Susan was heartbroken, and she started to go crazy. VERY crazy. One night Susan went to the cemetery and dug up her beloved Carrie. She treated the dead body like it was a live baby until she died. When Susan and her husband died in the early 1800s, they were buried in the fenced-in plot with Carrie. Today people claim to feel a presence behind them when they visit the grave, like someone following them. And on the date Carrie died, people claim to see Susan's ghost weeping at the grave, holding her dead baby.
Supposedly the illegible gravestones on Crybaby Hill belong to several babies who were murdered and buried at the cemetery. At night, many people have claimed to hear the babies crying. Some even claim to hear them crawling through the cornfield that surrounds the cemetery! Pretty creepy story, but from reading the gravestones, I didn't notice many babies buried there.
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