Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hauntings: Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Bachelors Grove Cemetery (Illinois)

The cemetery lies on the outskirts of Chicago.  The first people buried there were German immigrants who died while working on the Illinois-Michigan Canal in the 1830s.  The cemetery was used until it was closed in the 1960s.  Despite being fenced shut and the road leading to it blocked, people continued to go there and more than 100 paranormal sightings reported.

The supernatural events reported at the cemetery include:

The White Lady
(or The Madonna of Bachelors Grove):
A lady dressed in white has been seen walking the grounds during the full moon. The woman is rumored to be buried in the cemetery beside her young son and can sometimes be seen holding a baby in her arms.
The Phantom Farmhouse:
On the path leading to the cemetery, a picturesque white farmhouse appears, but when visitors walk closer, it disappears. Although no farmhouse ever existed in the vicinity, many people have reported seeing it.
The Farmer and his Horse:
It’s said that in the 1870s, a farmer was plowing a nearby field when something startled his horse. The horse bolted and when the farmer tried to stop it, he became tangled in the reins. When the horse cut across the edge of a pond at the back of the cemetery, it fell in. Neither farmer nor horse could escape the weight of the plow and drowned. Almost 100 years later, two forest rangers reported seeing the apparitions of farmer and horse emerge from the water, cross a road, and head to nearby farmland.
Religious monks:
As recently as 1984, witnesses reported seeing multiple figures dressed in monks’ robes walking  throughout the cemetery
Lights and Orbs:
Common sightings include blue colored lights and orbs that fly about the cemetery. Others report a brilliant red light flying rapidly up and down the trail to the cemetery. The light is so bright and moves so fast it’s impossible to tell what it is. Witnesses state it leaves a red, comet-like streak in its wake.
Ghost Cars:
Drivers passing through the area on the Midlothian Turnpike will come up to a sharp curve in the road and then collide with what seems to be a vintage 1940s gangster car. After the first shock has past, they find no damage—and no other car. Also, people traveling west on the turnpike report seeing taillights in front of them. The brake lights go on, and the car turns off the road. But once they get to the point the car turned, they find no car and no road, only the woods around the cemetery. Other drivers report passing phantoms autos, only to see the car vanish in their rearview mirrors.
The Woman sitting on the Grave:
A photograph, which ran in the reputable Chicago Sun-Times, purportedly showed the image of a ghostly, transparent woman sitting on a tombstone that was not seen by anyone when the photo was originally taken. 

The Black Dog:
Witnesses report seeing a black dog that vanishes when they approach it.

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