There are many places located throughout Alabama that are believed to be haunted. Among these haunted places are cemeteries. Listed below are nine of the spookiest cemeteries in Alabama, and they’re not for the faint of heart.
1. Maple Hill Cemetery (Dead Children's Playground) - Huntsville
Several hauntings have been reported at Maple Hill Cemetery. For example, many visitors have reported the sounds of a rocker moving back and forth whenever they pass by a particular burial site. This burial site belongs to an elderly lady. She's buried next to an antique rocker, which just so happens to be her most prized possession. Another haunting feature of Maple Hill Cemetery is that it's the location of Dead Children's Playground. At this playground, many visitors have witnessed the ghosts of children swinging during the late night hours, in addition to hearing their laughter.
2. Forks of Cypress Cemetery (or Jackson Cemetery) - Florence
The Forks of Cypress Plantation, which was built by James Jackson in 1820, was one of the oldest and most beautiful antebellum mansions in Alabama. In 1966, it was struck by lightning and burned down, leaving nothing but the pillars. The Jackson Family is buried in the cemetery that's located on the property. According to local legend, a tall woman will suddenly appear whenever a visitor kisses the tallest tombstone.
3. Shell Mound Park - Dauphin Island
Shell Mound Park is the location of an ancient Indian archaeological site. According to several locals and visitors, if you visit this park late at night, you'll likely see a woman dancing. Many people have also reported hearing the sounds of native music throughout the park.
4. Bass Cemetery - Irondale
Bass Cemetery is one of the most haunted cemeteries in Alabama. There have been several reports of strange noises heard throughout this cemetery. Without a doubt, the creepiest thing to ever take place at this 200+ year old cemetery was the discovery of an open tomb. Why was it so creepy? The corpse had been removed.
5. Church Street Graveyard (Boyington Oak) - Mobile
It's believed that the ghost of Charles R.S. Boyington haunts Church Street Graveyard, which was founded in 1819. Many years ago, Mr. Boyington was wrongly accused of murder and hung outside the cemetery. Today, a well known oak tree grows at his grave.
6. New Cahawba Cemetery - Old Cahawba
New Cahawba Cemetery, which is more than 160 years old, is located within the ghost town of Old Cahawba and believed to be haunted. Several visitors have reported the sounds of strange voices, in addition to the laughter of children.
7. Adams Grove Presbyterian Cemetery - Sardis
Several visitors of Adams Grove Presbyterian Cemetery have witnessed the ghost of a Confederate soldier ordering people off the property. Many people have also witnessed the ghost of a former minister.
8. Harrison Cemetery - Kinston
Grancer Harrison loved to dance, so it makes sense that he requested to be buried in his dancing shoes. Mr. Harrison died in 1860, and many people who've passed by his grave have reported the sounds of clogging and a variety of fiddle tunes.
9. Moundville Archeological Park - Moundville
At Moundville Archaeological Park, there have been several reports of paranormal activity. For example, many people have reported the sounds of drums. Lights have also been seen coming from one of the park's larger mounds.
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