The Story Behind This Florida Grave Site Is Both Spooky And Fascinating
The oldest public cemetery in Tallahassee is worth checking out from a historic vantage point, but many visitors do not know the spooky tale that lurks behind this final resting place. You can take a self-guided tour to learn all about this cemetery if you’re brave enough, but the truth behind the witch that was buried here only makes the visit that much more fascinating. Real hauntings in Florida don’t get much better than this.
Here is the epitaph written on the front of Bessie’s grave, which is a passage from Edgar Allan Poe’s Lenore:
“Ah! Broken is the golden bowl.
The spirit flown forever!
Let the bell toll! A saintly soul
Floats on the Stygian River;
Come let the burial rite be read
The funeral song be sung;
An anthem for the queenliest dead
That died so young
A dirge for her the doubly dead
In that she died so young.”
Address: 400 W Park Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1416
So, what do you think? Brave enough to visit this witch’s gravestone in Tallahassee? Share with us your thoughts on whether or not Bessie was a witch in the comments below!
A New Jersey native with over 15 years of writing experience, Marisa has studied at both New York University and Florida International University. She has lived all over the country, including a decade stint in South Florida. Marisa is well-versed in exploration as she travels a good majority of the year in her self-converted Sprinter van. Her articles have been featured in various notable publications over the years, she has a published collection of short stories, and three completed screenplays under her belt.
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