Detroit January 12, 2017
7 Disturbing Cemeteries Around Detroit That Will Give You Goosebumps
If you’re a believer in the supernatural, Detroit should be on your list of must-visit cities. There are plenty of supposedly haunted buildings and sites around the Motor City, including a handful of historic cemeteries. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there’s no denying the mysterious vibe given off by these seven properties in the Detroit area.
1. Elmwood Cemetery (1200 Elmwood Street)
This cemetery is Michigan’s oldest, which contributes greatly to its spooky atmosphere. Since 1846, Detroiters have been buried on this land — and reports of hauntings have followed ever since.
2. Mt. Elliott Cemetery (1701 Mt Elliott St)
For over 170 years, Mt. Elliott has been one of Detroit’s most well-known cemeteries. It’s named for its founder, architect Robert Elliott, who died suddenly just 12 days after the property was dedicated.
3. Woodlawn Cemetery (19975 Woodward Ave)
This cemetery on Woodward serves as the resting place for hundreds of Detroiters, and the property covers 140 sprawling acres. The cemetery features a large mausoleum and the graves of many well-known figures in Detroit history.
4. Grand Lawn Cemetery (23501 Grand River Avenue)
This cemetery was founded in 1908 and is certainly worth a visit. It houses a section of the River Rouge and serves as the final resting place for a number of notable Detroit residents, including the namesake for Belle Isle’s famous fountain, Jim Scott. The photo above shows an early view of the cemetery.
5. Woodmere Cemetery (9400 W Fort St)
Woodmere Cemetery has been in use since its dedication in July of 1867. A large section of Woodmere was initially used as a burial place for the city’s poorest citizens. If you listen closely, you might just hear the wails of ghosts who have been said to wander the rows of the cemetery.
6. Gethsemane Cemetery (10755 Gratiot Ave)
This cemetery was heavily damaged after a flood in 2016, which simply adds to its mysterious appeal. It also houses an on-site crematorium, making it a slightly morbid place to visit in the Motor City.
7. Mt. Olivet Cemetery (17100 Van Dyke)
This East Side cemetery has been in use since 1888, and its 300 acres serve as the resting place for hundreds of Detroiters. Tombs and gravestones are tucked away along rows of towering trees.
Have you ever had a supernatural experience at one of Detroit’s many cemeteries? Share your spookiest stories in the comment section below.