Charlotte September 27, 2017
5 Disturbing Cemeteries Around Charlotte That Will Give You Goosebumps
The spookiest month of the year is right around the corner, which makes it the perfect time to get out to visit some of Charlotte’s creepiest attractions. Although Charlotte is a somewhat new and modern city, there are some very historic and old cemeteries existing in our town that will give you a slight chill if you visit during the daytime — and will absolutely terrify you if you visit at night. This Friday the 13th make a trip out to one of these local cemeteries for a spooky October experience you won’t forget.
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1. Elmwood Cemetary
Elmwood Cemetery has existed in Uptown Charlotte since 1853 and contains the graves of some of the first political figures and business people of our city.
A hauntingly beautiful cemetery, the graves at Elmwood are plotted against a backdrop of the Uptown Charlotte skyline.
As one of the first cemeteries in Charlotte, Elmwood includes two other cemeteries within its boundaries. Pinewood Cemetery was a cemetery designated for African American burials and Potter's Field was a "pauper's cemetery" where individuals who couldn't afford traditional luxuries like headstones and formal burial plots were buried.
In 1959, Elmwood Cemetery was the site of the murder of a local Charlotte woman who had been visiting the grave of her mother, making it all the more terrifying.
Elmwood Cemetery occasionally hosts Free History Days where Charlotte residents can visit the cemetery to find actors telling the stories of those that are buried there, including John King who was crushed to death by a circus elephant in 1880, or "The Unknown Boy," whose body was found in 1932 and to this day still remains unidentified.
2. Old Settler's Cemetery
Old Settler's Cemetery is Charlotte's oldest cemetery and is located at the corner of W. 5th Street and North Church Street in Fourth Ward.
The oldest gravestone in Old Settler's Cemetery dates back to 1776, even though the City of Charlotte did not become aware that the area was a burial site until 1815.
Old Settler's Cemetery draws many visitors and tourists during the day time to look at the historic graves and headstones.
Many of Charlotte's greatest Revolutionary War Veterans and Confederate Veterans are buried at Old Settler's Cemetery. This includes Thomas Polk, who was responsible for the gathering where the Mecklenburg Deceleration of Independence was signed and Revolutionary War Hero Major General George Graham.
The cemetery may be a great tourist attraction by day, but you don't want to visit at night.
There are still many unmarked graves and tombstones within this cemetery, and if you wander through in the evenings you never know what ghostly characters you might come across.
3. Biddleville Cemetery
Biddleville Cemetery is located in Five Points Park near the intersection of French Street and Cemetery Street. Biddleville Cemetery was founded in 1873 and is one of the oldest African American cemeteries in Mecklenburg County.
Biddleville Cemetery hosts the grave sites of several notable Charlotte African Americans including veterans of the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.
4. Davidson College Cemetery
Davidson College Cemetery is a chilling cemetery located on the grounds of the popular Davidson College slightly north of Charlotte.
This cemetery was started by the college in 1838.
Approximately 100 grave sites are found in this cemetery and most have connections with the college or are relatives of people who had connections with the college.
The oldest graves in the cemetery are those of the daughters of the first Davidson College President who died from Diphtheria in 1838. Another notable grave here is that of General D.H. Hill, a Confederate General during the Civil War.
5. Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and Cemetery is a historic church and cemetery that dates back to the 1700's.
Sitting adjacent to the cemetery, the church exhibits a Gothic style architecture that seems to make the cemetery feel even more chilling for visitors.
There are approximately 1,700 graves at Steele Creek Presbyterian Cemetery including those of some of Charlotte's first settlers.
The cemetery also contains a unique collection of 18th-century carvings which makes an interesting sight to see while visiting. This cemetery is definitely one that will give you the spooks, so if you like a good fright, plan for an evening this October.
If you are the type who enjoys learning more about the dead or visiting historic grave sites in the Queen City, you must check out these five local cemeteries. We warn you though – that chill in the air may be a little bit more than our autumn temperatures!