It’s already time for another road trip again, y’all! I know it’s nowhere near Halloween, but there’s never a bad time for a little ghostly fun, right? Texas is a notoriously haunted state, so it’s no surprise that many of our cemeteries have terrifying urban legends associated with them. I’m sure there are tons more across the state, but these nine are some of the most sinister, eerie, and horrifying. I dare you to go on this trip and check them out. You’re brave enough, right? As usual, we’ve included the
Google Map with all the details regarding directions. Happy haunting!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Forest Lawn Cemetery (Beaumont)
Our first stop is a cemetery in Southeast Texas that harbors a tale of both romance and eeriness. While these statues might not look inherently sinister, they're rumored to hold the souls of two lovers that couldn't bear to lie in their separate graves apart from one another. They're known as the "Kissing Statues" because legend has it that if you visit the cemetery at night, park your car in front of them, and turn on your brights, they'll turn towards one another and engage in a heartfelt kiss. Even if that might not be true, the statues are a marvel in and of themselves. They were crafted so intricately that they really do almost appear real.
2. Oakwood Cemetery (Huntsville)
This cemetery is the resting place of the famous General Sam Houston...and a lesser-known entity called Black Jesus. Apparently the statue used to be bronze, but the harsh elements weathered it away to its current unforgiving, black as night appearance. Every grave in close proximity to it is facing West, while the rest of the graves in the cemetery face East. The story goes that every night, Black Jesus turns his hands down as opposed to their usual upward-facing position. Are you brave enough to find out the truth?
3. Rose Hill Cemetery (Tyler)
The story of the old woman of Rose Hill Cemetery is more heartwarming than spooky, but it's a ghostly tale all the same. There's a woman buried here by the name of Madge Ward, and people come from far and wide to marvel at her grandiose gravestone: a gigantic piano. It's only fitting given that much of her life was spent playing all over the world for just about every audience you can imagine. The black and white keys were her passion, and she wanted that conveyed to the world for the rest of eternity. People have reported hearing a somber tune, like that of a piano, when visiting the cemetery at night. It appears to have no source, but it's always in the vicinity of Madge's gravesite. I suppose she's playing her little heart out at the Carnegie Hall of heaven and just wants us to know she's alright.
4. Evergreen Cemetery (Paris)
At first glance, you might get a kick out of this statue - until night falls, of course, and even the most seemingly innocent objects turn sinister. This gravestone, marking the body of a late small-town furniture maker, depicts Jesus Christ wearing a pair of cowboy boots. Classic Texan move, right? Wrong. The deceased is rumored to have been an atheist, and his grave is the only one in the cemetery not facing east. Also, there are inverted torches carved into the bottom of the statue. While these facts alone might not spell trouble, this does: many late-night visitors have reported seeing the statue move. It could just be a trick of the night, but nearly everyone swears they could feel the cold, unnerving eyes of this Jesus imposter boring into their skin and penetrating their soul.
5. Mills Cemetery (Garland)
This cemetery has a ghost story that will chill you to the bone: the story of Smiley. Obviously, that name sounds the complete opposite of scary, but just wait until you hear the terrifying details. This grave hold an entire family - a father, mother, and three children - by the name of Smiley. They all died on the same day, May 9, 1927, at the hands of the father. People say that if you visit the grave at midnight on Halloween and lie down, you'll be wrapped in a ghostly embrace and struggle to get back up as Mr. Smiley tries to add you to his spectral family. Don't get too comfy, because if you lie there too long, it just might be too late. Who volunteers to be the guinea pig? Not me!
6. Bittick Cemetery (Liberty Hill)
This cemetery in the desolate, backwoods town of Liberty Hill is the resting place for many slaves. Most of the graves date back to the 1800s, including that of "The Witch," a young black girl who was supposedly accused of witchcraft and lynched from an old, scraggly tree that still stands in the graveyard. Her grave reads, "whoever passes over this grave shall die as I have died." If you visit the cemetery at night, you just might see her swinging from the tree...and if you do, you'd better run, because she may use her powers to free herself from the rope and come after you so you can meet the same fate as her. After all, that promise is etched on her gravestone.
7. Baby Head Cemetery (Llano)
That name alone is enough to get every hair on your body standing on end. It was born from a gruesome tragedy over a century ago - a group of Indians in the area kidnapped a young girl, killed her, and placed her head at the foot of a mountain which was subsequently named "Baby Head Mountain." The settlement flourished into a town and left the horrific memory in the past before eventually fizzling out into a ghost town. Now, the only remnant is the eerie cemetery. This historical marker is often seen with babydoll heads dangling from it...a harmless prank, or a physical manifestation of something more sinister lurking at the bottom of the mountain?
8. Lona China Cemetery (San Antonio)
This cemetery is easily one of the creepiest in the state. As soon as you drive in, there's a huge sign that says, "NO WITCHCRAFT!" The only reason a sign like that would be necessary is if people were doing witchcraft, right? There's also a really scary urban legend associated with the cemetery. Evidently, if you park your car in front of a white cross just inside the gate, turn off your car (including your headlights), lower your windows (yeah, no thanks), and flash your brights five times, you'll see the pale silhouettes of apparitions flitting about in front of you.
9. Old City Cemetery (Galveston)
Galveston is a notoriously haunted city, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of stories regarding its cemeteries. You might see the ghost of a uniformed solider or a casualty of the 1900 hurricane. I guarantee you won't have an uneventful experience here.
Have you been to any of these cemeteries? Did you have any paranormal encounters? If you like scary stuff as much as I do, check out this Texas
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