Do old cemeteries creep you out? If so, you might want to skip this one – we’ve gathered all the spookiest burial grounds in the country into one shiver-inducing list.
Check out these positively disturbing cemeteries from around the U.S. and try to keep your skin from crawling.
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1. Pennsylvania: Mount Moriah Cemetery
This abandoned graveyard is filled with the remains of more than 90,000 people. First opened in 1855, the cemetery is guarded by an imposing brownstone gatehouse. Since the last board member of the cemetery association died in 2011, this historic site has been slowly becoming more and more overgrown.
2. Maryland: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore
This cemetery is the final resting place of countless well-known individuals, including famous Civil War generals and the infamous John Wilkes Booth. The graveyard is covered with exquisitely carved, and occasionally eerie, sculptures of angels, historical figures, and the deceased.
3. Iowa: Anamosa State Penitentiary Cemetery, Anamosa
Situated at the end of a lonely country road, this cemetery houses the remains of the countless prisoners who died at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. This spot is especially heartbreaking because only those individuals without families to claim their bodies were buried in this field.
4. Texas: Old City Cemetery, Galveston
One of the oldest and most historic sites in Galveston, the Old City Cemetery is the resting place of many victims of the Great Hurricane of 1900. The area is a popular spot for ghost hunters, as there have been innumerable accounts of paranormal activity among the gravestones.
5. New Hampshire: Woodland Cemetery, Keene
This eerie cemetery in Keene is said to be haunted by two spirits. The first is said to be a hostile ghost that lives in the cemetery's Summer Knight Chapel. The second spirit is alleged to be that of a little girl who wanders the grounds at dusk.
6. Idaho: Pioneer/Boot Hill Cemetery, Idaho City
During Idaho City's heyday as a mining town, many residents died of illness, mining accidents, and violence. Over 3,000 bodies are buried in this graveyard, and most are unidentified.
7. New Mexico: Dawson Cemetery, Cimarron
This cemetery is tied to the town of Dawson's tragic history. In 1913, an explosion in the town's coal mine killed 263 men in one of the worst mining tragedies in U.S. history. A second explosion in the 1920s killed another 121 men, and the mine eventually closed. The town's population dwindled and eventually vanished altogether, leaving this abandoned cemetery to tell its story.
8. West Virginia: West Liberty Cemetery, Wheeling
This cemetery is the final resting spot of many local soldiers. The graveyard is thought to date back to about 1770, though many of the 450 original headstones are missing. The elaborate wrought-iron gate and weathered headstones are both beautiful and slightly creepy.
9. Nevada: Goldfield Cemetery, Goldfield
Established in 1905, most of the plots in Goldfield Cemetery have only simple crosses and rough, stone markers. Some of the markers bear bizarre inscriptions describing the deceased's manner of death.
10. Tennessee: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis
Beneath the cemetery's ancient elms, oaks, and magnolias, old gravestones and weathered sculptures give this spot a definite creepy vibe. Bodies have been crowding into Elmwood since 1852.
11. North Carolina: Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte
This spot is covered in headstones dating back to the early 1800s. The stark contrast between the mouldering tombstones and the sleek Charlotte skyline is very moving.
12. Virginia: Pine Creek Church Cemetery, Floyd
This Revolutionary War-era cemetery is home to many of the local inhabitants of the surrounding mountains. The oldest marker dates back to 1796. Nearly forgotten in the 1970s and 1980s, some recent effort has been made to clean up this overgrown and eerie cemetery.
13. Ohio: Lake View Cemetery, Clevaland
This cemetery holds the bodies of more than 100,000 people and stretches across 285 acres. Many famous individuals call this graveyard home, including John D. Rockefeller, James A. Garfield and Eliot Ness. The undeniably creepy "Angel of Death Victorious" sculpture adorns the Haserot family tomb.
14. Louisiana: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans
This cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places for its remarkable architecture and undeniable mystique. The above-ground tombs make this graveyard feel like a city of the dead.
15. Missouri: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis
Bellefontaine Cemetery has more than a few ghostly legends to its name. The spirit of a young girl is said to hitchhike between nearby Calvary Cemetery and the gates of Bellefontaine, disappearing just before the vehicle reaches the gates. Locals also tell stories of the ghost of little boy who is seen playing in the street in front of the cemetery.
16. Maine: Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor
This place has such a creepy aura that Stephen King made it one of the filming sites for the movie "Pet Sematary." The body of one of the FBI's most wanted, Al Brady, can also be found at this burial ground. Brady was killed in a bloody shoot-out on nearby Central Street.
These places are full of history, and the stories behind a few of these spots are chilling. Do cemeteries give you an uneasy feeling? Or do you love strolling through the tombstones?