These 10 cemeteries are considered to be some of the spookiest sites in the U.S. In no particular order:
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1. St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans (above).
There are three St. Louis Cemeteries in the Big Easy, but #1 is said to be the most haunted. It’s the oldest, for sure, opening in 1789 to replace St. Peter Cemetery, which burned in 1788. It’s no wonder the cemetery holds some haunts – with more than 100,000 people buried in a section of land about the size of a block, you’d expect that a few of them might have a little unfinished business. The tomb that tends to attract the most attention is that of Marie Laveau, the famous voodoo priestess. People mark three “X”es on her tomb, believing that doing so will cause her to grant them a wish.
2. Stull Cemetery, Kansas – the Gates to Hell.
OK, probably not, but you have to admit that a church reduced to rubble does spark the imagination. And the fact that the crumbling church finally fell down on Good Friday – also good fodder. Rumor has it that if you go up and knock on a rock in the rubble pile as if you were knocking on a door, the Devil himself will rise up and answer.
3. Western Burial Ground, Westminster Presbyterian Churchyard, Baltimore, Maryland.
It’s fitting that the cemetery Edgar Allan Poe now calls home is considered one of the scariest in America. Poe’s ghost has been spotted, of course, but another freaky story is that of the Cambridge Skull. A minister was murdered, you see, but his head never stopped screaming, even after he died. The murderers finally gagged the skull and buried it in a block of cement to attempt to muffle it, but if you listen closely, it can still be heard. If you’re one of the lucky ones to hear it, the story goes, you’ll never get the sound out of your head and will likely be driven insane.
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