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The tension rose in the car as we drove the last 2.5 miles deeper and deeper into the woods up the back, poorly paved narrow roads in Fitchburg, MA. We drove slowly down the dark, dirt, dead end that is Caswell road (not to be confused with Caswell Street.) When we saw the cemetery on our right, we pulled over and the 3 of us got out of the car.
I had asked my son and his best friend to go with me so I could get a few pictures. The truth is, I didn’t want to go alone. I had heard rumors, stories about happenings in this cemetery in my own town and I had even been there twice before, once during the day and once at night, but I would never go there alone.
When we all got out of the car, I left the lights on and the emergency hazards. There were no street lights or any other lights for that matter. It was pitch black. After freaking myself out and both guys complaining about the lights and the hazards, I turned them off.
They were much braver than I and walked amongst the gravestones, checking out dates and engravings. The cemetery was established in 1791 for the veterans and families of the Revolutionary War. This is why it is called, “The Rev” by locals. I believe the stone they were looking for was the one they spoke of on the way there that is part of a legend. They mentioned that if you stood on this grave stone that you would die, although not immediately. (I couldn’t resist to joke that of course, you would, we all do eventually.) When I got home to research more about that stone I discovered a website (http://www.strangeusa.com/Viewlocation.aspx?id=4887) that tells the story stating that particular stone had been stolen 4 times and returned 3 times. It is no longer there, not that they could have found it at night.
According to the site, http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/massachusetts.htm, there have been several deaths there. It states there was a 20 year old man who was killed and burned on that road and that a girl also died after her car hit a tree on Caswell. That alone could be enough information to give you the creeps if you are there looking for spirits but the site listed above also speaks of urban legends of animal sacrifice, satanic and sexual rituals, someone being accidentally killed and buried just beyond the cemetery wall and 2 missing teenagers who were left behind at the cemetery but never found. It is also rumored that soldiers with glowing eyes have been seen leaning against the walls in the area. Some of these stories still circulate amongst the teens in the area according to my two young men and their friends.
I cannot confirm any of this. I do feel very anxious when I’m there but I feel that is because it is so dark and eerily quiet. Most of the people I have spoken to who have been there feel the same way but have never seen anything either.
After requests for pictures I went back today to get some shots. There are several broken stones as seen below:
The broken pieces were gathered and and placed around a tree.
There was one stone that is slivered and chipped with the ground growing up around it. The picture next to it is of a new family stone. This may have replaced the one that had been vandalized.
Here are the rest of the pictures…
If you go, you be the judge. Please note that there are signs stating no trespassing after dark. The neighbors will call the police.
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Penny McDaniel said:
I visited Fitchburg years ago and fell in love with the town. I never realized the hills there! I do remember this cemetery. There is a lot of unrest there and I picked up on it immediately. Do you have more pictures? Would love to see them. I find old graveyards beautiful in their own strange way.
Penny, I can give you a site that has a great deal of pictures. It’s not my site but I came across it last night. I didn’t just want to take them as my own though. The link is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/newenglandoddities/sets/72157604868748274/. Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you got to see it while you were in town. Yes, Fitchburg is hilly. I believe it holds the title of the second hilliest city in the country.
Peggy Nolan said:
Brave girl! Sounds like a great cemetery to visit…during the day 🙂
Peggy, I got freaked out because I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye but it was so dark that I think I was more afraid of the living lurking out there than the dead. I had my strong kid there to protect me though. 😉
It kind of reminds me of going to the Stump at Lily Dale at midnight on a full moon. (I think we even went once on Halloween at midnight, but it’s been a few years and my memory fails on that now.) I would never go there alone, myself, because they’ve seen bears on the property, but there is also an eeriness that creeps over you as you go deeper and deeper into the woods. I’m glad I can say I have done it, but don’t know that I would want to again.
Jamie, I just pulled up a picture of the stump to see what you meant. It looks pretty interesting. Are you referring to the woods behind the stump of have you also been to this cemetery? I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.
Ah, the blessings of being prohibited from visiting a cemetery, unless it is for the unfortunate passing of a relative…
I’m curious, what would one have to do to be banned from cemeteries? I may be misinterpreting your comment Mr. Ackerman. I am grateful that you stopped by and took the time to read this and comment. Much appreciated.
Rumors are that there are “kkk” members who own the houses on the road and surrounding the cemetery. And it is also said that if you go up there at night and the trash barrels in front of the cemetery are flipped upside down it means there is a “kkk” meeting taking place. Some have said they’ve witnessed that and that if you are parked in front of the cemetery, and look to your left through the woods, they have seen a cross burning in a distance. Not sure how true that is. But I do know that the 20 year old who died there is a true story. He was one of my moms good friends growing up and one night of praying with his so called friends they robbed him, and beat him so bad then took him there, tied him to the tree and burned him to death. Really eery place
Jenna, The young man who was burned there, was he from Townsend? I think I remember that story but I’m not sure if it was the same case. Very sad. This is the first I’ve heard about the “KKK” but it sounds made up. What do I know? I’d like to believe that type of hate doesn’t exist but I know I’m wrong. Thanks for sharing and stopping by, I truly appreciate it.
Here’s a great image from history. Inspiration Stump is located inside Lily Dale (which is what I’m referring to) way back in the woods. To get there, you follow a deeply wooded path, first passing by the pet cemetery, where various beloved Lily Dale pets are buried, including a horse which once helped pull chunks of ice from the lake. Lily Dale was built in the 1880s, so plenty of history and tales to go round, not to mention that it is a gated spiritualist community.
Jamie, I couldn’t see an image but I think I found one online. Is this located in NY?
Jennifer Fitzgerald said:
I still remember an epitaph from a gravestone up there.
Passersby, as you pass by
As you are now, so once was I
As I am now, so you must be
Prepare for Death to follow me
I visited The Rev many times and I always felt so cold.
What a great memory! That is an awesome share! Thank you so much! I wonder if it is still there of if that was the passage people were talking about that was on the stone that was stolen. I am glad you stopped by and just as grateful that you commented. I hope you will follow for more future ghost posts. 😉