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Bachelor Grove

No one knows how Bachelor Grove got its name but it’s one of those must visit places to find strange phenomena. Hundreds of reports have derived from there and it began in 1844 when the land was set aside to be a burial ground. The first burial was that year and was in steady use until 1989, when the last burial was. It was in the middle 1800’s when it received the name Bachelor Grove.

Trouble began in the 1960’s when the road leading to the cemetery became a popular “lovers lane” and vandals left it in terrible condition. It was officially closed in 1965. However, in the 70s, satanic and occultist groups performed ceremonies there, leaving remains. Many tombstones were stolen and some returned which could have given origin to legends that they moved by themselves. Some have witnessed ghost lights, voices, apparitions, and sightings of unbelievable creatures. The cemetery would soon be forgotten if it weren’t for the numerous ghost stories.

One of the most interesting stories is that of the phantom farmhouse. In order to get to the burial ground, you have travel on a narrow gravel trail. It is along this road that the house has been reported seen. It is always described the same: white house with porch pillars, a swing and a soft light burning in the window. However, it is never seen in the same place. It has been seen during daylight and night time hours. Even more strange is there are no reports of there being a house ever there.

A small lagoon borders the nearby turnpike and was known to be a dumping ground for gangsters during the Prohibition. So, it isn’t a surprise that the pond is haunted. Strangely, one ghost linked to the lagoon, is said to be a two-headed creature that has been reported on several occasions. The most famous ghost of the lagoon is an old farmer who was pulled into the water by his plow horse in the 1870's. The horse was drowned by the weight of the plow, taking the farmer with it.

The cemetery itself has its own ghosts, from the image of people dressed in monk's robes to the spirit of a glowing yellow man seen in 1984. Many ghosts have been captured on film. The most famous would be an old woman dubbed “White lady” or “Madonna of Bachelor Grove”. She is said to be the ghost of a woman buried in the cemetery next to her young son. She has been seen on nights of the full moon, wandering the cemetery with a baby in her arms.

Ghost lights are also well known on the trail leading through the woods. The strange lights on the trail are said to be red in color and move so fast that they leave a streak behind them in the air. The blue balls of light in the cemetery itself seem to have intelligence, dancing just out of reach of those who pursue them.

Even the turnpike near Bachelor's Grove is said to be haunted. For a number of years, witnesses have reported phantom cars that disappear along this road. One couple even had an auto accident with a car that vanished before their eyes, leaving their own vehicle untouched despite the sounds of bending metal and breaking glass.

So, if you are looking for a ghost experience, this place should be on the top of your list.

Source: Prairie Ghosts

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