Thursday, October 30, 2014

List of 10 "spookiest cemeteries in the U.S." includes three from Carolinas

A list of  10 "Spookiest cemeteries in the U.S." published at may have three from Louisiana at the top -- that's to be expected -- but also includes three from the Carolinas:

 1. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans. This famous graveyard was established in 1789 and is on the northern end of the city's ever-popular French Quarter. Visit on your own or on a guided tour. Because the land is so close to sea level, people are buried in above-ground tombs.

2. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, also in New Orleans. It's small but also packed with above-ground graves.

3. American Cemetery, Natchitoches, La. This is another oldie and it shows up in scenes from "Steel Magnolias."

4. Woodpecker Hill, Colorado Springs, Co. Citizens were buried in the town's Greenwood Cemetery, Woodpecker Hill, on a bluff above it, is where convicts were laid to rest.

The next four are notable for holding the remains of many Civil  War soldiers.

5. Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens, Columbia (shown in the photo at the top of this post).

6. Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond Va.

7. Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.

8. Woodland Cemetery, Bethel, Maine.

9. Bellevue Cemetery, Wilmington. It's spooky enough to be a site location for the  modern-gothic TV series "Sleepy Hollow," which is filmed in the area.

10. St. James Parish Cemetery, Wilmington. Founded in 1729, with many old headstones sheathed in moss, it looks the part.