I am a Tombstone Tourist: someone who loves to wander cemeteries. I find it akin to visiting a museum: an opportunity to enjoy rarely seen sculpture, intricate carvings, and amazing architecture, all in a tranquil outdoor setting. This blog is about cemetery culture, art, history, issues of death, and genealogy - subjects of current relevance. I usually find something that intrigues me and makes me want to dig deeper. Care to join me? Read on...
Friday, October 6, 2017
Haunted Blackfoot Cemetery
Once again, it's October - a time for
hauntings, Halloween - and all things spooky.This month, A Grave Interest takes a look at several haunted
cemeteries.Get ready as we explore some
‘lively’ places, and the people who make them so…….
Pike County Indiana
Located in the rolling hills of
southern Indiana, Pike County is a coal-mining region and farming community.
A visit to the area in October offers a pleasant and scenic drive as leaves
change colors, and farmers work to bring in the harvest.
The largest town in Pike County is
Petersburg, known once as White Oak Springs by the earliest settlers at the
beginning of the nineteenth century. Pike County Indiana boasts numerous
cemeteries but the one that is rumored to be haunted is called Blackfoot
Cemetery. Located in Morgan Township, there are over 800 interments in the
cemetery, many of those early settlers to the region. The first burial was that of a woman in a group of settlers passing through. The Indians,
thought to be Blackfoot, showed the group where to bury the woman at the top of
a hill. This became the first burial ground in the region.
At one time, the Blackfoot Church
was located near the cemetery. There were actually three churches by that name.
The first pioneer log church was built around 1800 by the early settlers and
named for the Indians. (My ancestors were
part of the first settlers in this region and visits from the nearby Indians
were common.) The first person buried in the cemetery after the church was
built was Mrs. John Almon.
Interior of a Log Church
The second church was built in 1860
and stood until it was destroyed by a storm in 1896. The final Blackfoot Church
was constructed in 1897. That church stood for almost 100 years. It was razed
in 1992 after vandalism became so bad, the trustees decided it was the best course
Blackfoot is a popular name in the
region. Besides Blackfoot Church and Blackfoot Cemetery, there is also the
Blackfoot Mine, and Blackfoot Landfill.
Down a lonely country road, Blackfoot Cemetery appears to be a
quiet haven of peace, but visitors have reported seeing shadows dash past and
hearing voices and noises whose sources could not be found. Legend has it that
a grave set off by itself is that of a witch. When darkness falls, the cemetery
takes on a life of its own – lights and orbs dart past, and the noises get
louder, more intense. No one spirit is said to haunt this cemetery – maybe it
is the Blackfoot tribe members, still enjoying the life they knew here over two
hundred years ago.
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