Monday, October 24, 2011
Alum Creek's Most Haunted Cemetery
The Forks of Coal Missionary Baptist church was founded in 1832, according to the Alum Creek Wikipedia, and sits below an historic cemetery...the Forks of Coal Community Cemetery. It is this cemetery where numerous witnesses have encountered an older gentleman wandering the cemetery grounds. The gentleman, who is often mistaken for a visiting mourner, seems confused and disoriented. When the witness approaches the gentleman to offer assistance, the man disappears before his/her eyes.
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Find-A-Grave Listing for Cemetery
Photo above property of Robert Fitch, Find-A-Grave Contributor
Update: On November15, 2011, I was out driving around and happened across this cemetery. It is a fairly large cemetery, with a wide date range of tombstones. The cemetery itself is laid out quite interestingly...it goes up the hill from the church, in sort of a bowl, or horseshoe pattern, but then after you reach the top, slopes steeply back down towards a ravine. There's even one section where a set of stairs have been built to help visitors safely navigate the decline to the graves scattered below.
The phantom man very well could be a...well, phantom....but one cannot dismiss the possibility of him being a real person. There are houses behind the ravine and to the side of the cemetery. It is possible that this is a living man, confused as to why people are in the cemetery when they shouldn't necessarily be...and then seemingly disappears by taking a few steps and being blocked by the crest of the hill, lol. The cemetery does give off a somewhat creepy vibe, and while I was visiting, had another visitor pull up beside me and sit behind the church steps, which was unsettling to say the least, lol.