Today's blog is another example of the many, many one-liners that are listed on a variety of websites, including Shadowlands and WVGhosts. According to the WVGhosts site, this location is also referred to (erroneously) as the Wellsburg Cemetery.
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This new cemetery was built on land purchased from George Cox and David Fleming, and originally was about 12 acres. It was built in the popular style of a garden or park cemetery, which was norm for the Victorian era. John Chislett designed and built the cemetery which was officially dedicated 16 October 1857. However, the first burial in the new cemetery actually took place on July 10th of that year, when Eleanor George, wife of cemetery board of trustees member Samuel George passed away.
Shortly after the cemetery was dedicated, people began moving their loved ones' remains from the town's earlier cemeteries to the new, fashionable Brooke Cemetery. However, it wouldn't be until 1876 when there was a "mass migration." That year, the 12th Street cemetery officially closed and a contract was awarded to E. Gaver & Co. to move the remaining bodies from this, and several smaller cemeteries...a feat that was accomplished by the first of December.
Today, Brooke Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the final resting place to many interesting characters from the history of West Virginia. Veterans from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the War of 1812 can be found among its burials, as well as Patrick Gass who was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and Rev. Doctor Joseph Doddridge who was the first minister of the episcopal church in Ohio and western Va.
With the wide range of personalities interred within the cemetery, dating back to the earliest days of Brooke County's history, it is any guess who or what is responsible for the hauntings therein. What is known is that it was reported to WVGhosts that visitors to the cemetery have experienced apparitions and mists that collect into curious shapes.
More Information at:
National Register of Historic Places
Survey of Cemeteries