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St Mary’s church and cemetery are facing the problem of plunging onto the town below after heavy rains caused a landslide in the area. Located in Whitby in North Yorkshire England, the church and cemetery date back to as early as 1110AD, and some residents that live in the town below are finding bones in their backyards. Creepy!
The cemetery inspired Bram Stoker when writing his classic novel Dracula and has been closed to the public since 1865. Visit the Daily Mail to see more pictures and read more about this old church and cemetery.
I can explain! My plan was to update once a week and I am already falling behind on that, much to my own disappointment. At the moment I have just started a new job, and that with school and trying to keep up with my friends I’ve pushed my online activities back. I’m also having trouble with finding content to write about… I have a list of cemeteries I really want to write about here, but I’d really like to visit them before I do. So until I work my time out and the weather gets better I probably won’t be posting, unless I find something that really interests me! Until then, visit my other cemetery blog located on Tumblr where I post pictures from beautiful cemeteries across the world 🙂
Weddleville, Indiana sits just outside of Medora in Jackson County, out in the country where you wouldn’t even think it was it’s own town. But back before the 1930’s Weddleville was connected to the rest of Indiana by US 50. After US 50 was moved to it’s present location, a mere two miles north, the town just kind of died out. Now all that’s left is a few houses and one of the oldest remaining high school buildings in Indiana.
Carr High School, also known as the Weddleville School House, was built in 1857. It was abandoned in 1934 (around the time that US 50 was moved) and wasn’t used again until 1940. It served as a church until 1963, and then it was placed on the Indiana State Register of Historic Sites and Structures on October 25, 1987.
Now, why am I giving you a history lesson about a building on a cemetery blog? Well, right next door is the Weddleville Cemetery. The oldest marker in the cemetery is that of Fielding McHargue, who was the first person buried in the cemetery in 1892. I find it interesting that this was when the building was still being used as a school! The cemetery is also the final resting place for several veterans of the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam.
It’s well worth the visit to see the cemetery and the old building. During our visit, the outside of the building was in the process of being restored, and from the looks of some older pictures, they’re doing a very good job! I thought there was quite a few interesting markers in the cemetery as well.
If you would like to visit the cemetery and have a GPS unit, just plug in the coordinates 38.83772, -86.22359 and it should take you right to it! For more information about the school, you can visit the official Weddleville site.
When I was just a little girl I would go with my mom and grandma to place flowers on the graves of our family members. We always visited two cemeteries, Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hall, Indiana and Forest Hill Cemetery in Greencastle, Indiana. For years I walked around these two cemeteries without knowing anything about them. It wasn’t until very recently that I learned about the murder of Pearl Bryan, who is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Pearl was a young woman, only a bit older than I am right now, who is said to have been very popular and attractive in the Greencastle area. She met a man named Scott Jackson through a cousin, which eventually led to an intimate relationship. It was only after Scott had packed his bags, moved to Cincinnati, and broke off their relationship when Pearl found out she was pregnant.
Scott wanted to break off all contact with Pearl, so when he found out she was pregnant he told her that he had made arrangements for her to get an abortion. That was when Pearl told her parents she was going to Indianapolis and headed to Cincinnati instead.
When Pearl reached Cincinnati, Scott introduced her to Alonzo Walling. Witnesses claimed seeing the three around town, including a violent argument between Pearl and the two men. A few days later, Pearl’s headless body was found in Kentucky.
There was evidence of botched abortion attempts, as well as cocaine in Pearl’s system. She had been decapitated by dental tools, and her head was no where to be found. She was identified by her shoes, which were traced back to a store in Greencastle.
Scott and Alonzo were tried in 1897 and sentenced to death. They never revealed what happened to Pearl’s head, even though they were offered life sentences instead of death for the information. There’s lots of rumors about what they did with her head, including using it for satanic rituals, but no one really knows since it was never found.
Pearl was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery without her head. Due to the controversy surrounding her death, her grave became a sort of tourist attraction. Visitors would chip away pieces of her headstone and it was eventually removed due to vandalism. All that is left of her marker is the base, where visitors leave pennies, head face up, so that Pearl won’t be headless.
Some people also claim that they see Pearl’s ghost, sometimes headless, sometimes not, in the cemetery. Pearl is also thought to haunt Bobby Mackey’s Music World, located close to where she was murdered in Kentucky.
If you wish to visit Pearl’s grave, Forest Hill Cemetery has posted where it’s located on a billboard in front of the mausoleum. Pearl is buried beside other Bryan’s, so make sure you have the right grave, since I’ve seen another marker people have mistaken as Pearl’s.
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I want to welcome everyone into 2012, although a bit late. I have many plans for my blog, including stories that are more informative and creative. I know that last year I wasn’t very good at updating, and when I did, it was news articles from around the web. This year I want to focus on content that I have created myself, but still cover the area of cemeteries in the news. Hopefully it will really pick up in the the Spring when weather gets better and it’s too cold to go out and visit cemeteries! Until then, I have some pictures from previous cemetery trips to hold you over.
Now, I’m looking for cemeteries located between Northern Kentucky and the Indianapolis areas that I can visit and then write stories on. I’m not picky… a local tale, a historic person, a unique gravestone… anything that will spark my interest to investigate further. I will be doing my own research, but would also love to hear from any of my readers (if I even have any?) about cemeteries they find interesting!
Do you have any unique cemeteries for me? Leave me a comment with the name of the cemetery and when it’s unique!
We finally got out to some cemeteries again, and there was one in particular I wanted to go to after driving by it early one morning. Wesley Cemetery, located near Wesport in Decatur County, Indiana is a well maintained, really beautiful cemetery. What caught my eye was the stone wall and steps that lead up to the cemetery. It was around 6PM when we visited it and we proceeded to check it out and take pictures, until…
The titled of this post comes from my mom’s reaction to the blue tarp, lol! The statue must have fallen from the top of the grave marker in the top right of the picture and they had covered it up until they could fix it. Still, an interesting find in a cemetery!
Below is a few more pictures of this cemetery.