Bachelor's Grove Cemetery
Bachelor's Grove Cemetery is a small, abandoned cemetery in Chicago's southwest suburbs. It is well known for its haunted reputation and supposed ghost sightings.
The land comprising Bachelor's Grove was originally held by the Batchelder family circa 1830. Ursula Bielski, author of "Chicago Haunts," asserts the actual cemetery was originally named the Everdon Cemetery. The site saw its first official burial in 1844, and contains 82 plots. Burials, however, possibly go back as far as 1834, when German immigrant workers killed while working on the Illinois and Michigan Canal were reportedly laid to rest at the site. More recently, the cemetery was a dumping ground for victims of Chicago's organized crime families of the 1920s and 1930s.
Specific manifestations reported
Besides orbs and phantom vehicles, there have been additional reports of supernatural events at the cemetery, including:
- The white lady (or "white madonna"); she walks the grounds during a full moon while carrying an infant.
- Phantom farmhouse; a ghostly farmhouse which is purported to shimmer, float, and then vanish, mostly reported during the 1950s. There are also reports by witnesses of the house shrinking as they approach it, then disappearing altogether.
- A Farmer and his plow-horse; both victims of a plowing accident—having been dragged to their deaths into the nearby slough.
- A two-headed ghost; near the same slough.
- Religious monks; as late as 1984 witnesses reported seeing multiple figures dressed in monk's robes emerging throughout the cemetery.
- A black dog; witnesses in the 1990s reported seeing this manifestation at the cemetery's entrance. It would disappear when they approached it.
- The "Woman sitting on the Grave;" a notable photograph which ran in the Chicago Sun-Times, purportedly showing a transparent woman sitting on a tombstone; the apparition was not apparent at the time the photograph was shot.
Claims of hauntings peaked in the 1970s and 1980s.
Bachelors Grove Cemetery is just northwest of Midlothian and Oak Forest, near the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve on the Midlothian Turnpike (near its intersection with Central Avenue), in the southwest Chicago suburbs.
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- Note: plat: section 8 of Bremen Township, Cook County, Illinois.
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