As a member of The Association of Gravestone Studies, this reviewer was anxious to get her hands on a copy of “Cincinnati Cemeteries—Hauntings and Other Legends” by author Roy Heizer (Schiffer Publishing 2017). Having attended an AGS Conference in Cincinnati in the summer of 2016, it was refreshing to read more about some of the historic cemeteries the group visited during what we have nicknamed “Cemetery Camp.”
A visit to Spring Grove Cemetery is nothing less than awe inspiring. The first interment to pass through the ‘one-way’ entrance gate was on September 1, 1843. As a funeral cortege approached the cemetery, the gate would slowly swing open to allow the horse driven carriage inside—the casket to never leave its ornate passageway again. Some say the dearly departed still wander the old graveyard or their spirits become entangled in the gate in an attempt to find an exit. Read about supernatural visits to the grave site of John R. Hugh and voices from the grave of little Miss Alice. Look closely and perhaps you will discover them wandering the fine trimmed gardens yourself!
Visit the grassy hillsides of Walnut Hills Cemetery after you read some of the legendary tales associated with this historic burial ground. Learn the tales of Jacob Woelfle’s horror with a fireplace and its gateway to Hell. Read and you may discover if the widow Wurth had ghostly visits at her husband’s grave site? What did one visitor say about the unexplained phenomena he witnessed while strolling the grounds of the serene cemetery.
Stroll through St. Mary’s Cemetery where the children from a nearby Catholic orphanage perished in a devastating fire. Can you hear their calls for help? Can you still smell the smoldering ashes from the blaze?
“Cincinnati Cemeteries—Hauntings and Other Legends” offers tales of ten historic cemeteries you will most definitely explore on your next visit to the ‘Queen City’. Filled with great photography, it is a wonderful travel guide to bring along with your camera and gusto for adventure.
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