Haunted Cemeteries – Gravestones and Monuments

Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries - 3rd edition

Haunted cemeteries can be ideal research sites for any ghost hunter. Whether you’re looking for a “good scare,” scientific evidence, or to help a lost soul “cross over,” many cemeteries are convenient, open to the public… and haunted.

Some of the following photos may inspire you to explore the oldest cemeteries and gravestones in your area.

Orb at "schoolhouse cemetery" in Nashua, NH Yes, that’s an unexplained orb in the tree at Schoolhouse Cemetery in Nashua, NH.

This photo was taken at Halloween. The night was still. There were no breezes, and I was careful not to stir up any dust.

(I was still under the illusion that many — perhaps most — orbs were explained as dust particles reflecting the light from my camera.)

misty gravestones at Hollis, NH At right, a group of gravestones at Pine Hill Cemetery (aka “Blood Cemetery”) in Hollis, NH, always seemed to photograph as if they were in a mist… even on a sunny day, like this one.

Purple streak of light at Gilson Road cemetery The photo at left shows an unexplained streak of purple light at Gilson Road Cemetery, in Nashua, NH.

At the time, we saw nothing like this light. The picture was a film photo, and the negative showed no splashes or processing problems that could explain this picture.

It’s still among my favorites.

stolen gravestone from Vale End, Wilton, NH

Of course, this kind of photography isn’t always about ghosts.

At right, this lovely figure of Mary Magdalene (so I was told) was stolen from a grave at Vale End Cemetery (Wilton, NH), a few months after I took this picture.

Abel Blood's gravestone



At left, Abel Blood’s gravestone was among New Hampshire’s most famous haunted sites.

At Halloween (and perhaps other times), the finger on the headstone was seen pointing downward.

Ordinarily, I’d doubt the tale. I’ve heard similar urban legends all over the U.S. and in other countries, too.

But, in this case, the person who told me about it had seen it himself. And, he was one of the most credible sources I’ve ever spoken with.

Since I posted this story online, the headstone has been stolen at least twice. It may be back at Pine Hill Cemetery (Hollis, NH) at the time you read this. People who take the stone… they don’t keep it for long.

Frankly, I wouldn’t want to experience the wrath of Abel Blood — or any curse he might deliver — by antagonizing his ghost, or whatever caused the finger to turn on the headstone.

But, in general, I think ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries can be fascinating.

Just don’t take anything home from the cemetery.