The Old City Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida is a very historic place and it features something very unique: A mysterious witch grave. Here is a 12 feet tall obelisk of Bessie, a witch who died when she was just 23 years old. This happened more than a century ago in 1889, and her full name was Elizabeth Budd Graham.
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So what is so strange about this monument? To begin with, this grave and the inscription face west, and if you look around all the other graves face east because that is the accepted Christian custom. And this tombstone is the tallest and most ornate and made of 15 tons of French granite. And legend has it that anyone who tries to have a taller structure in this cemetery cannot succeed. A few families have tried to build more elaborate monuments and they were desecrated a few days later.
Before getting to the ghost stories, people have seen actual witches performing ceremonies at night, this is not a rumor but it really happens. On full moon and new moon nights, people who drive by still see a group of witches standing around this obelisk with candles.
Ghost stories include seeing a young woman weeping and sobbing right here. And if you visit this grave, Bessie will show up in your dreams that very night. Another story
says that a new offering is made to her every day for all these years. This may
be true, because you can see 2 quarters and 2 dimes neatly placed here.
you’ll see a lot of shells put in to a granite vase as offerings. Legend
also has it that if you look into this vase, you will see the reflection of a
dark soul looking straight into your eyes. It turns out there have been many people have also tried to do black magic and other dark forms of witchcraft on her grave. Numerous weird incidents have been reported which has prompted the sign below. It simply says Anyone found on this property will be arrested and jailed!
|The Witch Grave at Tallahassee has the tallest obelisk and has a mysterious energy|
|Coins set as offerings on the witch grave|
|Weird sign at the Old City Cemetery says anyone will be arrested. Really, anyone?|
Almost every cemetery in the state of Florida has a weird energy attached to it, like the Calvin Phillips Mausoleum, Devil's Chair and even Church Graveyards. One strange thing that I found while taking still pictures - my flash was always reflected on this side of the tombstone. I tried several times but just couldn’t get rid of it. Is it because of some strange energy or do I just suck at taking pictures?
|The Grave of Bessie the Witch in Tallahassee, Florida|
|Elizabeth Budd Graham, Born - 1866; Married - 1887; Died 1889|
“Ah! Broken is the golden bowl. The spirit flown forever! Let the bell toll! A saintly soul
Floats on the Stygian River; Come let the burial rite be read, The funeral song be sung;
An anthem for the queenliest dead That died so young, A dirge for her the doubly dead
|The epitaph on the witch grave is taken directly from Poe's poem 'Lenore'|
Ironically, there are many urban legends where the victims are portrayed as evil. Charlie No Face in Pennsylvania is another fabulous example of this phenomenon. But Florida tops all other states with its spooky urban legends. It is a gold mine for ghost hunters - Robert the Doll, Devil's Tree and even romance can get creepy in this state!