This Illinois Cemetery is Said to Be Among the Most Haunted in The World
It's said to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world, and it's located in Illinois.
Located in Decatur, Illinois is a cemetery that's said to be extremely haunted. This cemetery began officially in the mid-1800s, but burials are believed to have started in this area as far back as the early 1800s. Many places have dubbed this cemetery, the "most haunted in the world" due to the number of paranormal legends from this cemetery. From the "devil's chair" to a weeping woman, we'll cover a couple of the most popular legends from Greenwood Cemetery.
The Weeping Woman on the Barrackman Steps
I first learned about the legend of the weeping woman from Weird History on YouTube, they did a fantastic video about the legends and lore surrounding Greenwood Cemetery which you can see here. In the video, Weird History tells the story of the weeping woman on the Barrackman steps.
The Barrackman steps are a set of 5 concrete steps that lead up to the Barrackman family graves. Locals say there is a woman who is seen most days around sunset standing on the steps and she appears to be weeping. Could this be a relative mourning their loved ones? Perhaps. However, she's said to disappear after sunset each evening.
The Devil's Chair
The most popular legend from the Greenwood Cemetery seems to be the legend of the Devil's Chair. AGraveInterest.Blogspot.com shared the legend of the devil's chair as:
According to the legend of the Devil's Chair in Greenwood Cemetery, if you sit on the chair at a certain time, you can make a pact with the Devil. You will get anything you want for seven years. At the end of the seven years, the devil comes to claim your soul.
That's going to be a no from me!
The Devil's Chair is Actually a Mourning Chair
However, what is this odd chair exactly? It turns out it's actually a mourning chair, and there are many superstitions that surround mourning chairs. Due to vandalism, very few mourning chairs remain in cemeteries today, but they were chairs that were built for loved ones to rest on in the cemetery as they mourn. Some superstitions claim that mourning chairs actually bring you good luck if you sit on them, and some superstitions claim mourning chairs will bring you bad luck. So I guess it's up to you to decide if you want to take that gamble. Personally, if I ever come across one, I think I'll just admire it from a distance.
Eerie Explorations on YouTube created a really cool video of Greenwood Cemetery you can see below!
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