The Story Of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
This cemetery may be the most haunted place in all of Chicago. If you dare, you can visit this abandoned, scary cemetery by visiting the suburb of Midlothian, Illinois, near the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve. You will find Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery right on the edge of the forest.
There are several reports of strange occurrences and weird phenomena with over 100 different encounters. Some of the reports include unexplained sounds, unexplained sights, glowing balls of lights, and actual apparitions. The cemetery has not been in use for several years and if you just passed by you would think, it was a quiet resting place for those buried there, but if you talked with ghost chasers, you will hear quite a different story.
The first burial was in 1844 and the last one in 1989. The original name of the cemetery was Everdon’s. The cemetery was pretty busy from 1844 until 1965, and then no one was buried there until the last burial in 1989. The period between 1965 and 1989, the cemetery was left untouched and since 1989, it was left abandoned. During the 1960’s the cemetery was vandalized and the cemetery had to be closed to preserve history in 1965. However, this did not help the cemetery to be a quiet resting place. The rumors are that the cemetery during the 1970’s became home to many satanic and occultist groups that performed many rituals and ceremonies, and of course, vandalized the entire cemetery and even stole tombstones.
Some of the mysterious sightings include a phantom white farmhouse that appears and disappears along the gravel trail to the entrance of the cemetery. Many people have seen this old white farmhouse in several different places along the trail and it has been seen during daylight and nighttime.
Near the cemetery and just past the fence that encircles the cemetery is a small lagoon. It is believed that this lagoon or pond was a favorite dumping ground for Chicago gangsters or at least for those that crossed them. People have reported seeing a two headed monster and a farmer with a horse drawn wagon near the pond.
When you finish exploring all the outer areas around the cemetery and get up enough nerve to venture in you will encounter many more ghosts such as monk’s dressed in robes and a man with a yellow glow in 1984. Several people have captured these ghosts on film such as the one in the photo known as the “White Lady”. Many believe she is the ghost of a young woman that is buried close to her infant son.
Therefore, if you are brave and not afraid to encounter a ghost, then take a visit to Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, where the dead do not rest in place but wander through the cemetery.