Friday, October 27, 2017

The Spooky Sand Hill Cemetery

The Sand Hill Cemetery has the unfortunate reputation of being haunted. 

In fact, there is no doubt that the location near Caryville, Wisconsin, isolated on a dirt road leading to the edge of a rural bluff, is indeed scary. But, is it haunted? As the narrator of Ancient Aliens always proclaims..."some say yes." 

We were picnicking on the bucolic Chippewa River State Trail in May, when an older gentleman appeared out of nowhere, with a camera in hand. After discussing the historic value of the site where we were eating lunch, (click here for more on that) he regaled us with ghost stories surrounding the nearby Sand Hill Cemetery. He warned us that a demon named Blackie resided there, growling at all comers. He said that back in the day, he witnessed a circle of dark figures wearing black swirling cloaks surrounding the grave of Baby, performing some kind of unnerving ritual. And some say, they've seen children roaming the grounds, attempting to converse with living visitors. Except, they might not really be children at all. Well, not anymore. Gulp. So what did we do after hearing these mysterious tales?

We finished eating and biking, of course, then headed straight for the cemetery...

The grave of Baby.

This stone is slowly being masticated by the ravenous earth.

The penny stones.

It really does seem like a lonely and forgotten place.

If you look into the distance, you can see that this abandoned cemetery sits on a ridge. The isolation is off putting. After hearing about the haunted tales from our new friend, my pulse raced as we approached the site in our vehicle. Luckily, it was during the day, because some say the headlights of a ghostly vehicle will trail you at night and then mysteriously vanish. I wondered if we too, would experience an assault on our car, as others have claimed. After parking, I shakily exited the car with my camera. Meanwhile, my husband was too freaked out to take any photos with his phone. None.

I walked to the edge of the tombstones and just stood there. I wondered if I would be accosted with a negative energy.  To be honest, I didn't feel anything. I only felt a gentle breeze stir over the ridge line. I only heard the rustle of pine branches. But, that being said, I didn't like it when my husband abandoned me to go wait in the car. I, on the other hand, felt compelled to finish my illicit photo safari.



I don't know what significance placing a penny on grave stones possesses. But, it must mean something to someone.

On our way out, we noticed blood red tags on this sign. I don't know what the red tag signifies either. But I assume it is some kind of warning. Unfortunately, we most likely didn't heed it. Gulp.

When we got home, I asked my husband why he wouldn't take any photos. And more importantly, why he abandoned me to wait in the car. Jerk!

He said he didn't want any spirits attaching to him like an unwanted tick. I've always wondered... 

did we come home alone?

Google the Sand Hill Cemetery. If you dare.

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oooooh! You were brave (at least ... if this is entirely true ... you were! I'm pretty sure we'd have ignored the warning signs too. We tend to do that.

NC Sue said...

I'm an odd duck, I suppose, but I find cemeteries interesting and peaceful. I never worry about spirits and likely you don't, either!
Thanks for sharing with us at

carol l mckenna said...

Intriguing post and photos ~ very appropriate for this time of year ~

Wishing you a delightful week ~ ^_^

Photo Cache said...

I just now realized that presenting cemetery in b/w definitely makes the cemetery spooky.

Worth a Thousand Words

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I agree that presenting your cemetery photos in B&W made them look especially spooky! That cemetery looks very old

I never believed in ghosts until I "saw" one in the haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in Colorado a few years ago. We were checking into the hotel and my husband mentioned to the clerk that were were celebrating our anniversary. Just then all the room keys on the wall behind the hotel clerk began to glimmer and shine. I thought it looked so pretty that I took a photo. When I got home and downloaded my photos there was a blurry figure in front of the keys and a definite hand reaching out in an old fashioned looking dress sleeve. Definitely had my skin crawling!

DJan said...

You gotta stay out of places like that, Sharon, especially at this time of year! I got a spooky feeling just looking at your pictures. I don't blame Hubby at all for staying in the car! :-)

Marie C said...

I love old cemeteries...have never felt like evil spirits would attach themselves. Just wonder about the people who lived their lives and then were buried there. But, your post was very "Halloween-ish" and I loved that! Enjoyed the photos so much, and the B&W just added a bit of mystery!

Have to post a book review today in spite of my break...Been a while since one appeared. So, check it out later...