Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery -
Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is a cemetery in Cook County, Illinois in Chicago that has become famous for the number of ghost sightings on its grounds. It dates back to the earliest settlement of the town and the earliest known graves date back to 1840. It is also rumored the lagoon in the graveyard was used as a dumping ground by organised crime families in the 1920s and 1930s.
The most reported apparition is that of the vanishing or floating house. It is a two storied Victorian farmhouse with a white picket fence, a porch with a swing and a warm light shining in the windows. The house is always seen at a distance and looks convincingly real. When a person starts approaching the house the find it growing smaller or it abruptly disappears. According to legend anyone who successfully reaches the house is never seen again. The house has been sighted dozens of times since the 1960s.
A number of human spirits have been reported, including hooded phantom monks and a woman known as The White Lady. The White Lady carries a baby in her arms and wanders aimlessly through the cemetery on nights of the full moon. Many believe that she is the ghost of a woman who is buried there next to the grave of her baby. Other sighted spirits include those of a two headed man, a child, a black carriage and a glowing man in yellow. Many reports have also claimed seeing a ghostly farmer and his horse and plow. According to legend, in the 1870s a farmer was plowing land near the pond when his horse suddenly bolted and dragged both itself and the farmer into the water, where they both died. Phantom vehicles have also been reported on the cemetery’s path that disappear the moment someone approaches them. Phantom car accidents are also commonly seen.
Flashing and dancing lights have been reported in the graveyard, especially a blue light that resembles that of a police car. A spectral black dog, similar to the legends of Black Shuck, has been seen roaming the grounds. The large dog has been seen near the entrance to the road and vanishes when people come close to it. According to lore such “graveyard dogs” are either guides pr are warnings to visitors not to trespass on cemetery grounds.
The most famous image captured in Bachelor’s Grove is that of a young woman sitting on a tombstone. The image was taken by a paranormal investigator in 1991 and she didnt appear until the photograph was developed.