In honor of the Halloween season I decided that it might be fun to take a break from the political. I am searching out the most haunted places one can visit while stoned. These places are frightening for their history as well as for the ghostly apparitions that call these places home. They are terribly frightening on their own — how much more so when one is stoned!
I’m starting this series with Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond Virginia. Considered one of the most haunted places in America, Hollywood Cemetery dates back to the 1800’s. This cemetary winds over tree lined hills overlooking the James River. When viewing the scene it is easy to forget that Richmond was the Southern Capitol during the Civil War and that merchant ships traveled up and down the James carrying slaves, tobacco and cotton. The cemetery itself had a dark beginning. It was originally part of the William Byrd estate. But he lost the land due to a combination of bad gambling debts and foolish business decisions.
The most striking shrine there is the 90 foot pyramid which marks a mass grave containing 18,000 fallen soldiers. These were Civil War soldiers and most are unidentified. Over 11,000 of them fell at Gettysburg. When walking around the area it is easy to feel dips in the ground beneath your feet. This is where the earth has sunken in around a body. Look closely and you will see a mist covering the ground. Listen and you may hear moans and screams coming from inside the large pyramid.
Across the way is the plot of little Reese, who died of Scarlett fever in 1862. After her death, her dog would often go and sit by her grave. A statue in his honor was put up after his death. Caretakers claim that they have seen early morning apparitions of Reese and her dog playing around her grave site. But be careful of how close you tread, the dog statue has growled at those it did not like.
John Randolph was strongly against the ideal of equality. Today’s politics has him trembling in his grave–literally. There at times when the ground under his tombstone shakes.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Richmond Vampire. He has been seen going in and out of the crypt belonging to W.W.Pool.