Haunted but Beautiful Cemetery

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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used gritty filter on Picnik. cemetery of Roseland Methodist Church, Roseland NJ. Sad story, Article in the Star Ledger in April 2008: The article stated that it had just been discovered by the current church adminstration that in the 1950s with the growth of the church, they decided to pave a side drive and a parking lot in the back. they told everyone they were moving the graves to do this. however, they moved the tombstones but not the graves and paved over them.

The original town hall was in the lot next to the church and some time after this there began to be disturbances in the town hall. The article interviewed a former town mayor who said they had all believed the town hall was haunted by the folks in the nearby cemetery that had been paved over. He said that the town officials were quite aware the graves had not been moved. The article also mentioned that there were alot of children in this cemetery that had died in an epidemic.

When I passed this graveyard on my way to school in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the land was all graves. Now, the section I used to pass on my way to school is now divided into a parking lot, a large playground, a cemetery and a garden type shed. So my question would be, if the cemetery was not expanded out another way – what happened to all the graves? As I said – the local paper said it has been confirmed the tombstones were moved but the graves were not.

In going back and visiting the cemetery, I also found several graves that are overgrown and forgotten, broken and MANY that are outside the cemetery fence and near the road…. very very sad.

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