Sunday, October 16, 2011

As Halloween approaches

...it is interesting to note that there is a Seventh Day Baptist cemetery in Connecticut that allegedly has a ghost. The SDB congregation that created the cemetery emigrated to New York state by early in the 19th century [to Brookfield?]. The recorded burials include names like Palmiter, West, Crandall, Davis, and Stillman — family names known to anyone familiar with the history of Seventh Day Baptists. There have been no burials since 1838 and apparently the grounds have not been maintained. The location is undoubtedly more familiar to the ghost-hunter community than to Seventh Day Baptists. It makes number four in this list of "The Top Five Most Haunted Places in Connecticut":
The Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery in Burlington CT: The history of the Seventh Day Baptist Church is said to be filled with misfortune and death, and it’s possible many of the group may have passed away due to smallpox years and years ago. They left the area in the early 19th century for upstate New York. The cemetery itself dates back to at least the 18th century, and over time, a number of the stones have either fallen over or been worn smooth by the elements. One of the only gravestones left standing is of Elisabeth Palmiter, who died in 1800 at the age of 30, and is believed by some to be the Green Lady, who has been reported to have been seen multiples of times throughout the area. Creepy huh?

Another site, Damned Connecticut, has additional information:
.... The tale of Elisabeth’s transformation into the Green Lady more or less goes like this: after her husband Benjamin didn’t return from a trip to town when expected, Elisabeth went out into a terrible storm to find him, and then tragically drowned in a nearby swamp during the search. Some people have questioned the story and wonder if Benjamin may have murdered her and covered up his heinous deed with the drowning alibi. Evidence for either story is fragmented; regardless of exactly what caused her demise, she supposedly has been roaming the damned earth for centuries.

As with any allegedly haunted area, there [are] also other events accompanying the story of the Green Lady, including reports of other spirits being seen (such as Benjamin Palmiter searching for Elisabeth with a lantern) and curiosity seekers meeting bad ends. ....
I don't believe in ghosts except as fiction but the fiction can be enjoyable - perhaps especially at Halloween. For a couple of years I've posted All Hallows' Eve which quotes from this good article: Biblical Horizons:  Concerning Halloween.

Scope - Hill Regional Career High School - The Top Five Most Haunted Places in Connecticut, Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery, Burlington - Damned Connecticut, the cemetery picture comes from this site
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