From “Pet Semetary” to “Poltergist,” many of the best horror movies include disturbed Native American burial grounds. But is there any truth behind the popular trope?
As it turns out, Native American burial grounds are among some of the most haunted locations in America.
1. Cathapoodle – Ridgefield, West Virginia
Before Ridgefield, West Virginia, was developed by white men, it was a Native American village known as “Cathapoodle.” In fact, of all the Native villages Lewis and Clark visited on their trip West, Cathapoodle was the largest. Throughout the construction of the modern-day town, there were many unexplained equipment failures and random acts of vandalism. Today, psychics claim to have seen “unhappy” Native American spirits in the area, leading some to think that Ridgefield sits atop a burial ground.
2. Pocahontas Parkway – Richmond, Virginia
Today, the Pocahontas Parkway is a major highway that runs through Virginia’s state capital, but it was once home to Native American people. Over the years, police have responded to numerous paranormal reports, including sightings of “mist figures,” Native Americans holding torches, and banging drums. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge, in particular, is a hotbed of activity. According to historians, it too was once a burial ground.
3. Yacolt Valley – Yacolt, Washington
Long before white men moved in, Native Americans believed that Yacolt Valley in Washington was haunted. In fact, the name “Yacolt” is derived from the Native term “Yolicolb,” which means “haunted” or “valley of demons.” According to legend, children from various Native nations were known to go missing while picking berries, never to be seen again.
4. Gilson Road Cemetary – Nashua, New Hampshire
The exact history is a bit foggy, but local legend tells us that a bloody Native American battle once took place on the land that is now known as Gilson Road Cemetery. However, unlike other haunted lands, there seems to be a wealth of activity taking place here. Reports include odd orbs of light, apparitions of pilgrims, and strange whispers.
5. The Common Burial Grounds – Decatur, Illinois
During the construction of the Common Burial Ground in Decatur, Illinois, in 1895, numerous skeletons were excavated and moved to new locations. Many unidentifiable bones were tossed in large coffins and reburied as a group. In the years that followed, nearby families reported sightings of young Native girls and older men, as well as unexplained knocking and footsteps in their homes. Today, many locals believe that the unidentified bones belonged to Native Americans who are now unable to rest in peace.