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Confederate Graveyard

Lebanon, Virginia

It is said that in this lost cemetery, there is a mysterious light. Allegedly, if one travels to the cemetery after dark, he will be confronted by a floating blaze. As one tries to escape, it is said the flame will follow, screaming in a very shrill voice.

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Amanda says:

October 11, 2005, 9:02 pm

I live just 10 minutes away from Lebanon, VA and would like to go and see this! If you could get back to me and let me know exactly where this I woul;d appreciate it!!

Dan says:

October 21, 2005, 9:39 pm

now that’s very weird. A flame following you screaming? WoW! if that was me i’d run like hell

K. C. says:

November 9, 2005, 8:15 pm

Lebanon is near where I grew up. I also would like to know the location of the cemetary
Thanks,
K. C.

Josh says:

November 12, 2005, 2:25 am

I live close to Lebanon do you have directions?

Jessica says:

November 30, 2005, 10:49 am

I would like to know how to get there. My boyfriend goes ghost hunting. can you e-mail me directions. emo_dork88@yahoo.com

Madea said, says:

January 5, 2006, 9:10 am

Oh Hellr there!!

I would love to know the location of this cemenentary

I a’int lyin let that that blazerer follow me I a’int lyin
I may run like hell, but I’ll be shootin back at it.

I a’int lyin!!

ghost seeker says:

February 1, 2006, 4:36 pm

This is a confederate soldier cemetary and it is located on North Church Street in Lebanon, Virginia. You travel 1/2 mile until you reach a trailer park and you go through the trailer park until you reach the end at the top of the hill.Here you reach a gate that is not locked. There you have to continue on foot unil you reach the cemetary. (Not sure of the actual distance but not far)

Some have said the floating blaze could possibly be a soldier carrying a lantern. The man to talk to about this would be Richard Fulgam (former senior editor of The Lebanon News). He has visited this cemetary.
He left this review mentioning the graveyard incident on Amazon.com referring to a book entitled Civil War “Ghosts of Virginia”
by L. B., Jr. Taylor, Brenda Goens (Illustrator):

Ghosts in lost Graveyard of Lebanon, VA, April 20, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
My name is Richard Fulgham, author of “The Hogs of Cold Harbor”, “The Embracing Woods”, “The Lion of Saint Catharine”, “Appalachian Genesis” and “Man’s Laughter: Anatomy of a Manhunt”. What I say here is true. I met Mr. Taylor in the late ’90’s when I was a reporter for the Lebanon Newspaper in Russell County, VA. I’d discovered a 200+ yr old graveyard near North Street, all grown over with trees and undergrowth. Some of the trees were three feet thick. Amongst the tombstones, I found about a dozen graves of Confederate soldiers. Mr. Taylor visited and I took him to the site. I don’t know what’s in the book, but we saw nothing spooky. But when I went back myself that night, I saw reddish “lamps” moving around, emanating from quivering fog-like forms — which were translucent and seemed to glow in the moonlight. This accouht may be in another one of Mr. Taylor’s excellent studies, but it happened. I was the man. I was there. I saw them.

mel says:

April 29, 2006, 11:50 pm

I’m interested in this story, because Lebanon isn’t very far from where I grew up in Virginia. I can’t say that I have ever heard about this place. My question is do you ever list places that are gave to you as haunted. I know a few places for the states of Virginia and Kentucky.

John says:

August 26, 2006, 10:20 pm

Ahhh, I thought that this would be here. I’m the caretaker to that Graveyard. It’s true it’s got Confederate soldiers buried there. There are, on some nights, floating lanterns and what not. The shrill voices that you may here are “Rebel Yells”, which have been known to be blood-curdling.

Allen Gross says:

October 19, 2006, 8:27 pm

This comment is for the caretaker; My name is Allen Gross, I’m a confederate ghost hunter Please Contact me.

Ghosthunter1863@Yahoo.com

Adam Mitchell says:

October 24, 2006, 7:11 pm

is the lebanon you speak of in russell co. or another place

Julie Hasburnsky says:

October 29, 2006, 3:17 pm

Hey. I love virginia. i think this website sucks becuase none of it is true. alothough i wanna go see something you guys mentioned. i cant wait!

Jennifer says:

December 12, 2006, 11:44 am

My ancestors lived/live up in Lebenon. We try to go up there every August for our reunion. I haven’t made it in several years. I have always been fasinated with cemetaries and would love to visit this one. Anyone here a Combs or Skeen? Or related in anyway?

James says:

December 17, 2006, 12:36 am

I live a short distance away from Lebanon, VA and would like to go and see this!! If you could get back to me and let me know exactly where this I would really appreciate it!!

missychristy14 says:

January 13, 2007, 12:30 pm

That really is creepy, and especially when my cousins live in Virginia. Is the cemetary close to Fairfax?

mossyfern says:

April 3, 2007, 11:00 pm

reply to missychristy14 —

Lebanon is in southwest VA, probably 5.5-6 hours from Fairfax.

Cami says:

July 28, 2007, 1:01 am

I live in Southwest, VA.. not far from Lebanon. I’ve been to that Graveyard before, at night… and I did see a light but I couldn’t hear anything. My dad saw it too.. but we didn’t really pay much attention to it… but it was out of nowhere… so yeah…

Adam says:

August 31, 2007, 5:41 am

Yes this place is real. I lived on church street for 5 years. From 1991 to 1996. My old house is till there. This graveyard is kinda creepy but I never went at night. Most of the markers are long unreadable but I was always told it was a cival war graveyard. It is not hard to find at all.

Chad says:

October 14, 2007, 2:29 am

I heard this same story about a graveyard near Lynnwood virginia. I visted this place several times as a teenager, a few times late at night. Lot of imagination but not much else. The grave yard very interesting as some of it was fenced in and the rest was some what overgrown, but still disernable were the sunked in spots where the graves were and plain rocks for headstones. I was very surprised to such a similar story about another place so close. I also heard that lights were supposed to be civil war solders lanterns.

Erin says:

October 16, 2007, 1:46 am

I am from VA myself and I am also obsessed with my sates wonderful history especially the Civil War. I am definetly like ghost hunting and this will definetly be on my list to visit. How cool is this!!! Thanks for the info!

Erin says:

October 16, 2007, 1:49 am

I am from Virginia. I am obsessed with history especially from my home state of VA and definetly Civil War History. I am also definetly loving ghost hunting it is a hobby. Thank you so much for the info and it will be high on my list of places to visit for the ghosts and most importantly for the civil war history!!!!! How cool is this???!!!

loco says:

October 26, 2007, 10:11 am

Sounds like maybe there’s a Banshee or two in this place as well!

amber says:

October 27, 2007, 12:47 pm

hey by chance does anyone l know of the exact location of this place?

Debbie says:

October 29, 2007, 9:30 am

I live in Lebanon and if anyone wants to email me I can give you directions to the graveyard. I’ve been up there but not at night. It’s even scary in daylight. The earth has fallen away from the concrete slabs that cover some graves and you can see down inside them. Not only are confederate soldiers buried there but many slaves are buried all around that area with only a rock marking the spot. My email is debbiemcreynolds@bvunet.net.

Jimbo says:

October 29, 2007, 9:53 am

I live in Grundy, Va and I went to this cemetary with my wife and we went looking and became to be lost from each other. i lookeed ofr her, but i couldnt find her. this was in 1997. if anybody sees her can you tell her to call me. i need her to pick me up a pack of cigerettes, i have been waiting for one 10 years and i cant get any money because all teh welfare checks have her name on it.

Mike says:

December 18, 2007, 11:16 pm

thank you for letting me know that i’m not alone….i discovered this grave yard when i was about 14 and i’m 25 now…everything u described with the orange light to the scream is absolutely true…me and a couple of my friends was walking through those woods because one of my friends lives right below that old cemetary in Deer Spring’s Trailor Court and i triped on one of those tomb stones and when i shined a light on it i noticed what it was and when i looked back, i seen an ornage light swaying back and forth and twords us while we all heard a loud shreck…it scared the hell out of me but i have been there many times after and never saw anything but not after dark… if anyone is intrested in going up there after dark to check it out and see what happens just holler back at me on this site

Bobbi says:

December 27, 2007, 10:06 pm

Hey, I was up there the other day Jimbo, and I saw your wife. She gave me yur smokes. Sorry, but I smoked em all. She said she’d call ya when she got to the Save-A-Lot.

Richard Fulgham says:

January 12, 2008, 4:23 pm

Hi friends. This is Richard Fulgham, the guy that saw the light in both the literal and the metaphorical sense — deep in the woodsy Confederate graveyard at night. I believe now that there is something supernatural, even divine if I may say so, about the unrest of the rebel soldiers. My great grandfather fought, along with about seven or eight great uncles. They come to me whenever I vist the ground in which their bones are interred. Obviously their spirits are restless and roam about at night searching for someone to help them find spiritual inner peace. Do you guys think we could write a book and maybe photography with infrared the misty lights and shapes of “shapeless” soldiers? If interested, contact me at rlfulgham@hotmail.com . Look, I’m a sixty year old gray bearded **** because the Yanks destroyed my cultured world. Like the ghostly soldiers — connect to me by blood — I seek inner peace, even grace. Who is interested in contacting the ghost rebels? I am crazy but I’ve published a real commercial history book, plus four others (POD) on Amazon.

keris says:

February 14, 2008, 1:35 pm

me too. but if u r reading this i’m already home! i have heard this story so many times but in different ways.

Keris.

jessica says:

February 15, 2008, 11:42 pm

hi my name is jessica i live in virginia the story is not true sorry guys….

Barbara says:

March 15, 2008, 9:05 pm

I live in a small town not far from lebanon. Abingdon Va has it’s share of haunted places also. The Barter Theatre and The Martha Washington Inn are a couple of places any aspiring ghost hunter should visit.

Emma says:

March 19, 2008, 1:08 pm

that is so cool i live like 10 mile away and did not know that

Emma says:

March 19, 2008, 1:19 pm

The story is great I live 10 miles away and didn’t know that

Don says:

March 28, 2008, 12:44 pm

I live in Lebanon!! I will be checking this out myself. I will post again afterwards. If there is truth to it I will let you know.

Willie says:

May 10, 2008, 2:32 pm

Alright, Yall want to know the directions to this place well ive been there and the only thing i seen was the police. but anyways go into lebanon find the middle school and go right across the road from it they should be a parkin lot behind lebanon methodist church ur gonna want to park there after u park start walking twards the mountains away from the church and main street ull be walkin up hill and near some houses when u get to the top they will be a right hand turn and a gate in front of u on the right is a water tower go over the gate and follow the trail on the right its about a 5 min walk until u get to another gate with posted signs hop that gate and walk to the top of the hill and there it is the big tree with the fence around it use to be a old hanging tree and most of the grave stones was from the 1800 and early 1900 anyways set around the tree and turn all lights off and be quiet and u might hear something but if any1 wants to go and cant find the way give me a hollar and ill take ya there and a couple haunted tunnels and the haunted govenors mansion Keith07willis@hotmail.com messenger or myspace or just drop me a email

rita snyder says:

August 19, 2008, 8:10 pm

My husband and I have a paranormal investigation team and we would be very interested in checking out this cemetery. I would appreciate it if anybody knows who to contact for permission to do an investigation, please email me at brrps@bvunet.net. We are located in Bristol, VA and will definately need clear directions. Thanks to anyone with info for us.

AJ says:

August 21, 2008, 3:09 am

Are the haunted tunnels in honaker, or different one? I live in Lebanon, and where exactly is there a haunted govenor’s mansion?

David H. says:

September 4, 2008, 6:49 pm

I am going to be vacationing in the area this fall. I would love to go to the cemetary. However, there seems to be two conflicting sets of directions posted here. Richard Fulgham gives directions & Willie gives directions. Which one of these are correct? And, Willie says the only thing he has seen there are the police. Why would the police be out in such of an out of way place? Is the cemetary located on private property that has been posted? I thought all cemetaries in the state of Virginia had right of ways to access them unless they were located on private family property. Could someone shed some light on this for me & give me a good set of directions to the cemetary. Thanks!

michael says:

October 3, 2008, 3:41 pm

the governors mansion is in elk garden and ive been in the house beside it and its haunted . but i dont know about the mansion but i used to live in a house in hansonville and used to see a light go thru the wall .

Nikki says:

November 5, 2008, 5:10 pm

I have lived in Lebanon VA.. for 9yrs and I have never heard of this graveyard but I am going to go and hopefully witness this screaming light

richie dye says:

January 1, 2009, 2:39 pm

I have been there many times and i can take you there. contact me at richie_dye@yahoo.com and put ghost in the subject happy hunting

Mel says:

February 26, 2009, 9:14 am

“the story is not true sorry guysâ?¦.” Sorry to burst your bubble Jessica but the story IS true. I’ve lived in Lebanon for around 10 years and I’ve heard of the graveyard. I’ve never been up there myself but my brother has. He said he heard voices all around him and felt the presence of something. He became frightened so he ran away. He jumped the wire fence ripping a hole in his pants. On the other side of the fence he hunkered down as something mazzive rushed past him and his flashlight went out. He uncurled, checked to see if the coast was clear he ran all the way back to Main Street. He’s not been back up there since. I don’t know the full details but I believe him when he told me that. There are things in this world that can not be easily explained. The paranormal is NO laughing matter.

Mel says:

December 22, 2009, 12:41 pm

I live very close to Lebanon and i would really like to visit this cemetary one night. I am freakishly obsessed with immortality.

SS Taylor says:

January 29, 2010, 5:47 pm

I’ve never explored any cemetaries in Lebanon, but there’s one near Tumbling Creek, not far from Saltville that has pretty much the same thing. There’ll be a huge white flame that wiggles and floats about, or sometimes two that seem to dance. I’ve never gotten close enough to find out whether they scream or not. I don’t hunt anything that’s willing to let me alone.
I did go onto the hill the day after I saw them to look around. All I found was a little depression there in the slate where I thought one of them had been.

vhush30 says:

February 10, 2010, 4:04 pm

anyone with any info on any hauntings in the sw virginia area please email me at vhush30@gmail.com And willis you might be hearing from me soon to ask you about the grave yard and tunnels.

matt says:

March 30, 2010, 4:51 pm

the graveyard in question is right behind my house on the hill. it’s pretty much behind the courthouse in lebanon, not only is the cemetery haunted but so is the house i live in.

Peary Peatree says:

June 11, 2010, 10:59 am

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!I am the Ghost!

Kelly says:

July 22, 2010, 4:35 pm

WOW! This is cool! My parents grew up in Lebanon and two of my cousins went to school there too! I go there a lot to visit my dad and aunt but I never knew of this place. I just know that now, since I like the paranormal (though at times it scares me a little), I’ll try to find where it is and go there! That is if its not closed of to the public…! I’ll try to catch some sound and video of ghosts if I can. Thanks for posting this!

Angel baby says:

October 26, 2010, 7:28 pm

I’ve been to this haunted cemetary. Never in the day, only at night. Nothing happened while I was there… but my husband has had some freaky expierances there during the night before.

mike says:

December 4, 2010, 8:05 pm

when i was child in civil war in lebanon I seen something very scary ..I saw ghosts moving inside my room they look like transparency human … and I saw them climbing on the closet and walk beside the bed one after one .. and this thing was always repeated every day at night .. I told my parents about that, they said: (don’t think about it there is no ghost in the world maybe it is a light coming from the street ) I said: (I swear to god I saw them moving inside my room) no one believe me .. and after the end of the civil war I no longer see these things.

Ghost Whisper says:

March 13, 2011, 7:57 pm

I love History , lived in Va all my life I and my team hunt alot of Civil War Cemeterys I am very interested about hunting this location who would I contact to get permission for a hunt or can you just walk in at night

jonathan says:

September 13, 2013, 7:39 pm

The graveyard is behind my house on church street the stories are true it follows you till you get out of the woods then turns into a dark figure and goes towards the road and dissapers the sprits also haunt my house and the outhe 3 beside of it there harmless though

jonathan says:

September 13, 2013, 11:23 pm

Ok the stories are true it directly behind my house I’ve been there there is. Confederate soldiers slave and numerous family members of the soldiers ok the directions are go down N church street take the second right across from the apartments there will be an old house which is the owners of the property there is an old wagon trail that has grown up with weeds behind it ask the owners and I’m sure they will let you do you investigations the house the owners live in is the old hospital were most of these soldiers died it was a family home at first turned into a war hospital then back to a family home the stories are true I left a post above this one explianing what I’ve seen if you need any assistance with investigation my team will be more than happy to help our name is S.P.R.I.T southern paranormal reasearch investigative team were small cause were just starting out we’ve been there several time done tests and have pictures and recordings if you want to check them out email me at capone363@gmail.com serious inquires only thank you

ashlynn says:

October 29, 2013, 6:22 pm

this is as creepy as another one I read about a rock house that when you drive down the road a old womans ghost pops out and a bunch of things go wrong with the engine!!!

John Boy says:

March 27, 2016, 12:13 am

Ok kids. Its directly behind the water tower at the very end of angle ave take a right. I was just there. Beautiful, interesting, and creepy. I didn’t pick up any odd vibes. If anyone does, please let me know. coldscarab@yahoo.com

Zumi says:

June 15, 2016, 4:22 pm

I eat lemon cake here and sometimes bites get taken from my cake while I watch with my own eyes. The guy who mows the grass is a ghost, died in a pygmy goat stampede in 1947 and he still mows the grass today!

Zumi says:

June 27, 2016, 3:57 pm

I watch when someone new is put in and all the sad people but they never see me eating my cake

Zumi says:

July 15, 2016, 3:31 pm

gray men gone since the light came but I am so scared of the light!

Zumi says:

July 25, 2016, 1:52 pm

fog won’t leave and bright light flashing inside of it must be lighthouse

Mary says:

July 28, 2016, 3:29 pm

Come into the fog Mr. Prickly Pricker, come into me 😉

George says:

August 1, 2016, 3:40 pm

You are making yourself look like a whorish fool Mary!!! Come into you! Really??!! So you are super horny for ghost sex? This site is here for those of us who take this stuff seriously so get the hell off!!!

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