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Real Haunted House

Moravian Cemetery

Staten Island, New York
By Cecilia

Located on the famously haunted Staten Island in New York, the Moravian Cemetery is â??one of Americaâ??s most beautiful burial parks.â? It covers over one hundred acres, and is the property of the Moravian Church of Staten Island. Valleys, lakes, stunning architecture, and beautiful gardening give the place a serene, peaceful feelâ?¦until you stop by the Vanderbilt tomb.

Cornelius Vanderbilt, at the early age of sixteen, had dropped out of school and started his own ferry business. He became a millionaire long before his death, and donated about twelve acres to the Moravian cemetery. (Itâ??s been estimated that he was worth about 167.4 billion dollars at his lifeâ??s end.) Later, Cornelius and seven other members of his family were buried in the legendary Vanderbilt tomb. Separate from the rest of the cemetery and built right into a hill, the tomb is at least three stories high and took Richard Morris Hunt over a year to design and build. In fact, it is the largest and possibly most decorative private tomb in the country.

Also standing is a giant wrought-iron gate that has been permanently locked and stood upright, due to the death of a young woman visiting the cemetery many years ago. Upon trying to open the gate, it fell on the womanâ?¦killing her instantly. As a result, there have been sightings of glowing light resembling a girl with long, flowing hair.

Not surprisingly, the same sneaky teenagers who reported seeing the woman managed to get scared out of their minds two more times. The first night, they were near a group of small tombstones when they heard a babyâ??s shrill cry and panicked. The third time, the group had made it as far as the gate and the Vanderbilt tomb. But upon turning around, they realized they had a visitor. A man in a suit was standing right next to him, but vanished almost as soon as they noticed. The friends ran hysterically for their lives, and never came back again.

Perhaps the most famous thing about the Vanderbilt tomb are the photos taken in that area. Many visitors have claimed that, once the film has been developed, the people who posed in the photo arenâ??t there anymoreâ?¦..or, even more disturbing, sometimes extra people appear. A lot of pictures have also revealed orbs, bright lights and lines, blurred faces, and even floating, disembodied heads.

Not unlike the lady being crushed by the fence, Vanderbilt tomb is also known for the many freak accidents and deaths that have occurred in its vicinity. However, the Moravian Cemetery has recently increased the security due to the amount of trespassing. This has probably reduced vandalism issues, but the supposed haunting remains just as active. The tomb is opened for Vanderbiltâ??s descendants every four years or so, and there are always mysterious noises surrounding anyone who visits. Itâ??s also been said that if someone bring flowers for any of the graves, a gray suited man will attack and chase them away.

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Unknown...maybe :) says:

October 26, 2005, 7:45 pm

I live in Staten Island, and I’ve been there. Its true. I took a picture with my dad and instead of me, some boy around the age of 10 was in it. Pretty creepy. Thought I was going to dissapear. Apparantly not.

Julia says:

November 24, 2005, 3:34 pm

Aw, man. It’s gonna cost, going all the way up there from NC, but I absolutely HAVE to go there!

( I love cemeteries ^.^)

Lunardeth says:

January 12, 2006, 6:02 am

planning to visit that place soon, will update upon viewing the results…

kelli says:

January 30, 2006, 8:43 pm

it is true been their back in highschool everyone hung out their and been their who lives on SI.

Eric Long says:

March 14, 2006, 4:23 pm

I’m sorry guys, but this isn’t true. Here’s a picture I took when there.

http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/5265/image312jb.jpg

As you can see, there is nothing unusual about this picture.

Stacey says:

April 6, 2006, 11:08 am

Yeah its true i went there with my boyfriend who sings reggaeton and live in mariners harbor and when i took the picture and vanderbilt twat came in the picture right on my mans mustashe… my mans ding a ling disappeared in the twat

dude says:

April 13, 2006, 2:02 pm

I live just a few blocks away from here. Im gonna go there and see if this stuff is really true.

Crazy Marine says:

June 14, 2006, 4:09 am

i live on SI, and i visited the place with my buddies from iraq, and we got a tour around the whole campus, cause we were in uniform, and it was me, my 4 buddies and some chick. we took a pic all over that place. it was around 7:30, tuesday evening, no one was thea except for the dude dat gave us the tour. apparently thea was a 6th person in the pic. and the dude took the pic, but theas only 5 of us. and we were wearing our dress blues which are blue and gold and the stripes on our pants are red, this figure was wearing all red n some black. freaky ****

denise(oakwood) says:

August 7, 2006, 7:21 pm

um-to the girl who supplied the picture w/her boyfriend in the red hoodie sweater…. you were not standing infront of his tomb. i was there, and somehow managed on top of his tomb. we never jumped down to take the pix to see if rumors are true, but i had a bad pain in my feeling in my stomach so we left. and that was in may. and 2 weeks ago i found out that someone hung themself off the musileum! so i felt that person’s presence. i might not have a picture, but i’ll always have that memory of how i felt standing on top of it. and i plan to go back soon.

Jessica says:

August 19, 2006, 3:58 pm

I went there a few days ago with my friends. We tried to get in to Vanderbilts Tomb but everything is gated. If anyone knows how to get in, please email me. My email address is jesskochanski@gmail.com. Thanks.

sara says:

August 20, 2006, 12:07 pm

oh how scary wuts the point wutev

Porazzo says:

September 6, 2006, 12:56 am

Hold on I gotta say I do not believe in a “haunted house” or stuff like that.. but I chilled up there when I was younger and that place is deff strange. I lived down the block and was up there alot and there is deff some strange stuff going on there . And we took pics up there and the film came out all messed up.It gave me the creeps

jhg says:

September 7, 2006, 2:11 am

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ubinas says:

September 7, 2006, 2:12 am

one scary place

MARYJANE says:

September 24, 2006, 9:37 am

I VE BEEN TO THAT PLACE BEFORE AND IT WAS REALLY BUGGED OUT. ME AND MY FRIEND WERE WALKING THROUGH THERE ONE DAY AND WE GOT A BAD FEELING. MY FRIEND WAS TELLIN ME HOW HER MOM HAD WARNED HER ABOUT GOING THERE AND IF SHE GOES THEN SHELL GET IN TROUBLE. WE WERE WALKING AROUND AND IT GOT REALLY DARK ALL OF A SUDDEN SO WE LEFT. WE WALKED OUT OF THERE REALLY SCARED BECAUSE WE BOTH HAD A REALLY BAD FEELING. AS WE GOT BY THE EXIT WE WERE HEARING PEOPLE YELLING AND SAYING DONT COME BACK WERE WATCHING YOU. WE WERE SO SCARED THAT WE BOTH JUST WENT HOME. WHEN I GOT HOME MY MOM ASKED ME WHERE I WAS BECAUSE SHE RECIEVED A REALLY DISTURBING PHONE CALL SAYING THAT I WAS BOTHERING PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING. MY FRIEND GOT THE SAME PHONE CALL AND NEEDLESS TO SAY HER MOM FOUND OUT.

nick ryan says:

September 27, 2006, 3:55 am

i worked for the cemetary……its b.s….trust me

ashley says:

October 2, 2006, 12:28 am

omg bro if ur smart u would never go back to that place again, now im stuck w/ only one arm i was trying to run from this white figure while it grabbed me and cut my arm it was a living nightmare and this has ruind my life, i am freaking scared of everything that walks , i cant even sleep right anymore.

Artie says:

October 11, 2006, 2:02 am

Well, well, well, we shall see, I am the Founder/lead investigator of EPIC PARANORMAL, based on Staten Island NY, and if anyone can get in and do a professional investigation it, ‘its my team.
We don’t want to prove to anyone that there are “GHOSTS”, we want to DISPROVE the fact that there is any paranormal anomolies that are affecting this good ol cemetery, so it’s inhabitants and it;s xcaretakers can be at rest as they should be.

My team and I don’t do cemeterues but this deserves a looksee, as they say. We research,we go, we investigate, we do what we do best.
No BS, Not a bunch of kids out thrill seeking, we will go to do a job, thats what we do, so we shall see…..

GOT GHOSTS?

Contact us at http://www.epicparanormal.com

Frank says:

October 16, 2006, 2:32 am

for anyone that wants to go there…your not allowed to go in…the propety is closed to the public because it had been vandalized previously. The only way you can go in is if you get permission from J.P. Morgan Chase bank because they currently control the property, as they are they heirs to the vanderbilt estate. The caretakes of the cemetary will not even take in the pastor of the church that resides on the property. If anyone is interested in going there however, if you go in thru highrock park, you can follow the fence of the cemetary up the hill, and then just crawl in an opening in the fence (it was cut open)…you then have to walk down a large driveway to get to it. If your not sure if your at the right place, the mausolium was modeled after a huge cathedral from paris…so if what you see isn’t some kind of monstrous building…its not the right place. Unfortunately I have not gotten the opportunity to go there, however I do have friends that have gone there, and have taken pictures in front of it…and many wierd things have happened. Using a bunch of disposeable cameras, one roll of flim did not develope at all, as if the film had never been exposed to light at all…on another roll of film, there was a CLEAR AND DISTINCT image of a person standing there in addition to the people in the image

VampireLust says:

October 20, 2006, 4:37 pm

ok guys i am not kidding, and i’d rather you all rpove me wrong… but if you look at the left of that picture supplied for a little time, you notice a white misty figure with a prolongated scull for a head… the skull would be starting at the level of that little white building and the body is going over the grass…

ok this is freaky…

rosa says:

November 17, 2006, 5:35 pm

Your story is great.I write story when ever i can i have wrote ones about 7 year old girl ghosts who become a girls friend. Some times try to think of real life experences they make the storys real life .
thats what i did.

Ghost mist says:

January 16, 2007, 7:52 pm

The girl who posted the URL below stating that she was at Vanderbilts tomb in Staten island, your pic shows you are in front of a structure but its not Vanderbilts Tomb.
http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/5265/image312jb.jpg

If you notice in the URL below, Vanderbilts tomb has steps in front of each doorway. Where you are standing has no steps, obviously you are not in front of Vanderbilts Tomb.
http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/cemeteries.html

The Kid says:

January 19, 2007, 1:57 pm

I went there the other day and all the holes in the fence were refenced up you can cleary tell that there were many holes but were repatched, there is a low fence tho that you can jump because the barbwire is high and u can fit threw, my friends hoped it and took pictures atop the tomb and in the clear daylight you can see fog in the picture it is very scary

bob says:

February 3, 2007, 10:20 pm

what town is staten island

thekid says:

February 20, 2007, 12:36 am

its in new dorp

V.B. says:

February 21, 2007, 1:49 pm

Wow that sounds so cool!I wish I could go but I live in T’n’T(Caribbean Island)and I’m broke.Even if I could go none of my friends would go with and I am so not going alone!

mikeyg says:

March 6, 2007, 3:32 pm

Does anyone have pictures or proof of this happening?

jeyline says:

March 21, 2007, 8:22 pm

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jessica meixueiro says:

March 30, 2007, 4:58 pm

i would go but i,m 2 scared 2 go but i would but my heart won’t let me

Brianna says:

July 5, 2007, 2:53 pm

wow this sounds really scary i rly want to go!!!!!!!!!! and jeyline who leaves their phone number on the internet!!!!!!!you PERV!!!!!

ALDEN says:

July 15, 2007, 6:09 am

to tell the truth i have seen my share of things happening.. but to the picture that is there if you are to sharpen the entire left side and invert the colours there is clearly a hand and if you stare at it a little longer with regular colour you can make out 2 legs walking or what looks like they are walking. in my opinion, not like anyone cares but, it looks like a elderly man walking and reaching to tip his hat in good fortune upon seeing people in the road as a courtesy.

ChozoBeast (Xbox Live Gamertag) says:

July 26, 2007, 2:12 am

I actually just went today and went to this site because me and my friends were very excited of what we did today. Nothing Horribly creepy, just a long long dark narrow road leading up to a bunch of buildings, but 3 of our friends chickened out when we all heard this large grunt sound. Pretty eerie as hell, but me and my other friend wanted to explore more so we kept walking and ran into a bunch of buildings, and decided we’ll go back next time because our friends went back to quick. Next time were bringing our Ghost Huntin friends with us. If you want to go the way we went, we went up this huge hill till we reached a sign saying GreenBelt. Hop the small bar and follow the path. Any questions contact my Xbox Live Gamertag. ChozoBeast.

rita says:

August 1, 2007, 4:25 pm

okay guys ghost and spirit do exist i seen alot sooo sorry to disappoint you all that believe in ghosts and spirits in a cemetery. Its not possible do your research before traveling!

loco says:

August 17, 2007, 5:28 pm

nytime I plan on a trip I spend quite a lot of time in advance researching the local cemeteries, hospitals and residential areas. I delve into a lot of history and research a lot on the web. Some of you people need to do your research if your looking to capture anything good… it’s like scoping out for a great night club to dance at, so why would you settle for Old Man Pippy’s broken down gin joint? YES! You CAN do research before you go ANYWHERE.

akeem says:

August 23, 2007, 1:03 pm

well i personally want to go there, and the good news is i live in ny,ny so i can easily hope the ferry or something anywaycan someone show me a picture of these so called spoilt pictures please i would really like to see what you are talking about thanks

Mike says:

October 22, 2007, 3:06 pm

Well guys i had been there a few years back and the big hype about taking the picture in front and having extra people in it or not being in it is a lie…have done it and took a few pictures with dif cameras…and all the same result…its fun to go see and you can not go into it thru the cemetary b/c it is locked off…so you need to take a trail to cut thru a hole in the fence…but the tomb is has been vandilized quite a bit…

~ELMO'S WIFEY~ says:

October 30, 2007, 11:23 am

I lived by there and I saw spooky things like orbs.

Alicia says:

November 1, 2007, 11:34 am

I love to hear a good spooky story… whether they are fact or fiction. What bothers me is the fact that people have no respect for the dead. Please, don’t climb on top of tombs, sit on tombstones, etc. It’s for these reasons that most of these places have become “closed to the public” – when this happens, you ruin it for the rest of us.

Nicole says:

November 5, 2007, 9:45 pm

my grandparents are buried there, and i have seen shadows and noises there. its really freaky. i hate going there.

kim says:

November 12, 2007, 2:37 am

Here’s the truth:
I grew up in Grant City on Staten Island, it’s the town right where Moravian Cem.,is. We went there to EXPLORE or hide from your parents when we were kids., about a dozen of us. It’s adjacent to High Rock Park /Pouch Camp they are all kind of connected. I haven’t been there since high school but I used to go just about every other day in the summer from like age 10 – 13. , I hear some kids ruined it and vandalized the entire tomb. (someone who apparently moved here from Brooklyn or somewhere else, Staten Islanders don’t vandalize their own town, we’re very territorial)
Back to the story……my brother & I would either go straight through the back of the cemetery and climb the iron gates leading to the road that lead up to the mausoleum or we would go up Altamont St.( I think that was the name of it) and cut through High Rock Park, always a way in if you are willing to be adventurous. We liked to go in right over the barbed wire fence and near the stone wall where the iron gate was. When you walk up the path (winding road) you begin to sweat., it was always very quiet & peaceful, but you felt as if you were going through some time warp every time. Some areas were really cold and then you would walk a few feet and it would be very warm. This was back in 1983- 88 (guessing)., we were not aware of all of the ghost stories , actually don’t think there were many back then, there was a story that originally there was a solid – GOLD train inside the tomb and someone broke in and stole it an thats when the gates went up., also some stories of people jumping off the top or falling ??And don;t forget the very true story of the girl to tried to break in to see inside and the gates fell on her, she died up there in the 60’s . With all of that going on their is definitely going to be some spiritual activity in the area. To the right of the mausoleum if you keep walking up will find some above ground graves (tombs) smaller and more like a coffin size, if you can picture old Dracula movies you can see it in your head. Theywere for Vanderbilts extended family, (relatives with whom did not bare the V anderbilt name & who were not to be buried in the much larger Mousolem,you will see lots of children’s graves which I always found odd)
We never brought camera’s up there, we were very respectful, aside from the occasional joint and pink champale. (we were kids!) We maybe carved a name in a tree but that’s about it. We never stayed after dark because it was rumored that island devil worshipers stayed up there at night, we didn’t want to take the chance, but several times we found things, like knives & bloody trails,it was said they would initiate members by feeding their blood down the air vents on the top of the tomb, there were holes /some ventilation system that was built to preserve the place. But if you ask anyone that has spent “actual” time up there the will tell you that it’s something you will never forget.It has a pull it makes you want to bring others up there with you and spread your stories, you always want to go back, I am 34 and tried my best to bring my husband up there this summer. I got him as far as the Camp but he refused to pass the no trespassing sign, he acted very strange, and he DID not want to be there. The funny part of this story is I didn’t even tell him the stories, I was just trying to get him to se this beautiful peaceful place and then I would tell him the stories.. it didn’t work. But my brother promised to go back up there with me soon……..If I remember I will take pics and post them ……………..Staten Islander’s please share your stories….

kim says:

November 12, 2007, 3:00 am

PS – I now live between two cemetery in Historic Richmondtown on SI.If you want to talk about paranormal activity here is where you will find it. the town was established in the early 1700’s and the revolutionary war was fought on these very grounds. When I first moved here I used to be tapped on the shoulder a lot of times, but no one was ever there, also heard whistling of old tunes. I have many ghost stories , Im scared at times but I wouldn’t want to move, there is too much history here.

steve says:

December 11, 2007, 4:16 pm

The whole picture myth is false….went there recently and nothing funny happened to our pictures:

lynn says:

December 29, 2007, 12:16 am

i grew up in staten island. all of my family is buried in moravian, my parents, grandparents, great grandparents. i go there all the time and just walk around for hours. i haven’t been to vanderbilts tomb since i was a teenager. it was an amazing place. i don’t remember anything paranormal about it, but in the cemetery i always feel alot of energy, like spirits all around me. i love going there.

Aloysius says:

January 17, 2008, 11:24 pm

I live about a mile away. Do not belive in the mumbo-jumbo, but must admit, that BEFORE I found this website, I was there with some friends. While walking around, found a “cold spot”. For some reason, while standing on one spot, approx. 8′ by 4′, where there was no gravestone, we all felt a chill. We could walk away, and come back later, and still felt the chill. I even tested it by blindfolding a friend (it was daytime!) and had her stand in various spots. She always found the cold spot. Weird, but true. Anyway, that’s my story.

—The Easter Bunny

Anni says:

March 7, 2008, 10:53 am

look up smith sisters murdered anonymously on google.com it will scare u 2 death

Charles says:

March 26, 2008, 4:16 pm

Today i tried to get to the tomb with some friends.we got there by taking Altmont to high roch park and we walked down the trail adjacent to the cemmetary but we cud not find a way in the cemmetary. If anyone knows how to get to this tomb throught high rock please comemnt back thank you

steve says:

April 13, 2008, 6:59 pm

just follow the fence on the right that borders the park and the cemetery…you will find a point where a downed tree crushes the fence….hop onto the tree and into the cemetery side

Bill Thomson says:

May 28, 2008, 6:38 pm

Man, this brings back some memories. I sure miss the Island but I know it’s impossible to go back. I left there ( Grant City ) in 1970 when I was going on 14. Back then we would just walk through the cemetery to the back & up the road to the tomb or mausoleum. If I recall there was a big circular road area in front of the tomb. there were also some kind of iron gates that you could look through into the tomb & see the names of all buried there on the walls. The place was huge. We would also climb up the path on the side of the tomb that was fairly steep & would take you to the very top of the building. I seem to recall some kind of domes on top with very thick glass. You could look down into the tomb from there. If I’m wrong it has been a very long time. Anyway, I still have a picture I took from the top when I was there in 1976. it’s the highest point on the East Coast of the good old U.S. of A. I never was there at night & being so young would have been terrified to be there in the dark. Now I’m in Illinois. We have Bachelor’s Grove here. I used to live not 10 minutes from there. Now maybe 30 minutes. It’s one of the most haunted spots in the U.S. I have a photo of what can only be a ghost that a good friend of mine took near dusk. It’s plain to see what it is. Nobody saw anything but the camera always seems to pick up the paranormal while there. The picture is on Pete Crapia’s Bachelor’s Grove website. We still go there & it’s really weird. You can feel the unrest as son as you enter the place. Al Capone had a house near there & reputedly buried many bodies there. A caretaker & house that doesn’t exist has been seen by hundreds of people. Bouncing lights at night have also been seen. It was even on a t.v. ghost show & they saw the lights there.Last time we went there though we all felt peace. That was the first time in all the years I’ve gone there that it felt that way. I hope the spirits are still there. It’s been vandalized there as well. Supposed animal sacrifices were held & tombstones would be tipped. We actually got a small one to stand back up. It took 4 of us & was HEAVY. When I first moved out here a friend & I saw a group of satanists or devil worshippers at Bachelors. we were young & ran almost a mile to get home fast as our legs would carry us. I sure do miss Staten Island. The best memories I have are from there. I’m sure nothing looks the same any more & my friends have all moved away so I probably wouldn’t like going there & ruining my memories. Bill.

sean w says:

June 24, 2008, 3:48 pm

#

Iâ??m sorry guys, but this isnâ??t true. Hereâ??s a picture I took when there.

http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/5265/image312jb.jpg

As you can see, there is nothing unusual about this picture.

Comment by Eric Long | 03.14.2006 | 4:23 pm

actually that is not his tomb. That is his wife’s his tomb is huge and built into a hill. To anyone who goes at night be careful cause if the grounds crew catches you there going to beat the piss outta you.

Lai says:

July 13, 2008, 4:11 pm

Way back when I was in high school in the early ’70’s there was a group of us that would dare each other on All Hallow’s eve (Oct. 31st) to spend the night near the Vanderbuilt Mausoleum. Well one year 2 friends and I decided to give it a try. We went to visit my grandparents graves there and walked around as late as we could, got up to the mausoleum and looked in the gates at all the names but I got a really creepy feeling as if someone was over my shoulder reading and no one was behind me. It was sunset and all of a sudden my girlfriend screamed when she looked over my shoulder. When I asked her what was wrong she was white and shaking so I just grabbed her hand and we walked our bikes out of there. She never told me what she saw but I DID feel that we weren’t alone.

Mary E says:

August 11, 2008, 5:05 pm

I grew up in New Dorp and cut out of school a few times to hang out at “Vandys Tomb” as we called it in the mid-70’s. I never thought much about it then, but am there on and off as my parents are there now. Recently I saw that the gates were open as they very rarely are these days and started up the road. I got so spooked – the air seemed really heavy and almost tropical (this was a beautiful fall day) and eerily silent – the birds weren’t even chirping. I made it about 10 feet up the road from the gates before I chickened out. The story about the girl getting killed in the 60’s when those heavy gates fell on her is true. Its a very eerie spot. You definitely get the feeling that you are NOT WELCOME by somebody or something. Do any pictures exist of the people who show up in the film? Everyone mentions these pictures but I’ve never seen one and would love to.

Lacey says:

August 14, 2008, 12:30 pm

to Eric Long, you’re in front of the wrong place. The real tomb is gated off. I’ve never taken a picture in front of the real one though the place has a strange air about it.

chari says:

October 3, 2008, 5:14 am

Noooooooooooooooooooooo comments !!!!!!!

Vincent Guardino says:

October 8, 2008, 8:29 pm

this is so very true. i went there once because i didnt believe this story.when i arrived to the grave i heard “get away or you will suffer the consequences”. i pooped my bpants because when this was said i felt him grabbing my legs. then i tripped. i never returned there again.

ex Staten Islander says:

October 14, 2008, 10:11 am

I had relatives that lived on Todt Hill across the street from Moravian. My grandparents are buried there as well. We had been in the cemetery many times & never experienced anything strange except once. Many years ago a group of us (I think I was there w/my sister & cousin) went to visit the grave. My grandfather was only buried there at the time. We were walking down the winding paths back to the exit & got a little lost. The weather started getting cloudy & we didn’t want to get caught in the rain. Just then a small white butterfly landed in the path in fron of us. It flew away as we approached & landed a little further along. Once again, it flew away as we approached only to land on the path a little further away. It continued like this to the exit & then flew away. Who knows? Help from grandpa or a curious insect?

Mary E says:

March 27, 2009, 11:12 am

A link to a picture of the archway where the gates are – it was very spooky even way back then.

http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm?keyword=staten+island+new+dorp

numb says:

April 18, 2009, 6:44 pm

where is this cemetary located?

Nick says:

February 24, 2010, 10:19 pm

Basically, the easiest way to get to the tomb is the back way. Just make a right off of Richmond Road onto Nevada Avenue. Drive all the way to the end until you get to the High Rock Park parking lot. Start walking the paved trail til you can see a fence to your right. At the beginning of the fence, there is a huge tree that fell on top of a park of it. Climb onto that tree and you are now inside the fenced in area! Keep walking south until you see the top of the tomb. you can either climb down the hill on your left or right and walk around the area outside the tombs doors. BUT BEWARE: I HAVE READ SEVERAL TIMES THAT THEY HAVE INSTALLED SOME TYPE OF MOTION SENSOR OR SOMETHING. SIGNS HAVE ALSO BEEN POSTED ON THE FENCE SURROUNDING THE TOMB THAT THE AREA IS “Under Surveillance”.

paul says:

March 1, 2010, 2:26 am

growing up in richmondtown we used to hang out there often from 91-93…. It is definitly a place you will NEVER FORGET…. had some wierd moments but nothing crazy, the place was amazing on a full moon it glowed white on the hill side… we were very respectfull and we had a golden rule hanging out on top of the tomb….DONT PISS ON IT(lets face it we drank MANY beers up there) one night one of my smart friends breaks the rule and as we where leaveing and going back thru the fence into highrock park he twists and breaks his ankle…. shortly after that we kinda stopped going there and he certainly never went back. cowinkydink or spiritual revenge we will never know but he is convinced it was because he pissed on top of the tomb… and to the post earlier about the twin glass domes on top, they are still there but the glass has been removed and it was cemented close due to grave robbers some time in the 80’s

HighPlainsMom says:

July 26, 2010, 12:13 am

I love how every other poster claims to have pictures of bizarre apparations taken at this sight but no one posts them.

It’s an architecturally amazing, old family mausoleum. Period.

Andrew D. says:

August 5, 2010, 2:50 pm

I agree! Less writing, more proof! “Pictures is the key to facts.”

dirtylilwitch says:

October 30, 2010, 7:12 am

to steve with the pics, u have some orbs in those pics i see look at them again.iam going there today to check it out and take some pics also. i hung out there when i was in h.s all the time it is haunted but u just have to respect the dead they say.

Carlitos says:

June 18, 2011, 5:26 pm

I live in this crappy island and nothing horrifying happened to me even in that cemetary…. yet…

SaRae says:

October 25, 2011, 4:52 pm

I heard you you take photo’s with a digital camera that everything will appear normal but if you go there and take photo’s with 35mm you will see things that don’t belong there…Is this true?

jon peter calzone says:

January 7, 2012, 2:44 pm

I live down the block from this stupid ******* place and i can tell you its def not haunted. but it is pretty sick. I’ve fingered girls on the roof of the tomb at like 2am when i was piss drunk,did a school project, and smoked countless blunts there in my youth never seeing ****. the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen there is a huge box turtle walking around in the back of the tomb where a tiny patch of grass with a couple of headstones lays. i sat down next to him blow pot smoke in his face and did a line of coke off his shell..he’s my dude. my friend also found a ******* huge crocodile Dundee knife on the roof. it was right after that guy fell off and died so were guessing it was his well finders keepers. My advice if you really wanna see a ghost when you go here take an 8th of shrooms. you’ll see ghost ghouls gremlins and goblins. i should know i fucked um all up there

a name says:

February 15, 2012, 7:02 pm

I wonder what the apparitions “did” to the grafitti artistsâ?¦

Kanna says:

October 31, 2012, 12:40 pm

To those of you who said you don’t believe it, I totally understand where you’re coming from. If you go looking for ghosts when you openly believe that they don’t exist, you’re not likely to find them even if they’re there because you’re refusing to see them. You also may not be looking at the right times. All ghosts have a certain time of year that they prefer and will appear more often during, that’s not to say they won’t show up any other time, because they will. If you let yourself believe, even a little, you’re much more likely to find something. Maybe I’m not someone who should be saying this, since I believe whole-heartedly that they do exist, but whether you believe me or not, I’m right. I’ve been seeing ghosts my whole life, literally. My mom has stories about how I would chase invisible things and how when I was starting to talk I’d talk about things that weren’t there. I’ve probably been seeing them longer but couldn’t communicate it. Though I don’t see them as much now-a-days, I do still see them. I assume it’s because they don’t feel the need to protect me as much as before now that I can help myself. I’ve never been to the Moravian, but I do plan to and I hope I can get there soon to check it out for myself. If anyone has questions/comments/concerns/doubts about what I’m saying, let me know through here and I’ll probably answer. I’m not saying everyone will be able to see/sense a ghost or anything paranormal or experience something like I or others have, but if you open your mind to it, it’s a higher chance. I believe most of the problem these days is that there are all these ghost shows on t.v. that are either fake or not completely real and the ones that are real are usually not very convincing. Society is scared of what they don’t understand and so have tried to “play-down” ghost and such. They do this with lots of things and that’s how they sway public opinion. If you asked most people in the country about ghosts, the majority would probably say they don’t believe, because this is what society wants us to believe, just to stop any panic. Don’t believe them. Open your senses and let yourself experience what’s “not real” in the eyes of society. If you let yourself believe, even only a little, you may just find that those of us who’ve always had our eyes open to them are right. I know you may be thinking I’m some strange person who’s talking nonsense and is telling you lies, but this is not the case. I hope some day you’ll be able to see this for yourself and not discriminate against us just for being different and seeing what you’re too blind to see. Even if you don’t see something, you could feel or hear something. A random breeze in a closed off room, a chill on a warm summer day, knots in your stomach when you go near a certain place, anything out of the ordinary, a tap on the shoulder when no one’s there, a knock on the door when no one’s outside, a rustle of papers in a still room, footsteps in an empty hall. Anything is possible if you believe, even if not fully, just a little bit of belief is enough to change your perspective on the world.

Candace Bennis says:

August 24, 2014, 10:28 pm

Does anyone know how to get in through High Rock? I hear if you get in that way you actually are on top of the mausoleum? Let me know. Thanks. Candace

Lissette says:

March 23, 2015, 6:13 pm

My daughter and I have managed to go there, sit on top of the enormous cathedral style mausoleum. Is been peaceful and just beautiful. On our last visit, we did experience a few weird things, when leaving and walking down the long road it got very dark and the air felt heavy, and we got anxious. So we walked out pretty fast out of there. We love cemeteries and we go on tours, visit different cemeteries. But we did have a scary experience at Moravian, just not at the Vanderbilt. It was at near by my best friends grave. It was night time, I was bringing my bff flowers and my daughter and I heard loud chains, pound metal and scrapes. We looked at each other, started laughing and said WTH? Then it got louder, so we both started running, my daughter said she saw a girl on a long dress. We returned a few days after at the same spot where my daughter seen the girl, there’s a tomb of a girl with her picture ingraved. Ever since then we pass by and say hello. But never again. And I visit this cemetery very often. Once or twice a month.

Dirk says:

July 28, 2015, 10:11 pm

I’m a camp counselor at high rock park for their summer day camp. We take the kids on hikes where we have to follow the fence for a stretch and let me tell you, even the guys who cut the grass give you dirty looks. Security is fairly steady in the first place, but this month there are also park rangers stationed at high rock for reports of trespassing in the park as well after hours. AS of right now going through High Rock lends you a high chance of being caught. Not to mention the nature of these reports regarding the hauntings; they do not seem residual, except for the one bout the lady who was killed by the gate. Active hauntings, especially of an aggressive nature, mean that there is a higher chance something will attach to you. Not necessarily posses you, but possibly follow you home. I do however recommend Sailor’s Snug Harbor.

Barbara says:

May 14, 2017, 11:38 pm

Here is the truth about that lady you say tried to break into the tomb. She was one of my mom’s classmates and she went there with her family to visit a grave.. As they went to leave, she noticed one of the iron gates open and went to close it as a courtesy.. The hinge broke and it fell on her and killed her.. The other tragic thing is that they found out she was two months’ pregnant when they examined her at the hospital.. so NO she was NOT trying to break in at all!!!

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