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Prospect Hill Cemetery

Front Royal, Virginia

Inside the Soldier’s Circle, lies a grave at which some claim to have seen a man kneeling and weeping; it is thought that he is saddened by his own death. Another woman has been seen dressed in attire from the mid 1880s. Her identity is not know, however.

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Nikki says:

April 18, 2006, 4:41 pm

I have lived in Front Royal for several years now, and as of yet I have not seen anything of this affect. In fact, I live quite close to the location. However, now that I have heard of this I will check often and see if I can locate such a thing, and then I will post back.

Dianna Chandler says:

June 28, 2006, 11:03 pm

As A teenager I use to go to the cemetery with other friends. One time I feel asleep in a car there. I have never seen or heard of anyone seeing anything there.

richie dawson says:

July 11, 2006, 12:14 am

i have heeard about it but i have neverseen anything

John says:

August 27, 2006, 1:32 pm

Okay, here goes, first of all, the Prospect Hill Cemetery is VERY haunted. I cut the grass there in the late evening on Monday and Thursday nights. The soldier’s circle is the area where they have buried veterans dating back to the Civil War. I have spoken with the man who often weeps at the grave. He is not a ghost, it is his grandfather who is buried there. The woman dressed in 1880’s attire, whoever, I have never spoken with, but seen her appear and disapear on many occasions. She is the weeping man’s grandmother, Joan Miller.

Julian says:

August 27, 2006, 1:34 pm

Okay, here goes, first of all, the Prospect Hill Cemetery is VERY haunted. I cut the grass there in the late evening on Monday and Thursday nights. The soldier’s circle is the area where they have buried veterans dating back to the Civil War. I have spoken with the man who often weeps at the grave. He is not a ghost, it is his grandfather who is buried there. The woman dressed in 1880’s attire, whoever, I have never spoken with, but seen her appear and disapear on many occasions. She is the weeping man’s grandmother, Joan Miller.

gilbert says:

December 2, 2006, 10:04 am

that sounds soooooo scary

jess says:

December 30, 2006, 1:45 pm

Who cuts grass at night?

Blu says:

December 31, 2006, 1:56 pm

Hello, I use to work at a Hospital in Woodstock Va. I was walking threw one door and headed towards another at the end of the hall, this is a hall that is closed off to the public, The staff used this hall to take bodies down to the morgue and it is the hall that has the library in it. As I was walking a man appeared and asked where his room was. Me not thinking anything about it I told him he needed to go back threw the door behind him and take a right towards the main stay rooms on the hospital floor, as the man walked away I noticed he did not have any legs and walked straight threw the door without opening it. I hauled butt threw the door I came in and got the security guard to check the hall and camaras to see if it was my imagination. The guard told me that it was not my imagination and that im not the only person to see him. The only scary thing about this gentlemen is that he caught me off guard by walking threw the door. He was very nice and even said thank you before walking away.

Jessi says:

March 4, 2007, 2:32 am

I used to live in Front Royal and that isn’t the only one I have heard about. People have seen someone sitting on one of the benches and children have beem seem in the child part of it. I love to go up there and up there alot when I come to town. I haven’t seen any yet but I’m hoping too soon.

Jen says:

March 6, 2007, 2:22 pm

My friends and I visited the cemetary last summer. We were playing around w/ a 5 in 1 digital camera I got for my b-day. When we got home I went to load everything onto my comp. Theres a part that sounds like kids laughing. U can hear my friends and I talking, shortly after, the camera shuts off. It did that several times while we were there, eventually I figured it was the batteries dieing. After a pack of fresh batteries, it would work until I stepped foot onto the grass near the graves. They were mostly children and babies – ya know the ones w/ the little lambs on top of the headstone. It was kinda creepy, but I wouldnt mind going back there, just to check things out.

beth says:

August 13, 2007, 9:48 am

I have been going to the cemetery since I was an infant, yes there are spirits roaming about. Soldiers circle, and in the old section, I have seen them up there from time to time.

steve & rosemary says:

September 13, 2007, 9:38 am

We live in Front Royal about 2/3rds of a block away from the cemetary on Lee St, our house is very haunted , we have heaps of photographs taken with diff cameras ! as for the lady not only have we seen her but a lot on the street have as well, she is a very small woman all dressed in black quite beautiful, holding a small posy of flowers in her hands, her shoes have a small heal but you cant hear her footsteps.We have also dug up the partial remains of a horse in the front yard while removing an old side walk the bones were chard and the horse shoe has the u.s stamp on it !

Ashley says:

December 6, 2007, 3:21 am

I have alot of family in Front Royal. My great Aunt’s house is VERY HAUNTED. I used to stay there alot as a kid. I would always feel like someone was watching me. One day my aunt and uncle went to Winchester to do some shopping while I stayed home. I was in the den area watching tv when I got this terrible feeling. I ran out the back sliding door, around the house till I got to the very end of the driveway. I didn’t even put my shoes on. I stayed there for about 2 hours until they got back. I can’t describe the feeling I had, but it wasn’t good.
One time My 2nd cousin Billy was visiting with his infant son. While he was upstairs unpacking he saw a young girl about 8 years old standing at the doorway. she had no expression, she just stared at him and his son. When he asked who she was she just turned and walked away. Another time his sister Susie was visiting, and she was taking a nap in the same room. She was lying on her side facing the wall. She felt someone lay down beside her, but no one was there. I used to stay in the same room when I was there. I had to sleep with the light and lamps on everynight. My aunts dog used to stand at the bottom of the stairs and bark as if someone was there, but no one would be upstairs. It may sound weird, but I would walk up the stairs sideways because I would always feel someone behind me. I think it was the little girl around me most of the time. I think she was attached herself to children. the house was built in the 40’s. When they dug up the foundation they found unmarked graves from the Civil war. There is a big white house up the hill in her backyard. Well it used to be a Civil war hospital.They used to bring the dead down the hill and bury them where my Aunt’s house stands now. She moved a few years ago after my Uncle died. She still lives in ront Royal though. I can’t remember what road it is on, but it was one of the major roads. It was always alot of traffic. Across the street was some type of apartments, unless they tore them down. Also across the street on the corner is like a Tavern (bar/reasturant). It’s not far from the Fanticy Land playground. I wonder who lives there now. If possible I would like to visit there once more.
Also I have alot of family members who are buried in Prospect Cemetery.

RedGrey says:

December 27, 2007, 7:47 am

I was born in Front Royal, live here still, and I have never heard of any of this. I have heard stories about the house on Swan Dr. (whish has been torn down and made a subdivision), I have heard of the place just up Guard Hill rd., I think it’s a museum or something, but have heard nothing about Prospect Cemetary. I know where it is, used to go there alot as a kid while skipping school. The old high school is adjacent to it. I will have to check this out for myself. Will post back at a later date..

maria says:

February 1, 2008, 10:39 pm

who would be dum to cut grass at dark and than get scared from seeing it at dark.

rod says:

February 7, 2008, 5:46 pm

First, i have never seen or hear anything from there yet, i walked there about 6:30-8:00pm once one day.
and i never seen or hear anything about this,
sometime ill Re-check this area, otherwise, not i know of.. who would cut the grass at that time, anyhow,
usually i see someone cut it around 1-2pm (Noon)
o and someone should take some Equipment like Camrecorder or something to catch proof :/

Dan says:

March 6, 2008, 11:51 pm

My girl friend is from Front Royal I’m from Syracuse New York I moved here in September of 07 and we visited the site and we both seen the woman dressed in mid 1800’s attire. She was near the cannon close to the steps leading down the hill. she seemed to be crying. we both belong to M.A.P.I

Karyn says:

March 12, 2008, 5:47 pm

I live on Lee Street net to one of the other people who has posted a comment. I have seen pictures taken and there is a gastly image in a lot of the pics. Late at night sometime I am awakened by voices going by my bedroom window, and when I look out there is no one there. I have not been up to the cemetary yet, but i might have to check it out.

kayla says:

March 29, 2008, 5:53 pm

if anyone has pics of ghosts or anything please send them to me at


Hollyann says:

May 8, 2008, 9:51 am

I have never heard this story before and now that I have, I sooooooooo want to go there!

Eddie says:

June 14, 2008, 10:09 pm

OK, to start off with, I not only visit the cemetery very often but WORK their often. NO ONE MOWS THE GRASS THERE EXCEPT THE CEMETERY WORKERS! Furthermore, the gates, FRONT and BACK are LOCKED at or around dawn!! I have NAPPED here often, INTERRED MANY BODIES HERE and NEVER EVEN ONCE have seen or heard ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY! YEP, over 20 years workin here and NEVER BEEN SPOOKED! NOT EVEN BY THE MANY MANY SQUIRRELS that live there!

beth& becky white says:

July 17, 2008, 12:31 pm

OMG We live in Front Royal and have been to that cemetary! CREEPY

bryan says:

October 14, 2008, 2:40 pm

I have lived in front royal for the last 4 years.I have been to the cemetary many times and have experienced many things.My friends and i have taken pictures of the soldiers cicle and picked up many things that could be orbs.We have heard voices and what sounds like footsteps following us.My friends and i plan to go back and hopefully get more pictures and maybe some evp’s….

Erica Bleeker says:

November 9, 2008, 10:50 am

This is interesting I am starting a paranormal research group out of Stanley and Luray I will definitly research in this cemetary soon!

Renae Groves says:

December 15, 2008, 3:15 pm

I have lived in Front Royal for 21 years and I have never heard any stories about any paranormal activity in Prospect Hill Cemetary. As small as the town is, if anything of that nature has been seen, I’m sure the story would have gotten around town like wildfire.

beth ann says:

January 27, 2009, 5:38 pm

Look, I was born there, my family is buried there, since about 1974, I have seen the kneeling man in the circle, the widow, and numerous others. You have to remember, you only see what you are allowed to see. Prospect is very historic, and witness to mass tragedy from civil war battle. If you go there looking for them, be respectful of those buried there.

Renae says:

January 29, 2009, 9:41 am

I have family buried there as well. Are you saying that you see these “ghosts” during the day? The cemetary closes it’s gates at dusk.

Robert says:

February 9, 2009, 11:02 am

I visited the cemetery this weekend, as i walked around soldiers circle arouns 3AM i did see the woman. i have it on video as well. I will post a link for the footage on youtube shortly.

Renae says:

February 9, 2009, 11:21 am

How did you get in when the gates are locked?

Robert says:

February 9, 2009, 11:31 am

Torwards the back of the cemetery, near the student parking lot of the school, there is a gate that can be crawled under, i know what we did was not legal, but ive been reading about this cemetery for a while, and it intrigued me to take a look.

Robert says:

February 10, 2009, 4:56 pm

here is the video of what i saw.

Renae says:

February 11, 2009, 12:07 pm

I looked at the video. I couldn’t see anything. You didn’t leave the camera in that location long enough and/or zoom in to make sure that it wasn’t another tombstone. There are alot of tombstones that are tall and long and also have figures and shapes to them. Thanks for trying anyway. I was intrigued for a moment.

Robert says:

February 11, 2009, 12:53 pm

Renae, i too was skeptical in the fact that it could be a statue of another tonbstone…what got me was that when it appeared the second time it was on the other side of the tall tomb/monument. I will be returning to the cemetery this weekend during the day to see if there is anything in the distance that may have showed up on my camcorder. i will take more video footage during the night and this time i will be more steady and focused on anything i see. I have still images that i would like you to look at. my email address is if you email me, i can send them to you. thanks.

Renae says:

February 11, 2009, 1:38 pm

KSDPI Paranormal Investigators says:

March 15, 2009, 3:27 pm

We would really love to get some footage on this site (Prospect Cemetery) if you know of anyone who is having problems with paranormal activity in their home or surrounding areas we are right here in Luray. Please feel free to contact us. We have been doing investigations for four years now and have found alot of paranormal activity as well as pictures and video recordings of areas here in Luray and other areas. A suggestion for Robert, with your video recorder if you use a red lighted flash light it helps to illuminate the entity as well as a full spectrum flashlight. Would love to see more of your footage.

KSDPI Paranormal Investigators says:

March 15, 2009, 3:30 pm


Shena says:

March 31, 2009, 4:51 am

I have lived in Front Royal more then half my life. I have NEVER heard of any ghost stories in Front Royal other then ones I have experienced myself.I’m not saying I don’t believe but those who say they have proof, I would like to see it. It interests me! It would be kinda cool to see considering the fact this is practically a dead town compared to what it use to be. Might as well have good ghosts stories!

Robert says:

March 31, 2009, 8:17 am

Shena, i have visited the cemetery twice now and oth times i have come across the same thing. i have photos if you’d like to see them as well as a video. you an contact me at

lera says:

April 10, 2009, 2:46 pm

im going to prospect hill later today and ive been doing my research sounds very interesting.will post if i find anything.

dean says:

September 19, 2009, 8:26 pm

I am living in Kentucky and have never visited Prospect Hill but I have several civil war era relatives buried there. Does anyone have any stories about the Timberlake’s that are resting there?

KSDPI Paranormal Investigators says:

September 20, 2009, 2:31 am

We are in Luray Va and if you thank you got the Paranormal going on give us call we do it for free

Lera says:

September 21, 2009, 10:43 pm

KSDPI Paranormal Investigators -do you guy need anyone to join your team?

KSDPI Paranormal Investigators says:

September 22, 2009, 3:53 am

Hey Lera give us a call and we can talk about it

Lera says:

September 22, 2009, 9:01 pm

Ok sounds great,i believe ill email you.

lacey says:

September 23, 2009, 8:34 pm

mann, if this is true, this is gonna be our first ghost hunting assignment for our club… this would be amazing. and it would be great, if we do see anything, to see who really wants to be in the club, and who’s just chickens trying to act cool.

BungalowMo says:

November 10, 2009, 10:01 am

Who’s the BOZO posted before me?? (spammer)

Anywho…I too have been to Prospect Hill many times. I bought a home in Front Royal in May of 07. I went to the courthouse & did a deed search & got a list of all the people who lived in my home. (ca 1916 Craftsman Bungalow) The search went back to 1912 when the owner (Byrd Fletcher)of the farmland split the lots & put them up for sale.

Once I had all the property/homeowner names, I took a walk up to Prospect Hill. There they all were!!! I lovingly refer to them as my “PEEPS”. There is even an empty spot among the group. I don’t plan on going anywhere, so I might just buy it. :-)

My home has always had a warm feeling about it. I think the old owners through the years had a love for the place. The inside is almost like time stood still in 1916. The only major update was the cheesy 80’s bathroom. I am restoring all the woodwork & windows to new/old condition. Last Christmas….about 1 week prior, every other night for a week or so, I would hear little boys giggling at night. Like they were down in the livingroom by the tree…up late chatting or something. Very odd, but it didn’t scare me!

Just a few weeks ago I was in the back bedroom downstairs, which is now an office. I was playing a video game on my laptop & had my hair up on my head….I suddenly felt a cool breath on my neck! Very direct, like you would blow to whistle…but no sound…just a jet of cool air right at the base of my neck!

This didn’t really scare me either. I just have a feeling that if the “peeps” are around & watching me…..they approve of the things I’m doing. Restoring things & keeping things running….like the boiler/radiator system & I will be working on making the wooden storms that were once there.

I LOVE that house….ghosties & all!!! :-)

Spirit Watch says:

June 11, 2010, 3:02 pm

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Andie says:

October 7, 2010, 2:04 am

Hi there-
I went to school at JMU back in the 90s. I may be moving back and I am interested in connecting with people who have had experiences and could share some local lore. I am a skeptic, but want to believe….have photos from various sites of my own from over the years- but nothing totally convincing yet, can anyone help?

Sheila says:

October 16, 2010, 9:40 am

Julian and John said EXACTLY the same thing (above) two minutes apart, which is more curious than what the report.

Haley says:

March 25, 2011, 6:28 pm

hey i was i girl i saw a ghost with black eyes no mouth and no nose i was living in manassas in my dead grate grandfathers house ps he died in the living room

tammy says:

June 7, 2011, 4:10 pm

I live in the white house right next to the wall to the cemtery the back of our house is right in th cemetery and well we hav lots of activity at our house I have seen a man in my kitchen with a uniform and hat on walk past me on several occasions while in my kitchen we have heard voices of men and women in our home our dogs bark at the wall somtimes the cats just stare at the wall as if watching something I hear voices of the morning greting me as I take my dogs for thir morning walk at 5:50 am so yes prospect hill cemtery has lots of activity its not very day or we dont xprienc things every day but come around right before or during a storm that seems to b whn ther is lots of activity

Zee says:

September 18, 2013, 6:59 pm

So i Visited The Cemetary Today & Scoped The Neighborhood. Residents Say There Is a Lady In Black But She Is Not Deceased & Comes Once a Year In Honor of The Soldiers. Nothing Paranormal Happened Tho.

Kay says:

February 15, 2014, 4:30 pm

When I was 18 I stayed at the Woodward House on Manor Grade in Front Royal, for about a month. (It was not called the Woodward House at that time, but the elderly owner rented rooms. I stayed in room #1. Every night I was there just as I had fallen alseep, the closet opened and these black misty baloon like figures came out and circled the ceiling all night. There was a swooshing sound that followed them. They terrified me. When I was alot oldder I went back and stayed in room #1. Nothing. Except–I just realized Prospect Cemetary is in their backyard. Glad I didn’t know that then….

Alisia says:

June 9, 2014, 3:19 pm

I have lived in front royal for about a month now. but i am familiar with the area due to family living up here over the years. and my younger sister goes to the middle school across the street from Prospect cemetery and ive gone there my self around 9 pm and saw nothing.

Aimee says:

October 14, 2014, 5:00 pm

I live down the street from this cemetery and visit often. I like to bring a book up there and read when I’m feeling stressed. I have not seen either of these ghosts, but have seen some standing over graves.

Will says:

November 8, 2014, 11:10 am

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Ashley says:

March 2, 2015, 4:45 pm

i use to live on overlook drive my house sat right across from the Cemetery right, down the road from the high school and my brother and I, his friend and my friend use to always sneak into the cemetery n the middle of night and we would go walking through it and we seen quite a few encounters, Civil War soldiers, kids, a lady n white, lady in black. Some Times we had the feelin of people touchin us, and ppl followin up and turn around and nobody was there even gone out on Halloween night and that was about to freakist I’ve ever been. Also have them commin n our house ive woke up quite a few times with ppl walkin around in my room and have had a lady dressed in 1800 clothes sittin on my bed staring at me scared the **** outta me! I now live n luray and have family burried there but haven been back in A few yrs! Need to get back there again soon. But to all the naysayers it is one of the most haunted cemeteries around!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????

Zumi says:

June 15, 2016, 4:10 pm

I eat lemon cake at this cemetary every morning at 2:43 AM and I have seen the old man with the Stetson hat many times and he is hunched over a dead lady. I also have seen the man mowing the lawn! He have no legs and no hands!

Damon says:

June 15, 2016, 4:17 pm

OMG! I have seen Zumi eating lemon cake when I am in this cemetary grooming my dog. She is a ghost!

Tabby says:

June 17, 2016, 1:42 pm

We are going to be holding a candlelight vigil for Zumi at the old bridge on Friday if anyone is interested in coming. I will finalize a time once we know everyone’s availability. Let’s lay this poor spirit!

Tabby says:

June 17, 2016, 1:46 pm

To Rest!!! I meant lay to rest. OMG!! I didn’t mean any disrespect!!! I am crying right now.

Zumi says:

June 27, 2016, 3:55 pm

I walked by the tracks the other night to find spot to eat cake and I see me on the ground but not moving. It make me cold

Mary says:

June 30, 2016, 3:40 pm

Something happened to me last night in my home. I was ravaged by an invisible apparition.


Mary says:

June 30, 2016, 3:42 pm

Zumi – I am in love with you! I think that we can make it work.

Mary says:

June 30, 2016, 4:16 pm

Why won’t you answer me Zumi! Is that how it is? You get what you need and don’t want to see me anymore??!! Go to hell!!

Mary says:

June 30, 2016, 4:20 pm

I’m so sorry! I love you! I need you!!! I will be near the tall statue (the one of the woman crying) at 2:30 am, lying on the ground in a red dress, no panties. My eyes will be closed and I will be awaiting your lemony breath!!!

George says:

July 1, 2016, 4:35 pm

Mary WTF is wrong with you???

Zumi says:

July 7, 2016, 3:33 pm

Can’t eat last night, bright light coming from trees, so bright I see nothing else

Zumi says:

July 15, 2016, 3:33 pm

This my favorite so I come back here and think the light will not follow but its everywhere!

Zumi says:

July 25, 2016, 1:54 pm

get cold at night. I found jacket once and went to sleep but when I wake up in same clothes before.

Glen says:

July 28, 2016, 2:12 pm

I was near the cemetery last night for a walk when suddenly I heard crying coming from inside of the fence. From where I was at in the school parking lot I could see a figure slumped against a tombstone and sobbing. It was a male figure holding a plate in his lap but it didn’t have anything on it. He looked to be petting an animal but I could not see one near him. I got out of there as quickly as I could and stole a glance back when I hit the street and he was no longer there!

George says:

August 1, 2016, 3:38 pm

Glen – it sounds like you have encountered Zumi, otherwise known as the lemon cake ghost. He does not mean you any harm, quite a benevolent spirit and from what I’ve seen he is petting his dog Opi.

Mary says:

August 1, 2016, 3:56 pm

I was at the cemetery that night but you’re right, twas not Zumi who took me. It was a squirrel and while my eyes were closed waiting for my lemony lover he stored a walnut inside of me. I fell asleep crying but awoke to a homeless man removing the walnut at 4am!! HE TOOK ME TOO AND THEN FELL ASLEEP THERE FOR 2 MORE HOURS! THERE IS THAT WHAT YOU WANTED YOU INSENSITIVE DIRTY BIRDY MAN CHOWDER SALLY?

Mary says:

January 5, 2018, 4:30 pm

Where is my lemony lover? I’m like you now Zumi!

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