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Resurrection Cemetery

Trexlertown, Pennsylvania

In the 1940s, a young lady lived across the street from the cemetery. After becoming infected with tuberculosis, the girl died and was buried in a white party gown. It is said that on dark nights, one may see a bright, illuminating figure of a young girl walking along the side of the road. It is said that if one stops, she will ask him for a ride home because she is lost. Once they get past the cemetery�s property line, however, the girl disappears.

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Jenni says:

November 4, 2009, 3:47 pm

this is so not true-I drive past that cemetery every day at all hours of the day and night–NEVER have I saw this–no one I know that lives around me has seen this girl-I live about one mile away–nobody has ever seen anything around here

SAli says:

June 12, 2010, 3:53 pm

Resurrection Mary is the Chicago area’s best-known ghost story. Of the “vanishing hitchhiker” type, the story takes place outside Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois, a few miles southwest of Chicago.[1]

Since the 1930s, several men driving northeast along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom and Resurrection Cemetery have reported picking up a young female hitchhiker. This young woman is dressed somewhat formally and said to have light blond hair, blue eyes, and wearing a white party dress. There are other reports that she wore a thin shawl, dancing shoes, that she carried a small clutch purse, and/or that she was very quiet. When the driver nears the Resurrection Cemetery, the young woman asked to be let out, whereupon she disappeared into the cemetery. According to the Chicago Tribune, “full-time ghost hunter” Richard Crowe has collected “three dozen . . . substantiated” reports of Mary from the 1930s to the present.[2]
The story goes that Mary had spent the evening dancing with a boyfriend at the Oh Henry Ballroom. At some point, they got into an argument and Mary stormed out. Even though it was a cold winterâ??s night, she thought she would rather face a cold walk home than spend another minute with her boyfriend.

She left the ballroom and started walking up Archer Avenue. She had not gotten very far when she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who fled the scene leaving Mary to die. Her parents found her and were grief-stricken at the sight of her dead body. They buried her in Resurrection Cemetery, wearing a beautiful white dancing dress and matching dancing shoes. The hit-and-run driver was never found.[3]
Jerry Palus, a Chicago southsider, reported that in 1939 he met a person who he came to believe was Resurrection Mary at the Liberty Grove and Hall at 47th and Mozart (and not the Oh Henry/Willowbrook Ballroom). They danced and even kissed and she asked him to drive her home along Archer Avenue, of course exiting the car and disappearing in front of Resurrection Cemetery.[4]

Burned section of the front gate bars.In 1973, Resurrection Mary was said to have shown up at Harlow’s nightclub, on Cicero Avenue on Chicago’s southwest side.[5] That same year, a cab driver came into Chet’s Melody Lounge, across the street from Resurrection Cemetery, to inquire about a young lady who had left without paying her fare.[6]

There were said to be sightings in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1989, which involved cars striking, or nearly striking, Mary outside Resurrection Cemetery.[7] Mary disappears, however, by the time the motorist exits the car.

She also reportedly burned her handprints into the wrought iron fence around the cemetery, in August 1976,[8] although officials at the cemetery have stated that a truck had damaged the fence and that there is no evidence of a ghost.

In a January 31, 1979 article in the Suburban Trib, columnist Bill Geist detailed the story of a cab driver, Ralph, who picked up a young woman â?? “a looker. A blonde. . .she was young enough to be my daughter – 21 tops” â?? near a small shopping center on Archer Avenue.

“A couple miles up Archer there, she jumped with a start like a horse and said ‘Here! Here!’ I hit the brakes. I looked around and didn’t see no kind of house. ‘Where?’ I said. And then she sticks out her arm and points across the road to my left and says ‘There!’. And that’s when it happened. I looked to my left, like this, at this little shack. And when I turned she was gone. Vanished! And the car door never opened. May the good Lord strike me dead, it never opened.”
Geist described Ralph as “neither an idiot nor a maniac, but rather [in Ralph’s own words] ‘a typical 52-year-old working guy, a veteran, father, Little League baseball coach, churchgoer, the whole shot’. Geist goes on to say: “The simple explanation, Ralph, is that you picked up the Chicago area’s preeminent ghost: Resurrection Mary.”[9]
by the way i live in chicago and ressurection mary does come where i live because she comes on the south side of chicago thats where i live! and i have been to archer avenue where ressurection mary got hit by a car

Scott says:

June 14, 2010, 2:48 pm

To all the people who say it’s not true: How do you know? The truth is, you don’t … you’d just like everybody to “think” you know. It’s OK though, most people just skip right by your comments.

Alex says:

July 3, 2010, 11:03 am

This has a possibility to be real. And it does seem (to what you guys have told me) to bare a resembilence to this story in Illinois. But there have many people who have died over the many many many years 2 are bound to be the same. but why a party dress? was she not able to afford better? And why would she say she is lost when she lived across the street from it? It could be myth or it could be real. IDK!

Sharde C says:

July 11, 2010, 6:59 pm

ii liive not 10 minutes from that cemetery ii constantly pass iit going baqq and forth from AMC and Kmart i never knew there was a story behind iit!!!

melissa says:

July 15, 2010, 8:10 pm

wow tat is so scary

alicia says:

August 2, 2010, 4:07 pm

this isnt where it is. its in moon township pa. i live by it and have gone a few times. the story is a lot different. there is a black grave with the name damon on it with an upside down cross.

alicia says:

August 2, 2010, 4:12 pm

Ressurection cemetery is in moon township pa. its a different story. i live by it. the story is there is a black grave with the name damon on it and it has an upside down cross. and if you tamper or disrespect the grave that bad things will happen. one time a 4 boys went to see if the legend was true. when they got to the grave 3 of the 4 boys were saying bad things about the grave and they actually peed on it. and when they left they go in a car accident and only the one who did nothing survived. and the few times that i have been there and left a few of my friends that accompanied me got into car accidents. but nothing life threatening.

Leandro Olmo says:

August 23, 2010, 1:49 am

i have allready experienced her… she asked me to stop at the end of the sementary n when she got out of the door she desapeared… but before she left the car her face turned white n she had no eyes nor face… it was my only experience with the paranormal n it got me interested ever since!

mander says:

April 3, 2011, 3:00 am

So I just read this and actually got in my car and drove to the cemetery. While we did not see anything we weren’t screwing around and stopping our car to find out if anything would come out. We actually went in the cemetery because the creepy gates were open at 2a.m. Does anyone know where I can get more info on this? I want to go back next weekend and actually stop the car and wait around for a bit.

Mike says:

January 14, 2012, 7:49 pm

I’ve been to Resurection Cemetary in Moon. The name on the grave is Damien not Damon. There is an upside cross and the tombstone says “This is not good bye, just so long.” we used to party at Damiens grave all the time. I even have pictures of me pissing on his grave(I now realize how disrespectful that was). We heard the same stories about disrespecting the grave which I’d why we did it. This was around 15yrs ago and nothing has happened to me or any of my friends involved.

Buck says:

March 12, 2013, 4:49 pm

That would be a wonderful experience to be able to actually see a ghost. I have been searching for years to find a place that might allow me to. In 1984 I lived with my parents and two sisters in a farm house that was filled with unexplained occurrences but through it all I have never seen a spirit or ghost or any other entity. I could only see things move and heard whispers and footsteps but upon investigating closer I saw nothing. That old farm house is still standing and it saddens me that the life I once saw there is gone. It is a play ground for the paranormal and it is just too bad we didn’t know about all these ghost hunters at the time. I have visited the old place and I still sense those energies there. Maybe one day I will write the whole story from day 1 until the last day when we couldn’t take it anymore and left but for now I would like to see just one ghost so that I will know in my heart that my family wasn’t crazy. Thanks for your post on the cemetery. I will have a few drives up that road!!

Alex says:

December 17, 2013, 3:59 pm

It seems this is the cemetery across from the Nursing Home / ALF. Not a terribly terrifying stretch of road. There are 2 houses past the SNF / ALF. Both look pretty modern. Pretty sure that the cemetery is a no trespassing area. I know the farm fields around it are, and pretty well posted. So my guess would be to proceed with caution. I pass it every day on the way home from work. So far, no girls in white dresses.

Sara says:

October 29, 2014, 11:40 am

Id love to pick her up and drive around all night in the cemetary talking to her so she wouldnt leave. This is so sad. I hope she finds peace.

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