Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

Sally Carter, Cedarhurst Mansion

Huntsville, Alabama
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

Huntsville, Alabama has many distinctions. It is the home of impressive companies such as Boeing, NASA, and Raytheon; has more Ph D’s per square mile than any other city in the south; and also happens to be the most haunted city in Alabama.

One of the more famous hauntings is of the Cedarhurst Mansion located at what is now the clubhouse of a town home community. The mansion was established by Stephen Ewing in 1823. Sally Carter, visiting her sister Mary Ewing at the mansion, was struck by a quick and fatal illness and died on November 28, 1837, just three weeks short of her 16th birthday. Young Sally had loved the estate, and that is why, some say, you can still feel her presence there today.

Sightings of Sally go back to 1919, when a 17 year-old boy from Dothan, Alabama slept outside Sally’s bedroom. That stormy night, he had a dream that Sally visited him, asking him to prop up her tombstone. When he awoke the next morning, he explained the strange dream and told his family that he was going to Sally’s grave. They laughed at him, but when he arrived, her stone had, indeed, fallen over in the storm. This popular local legend ends with the boy going back to his home town of Dothan, never to return to Huntsville again.

Previous to 1982, Sally’s grave was in the family plot on the estate. She had so many visitors, there was a well-worn path from the road. She did, unfortunately, also have many teenagers vandalize her grave. That is why, in December of 1982, Sally, her sister, and her sister’s three children were relocated to an undisclosed location in the Maple Hill Cemetery. That is… Her casket was relocated. Some claim that when her grave was excavated, the casket Sally was supposed to spend eternity in was empty.

Besides tombstones falling over and caskets being empty of mortal remains, Sally has also stirred up local folks, being sighted walking the grounds of the estate she loved so much. A past guard at Cedarhurst heard Sally walking upstairs while working one night. After the woman’s shift ended, she realized she had lost some money while doing rounds. After searching the grounds, hearing footsteps following her and the unnerving flickering of her flashlight as if its batteries were ready to die, the guard gave up the money for lost. But once she returned to the guard shack, her flashlight flickered brightly, shining directly on the cash she had given up for gone. It was then she chose to thank Sally, and claims to have heard a young woman’s laugh in return.

Someone who knew both the Thorton and the Grace families who lived in the house, had a friend who slept in Sally’s room. When asked what it was like, the friend told him about doors opening and closing by themselves, covers getting snatched off the bed and light switches being tripped. The girl thought it was all rather annoying, but after awhile got used to it and ignored the strange goings-on.

Many woman claim that their jewelry has been broken in the area, beads on beaded necklaces scattering everywhere.

Because Cedarhurst is now a gated community, visiting the clubhouse is not all that likely. Some locals have been able to see the place where Sally died, but visitors are strongly discouraged. Even so, Sally’s bedroom in the mansion has been preserved. If you really want to experience the ghostly Sally, there are always a few condominiums in the local gated community up for sale.

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Bergan Crane says:

September 29, 2005, 7:18 pm

My father, who grew up in Huntsville (I live here now as well), has always told the story that Sally Carter died on her wedding day by falling down the steps of the estate where she was married. Her new husband grabbed for her but only caught her pearl necklace in his hand as she fell down – a fall that killed her. Her pearls broke and went everywhere. Many women (teenagers) reported losing jewelery while sneaking around this property when it was a vacant estate and now as residents in the prviate, gated community that sits upon Sally’s grave.

Chris says:

October 4, 2005, 1:38 pm

Dear Bergan Crane, why don’t you just write a f**king book?! My damn coffee got cold reading your comment!

Kelli says:

October 5, 2005, 5:56 am

well for starters…i never heard about the first story…well comment. the story that i was told by my mother is that sally carter was a girl that came to stay with her cousins and fell sick and died. they buried her in the family lot behind the house. and chris..dont be a ****.

sherry says:

October 9, 2005, 12:13 am

My father as one of the workers who built the houses that stand where the grave is and I went with him when they opened her bedroom and started tearing out the walls they found a hidden room that contained all types of knives and swords.And when they dug up the family plot to move it sally’s grave was empty.I seen this with my own eyes.

sherry says:

October 9, 2005, 12:14 am

My father was one of the workers who built the houses that stand where the grave is and I went with him when they opened her bedroom and started tearing out the walls they found a hidden room that contained all types of knives and swords.And when they dug up the family plot to move it sally’s grave was empty.I seen this with my own eyes.

Becky says:

October 12, 2005, 11:21 am

You guys are too funny. Seratoma Park did not close because of Sally Carter’s ghost. It wasn’t making any money and was a liablilty to keep open. But nice story anyhow! LOL

Sarah says:

October 14, 2005, 9:07 pm

My drama teacher told a very different story. He said Sally Carter died in a fire at her house (which is now the Cedar Hurst Clubhouse) and it is said she now haunts the clubhouse. I don’t know which story is right, but it will make my article on her awesome! Thanks for the different stories guys!!!!

P.S. Chris- drink the coffee before you get on the computer or take a reading skills class and learn how to read quicker.

Clay says:

October 15, 2005, 1:25 am

Hey guys, you are all wrong. The house was lived in by the Mrs. Thornton (Sally Carter’s relative) and the Grace family, who attended Covenant Presbyterian Church which is located adjacent to Cedar Hurst development. I knew the Grace family from church and school and Mary, who was a little older than me, used to sleep in Sally Carter’s old bedroom. I have been in the house and one of my favorite scary memories was when I was in Cub Scouts about 6 years old and we were in the Thornton mansion listening to Mrs. Thornton tell ghost stories about Sally and her relatives. She was recounting to us that Sally had fallen ill and died at a young age. Her Aunt had not seen her in some time prior to her death and had come to Huntsville to visit. She was anxious to “see Sally” as everyone in the family had some story to tell about an encounter with her ghost. The house was amazing with two huge staircases in the front foyer that led to the second level where the bedrooms were. As the Aunt was talking about seeing Sally again, there was the sound of footsteps coming down the hall towards her bedroom. As the sounds grew louder and closer, she decided that perhaps she really didn’t want to see Sally after all and she ran down the hall to the staircase and fled to the lower level where other family members were. Just then, as Mrs. Thornton had finished telling that part of the story, we all heard footsteps upstairs, creaking down the hallway and moving towards the bedroom. There were about a dozen little boys sitting breathlessly, listening to the noises. One of us finally got the courage to ask “What’s that?” I will never forget Mrs. Thornton’s dry, casual answer as she looked up and said “Oh, that’s just Sally.” Every hair on my body stood on end. Mary Grace told me about living in Sally’s room. I had all of the usual questions; What’s it like? Anything ever happen? and that sort of thing. She said that it was somewhat annoying at times. She would go to sleep and shut her door. She would awake when it would open. If she left it open, it would close. She had her covers snatched off more than once and the light would flip on at times. She did confirm a story about a female visitor to the house who had a pearl necklace. The next morning they couldn’t find it anywhere and several days later, located it hanging on the end of the curtain rod above the drapes in the room. Others had their necklaces or jewelry broken and beads scattered all over. Mary said that after awhile, “you just get used to it and ignore it.” I will say that before the area around the grave site was cleared, it was a really freaky place, especially in the fading afternoon sunlight as the brush and trees created a shadowy world where your imagination could run wild in conjunction with the creepy, spooky reality of your surroundings. Many a time we would dare ourselves to go over to the grave site after church meetings….especially after dark. The grave yard itself was in a clearing which was almost completely surrounded by brush above and on all sides. The net effect was like being in a cave made entirely of brush and branches. The paths leading down to the graves were like walking through tunnels. This was really creepy and lent itself to mass hysteria. Particularly at night. Rumors and stories abounded after each visit. Sadly, the grave stones were desecrated by visitors, and daring teens were said to have taken a piece of her head stone. I can’t imagine that myself. I wouldn’t want to chance having Sally mad at me.

Leslie says:

October 20, 2005, 4:28 pm

Wow. Thanks for the info Clay.

Lynn says:

October 31, 2005, 1:15 pm

Clay, I too took the tour with Mrs. Thorton, but unfortunately I didn’t get to meet Sally. Gee, we must have gone to church together…

Sherry, you’re right about the grave being empty… I did a real estate project for college on Cedarhurst. I spoke to the general contractor who told me that when they went to move the grave it was empty. He speculated that the headstone had been moved so many times by teens that they no longer knew exactly where the grave was located. However, there may be another explaination… I’m not sure if this is true, but I had heard that Sally’s grave was actually moved to a private location at Maple Hill because so many destructive teens were going up to her grave at night.

mp angel says:

December 17, 2005, 1:02 am

Sally Carter wasn’t murdered she was sick,please get your facts straight before publishing them. Thats how rumors start. I am not trying to be rude but I am concerned because I have relatives that live near by and they know because the people working in the house have files about her. Thank you very much !

mp angel says:

December 17, 2005, 1:06 am

Dear Sarah,
You are totally wrong my family lives in the community and they have done re-search at the library and in the files on her. I sure hope you get your stories right next time so go do some good re-search at the library with the drama club!
Love, mp angel

Stan says:

February 21, 2006, 4:41 pm

Hi there, Clay. So funny that I was talking with some folks about the Carter stories just this weekend and wish I had read your note beforehand. I have been attending Covenant Presbyterian for over nine years now and loosely know the Grace family. I remember visiting the gravesite back in the late 60s – early seventies. We were not aware the first time out that the parking lot at Covenant ran right up to the trail which ran down to the grave. We wiped ourselves out by coming in from the north side of the proprerty and passing through the backyard of the Carter house. The atmosphere at the grave DID lend itself to all sorts of impressions. We arrived right at the stroke of midnight and imagined all sorts of sounds and sights. There were about ten of us in all – we didn’t molest the site at all – when one of our group lit a cigarette, we thought we saw the headstone glow or brighten. God bless, Stan

Ed says:

March 26, 2006, 1:21 am

I can confirm Clay’s story…bigtime! My mother’s best friend was Mrs. Thornto who we affectionately called her Aunt Khaki. And every time we visited, she would tell us ghost stories of Sally. Another one about Sally’s bedroom… those who slept in the bedroom would awake in the middle of the night to the sight of a rocking chair rocking by itself. We would also play with the Grace children who showed us the family graveyard which was on the right side as you face the front. The graves were indeed vandalized by teenagers who were curious about Sally. Aunt Khaki always told us that Sally died of pneumonia as a young girl. Her remains were moved to another cemetary at an unmarked grave for privacy. As far as I know there are no reports of Sally haunting the clubhouse.

Hope that fills in a few blanks…


Alia says:

April 26, 2006, 8:37 am

Hi All, im from England & love reading about this stuff, but from all the stories on here,im not sure which to believe & to be honest us “English” find Americans can exaggerate from time to time – which personally i love – But when it comes to stories relating to real life situations the exaggeration is not needed.
Love ya’ll any how xx

ash says:

May 15, 2006, 9:41 am

i dont know anything about this storie but it sounds realy freaky and who ever snell is your just bieng stupid even though im not american doesnt mean you can take the mick out of them and they know more than you

ali says:

May 31, 2006, 3:50 pm

one time i was fixing to get into the shower when i saw my uncel william flying across the celling.and saying somethin to me but i couldn’t quit hear it out.
by ali

skydog says:

June 4, 2006, 2:54 am

Snell, you’re a pompous ****. What are you…British? You think you’re smarter, more sophisticated than we Americans? Guess who runs things, mate! …oh ya, and the whole “haunted” stuff is really interesting, too….

Snake says:

June 22, 2006, 10:39 am

Interesting story. Typical, but interesting. Ali, you say you saw your uncle flying around in the bathroom? Was it your uncle’s ghost or your UNCLE?!

Lassie says:

July 15, 2006, 7:31 pm

Snell I hope to god you aren’t British. Your remarks are derogatory and the same applies to Skydog to assume that Snell is British. Snell may be British, I don’t care. He’s more than likely to be an immigrant nowadays. We shouldn’t all be tarnished with the same brush. May I remind you that you, Skydog,are probably a decendant of what was once the Great British Empire and it is through us that you have been educated and developed to become the America as we now know it. Do you know what Independence day is all about? I can’t say I’m proud of everything the British have done in the past but then I’m sure you could say the same about the Americans. We should all try to live in harmony with one another and respect each other. Don’y forget Skydog,you still speak the British language Ha! Ha! I wonder how long it will be before that changes. You’ve already tried changing it by shortening the spelling of words, perhaps because Americans aren’t very good at remembering things L.O.L


July 24, 2006, 4:09 pm

AWWW…So Lassie just cause we Americans shorten words, now means were stupid????!!!! British pep…..dont get me wrong i luv em’.

angel says:

August 15, 2006, 12:31 pm

why are you taking the mick out of british people?
Can u stop it please!I am british. U lot are so harsh about british people. I used to like americans but i know now most of them are ignorant,harsh,stupid and use the most rubbish slang ever. Did u know the real reason for americans having BIG cars? Its because they eat so much they cant fit into small cars. I am sorry but u cant critisize people like that and not exspect people to be nice to u! Its not on!

angel says:

August 15, 2006, 12:40 pm

y i bet u all wish u didnt av 2 say dis all da time.”i pladge alleigents to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god!” Seriously y do u bother! we britains
just say morning! All u british people here dont u think we deserve sum respect 2? I dont like ur attitude u americans all u british people here i hope u aggree we dont care wat u think! U HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DONT CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

angel says:

August 15, 2006, 12:45 pm

americans are dumb thats y they shorten stuff! They cant spell either. b happy u have 1 brain cell. HA HA HA! THINK YA CN DO BETTER? FIRE AWAY!

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angel says:

August 15, 2006, 1:21 pm

c u cant


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angel says:

August 22, 2006, 6:06 am

wat the hell u on about?

angel says:

August 22, 2006, 6:09 am

well at least we can remember and pronounce words propely and say: i pladge alligents to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god. everyday. ha ha ha we say morning.

eva golden says:

August 26, 2006, 6:11 pm

And how, pray tell, are many of these posts relevant to the legends surrounding the Carter sightings? Where is the editor of this site?


September 3, 2006, 3:53 pm


J-Priest says:

September 9, 2006, 8:56 am

Listen you brits, this haunt is in Huntsville, Alabama. If you british could tell the difference between maps and dental floss, then I’m sure you would know that this haunt is located in the United States of America! So snell and angel, GO LOOK UP THE BORLEY RECTORY!!! We americans kicked your *** before, and we’ll do it again! So I say, get off of our web-site!
*I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America! And to the republic, for which it stands, one nation, and justice for ALL!!!*

angel says:

September 10, 2006, 9:02 am

wat da hell u on bout i am not dumb u just stupid.
u dont get it ur mean 2 everyone ladytigerette. U r just so evil. I HATE THE WAY UR SO HARSH 2 EVERYONE.

angel says:

September 10, 2006, 9:05 am


J-Priest says:

September 10, 2006, 8:07 pm

Maybe we should all just drop the subject before we start an international controversey. We’re here for the haunts aren’t we? I’d like to hear more about that girl’s grave being relocated if you ask me.

Super Dave says:

September 11, 2006, 11:08 am

I live in Cedar Hurst Community aka “The Golden Ghetto”
I’ve heard the guards tell stories about strange things that happen around the house but I’ve lived here for 13 years and I’ve never seen a bush catch on fire or lights turn on and off by them selves although I thought I saw her walk away from me down the alley way behind my house but maybe it was just all the drugs I was on at the time.

Natasha says:

September 12, 2006, 3:50 pm

I live in Huntsville, and I just want to say first of all get your facts straight. My mother and her sister met the parents of Sally Carter and she was not murdered. She died of Whoping Cough when she was younger. Secondly, the grounds are haunted by the caretaker, which has been spotted as guarding her grave. But she did not die violently nor did she get murdered. Sorry! BTW Sally Carter’s home is now a country club.

J-Priest says:

September 16, 2006, 1:17 pm

Whatever? Whateve, what, angel?

Rashelle says:

September 20, 2006, 2:13 pm

My mother once told me about the ghost of a young girl who got very sick and wandered away from home one night in late fall or early winter. She said the girl was Sally Carter and that her ghost haunts the house she lived in as well as retraces her last walk. This is the version of the storry I know. I was told that when she walked her ghost would end up by the old drive thru that usedto be on Airport Rd. Has anyone else heard this version? It does keep to the fact that the girl was sick not killed.
Also I work as a guard at Cederhurst and I don’t know about any other stories but when I went to lock up the clubhouse I kept hearing footsteps and when I checked the bathrooms before turning off the lights I heard stalls banging in the opposite bathrooms. That night I lost a five dollar bill and I checked my car, my pants, and my bag and It was gone. I went back up to cederhurst to check the gaurdshack but no luck. Then I thought I’d check the clubhouse. As I walked up it felt like I was walking through spider webs. The doors wouldn’t stay open and I kept hearing strange footsteps and sighing until I called out that I wasn’t here to take anything but what was mine and that any help in finding it would be appreciated. then all I heard were the footsteps that followed me through the house the first time. I didn’t find my money in the house but outsid it near the porch that looks over the tennis courts my flashlight kept trying to die.(I had just put fresh batteries in it) I drove back to the guard shack and handed back the keys ready to give up the bill for lost when my flashlight started working again and there was the $5 bill! I looked up and said “Thank you Sally.” and the flaslight flickered and I swear to you I heard a young woman (ie teenaged sounding) laugh softly beside me and then nothing. I would appreciate any comments or feedback if anyone knows of anything like this happening to anyone else. thanks.

P Majors says:

September 23, 2006, 7:58 pm

Where is this house exactly I would love to see it. I live here in Huntsville.

angel says:

September 29, 2006, 11:49 am

J priest wat ever

Tammi says:

September 29, 2006, 3:25 pm

I was first told about Sally Carter by my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Timmons. I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. I’ve heard every version there is to be told. The first one I ever heard was about her coming down the stair and her fiance trying to catch her but instead broke the pearls. If anyone entered the house with pearls on, the person’s pearls would break and fall all over the floor.


Frank Doolittle says:

September 29, 2006, 4:28 pm

Whatever what, angel?

Kacey says:

October 4, 2006, 2:26 am

Hey has anyone ever heard the story of bloody mary if so e-mail me at

Lila says:

October 7, 2006, 8:55 pm

Why aren’t the other haunted places in Huntsville listed on here. The Sally Carter story is TRUE. Clay knows what he’s talking about. They should list Maple Hill Cemetary, The Dead Childrens Playground, and the building that used to be a furniture store downtown across from the courthouse. There are a few others as well.

Hannah says:

October 8, 2006, 1:08 pm

Once my moms friends went to spend the night in the house she lived in and they actually saw her… that is so scary! The story is wrong though she was not murderd she got really sick she had nmonia [or somthing like that] when she came to visit her aunt and uncle. She was born is Indiana. When she got there she went up to her room and then her Aunt heard a really strange sound like someone gettimg shoked but she was dieing…they burried her in a forest wich is now under many apatments & some homes when they went to dig her up there was nobody in the casket. People say they see her walking down south parkway every now and then. oh and its off of the Parkway

Hannah says:

October 8, 2006, 1:29 pm

My mom grew up very close to the home of Sally Carter(after Salley had died of coarse) and one night her and some of her friends went over to her home to spend the night because there boyfriends at the time had dared tham to. So later on that night my mom woke up because she heard a very strange noise and had this gut filling of the DEAD when her eyes had became clear she was aware that Sally Carter was standing or more like floating in the air over her brushing her hair. That however is beside the point, that is NOT how Sally Carter died, She died due to a terrible sickness she got on her way to visit her aunt and uncle all the way from Illinois. When she arrived she went pstairs and started coughing blood, she died min. later. That was quite along time ago, a few years later some people were planning to do some constuction work were she was burried and when they went to dig her up she wasnt there. People say that at night you can see her walking down the Parkway.

jean says:

October 10, 2006, 10:45 pm

I have visited the grave site of Sally Carter. We would park at the church east of the property and walk through the woods to her grave but never at night. We never violated the grave or the headstone and we never saw anything strange. But an odd thing happened years later to people that I know have visited graves in the night. Research it out, I am telling the truth. They both lived in Huntsville…one older than me and one younger. Sandy Brown was killed in Maple Hill Cemetery one night when a tombstone crushed her. Years later, Kevin Arnett was killed in a cemetery in Decatur when a tombstone crushed him. I think the ironic thing is that these people were killed at NIGHT in cemeteries…both were young…and both were crushed…they were not visiting the grave of a relative or friend that had been layed to rest. How many people does one know that has been crushed by tombstones? Is it a lack of respect for the dead to trample their graves or lack of respect for the living? Never enter a cemetary or grave site to challenge the powers of darkness. This is rebellion, the same as witchcraft. Never enter a cemetery or grave site after dark and certainly do not dangle on the tombstones or desecrate the graves. The Sally Carter story has been told numerous times and their are many versions of the story. I have heard them all. When the property was developed a crew was sent in to exhume her body. When they dug, they found nothing to indicate a body or casket have ever been there. The story was featured in The Huntsville Times. She was not from here, she died here but there is nothing to support, other than a tombstone.

sally says:

October 12, 2006, 12:58 am

my grandmama would let me wear her pearl necklace…

I really love cats
when they pur

it gets cold at night

Jenni says:

October 19, 2006, 5:07 pm

Ok. I’m a little confused.How did a discussion on a “haunting” get turned into a judgemental descriminatory arguement? I’ve lived in Huntsville for 2 1/2 years and I’ve never even heard of Sally Carter.So just because you live here doesn’t mean you know the real story.I’m sure if it was really that important to any of you, you would look it up on the internet or something. There’s no point in badmouthing other people just because your opinions are different than yours. People usually just tell things how they heard it so you really can’t blame anyone for incorrect information unless they deliberately made it up or just guessed at how the story goes.


Pattie R says:

October 26, 2006, 10:08 pm

Well, Long ago, back in 1967, I lived on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. I was 14 years old and my friend Debbie and I snuck away with two boys, Steve and Billy) on their S90’s to go to Sally Carter’s grave. It was a summer night, we parked at the Church and followed the trail through the dense bushes. (I remember that I was wearig shorts and flip-flops.)
We got to her broken tombstone in a small clearing. Since it was very dark one of the boys (Steve) lit several matches and layed them on the largest piece so we could read it. We were squating in a circle around the peices of stone. It was then that I noticed that my friend Debbie is all bug-eyed looking behind me, so I turn my head to see what she is looking at, so do the guys, and there stands Sally Carter, all misty and swirlly and floaty, about 20 feet behind me along the trail. ..the trail that is our exit! This was an experience that I will never forget. The three of them bolted past her and ran off leaving me last. I followed as best I could with my flip flops. We finally made it back to the church pkg lot. We were totally freaked, to scared to even speak. Let me tell you, I was tramatized for many months, especially at night.
The story I learned was that she died of Whopping couph at age 17. The family moved her due to all the vandalism. My parents live near there still. It is an experience I will always remember and my own personal ghost story to tell my friends. I Believe!!!

Kayla says:

October 27, 2006, 10:15 pm

Actually, Sally Carter died from a sickness. She came
to Huntsville to visit her sister and came down with
the sickness and then later died. Mary, her sister, was stricken with grief over her sister’s death and also died. Two years later, in 1939, the household slaves told of hearing an eerie sound late in the night. They said the sound was almost musical like a trumpet. The slaves were so frightened that they locked themselves up in their cabins and didn’t come out untill morning. They told Steaphen S. Ewing, Mary’s husband, about the terrifying sounds they had heard through the night and Ewing, being a practical man, dismissed the slaves and sent them off to do their chores. Later that morning Ewing was walking by Sally’s grave and stopped to pick a few stray weeds when something caught his eye. He saw a set of small ladylike footprints in the morning dew.Their were only two footprints not going anywhere and not comeing from anywhere in the middle of the grave. Ewing later sold the house and moved to Mississippi in 1965. In 1919, J.D. Thornton bought the house. That sames year in fall his nephew came to visit and there was a terrible storm that night. The next morning the nephew was found sitting outside on the porch and was pale as a ghost. He had told his relatives that Sally came to him last night asking him to please put her tombstone back up because it had fallen over.They started to laugh then they fallowed him out to the graveyard. The tombstone had fallen over. The nephew never came back after that. Thornton sold Cerderhurst, the house, to a company who had big plans to make an excusive complex.
Big brick walls began surrounding it and Lavish new homes were going up. There was just one small problem about it. No developement company wants to buy a peice of property with a grave right in the middle of it. So the grave had to be dug up. First they dug up Mary’s grave with all of her remains in it, but when they came to Sally’s grave her body was gone. No, it wasn’t one of those people that steal bodies out of graves.There was no way they could have because the valt was in perfect condition.

With Karate I'll Kick Your A$$ says:

December 21, 2006, 10:26 pm

All I have to say is this…Sally Carter is a real ghost. I have seen her on more than one accurance. She comes over to my house all the time and we play hide the sausage…it’s pretty awsome because she’s pretty much see through so I can see my pee pee going in and out, and it’s the best because I can go inside of her since she can’t get pregnant…and it’s sweet to see my love juice go inside of her since it’s see through…but she does exist! We have a date next week, stop by if you want to watch the show!!

john deer green says:

December 22, 2006, 3:25 pm

I’d rather be on my tractor!!!!

LOSER FACE!!!!!!!!!! says:

December 22, 2006, 3:33 pm



December 22, 2006, 3:36 pm

youre going down! meet me and the creek! I’ll give you a whooopin you’ll never forget!

@$$, GAS, OR GRASS says:

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seda says:

December 30, 2006, 1:24 pm

ok everybody that’s fighting.remember everyones precious in god’s sight.and u guys get a offence,but we’re not talking about that bull we’re talking about sally carter.

Mark Lenox says:

February 7, 2007, 4:14 pm

YOU SUCK!! I’m goin to Walmarts!


Mark Lenox says:

February 7, 2007, 4:16 pm

YOU SUCK!! Im gonna go to Walmarts!
Weee doggies

Mark Lenox says:

February 7, 2007, 4:17 pm

YOU SUCK!! I’m gonna go to Walmartss.

Weee Doggiess,

Christina says:

March 11, 2007, 4:44 pm

my middle name is supernatural and im not scared of this stupid story

Oscar says:

March 14, 2007, 2:33 pm

hey, guys your all wronng. Sally Carter was raped
and killed by hers grandma….

By the way sally loves oral..

Oscar says:

March 14, 2007, 2:34 pm

hey guys youre all wrong, Sally Carter was raped and killed by hers grandma because Sally was not into
oral sex.


March 25, 2007, 1:05 am



AND THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111111111111111111




A Christian Conservative says:

March 25, 2007, 6:12 pm


If you want the south to rise again, you have to be a republican. If you are a republican, then you would be respecting your political party by supporting the U.S. Military in Iraq.

kaye says:

July 1, 2007, 4:43 pm

Most all british girls are a bunch of Porn Whores. If you look in the right place all you see is British Porn Whores with a **** hanging out her throat or her ***. So go Fu– your self, B–ch and stop talking about Americans because we are better than you.

brad says:

July 9, 2007, 9:03 pm

isnt this soppose to be about sally cater why fck r yall talking about british and americans get back to the main subject witch is ‘SALLY CARTER”.

anna says:

July 19, 2007, 9:33 am

Oh my gosh, isn’t this supposed to be about a ghost that died? how did the British and Americans start to fight on here? You can’t judge either side as everyone differs, so can we please get back to the subject of Sally Carter?

anna says:

July 19, 2007, 9:35 am

Person that died, sorry, ghost don’t die.

Ed says:

July 25, 2007, 11:55 pm

OK Guys…another clarification. It was well published that a few years back the family moved Sally’s grave was moved to an undisclosed location at Maple Hill Cemetary due to the desecration of the grave.

Now an update: As I mentioned, my mother’s best friend was Katherine Thornton Wallace. We called her Aunt Khaki and would visit her each year we visited my grandmother who lived an hour away in Fayetteville.
Just a few weeks ago during the first week of July, I came back to the area and took my son to the Space Center. Before we left town, I stopped by Cedarhurst. Of course you cannot see the house because of the new buildings in this gated community. SO I stopped at the guard shack…told the guard who I was and literally begged her to let me just go take a picture of the house. Thankfully she finally gave in and let me go to the house. But she said she wanted to talk to me before we left. When I stopped back by, she said three guards had quit since working there…no kidding. They did not want to patrol the clubhouse because there were “disturbances”. She added that her boss said Cedarhurst encouraged employees to keep that news quiet since it might bother some people!
So I guess Sally might still be at the clubhouse after all.

Real quick…I shared this news with my older sister and she told me about her experiences. All three of my sisters would go and spend the night with Aunt Khaki. Both she and her mother, Honey, would tell matter of fact stories about hearing Sally’s footsteps over the parlor at night. They would lose things in the house like a belt or hairbrush and would always find them later in Sally’s bedroom. Also, sometimes Aunt Khaki and her mother Honey would come down in the morning and find the furniture
re-arranged! Both Katherine and Honey would tell these stories throughout the years we visited…always in a deliberate, matter of fact manner just as if it was as normal as could be. And yes…both were quite eccentric but we adored them very much. I do vaguely remember playing with the Grace children during the late 60’s or early 70’s when we visited.


John says:

August 10, 2007, 8:37 am


Could I see the picture of the former Carter residence?

no name says:

August 23, 2007, 12:36 am

yall are so stupid…………..

loco says:

August 24, 2007, 5:01 pm

R.I.P. Sally.

Heather says:

August 28, 2007, 2:25 pm

hey everyone i really want to know the exact location of this place. i have recently started to belive in ghost and want to visit this place. anyone know what Sally looks like?!
i have lived here for over about 4 or 5 years now. about 3 summers ago i was staying at my dad’s place (over on bethesda dr. between weatherly dr. and mountain gap.) in the middle of the night i was awoken by a misty figure at the foot of my bed. It was a girl with long red hair and a white or cream gown trimed in pink ribbons. I at first thought it was a friend of mine who had recently died in a car accident named Jesse Brooks…i thought it was just a dream and she was just saying hello or something. well as years went on i always heard things but did not belive in ghosts so past the noices as a settling house. well this past spring my neighbor came to my dad with a story she was embarassed of. She had the same story as mine except it had happened the night before she was telling my dad this story and also the girl was sitting on her bed just starring at her! well my dad and step mom then also had some confessions of there own to make. they also had seen the girl walking up the stairs, down the hall, and heard a girl over the monitor in the babies’ nursury,as if playing with them. Guess that ruled out the quesion of it being Jesse Brooks. We just call her Linda and it’s just rutein now to see or hear her. she around a lot more now that “we all know” it seems like.

I would like to know if anyone knows anything about this area, the history or anything, and also if it may some way be a connection to Sally Carter.. i don’t know but i want to BAD! so anyone e-mail me or something questions, comments or answers! please!

link says:

October 13, 2007, 12:48 am

well i was looking for a summer job for this summer and i found one at with the city. they told me i would be working at a graveyard and i really didnt know what to think about it, but i took the job anyways. all summer i worked at Maple Hill Cemetery and you’ll never beleive some of the things that go on out there even during the day, much less at night. i’ve always struggled with the idea of ghost and things but the past few years ive seen some things that are really tough to explain. some of the guys that have worked there all there lives have some good stories to tell. one really got my attention. one about a lady that was buried in a mosaleum in her rocking chair….yea they put the chair in the thing then her in the chair then locked it up…well they say that if you go out there at night and knock on the door you can here her in there rocking in her chair….there have been workers that have quit for no reason. one time two men were taking a break and watching this other guy still working and he got to close to a private grave and they said that it was like something just picked him up and threw him 6 feet…he one direction and his weedeater the other. i dont know if sally’s grave was moved out there or not or which was hers if it was, all i know is that i cut grass there all summer. we could cut the whole graveyard in a week. i was in every inch of that place and i have seen some strange things while working out there and felt some strange things out there too. im real interested in the story of Sally since she is now buried at maple hill it kinda makes her story mean more to me. if anyone knows anymore about her or where her house is and if we can see it or what not please let me know… i wont go alone but ill go with some of you guys.

david says:

October 14, 2007, 1:03 am

hello i worked as a security gaurd at the cedarhurst community and used to have to go in sally’s room every night you will be surprised to know that they now use sally carter’s room as a guest room that the residents can rent for guest coming into town to stay but no one ever turns the lights off while they are there

david says:

October 14, 2007, 1:19 am

Rashelle i was a gaurd there too but never lost anything but always heard footsteps and laughing at night and once felt someone tug at my shirt and pull at my badge but never told no one did not want anyone thinking i was crazy there were i left 2 weeks ago but the latest ocurrance was when i turned off all the lights and locked up the house all the lights came back on doors were unlocking kinda freaked me out

The Carter's 2nd Cousin says:

October 26, 2007, 6:26 pm

Carter’s 2nd Cousin,
You guys are Crazy! First off her father at the time was working at a cotton gin! He also owned the Cotton gin On Triana Blvd Huntsville Ala. He built the house for Sally, As a wedding gift, That is still standing today with living people in it “WOW”! There is no gate’s around property it still stands on Oakwood Rd! You can visit the home if owner will allow you too! It’s truly a “Awesome” house that her wealthy father built for her.
Also down stairs is a dungeon that her father added to house slaves! GO 2 LIBRARY and search Sally Carter, on the web and check out the HUNTSVILLE TIMES..As far as the Multi Million dollar house with gate on Merridean St, Is not Mrs. Carters house that has a gate! And it is for sale 3.4 MIL…

uuuummmmm..... says:

October 31, 2007, 1:55 pm

so all of yoo seriously belive in ghost?????

Greg says:

December 24, 2007, 2:27 am

This is funniest comments section yet. Congrats.

Jenna says:

January 1, 2008, 10:05 pm

I spent several years, as a young girl, and into my teens living in Huntsville SE. To the person who wrote about the Mt Gap area, yea, I had a sister who lived across the street from the school, her house was active. Supposed sacred Indian grounds once.
As far as Sally Carter, we all had heard of her, that she passed away while visiting relatives at their majestic home, which I’ve been by many, many, times. It was pretty common knowledge that the home was haunted by Sally’s ghost.
My cousin told me that if you went to the property at night, stood hand in hand, and repeated “Sally Carter” 3x’s and her spirit did not appear, that you would find a knife or some other sharp object in your bedroom when you awoke the next morning. Urban legend no doubt, but it scared the living **** out of me and my friends, and everytime we went by the Thornton house, to and from church, I’d swear I could see her, looking out of one of the windows at me. It’s funny what tricks stories can play on your mind.
I moved away from Huntsville in 1982, and upon revisiting last Sept., and going through the area, I could not believe they had built a Gated Community around the house and use the house itself…. I found that completely disrespectful.
I do, also believe that her body was moved to Maple Hill Cemetary, which is the CREEPIEST place I’ve ever seen.

patsy collums says:

April 27, 2008, 7:40 pm

i love reading, and listering to a good scarry ghosts stories. i beleive in haunts and orbs and haunted houses. even tho we lived in a house that a man killed himself nothing happened. we have lived near a cemetary, and my sister did lived by two cemeties. shen passed a way almost ayear ago, and i still dreame about her. i miss her a lot her name was emily jean dino. goings. i do beleive in ghosts because, thay are real as you and i. haunthings are real, haunted houses and the onther side.

Sally Carter says:

May 9, 2008, 9:44 pm

Hey everyone, this is Sally. Don’t you have anything better to do than sit around trying to figure out how I died? If you all MUST know, it was actually of boredom….we didn’t have the internet in my time.

johnny says:

June 21, 2008, 2:07 am

hey jerkheads.leave the spooks(you idiots won’t notice them anyway)and come to the………..humph.

valeie says:

July 30, 2008, 12:31 am

hi, im new to this, but i would lov to know the REAL story, because i live here near the ste. can anyone be real and send me some info??!

jessica says:

August 11, 2008, 3:43 am

A word of wisdom to those of you who like to “mess” with the spirits of those who have “gone” on DON’T you will not like the out come and who ever possed as Sally and posted that comment that’s disrespectfull and not mention upseting

shelby says:

September 20, 2008, 8:50 pm

chris you are so funny take reading classes and shove that coffie up you ***!!!!

Barbara Brown says:

September 23, 2008, 12:37 am

I’m into gosthunting and investigating,So if someone can tell me where
I can find Sally’s house and grave is located I would love to investigate
it myself.Please tell me where it is
Thank you

Terry H says:

October 16, 2008, 1:53 pm

Hi Barbra Brown,
The site is in the Cedarhurst neighborhood at the corner of Whitesburg Drive and Drake Ave, an upscale gated communtiy with security guard 24/7. Vistiors aren’t allowed in unless invited by a resident.

Barbara says:

October 19, 2008, 12:52 pm

I have heard lots of stories.Would love to investigate for myself.

meowomon says:

November 1, 2008, 4:37 am

I grew up in Huntsville and the version of the story I heard was that after Sally died, her family wanted to relocate her remains. They discovered that she had been buried alive and she had tried to scratch her way out out he coffin.

taneele says:

January 3, 2009, 11:45 am

i have a one story building i keep seeing stuff at night if theres any information you can give me a hollor by texting me with my e_mail

Lynn says:

January 12, 2009, 7:47 pm

I live here at Cedarhurst in one of the Condos. I’ve looked for her at night when I’m walking my dog. So far, no. We’re having a party at the clubhouse. It’s a really cool home. I also went to the gravesite while in Highschool. From what I can tell, the gravesite could be the open area driveway coming into the complex. There are a lot of grassy areas where the graves could have been located. I do have a friend staying in the house, as our guest, and I’ll print all of this out and give her a bead necklace and I’ll ask her what happens that night. :-)

jordan says:

April 19, 2009, 9:59 am


revere way says:

June 5, 2009, 2:50 pm

I am currently living in Cedarhurst at the moment my mother was married in the Carter mansion about a year ago. Durning the wedding alot of paranormal things happened chairs being pulled out from under people, violin cases mysteriously falling over, and a women walking down the stairs fell and she recalls feeling someone pushing on her back. Sally Carter was there at my mothers wedding i know it

kally says:

October 29, 2009, 10:06 pm

somthing like that happend to me. its really creapy. i will go to bed and the door will be open , and when i wake up its closed , and locked.

traycriots says:

March 24, 2010, 3:14 pm

its……..Pledge allegiance to the flag, and it is because we are proud of our country biotches

Kelsey says:

August 20, 2010, 4:39 pm

At my house my 11 year old daughter said camming home she saw a shadow from some one but no one was in her room, later she had dreams about 2 little girls named Emma and Sally she said thy were buth very young around 4 and 5, now shes saying and i hear her talking to someone but i see no one! i now here singing and my son cant breath well in on spot in Isabella”s room as if some one was there pushing his stumic.

Bob Ewing says:

February 12, 2011, 5:05 pm

Stephen Saunders Ewing was my grgrgrandfather. It is puzzling to me that none of these “ghost stories” were past down the family line.

Steven says:

March 30, 2011, 3:37 am

This story is fake and gay!

Honeybee says:

August 16, 2011, 11:49 am

Can any of you people spell? One would think none of you ever went to school.

shaina says:

September 4, 2011, 3:14 am

omg this story is cool i wish i could go to the mansion and see for my self when i was a baby i saw a gohst it was walking to my crib i cant belive that i can remeber that but its cool my mom saw a gohst her self alking past her and she thought it was my dad but my dad was outside working on his car

caroline says:

October 25, 2011, 9:06 pm

that is fraky man. i loke the money one tho

CarissaB says:

May 21, 2012, 2:35 pm

ok this is just stupid that a bunch of grow adults are arguing over who is smarter. It doesnt matter!!! We are all here because of our interest in the paranormal. I have lived in Huntsville my entire life and its true sally died of a sickness. she didnt fall and she was not murdered. I dont even know how or why that even came up but its not true. it saddens me that they had to move poor sally because people are disrespectful. JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE DEAD DOES NOT GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO RUIN THEIR GRAVES!!!! we should respect everyone, alive or dead. Id like to thank everyone thats here to find out more information on sally or just looking for answers themselves, but as for the people on here cussing others or insulting people are immature and need to grow up. also people that are calling people stupid for posting what they have heard about the place need to grow up. Not every story will be right. its just what we have heard and, though it may not be true, its not their fault. if you want more info on it just go to the courthouse and look through old files. its not hard to come by. Finally id just like to point out that, i dont care who you are, people everywhere exaggerate. Its human nature so just stop with the fighting. really poeple its pointless

Ghostbuster11 says:

March 4, 2013, 12:53 am

I live in Alabama and i have herd this story sooo many times. One of my friends went to the grave @ 1:00 to 2:00 am in the morning she said a bunch of crazy **** happend. She did no damage. But she videotaped and it scared the **** out of me,and still does. P.S My house i feel is haunted because picture’s smiling and frowing and dissapearing objects ect.Oh,and I’m 11 and at the time she was 13 and her b-day was yesterday and now 14.

Claire says:

April 14, 2013, 8:29 pm

I grew up on this story. My mother was good friends with one of the Grace orphans who lived in the house in the 1960’s. The story we all heard was that she was to be married, but she died on her wedding night. Some say it was because the family servant, in an attempt to give her a tonic to whiten her complexion for her wedding day, accidentally gave her tanning chemicals. The Grace family still believes the story to be very real, and all of the Grace children and grandchildren claim to see her. My mother’s friend who lived in the house said that one day she was brushing her hair, looking in the mirror, and saw a white dress that she’d never seen before on the chair behind her but when she turned around it was gone. A Grace grand daughter has told me that she and the family still routinely feel Sally’s presence in the house when they visit. She told me that once Sally scared her grandparents (in-laws) by carrying objects around in their presence. None of them are scared of Sally, however. She just seems to like to make mischief.

Cheryl Bradley says:

May 12, 2015, 10:51 pm

Anyone who grew up in Huntsville has heard one story or another about the legendary Sally Carter. We can all believe what we choose to but there is no reason to get on this site and be an *** about what somebody else has heard or seen. My aunt and my mom were some of those teenagers who got their parents called by the police for jumping the fence and trying to find Sally’s grave back in the 60’s. They have great tales. We were kids of the 70’s and always used our Ouija Board to try to contact her…to no avail. Great mystery that I am proud that Huntsville has.

C watkins says:

December 9, 2015, 6:34 pm

I grew up on Downing street behind the plantation before it was a housing complex…as kids we played on the old horse trails and rode 3 wheelers around it..we often visited the graves in a thicket…there was a rumour the graves had been blown up in early days due to the haunting of local people…not sure if it was true but the graves were sorta in pieces.My brother camped one night off one of the trails with 2 friends..they were around 10…I recall banging on our door at 1am to find 3 terrified young boys screaming 2 women in long dresses floated by them…..they thought we were pranking them so they threw rocks at them which had no effect and passed right through them…they had a camp fire so could see them well…my brother said they never once acknowledged them… father had to go the next day and get their camping gear

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