Friday, October 14, 2011

A Haunted Playground

In Huntsville, Alabama, there is a very unusual playground. This playground is located within the walls of Maple Hill Cemetery. 

The locals call it “Dead Children’s Playground.” During the day there is nothing unique about it, but at night it takes on a very dark or scary aura.

Maple Hill Cemetery was founded on two acres of land in 1822, today it covers over 100 acres of land. It is the final resting place for many Confederate and Union soldiers. 
t is also the final resting place for some of Alabama’s former governors and U.S. senators. Maple Hill is the oldest and largest cemetery in the state of Alabama.

Huntsville is a charming southern town that is nestled within a picturesque valley. It is said that when you enter Huntsville’s cemetery, it is as if time has stood still. 

Three rock cliffs and a lovely wooded path surround Maple Hill’s children’s playground. 

Despite its beauty, during the day most are advised to stay away at night because it is believed the spirits of dead children come out to play. The reason given for this is in the 1960s the peaceful  Huntsville was plagued by several child abductions. 

Some of the bodies of these young victims were found at this playground.

There is no documented proof to support the above story, but many residents of Huntsville stand by it. 

Because ever since the abductions and killings, there have been reports of swings moving on their own and voices of children are heard calling out to each other. These children are also heard giggling. 

Strange mists have been caught in photos that have been taken after dark. Most of the activity that has been noted has occurred between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

One strange phenomenon that is reported is the fact that the swings move “they are in sync with one another, even if they are stopped.” 

Witnesses have even seen the dust fly up from the ground under the swings as if someone just jumped off. 

Some photos taken have a misty light in them that resembles the height of a child. 

Other witnesses observed the ghost of a man sitting on one of the cliffs above the playground watching the children play. It is said he is the man who abducted and killed the children.

At one point the city of Huntsville removed the playground equipment to make room for more burial plots. The residents protested, and new playground equipment was installed. After this, the mysterious activity continued.

Today no one is allowed in the cemetery at night, but many people say you can see lights around the playground after dark. This is unusual because there are no lights to illuminate the area.

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