White Lady at Easton’s Union Cemetery

The most famous resident that resides at Union Cemetery is the spirit of a forlorn young lady in a white nightgown. Aptly named the White Lady, she is often seen wandering along the road of Route 59. There have been multiple reported cases of drivers “hitting” the White Lady, only to find out that no one was actually hit, nor were there any damage done to the vehicle. Visitors of the cemetery have also reported instances of seeing the White Lady floating along the graveyard, seemingly looking for something.

In fact, renown paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren have documented their experiences with the White Lady in their book Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery. It is claimed that the couple have captured the ‘essence’ of the White Lady on film, although the evidence was never released to the public.

Sightings of the White Lady was also reported at Stephney Cemetery, Monroe, where the Warren couple was buried.

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Mysterious white mist during a paranormal investigation | Image credits: The Fear Channel @ Youtube

However, the identity of the White Lady have remain unknown. A popular story says that she was a mother-to-be who passed away from complications during childbirth and now lingers in the afterlife, searching eternally for her infant. It was surmised that she may have been Harriet B. Seeley, a woman who shared a similar fate as the popular legend and was buried at Union Cemetery.

In an investigation by the Warren couple, it was deduced that the spirit may have been Ellen Smathers, a widow who was killed by a stalker who first murdered her husband in hopes that she would fall in love with him. Another commonly heard story suggest that she is the ghost of a young lady who was murdered and disposed in a sinkhole behind the nearby church.

History of Union Cemetery

Located on the intersection of Stephney Road, Sport Hill Road and Church Road, Union Cemetery is a one of the oldest cemetery in Easton, Connecticut. According to local records, the history of the cemetery dates back to the 1700s.

The Union Cemetery at Easton, Connecticut is not to be confused with the two other historic cemeteries of the same name at Redwood City, California, and Steubenville, Ohio. The Union Cemetery at Redwood City was founded in 1859 by the Union Cemetery Association and was the subject of California’s first cemetery legislation. On the other hand, the Union Cemetery found in Steubenville started in 1854 by non-for-profit organization Union Cemetery Association—also not to be confused with the association at Redwood City—to serve the needs of the city.

Due to the lack of proper maintenance, Union Cemetery is now in a state of disrepair. Many of the tombstones are no longer legible due to decades of weathering.

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Unmarked graves at Easton Cemetery | Image credits: i95rock.com

One of the more notable individual buried at Union Cemetery is musician John Dawson Winter, or Johny Winters. Winters was a singer and guitarist known for his high-energy blues rock performances and albums. Over the course of his career, he had received seven Grammy nomination. In 1998, Winter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. Separately in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Over the years, Union Cemetery at Easton has gained a notorious reputation among ghost-hunters for being one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States. News media site Grunge have also ranked Union Cemetery as one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world, joining several other fabled burial grounds such as the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in Saint Louis and the Paris Catacombs.

Note that the Union Cemetery is only opened during the day. Anyone who attempts to access the cemetery after nightfall are trespassing and will be arrested and fined; already, dozens of visitors including paranormal investigators have been fined by the police for entering the cemetery after dusk. However, one can visit the perimeters of Union Cemetery at anytime of the day so long as you do not enter the compound.

Ghostly Red Eyes

Another entity spotted at Union Cemetery is Red Eyes, an apparition that stares at visitors with its pair of red eyes. Visitors who have made eye contact with the Red Eyes have reported feeling a surge in temperature on the head and neck. According to Cosmic Society, Red Eyes is a man who was set on fire and burn to death in 1935 at a spot right across the street. However, locals familiar with Union Cemetery have said that the glowing red eyes were merely bike reflectors attached to a piece of wood and are meant to visitors who are looking to catch a glimpse of the White Lady or the Red Eyes.

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