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The Haunting of Gilbert's Graveyard
Dorchester , Nebraska

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 07/04/2009

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About Gilbert's Graveyard

Pre-Haunt Interview with the Locals:

On July 23rd, 2009, around 5:30 PM Central Time we rolled into the community of Dorchester. Small towns like these in Nebraska, with mostly unpaved streets and no gas station shut down pretty hard around 5:00 PM on a summer afternoon.

We decided to mix it up a bit and stop at an auto repair shop and see what auto repair people have to say about ghosts. "Rick", "Jim", and "Greg" of the auto place (it's the only one, located on the main drag) in Dorchester were kind enough to give us directions to Gilbert's Graveyard and their own skew on the place.

We asked them first if they had heard of Gilbert's Grave and the three men all started chuckling and said, "You coulda gotten all of us to go out there with ya 30 years ago if you'da offered us some beer."

Indeed, they gave us directions to the location citing how many beers it would take to get from one corner to the next.

"It's a place where kids go and drink--get the girls to go out there and then spook 'em."

The three men knew nothing of the cremains of Gilbert himself at the local library or the story surrounding his "god-less seizure" due certainly to Atheism or the requirement he purportedly made that the library display books supporting his alternative spiritual views.

One of the three offered, "We could go out there now--I know the neighbor and he probably won't shoot at us anymore..."

The History:

This is a graveyard where lies the Gilbert family who lived as pioneers in the 1890's. Apparently, John Gilbert (who is NOT buried in the cemetery…his ashes are located at Friend Library) was an agnostic and he did not belong to a church. At one point, Dr. Frank Hamilton of Friend asked John Gilbert to renounce agnosticism and become a Christian. Gilbert reportedly went into a seizure that last approximately 2 minutes and included muscle jerking, facial congestion, bloodshot eyes, and the excessive “licking of his lips” purportedly due to a dry mouth. During the attack John Gilbert was said to have “venomously cursed God.” Gilbert donated money to build the library in Friend, under the condition that his agnostic books would be kept on the shelves in the library. (Dorchester Times, 2007)

The graveyard is well-maintained...the grass is mowed and people have lovingly placed flowers, confederate flags, and other items on gravesites of loved ones. There are may sunken graves and vandalized tombstones nonetheless. It is surrounded by cornfields and a lot of overgrowth on all sides. The graveyard itself has a remarkably peaceful feel to it, at least in the daylight.

Lots of birds chirping.

Lots of beer cans.

The Haunting:

A number of strange events have been reported here. Among them, strange noises and the movement of tombstones.

Observations:

Cemeteries are notorious locations where paranormal activity occurs. As places where the dead are laid to rest (or unrest), it seems pretty obvious that these would be hotbeds for hauntings. Anywhere where human remains or body fluids are "spilt" or where strong emotional reactions have occurred among the living are likely places where hauntings and the paranormal might take place.

Sadly, this location has been host to vandalism and disrespect for the dead. If you plan to visit this location, think on how you would want your remains and the stone markers of your final resting place treated. Gilbert's Graveyard has been a "party spot" for some years apparently and it's unlikely that this will change anytime soon, but party spots that are given some level of respect are less likely to become places marked off with a perimeter of electrical fencing by owners and loved ones of the dead. So we urge everyone who visits to leave gravemarkers and gravesites in their original condition so that it may remain publically accessible for everyone in the future.

Resources:

Shadowlands Haunted Places Index

Photo of Graveyard: http://dorchestertimes.blogspot.com/2007/08/online-publication-says-dorchester-is.html

Comments

Samantha Posted: 02/25/2009
Iam sorry to say but this cemetery isnt haunted.I debunked this awhile ago while i was writing the friend school paper.
Posted: 08/07/2009
Definitely this site is haunted. A friend and I nearly had a heart attack there in the mid-90s during a high school dare to spend two hours there until midnight. The sounds we heard are indescribable and unmentionable. Not only do I now believe in ghosts, I also believe in Hell. I think God says you're on your own if you're dumb enough to go into that place after dark!
JR Posted: 08/10/2009
I have decorated the veterans graves at Gilbert Cemetery and set up stones, and tried to restore stones, but the vandals are the only ones who move the headstones. Unless ghosts now use atv's with atv tires, which was used to knock over the stones the last time. My dad and I spent half a day setting up William Simmons stone one day, just to have it knocked over by the next Memorial Day. I have spent many a day, and even a few nights working there, and reading stones that are no longer there. The only paranormal incident I experienced was when I was reseting the stone of a couple children, I beleive they were Mumma's. The stone kept spinning on the epoxy. So I spun it myself until it was the opposite direction, and it stopped spinning and set tight. It was then I realized I had the stone backwards. As I smiled, and thought of the irony, two butterflies came from no where, and flitted about my head, and then flew away. All of which can be explained.....yes?
md13 Posted: 08/13/2009
Let the dead rest!!!!!!
1 Posted: 08/23/2009
if you go there at night and drive on the grass your tires will sink in a little
leon Posted: 08/23/2009
if you go there at night and get out of your car and turn your lights off and walk to the back part of the cemetary then look at a gravestone with a flashlight you can see the dead persons face yelling but he/she is not making any sound
Chris Posted: 08/25/2009
You can hear footsteps coming from behind you off in the distance, we saw lights turning on after leaving the graveyard, there may have even been a shadowy figure that appeared to us.
Jay Jay Posted: 08/26/2009
This location was very very difficult to find, we had searched for a long time with no luck, and as we stopped to get gas before heading home, I got back online and found the longitude and latitude of the grave yard, and entered it in the tom-tom, and it took us to the exact center of the graveyard! The first trip we had made, I ended up in tears, just the feeling of being there was enough to make you sick, we started to drive through the graveyard, and someone pointed at a tree that was knocked down over a grave, and when I looked over there I saw a black fog coming up from the grave, we decided to leave. As we left the graveyard, we looked over to the graveyard and about 9+ flashing lights came up from the graveyard and seemed to follow us, I was the driver and I looked in my rearview mirror to be horrified to see a older lady staring at me in the mirror, then scream and then i began to cry uncontrollably, I stepped on that gas peddel and swore I would never return. but consiquently we did, and the second time it was more calmer then the first, not much happened except for hearing footsteps in the distant, and the feeling of you being followed closely. but we searched through the graveyard for sn hour and a half and could not find Gilberts grave. We plan to go back again soon!
Sara Posted: 10/29/2009
I would like to go back to the Cemetery; however, it was in high school I was last there and have a foggy recollection of how to get there... Does anyone have any advice or directions? I know it's by Dorchester and I think it's off Hwy 15 but that's as far as I ever get! Thank you in advance.

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