Ghost in the Graveyard

Spring Grove 1

I remember a game I use to play called “ghost in the graveyard.” It was an alternative game of tag neighborhood kids played at night over our summer vacations in grade school.

A group of us would sit around an assigned home base while “it” would go hide. The group would then start the count, getting louder with each hour.

“One o’clock, the ghost is out to get ya! Two o’clock, the ghost is out to get ya!”

As we lied on our backs in our pretend graves, staring up at the stars, we chanted all the way up to twelve o’clock.

“Midnight, the ghost is gonna get ya!”

We ran, searching for whoever was “it”, and when someone spotted them they would scream, “Ghost in the graveyard!”

Everyone would then race back to home base trying to avoid being tagged, and thus becoming “it.”

Most people played this game in their backyard or throughout their neighborhood. Well, I was no different. It just so happened that my friends backyard was an actually graveyard.

At 733 acres, Spring Grove Cemetery is the second largest cemetery in the United States, just behind Arlington National. I remember hearing all through high school and even up until recently that the same place my parents unleashed me as a child was home to some of the creepiest hauntings in the city.

You mean to tell me my loving parents trusted my well-being with satanic spirits? With mothers and fathers day quickly approaching, I may have to rethink my gifts.

The cemetery has many supposed hauntings, but perhaps the most well known is lot 100 and the Dexter Memorial. The story goes something like this.

Spring Grove 3First, the Dexter Memorial. It was designed in the 1860’s by Cincinnati architect James Keyes Wilson. The Sainte Chapelle in Paris, France, was the inspriration behind its’ design. It is the resting place of German immigrant Mr. Dexter and his family.


Rumor has it, if you sit on the stairs of the memorial,  two glowing white dogs will run by, sometimes stopping to stare at you.

I decided to try it out for myself. I sat on the stairs, eating my Frischs tuna sandwhich, and waited. Just when I was about to call it quits and move onto my next location, something came around the corner.

“You’ve got to be kidding me” I thought to myself. Spring Grove Dog

It was a white dog. A beagle to be exact, on a leash, walking with its’ owner. Not exactly the glowing beast I was looking for, but I couldn’t restrain myself from laughing at the irony.

I then made my way over to lot 100, where the rumor is there is a grave marker with real eyes.

The marker is for Charles Breuer and contains a bronze bust of his head with some pretty realitic eyes. Legend has it Breuer was an optomitrist and was obsessed with his eyes. So obsessed that it was his dying wish to have his eyes removed upon his death and put into the statue on his gravemarker.













People say that the eyes follow you as you walk around it, but I kept a dead stare on him as I walked around and could not get him to make any eye contact with me. 

The eyes are pretty creepy, especially close up. But if you think they are real, I have one word for you. Decomposition. Think about what a pair of eyes would look like years and years after death? I didn’t want to disrespect the marker, so I didn’t touch the eyes, but I got as close as I could and agreed with most skeptics that they are just glass.

I’ve been going to Spring Grove for almost two decades now, and I have yet to see anything that resembles a ghost. No orbs showed up in any of my pictures on this trip, and the only thing I made eye contact with was that beagle, who, of course, was not the glowing white ghost dog I was supposed to observe.

 Well mom and dad, looks like you’ll be receiving a cheesy hallmark card in the near future after all. Consider yourselves lucky to have such a skeptic of a daughter.


Want to take a trip to Spring Grove? Here is a map of the cemetary to help you find these makers and more!

Here are some sights I found useful information at.


2 Responses to “Ghost in the Graveyard”

  1. Hi, good post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for blogging. I will probably be coming back to your posts. Keep up great writing

  2. kim hevlin Says:

    i recently visited spring grove cemetary and loved every minute of my visit. what a great place to ghost hunt! i have yet to see anything resembling a ghost but, still fun to look!

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