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My name is Kelly Cochran and I have lived in Jacksonville, FL for the past 20 years of my life, and I love to visit St. Augustine which is only about 20 min from where I live. This past Halloween I decided to take a visit there and go on the haunted walking tour. I had never been before, I've always been interested in the paranormal, and being Halloween night, I wanted to see if I could catch anything on my camera. As the most haunted city in America, I knew I had a good chance. The tour started at Huguenot Cemetery and as I took picture after picture I only picked up more and more orbs. It was a very clear, warm night. There was no rain or precipitation and no dew on my lens. Both the cemeteries our tour went to were dark and there was no light shining inside to cause reflection off the camera.

The stories of the hauntings are as follows:

City Gate: As yellow fever spread through the city, it was rumoured that a little girl around 13 wearing a white dress was found dead by the City Gates. Sometimes around 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning you may see her dancing on them. The police department has also received calls about a little girl waving to cars at all hours of the night. People say she just waves and vanishes. Her name is thought to be Elizabeth.

Huguenot Cemetery: The cemetery was in use and burials stopped in 1884 since the cemetery no longer had no room for any more of the dead. In the early 1800's, a caretaker found one of the graves of this cemetery dug out with the head of the corpse removed. This headless man is said to still wander through the cemetery today. Also, the ghost of Judge John B. Stickney who was a prominent citizen in town when he was struck down by typhoid fever and buried in Huguenot Cemetery in 1882, but was later exhumed when his children requested his remains be shipped to Washington D.C. During the exhumation, grave robbers attacked and stole the gold teeth from Stickney's skull. Residents say Judge Stickney's ghost can be seen at night, wandering around the cemetery with his head down, as if searching for something. Also the cemetery is rumored to be haunted by many children seen up in the trees and on gravestones.

Tolomato Cemetery: During the First Spanish Period this site was occupied by the Christian Indian village of Tolomato, with its chapel and burying ground served by Franciscan missionaries. The first bishop of St. Augustine, Augustin Verot (d. 1876), is buried in the mortuary chapel at the rear of the cemetery. The last burial took place in 1892. People have reported many times of seeing the apparition of a young boy running around, or sitting in this tree. Along with tales of ghostly children playing in the graveyard, and some claim they have seen a figure standing in the entrance of the chapel.

The first picture is of an orb in Huguenot Cemetery. It is right near the tree on the left.


The second picture is in Huguenot. The orb is directly in front of the camera.

The tour continued to walk towards the gates of St. Augustine where the guide told us a story of a ghost of a 12 or 13 year old girl who stayed at the city gates protecting the city. Right before I walked in I took another picture.

The third picture is of the city gates before I walked through. There are several orbs here. The brightest one is right above the tour guides head.

We were walking through the gates and I took a fourth picture while pointing the camera up at the sky between the gates.

We continued to Tolomato Cemetery. Where I took several more pictures. This cemetery is pitch black and gated so I had to slip my camera in between the fence wires.

Picture five is one of my favorites. There are many orbs in this one.

The very last picture is of a very pronounced orb in the Tolomato Cemetery. When I showed the other people on the tour they were amazed to see how clear it came out. Even the tour guide was shocked and stated that in all her years of doing the tours she had never seen such clear orbs.

I hope that you can use my pictures on your site, and if not I was glad to share them with someone.

There is always more to life than what we see.

 

Kelly Cochran

Kelly Cochran, is a 28 years old, she lives in Jacksonville, FL. She has always been interested in the paranormal. And has always been able to sense different "forces" around her. She does not claim to be an expert in paranormal investigation, but she is aware that there is more than what we see in this world. "Sometimes the forces around me are stronger than other times. We don't walk alone on this earth. I would like to extend my research further because I am always reading up on "ghostly activity" and the spiritual world." Says Kelly.

"I hope that my photos can show the people that see them that things are not always what they seem."

 

Huguenot Cemetery

Huguenot Cemetery, St. Augustine
A municipal cemetery established in 1821 for the burial of yellow fever victims and non-Catholics; owned by the Presbyterian Church since 1832, clean-up and restoration efforts by concerned citizens (1946) and the City of St. Augustine (1951); Cemetery Restoration Committee of Memorial Presbyterian Church formed in 1989 ,members documented gravemarkers, obtained historic preservation grant for preservation plan, began restoration efforts; Friends of the Huguenot Cemetery Organization has continued restoration, published history, developed tours of cemetery for visitors.

Historical Summary: The Huguenot Cemetery was established soon after Florida became a U. S. territory. The cemetery, located just outside St. Augustine's north gate, was first used for the interment of victims of the 1821 yellow fever epidemic and then for the burial of members of city's Protestant population. The cemetery property was acquired by the Rev. Thomas Alexander and then sold to the Presbyterian Church in 1832. By the late 19th century, over-crowding of graves, and the resulting concerns for sanitation and public health, required that the small public and religious burying grounds in St. Augustine be closed. New cemeteries, such as San Lorenzo and Evergreen, were subsequently opened to parishioners and the public.

The Huguenot Cemetery is significant because it was the first cemetery in St. Augustine dedicated for Anglo-American civilians. The burial traditions and funerary materials expressed at Huguenot, compared with the nearby Tolomato Cemetery (established by the Catholic Church in 1777), demonstrate both the differences and commonalties in funerary practices and religious attitudes of two distinct groups residing in 19th century St. Augustine. The gravemarkers at Huguenot Cemetery display a range of funerary art popular in the 19th century, including false box tombs with inscribed ledgers and finely carved headstones by highly skilled stone carvers in vogue during the 1820s-40s, and the more elaborate monuments that were favored during the Victorian period. The work of several important stone carvers in the southeastern United States has been identified at the cemetery, including Thomas Walker and members of the White family who had shops in Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

The Concerns: The Presbyterian Church has owned the Huguenot Cemetery since 1832. After the cemetery was closed to burials in 1884, the church continued maintenance of the grounds, and some efforts of restoration were made in 1946 and again in 1951. However, it eventually became necessary to keep the entrance gates locked and restrict visitation to the site. While the burial site was relatively secure from vandalism and theft, natural weathering and deterioration of the markers continued.

The Response: In 1989 the Cemetery Restoration Committee of Memorial Presbyterian Church was formed. It initiated a program to document the Huguenot Cemetery's gravemarkers and research genealogical information about those who are buried there. In 1990, participants in the Preservation Institute: Caribbean made measured drawings of the more significant gravestones and box tombs at the cemetery. In 1991-92 the Restoration Committee was successful in obtaining a survey & planning grant from the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources to develop a master preservation plan for the cemetery. The Plan's recommendations were adopted by the Committee and, as funds could be raised, work began on those funerary markers determined to have a high priority for restoration. The Friends of the Huguenot Cemetery was formed, and the organization published Sacred to the Memory: A History of the Huguenot Cemetery, 1821-1884, St. Augustine, Florida in 1998. The cemetery is located in a high-traffic area between the Visitors Information Center and the Old City Gate to St. Augustine's historic St. George Street. To prevent the one-half acre site from being negatively impacted by large numbers of visitors, members of the Friends group give guided tours of the cemetery at specified times of the week. The resident and contact person for Friends of the Huguenot Cemetery is Charles Tingley, who can be reached at the St. Augustine Historical Society's Research Library, 904-825-2333.

Rosemary Cemetery, Sarasota
Private cemetery established in 1886, turned over to the City of Sarasota as a municipal cemetery in 1903. Members of historical and preservation organizations took action to cleanup the cemetery in the 1980s; the organization raised some funds for initial work, later private funding was obtained through a local trust for restoration of markers by professional conservators. Archaeology students at New College documented the grave markers; the Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Historical Summary: Rosemary Cemetery was privately owned from the time it was established in 1886 until 1903, when it was deeded to the town of Sarasota. It was used by most of Sarasota's population until 1925, when a public cemetery was established in the nearby town of Oneco. Although that new memorial park became a more popular cemetery for many Sarasotans, Rosemary Cemetery remained an active cemetery and occasional burials still take place there.

Rosemary Cemetery is significant because it is the final resting place for many of the town's pioneers, and its gravemarkers and attendant funerary art and architecture reflect the community's social history. The collection of markers also demonstrates the various styles and materials used to commemorate the dead in the central Gulf Coast region of Florida during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Of particular interest are a variety of hand-cast concrete markers and a small number of early 20th century marble markers with designs influenced by the late Victorian period. The cemetery's original plan was centered around a pergola contributed to the community by Mrs. Potter Palmer.

The Concerns: Over the years, as families of those buried at Rosemary Cemetery moved away or died, and as public interest in the cemetery declined, the site became over-grown with vegetation and was sometimes used as a dump for the surrounding neighborhood. A number of the gravemarkers deteriorated because of natural weathering.

The Response: In 1983 a group of concerned citizens from local civic and preservation organizations began a campaign to clean up the cemetery. The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation formed a committee to address the special needs of Rosemary Cemetery. The Alliance's accomplishments included installing a sprinkler system, planting a row of oak trees along one side of the cemetery, placement of entrance gate posts for the center drive, and restoration of the pergola. In 1990 and 1991, the Alliance funded studies that made preservation recommendations for the cemetery. A private trust offered funds for a restoration program that would be supervised by the Sarasota Historical Society; since 1999, resetting and restoration of markers is done on a periodic schedule. In addition, Rosemary Cemetery has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places and archaeology students at Sarasota's New College have completed a grave-by-grave survey of the site. Rosemary Cemetery borders on the city's arts and cultural district, and is a significant area of green space within its revitalized neighborhood. More information is available at www.ncf.edu/NCarchaeology/Rosemary/History.htm

http://www.flheritage.com/archaeology/cemeteries/index.cfm?page=Case_Studies



 

GRAVEYARD SHIFT:

Part Two: Lumen Pestis

The Truth About Orbs

“But their orbs, without beam, To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a feverWhich would cling to thee for ever.” – Poe

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Orbs are believed or thought to be balls of small floating bubbles of light energy. Many believe they are deceased ghostly life forms, and are believed to be the actual photographic proof of the human soul or life force. Many Ghost Hunters/ Chasers or paranormal investigators encounter them during haunted investigations frequently.

Ghostly orbs can appear to be be completely transparent, or display themselves in a bright solid hard light forms. It is not hard to capture them on film in their circular form. It is theorized in many forums that ghosts prefer the form of an Orb (ball or bubble of light) because it takes less physical or mental energy, thus being the mode of choice among the dead.

Others say they believe actual ghost feels or thinks they are in solid human form or shape, and it is that on this dimension (ours) that we receive them as an orb. The general open consensus is that small orbs take up the least amount of energy and apparitions and other fuller shapes take up the most.

 


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