It was almost too easy. An infamously haunted cemetery just outside of Chicago called Bachelor’s Grove should have been more difficult to locate. It is indeed hidden down an almost unusable path, and there are no marking or signs that direct you to the abandoned sight, but with a little help from a local gentleman with a slight brogue and a smart phone, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery was not too difficult to find.
The path that leads to Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
The first thing someone needs to know about finding Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is that it is not located in the Bachelor Grove Woods. The path is located across the way from Rubio Woods, and although the cemetery and the surrounding area are a part of the Cook County Forest Preserve, it was not listed on the official map.
The path is well-worn, and only foot traffic is allowed, but it is really just a short hike up to the unmarked entrance to the cemetery.
The unmarked entrance to Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
Years of neglect and vandalism have left the small area in disarray, and according to some, this has left the spirits that once rested there to wander around the cemetery and the adjacent woods. Many of the original headstones are missing, and those that remain have been moved or knocked over.
Other headstones are hidden among the overgrown weeds.
The cemetery is rumored to have several spirits, but the most famous is known simply as the woman in white. She has been seen sitting on an ornate stone near the entrance of the cemetery, and there is even a well published “photo” of the woman in white. I did not see her while there.
The area where The Woman in White has been seen sitting at Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
There are also said to be ghosts near a pond behind the cemetery. The local legend of the pond is that it was an execution spot used by Al Capone during the 1920’s, and that Capone or one of his men would walk a marked man up to the edge of the pond, shoot them in the head, and then let them sink to the bottom.
Could the pond behind the cemetery hold the spirits of those who crossed Al Capone?
The largest monument still standing, belongs to the Fulton Family, and there seems to be some care still being applied to this large but unstable piece of rock. It looks like someone over the years has been strengthening the base by adding rocks to the eroding earth around the monument.
But while examining the base of the monument, I also found one other item. A small wooden cross hidden away from the elements under the headstone.
Perhaps it was placed there to protect the Fulton Family from the spirits that haunt the cemetery.