Sunday, September 25, 2016

A trip to a haunted Cemetery

Between Sublette and Amboy lies the St. Michael's cemetery. Also known as Sandy Hill, this cemetery was established in 1840 and sits in a quiet patch of ground surrounded by farmland and windmills. There's a nice little chapel on site, a score or more of unusual and unique headstones and, supposedly, it's very own resident spirit.

While on a photo excursion recently in the company of Kimberly Watley we were told of an experience a local gentleman had there. He and some friends had gone to the place and in the course of the evening the wind suddenly picked up out of nowhere, and the man's hat kept getting plucked off his head.

The culprit in this case was supposedly the restless spirit of Margaret McGowan. People say that if you stand near her marker you'll hear strange whistling sounds, and odd things happen. Nothing huge or noticeable, just minor trivial things.  Now the day we were there the wind Was blowing but not overly so, and we made several comments, jokes really, about the 'ghost' and how she should put in an appearance.

I examined my photo's afterwards but found no ghostly images, no mysterious orbs of light, no lens flares or unexplained shadows. So maybe it just IS a legend after all. But that night at home I discovered not one but Two of my camera body caps were gone. Lost accidently? Or...... I'll let you decide.


  1. Hello John;
    I just read the article in today's Daily Gazette. What a neat and positive article to read on a Monday morning! I had never heard of your blog and was very excited to check it out. For some reason, I'm not able to access the pictures from previous blogs. Hopefully my son can help me figure it out. Haha! Anyway, I now have your blog bookmarked and can't wait to read about your next adventure! I'm thankful for your love of history. Keep up the great work!! Yours truly, Aubrie Sutton

    1. Aubrie; Just wanted to let you know that I found out what the problem is with my photo's and the problem is getting fixed. Thanks for alerting me to it

  2. Hello John;
    It's Aubrie Sutton again! Thought you might, at some point, want to check this out. In today's Gazette there is an obituary for the grandson of the founder of Walgreens. In it, it says they still own their estate in Dixon and still return sometimes. Apparently it has quite a history. Just thought I'd let you know.

  3. Thank you for your kind words! Its always nice to know my efforts are being appreciated.


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