-Fayetteville, North Carolina
Along Cool Springs Street— one of the most notable historic lanes in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina— sits Cross Creek Cemetery, established in 1785.
The cemetery is one of the oldest and most iconic graveyards in Fayetteville, NC— a city famous for its significance in ratifying the United States Constitution and it’s colonial era namesake, Marquis De Lafayette.
Cross Creek Cemetery holds pieces of the past and is part of the Civil War Trail which connects with nearby Linear Park.
You can hear the rushing waters of Cross Creek steps away from the wrought iron fencing that encases the cemetery filled with so much history and possibly a ghost or two.
My mom (who is visiting from out-of-town), my son and I decided to go walk the grounds of Cross Creek Cemetery this week for some ghastly fun— to take in the sights of old graves and headstones as well as fall foliage scattered about the mature landscape of the resting place.
I admit… I have a thing for old graveyards.
I find them eerily beautiful and poignant. I love to read the headstone carvings about the people buried beneath the land.
Who are they?
What was their life like way back when?
Are we related somewhere way down the lineage trail?
Many notable North Carolina politicians, dignitaries, and artists are buried in Cross Creek Cemetery. Some of which are listed here on Wikipedia:
For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed walking in graveyards. There is a peace there… a sense of respect and wonder.
Call me morbid.
Call me weird.
I’m perfectly okay with those labels because I understand the significance of preserved history graveyards provide us.
Plus it’s kind of spooky and fun to walk about the grounds and ponder if an apparition lurks in the shadows.
If interested in an organized tour to learn more about the history of Fayetteville and Cross Creek Cemetery— along with some fabulous ghost storytelling, check out Downtown Fayetteville’s plethora of guided tours!
If you enjoy a hands-on haunting experience, join the fun TONIGHT at the ZOMBIE WALK which is one of our favorite Halloween events!
– Alison Paul Klakowicz
Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Blog and Podcast
Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.