Monday, January 18, 2010

Dead Children's Playground


Those who reside in Huntsville, Alabama are very familiar with dead children's playground. It is part of the unique history of this region. Dead children's playground is set in the middle of Maple Hill Cemetery, which is the largest and oldest cemetery in Alabama. Built in 1882, the cemetery covers over 100 acres of land. Dead children's playground is a small playground in the heart of this picturesque grave yard. It is surrounded on three sides by a rocky cove and faces out onto the ancient stone garden.

Local legend has it that Huntsville suffered a rash of child abductions in the 1960’s, and the bodies of the children were found in the area of the playground. Since that time, there have been reports of swings moving on their own, children calling out, giggling, and when photos are taken, orbs of light believed to be the spirits of the children are captured. Much of this phenomenon occurs between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., far too late for any live child to be out playing.


Local teens and other curious locals, often make pilgrimages to the playground at night to witness this activity. I have made this trip on several occasions, and although I have never seen any ghosts myself, I have heard many reports of swings moving on their own and bright lights drifting through the darkness.   I recently went to the playground with my family during the day to explore the playground and it is odd that the swings are always moving at this playground.  I can't say for sure that they aren't being moved by the wind or that there isn't some natural force at work, but a video I took shows the swings moving as my children play in the distance.  We didn't touch the swings that day because there were very large puddles beneath them, yet they still seemed to move.

7 comments:

Autumnforest said...

That has to be one of the most chilling haunted stories. Something about young children still playing through eternity...never going home, never leaving their beloved swingset...(shivers)
That was a great post. Thanks for sharing that. Local legends are so effectively creepy and often times based in real events.

Jessica Penot said...

I had some great video footage of the swings moving by themselves, but my son was running behind me telling the ghosts to come chase him and it was almost too creepy. I had to stop filming.

seamusMoon said...

Somebody made a movie about it:

http://youtu.be/hm420fvnBhI

Anonymous said...

Fake/lame video... waste of 2 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Back in 2008 i was living in Huntsville, AL and i was with my friends.I had heard so much of this place,and just had to go check it out.Well when we got there it was getting dark so we began to get our cams ready to take pictures of what ever happens.Around 12 we started to hear laughing and running around.I then heard like a little girl laugh so i took a picture as fast as i could and got a picture of what looks like a little girl bent over.

s_g_simms said...

I was actually there just last night. My friend sat in a swing, and something touched her back as if to say "don't get on my swing",
Another group was there, and they had taken pictures and there were definitely mists and orbs in the photos on their phones.

It is definitely something to check out if you are into the paranormal, and ever get a chance to go.




Anonymous said...

Where is the mine? The killer lived in the mine. If we could look in the mine we could find things out. There is a trail but it leads to a dead end.