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“Demons Rd” in Huntsville
Martha Chapel Cemetery

Huntsville, Texas

By Dana Goolsby
Dana Goolsby

Huntsville – Bowden Rd, perhaps better known as "Demons Rd,” has a steady flow of reports regarding the experiences travelers claim to have had while driving down the old road. People that wander off down “Demons Rd” tell tales of disturbing encounters, and an eerie feeling that sweeps over anyone who dares disrupt the spirits said to be lingering down “Demons Rd.” The old road leads to an old cemetery known as Martha’s Chapel Cemetery.

Huntsville TX - Bowden Rd / Demons Road
Bowden Rd / Demons Road
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

Huntsville TX - Bowden Rd / Demons Road
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

Huntsville TX - Bowden Rd / Demons Road
Driving down Demons Road
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

Locals warn curious people who desire to brave the path or visit the graveyard not to provoke the spirits. Many of those warnings are spoken by those who claim that a spirit followed them home after being in that area.

Walker County, Huntsville TX - Martha Chapel Cemetery sign
Martha Chapel Cemetery
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

Walker County, Huntsville TX - Martha Chapel Cemetery
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

In May of 2010 a women reported the encounter her husband and their friends had while at the cemetery. She claimed they saw a man wandering through the cemetery one evening, but did not pay much heed to the wanderer.

A few days later, as the woman was getting into the shower, she turned around to close the shower curtain, and much to her surprise, there in her bedroom, stood the same man they had seen wandering through the cemetery.

The man disappeared after instilling immense fear in the woman, and she has not reported seeing him since.

Walker County, Huntsville TX - Martha Chapel Cemetery  grave
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

According to one man’s story, he and a buddy saw a hand protruding from a grave in the cemetery off “Demons Rd.” Eventually the whole arm was said to be out from within its grave, and grasping around in search of something, or anything. The man moved towards the grave against the persistent urging of his friend. He said he bent down to touch the hand, with his friend pulling at him desperately the whole time. His friend’s pleadings did not stop him from making contact with the hand, which in turn, allegedly grasped his hand and began to pull him downward toward the grave. He was able to pull free from the hand. He turned to his horrified pal, who asked if he was ok, before noticing that there was someone standing just behind his friend. He darted towards his friend in an effort to protect him from whoever was behind him. Just before he reached his friend, the man behind his friend lifted his head and looked at him. According the man the figure that had been standing behind his friend looked exactly like his friend who had been begging him to leave. When he turned to look at his “real” friend, he was not there. The man then says he bolted and headed for the vehicle. As he raced up to the car he noticed handprints in the dust on the car. The man said that as he climbed into the safety of the car, he realized his friend was dead in the back seat.

Walker County, Huntsville TX - Martha Chapel Cemetery - first burial  tombstone
First Burial at Martha's Chapel
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

Witnesses report large handprints being left on their vehicles.

Some witnesses claim the handprints appear to be where someone or something unseen grabbed at their car. Almost 100 car owners who found prints on their vehicle have reported their encounters.

Reports of mysterious red lights seen along “Demons Rd” are also often made. Those who claim to have seen the lights say that the number of lights that appear depends on the number of people traveling in the vehicle. One group of four said that as they were leaving the road, at approximately 4 a.m., four red lights appeared out of nowhere. Suddenly four handprints appeared on the hood of the truck, according to one of the men in the group.

Some say that a cult, believed to be that of the KKK, has been spotted down “Demons Rd” holding ritual ceremonies. It has even been said that members of the cult have been seen drinking blood from a sacrificed dog.

Others allege that they were visited by apparitions of a young child, with glowing eyes, riding a tricycle while on the road. A strange, faceless, threatening creature is also said to appear to some people. Whatever form the spirits choose to reveal themselves in, the spirits have never been reported as anything less than hostile, and terrifying, or at least frightening.

Walker County, Huntsville TX - Martha Chapel Cemetery  Tombstones
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

Huntsville TX - Demons Road
Demons Road
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010

So if you must go down “Demons Rd,” or if you just cannot resist the urge to explore the unexplained, please remember not to provoke or disrespect the spirits along your way. Steer clear of those who have passed on but are attempting to escape their graves, and avoid becoming the legendary cult’s next sacrifice. Oh and never let a ghostly “hitch hiker” follow you home.

© Dana Goolsby
"In The Pines With Dana Goolsby" October 26, 2010 Column

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