Jacksonville City Cemetery is said to be haunted, or at least
a statue by the name of Mother Templeton is said to be haunted.
Jacksonville residents say that during a full moon Mother Templeton
changes her position. Some report having seen her holding one hand
over her heart, with her left hand down by her side. Others claim
to have seen her holding a bible in the palms of her hands, while
others say they have seen her holding flowers in her hands.
The historical Killough
Monument can also be found in Jacksonville.
According to the legend, the Killough
family settled and built a home where the monument stands today. The
at the location until they were allegedly massacred by Indians, and
the home was destroyed. The Killough
family graves are said to be surrounding the monument.
The monument itself
is a brick pyramid formation on a concrete foundation. The foundation
is approximately 4 feet tall. The pyramid along with its foundation
stands approximately 15 to 18 feet from the ground to the top.
On top of the foundation there is roughly four to five inches before
the bricks begin forming the pyramid. The center brick at the top
of the monument has
since been removed.
Since this monument
is the same formation on all four sides, and not believed to be hollow,
the legend claims it would be an impossible feat for any human to
remove that particular brick.
The Craven-Wilson Dorm at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville
is also rumored to be haunted.
Residents claim the building is haunted by a female ghost, who chooses
a resident to live with each year.
Sources that have lived in the dorm say the ghost is that of the former
dorm director’s, who died of cancer before her term as director was
completed. It is believed that her spirit feels the need to complete
her stay as the dorm director.
Strange activities are reported by residents who are living in the
same room with the former dorm director. Students claim things are
moved from shelves where they were placed, that drawers open and close
by themselves, electronics turning on and off, and radio stations
changing on their own.
Neighbors of the haunted dorm room report noises coming from the room
while the occupants are away from school for the weekend. Some say
they have witnessed clothes moving about in the closet, while others
say they have witness items seemingly jumping off shelves, as if they
were pushed from behind.
Frightened students have reported unexplainable steaming water flowing
from the cold water pipes while showering. However, the most disturbing
event that students have claimed appears to happen in the shower.
Occupants of the dorm have reportedly experienced the shower curtain
being pushed in toward them with great force while they were showering.
© Dana Goolsby
The Pines With Dana Goolsby"
27, 2010 Column