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Tabernacle Cemetery - Real Waukesha Haunt

   
  • Bryn Dr.
  • Waukesha, WI
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This cemetery dates back to 1842 and is rumored to be haunted. A man's apparition has been seen next to a tree right behind the cemetery sign, and unexplained flashes of light have been seen flashing or shining on visitors. Reports say the public is not allowed on the property due to vandalism in the past.
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  • A Very Pretty Location — A Couple of Stories

    This place is nestled in the hills of a bunch of farmland and the few times I’ve gone have mostly been in the summer. Haven’t been back in years since I now feel like it’s disrespectful to the people living around there and the families of the deceased. But in the summer at night, there have always been thousands of fireflies all around the fields, flying through the hills and flashing in the dark. The first time me and a few friends went, we ended up there around dusk and actually drove past it 2-3 times since it’s on a slope that made it hard to see. Just a single gravel “driveway” large enough for a single car. We ended up parking on the side of the road since we didn’t see the “driveway” at first. Turns out a group of college-aged guys were already there smoking synthetic pot and when we approached they pretty much ran off and drove away. They did drop half a pack of cigarettes that was a total score for me though, lol. Anyway, we stay about an hour and the sun has gone down by the time we leave. We mostly just read some headstones and admired the beautiful scenery and balmy summer air. Without experiencing anything spooky, we eventually decided to leave a bit disappointed but still glad to have the fresh air. However, when we pulled away from the cemetery, a big truck came up behind my car with its brights on, riding my tail a little too close for comfort. Because of the bright headlights in the dark I couldn’t really get a good look at what the truck was actually like, but i could tell it was pretty large and hefted higher than my little sedan. This was during a time when two main highways were under construction and we didn’t really know how to get back home without them. But at this point, my main concern was the giant truck nearly ramming my rear bumper. We were all pretty spooked by it, so I decide to turn down a random road and sure enough — the truck follows. I turn back around and take another road — the truck follows again. These are pretty random side roads and so it eventually becomes evident that this truck is following us and that’s when we REALLY start to worry. So I speed up myself, make a few more turns, and then whip into a little residential culdesac and wait to see the truck drive by. We never see the truck actually drive by, but since it didn’t follow us we decide it’s safe to go back out after a few minutes. Sure enough, we get back onto the road and all is fine. We end up finding a highway we know and get home safe. Cut to about 6 months later in the middle of winter when me and a few of the same friends are at a bookstore together. I find a book about Haunted Wisconsin or something similar and decide to leaf through it. I check to see if Tabernacle is in there and it sure is. Gives a little history of the cemetery but the kicker is at the bottom which reads: The Myth: When people visit this site, a ghost truck will follow them as they leave until they reach the city limits where it will disappear. It definitely freaked us out a little bit, but I’m a skeptic and I’m sure it was just the local farmer messing with the kids trespassing on his property. But that’s not where the story ends. After this whole situation, we decide to go back to the cemetery in the next couple of days, even though it’s mid-winter and there’s fairly fresh snow on the ground, a good few inches of it. We pull up again, this time in the driveway, and shamble on out of the car. We trudge through the snow and again have a feeling of still calmness, nothing creepy. We wander around again, feeling silly for being out in the winter cold just to check it out again. Then I notice something strange. A set of fairly distinct, small shoe prints in the snow. The snow itself was pretty fresh, our own prints were the only ones actually in the cemetery. But these prints were far too small to be any of ours, and slightly snowed-in as if wind had covered them just a bit. I brush off the headstone of the grave nearby the prints and it’s that of a small child whose name I don’t actually remember — though I do remember the age range being somthing like 4-5 years old. I look up and see the prints are actually leading towards another grave just a few feet up the hill. So I follow them and check that headstone too — it had the same last name of the child’s. A bit more paranormal than a ghost truck, if you ask me. Usually, as far as I know, children and parents are buried closer to each other than these graves were. So possibly all one big coincidence and some funny animal prints. But the size, shape, and impression they gave to me were that they were surely more human-like than any animal prints I’ve ever seen. Either way, I’ve never experienced anything “paranormal” before or since these two events. But it is a really pretty place. I don’t recommend visiting because as I said earlier, it seems disrespectful to me to be gawking at the graves of family members of real, living people. Not to mention it’s private land. I don’t really think it’s haunted, but I still couldn’t explain those footprints if I tried. The truck didn’t show up as we were leaving this time, either, and hasn’t ever shown up in the other couple of times I’ve gone over the years.

    Posted 1/13/21

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  • Very Pretty Location - A Couple of Stories

    This place is nestled in the hills of a bunch of farmland and the few times I’ve gone have mostly been in the summer. Haven’t been back in years since I now feel like it’s disrespectful to the people living around there and the families of the deceased. But in the summer at night, there have always been thousands of fireflies all around the fields, flying through the hills and flashing in the dark. The first time me and a few friends went, we ended up there around dusk and actually drove past it 2-3 times since it’s on a slope that made it hard to see. Just a single gravel “driveway” large enough for a single car. We ended up parking on the side of the road since we didn’t see the “driveway” at first. Turns out a group of college-aged guys were already there smoking synthetic pot and when we approached they pretty much ran off and drove away. They did drop half a pack of cigarettes that was a total score for me though, lol. Anyway, we stay about an hour and the sun has gone down by the time we leave. We mostly just read some headstones and admired the beautiful scenery and balmy summer air. Without experiencing anything spooky, we eventually decided to leave a bit disappointed but still glad to have the fresh air. However, when we pulled away from the cemetery, a big truck came up behind my car with its brights on, riding my tail a little too close for comfort. Because of the bright headlights in the dark I couldn’t really get a good look at what the truck was actually like, but i could tell it was pretty large and hefted higher than my little sedan. This was during a time when two main highways were under construction and we didn’t really know how to get back home without them. But at this point, my main concern was the giant truck nearly ramming my rear bumper. We were all pretty spooked by it, so I decide to turn down a random road and sure enough — the truck follows. I turn back around and take another road — the truck follows again. These are pretty random side roads and so it eventually becomes evident that this truck is following us and that’s when we REALLY start to worry. So I speed up myself, make a few more turns, and then whip into a little residential culdesac and wait to see the truck drive by. We never see the truck actually drive by, but since it didn’t follow us we decide it’s safe to go back out after a few minutes. Sure enough, we get back onto the road and all is fine. We end up finding a highway we know and get home safe. Cut to about 6 months later in the middle of winter when me and a few of the same friends are at a bookstore together. I find a book about Haunted Wisconsin or something similar and decide to leaf through it. I check to see if Tabernacle is in there and it sure is. Gives a little history of the cemetery but the kicker is at the bottom which reads: The Myth: When people visit this site, a ghost truck will follow them as they leave until they reach the city limits where it will disappear. It definitely freaked us out a little bit, but I’m a skeptic and I’m sure it was just the local farmer messing with the kids trespassing on his property. But that’s not where the story ends. After this whole situation, we decide to go back to the cemetery in the next couple of days, even though it’s mid-winter and there’s fairly fresh snow on the ground, a good few inches of it. We pull up again, this time in the driveway, and shamble on out of the car. We trudge through the snow and again have a feeling of still calmness, nothing creepy. We wander around again, feeling silly for being out in the winter cold just to check it out again. Then I notice something strange. A set of fairly distinct, small shoe prints in the snow. The snow itself was pretty fresh, our own prints were the only ones actually in the cemetery. But these prints were far too small to be any of ours, and slightly snowed-in as if wind had covered them just a bit. I brush off the headstone of the grave nearby the prints and it’s that if a small child whose name I don’t actually remember — though I do remember the age range being somthing like 4-5 years. I look up and see the prints are actually leading towards another grave just a few feet up the hill. So I follow them and check that headstone too — it had the same last name of the child’s. A bit more paranormal than a ghost truck, if you ask me. Usually, as far as I know, children and parents are buried closer to each other than these graves were. So possibly all one big coincidence and some funny animal prints. But the size, shape, and impression they gave to me were that they were surely more human-like than any animal prints I’ve ever seen. Either way, I’ve never experienced anything “paranormal” before or since these two events. But it is a really pretty place. I don’t recommend visiting because as I said earlier, it seems disrespectful to me to be gawking at the graves of family members of real, living people. Not to mention it’s private land. I don’t really think it’s haunted, but I still couldn’t explain those footprints if I tried.

    Posted 1/13/21

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  • SUPER SPOOKY

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    Posted 10/30/20

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  • Awesome location. A+ for multiple spirits.

    Cleaned 2 headstones, phone's been screwing up on things ever since, got multiple words on Ovilus. Confirmed Haunted, did NOT get chased out. Beautiful day out, and a beautiful location. Phone is doing seriously crazy things now such as volume has been cut off to all my 'spirit-hunting' apps, trying to take a picture it automatically goes to video mode (it has never done this before), WARNING: *DO NOT GO if you're "not sure" whether or not you really want to...

    Posted 10/28/20

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  • Caution

    Confirmed and have been chased out of location

    Posted 2/1/18

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    2 out of 3 found this review helpful

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