Hi I’m Justin the owner of the Creepyhistory.com and I figured I’d tell you all a little about where I live and about a legend that has haunted citizens of my town since long before I was born. Stonewall Cemetery lays about two miles south west of my home town of Lancaster Ohio on Stonewall Cemetery road off of state route 22. It’s a small cemetery but what makes it stand out is the 12 sided and over 6 foot tall sandstone wall that surrounds it. Local legend says that if you climb up the wall at night and walk 13 times around it or light 3 matches then the ghosts of the buried people will drag you to hell.
The cemetery was built by Nathaniel Wilson the third for his family when he immigrated to Ohio from Pennsylvania in around 1798. He started construction on the walls in 1838 to protect the graves but right before it was completed he got sick and passed away leaving his youngest son Dustin Wilson to see the project to completion. To further protect his families final resting place he hatched a sneaky plan and had his friend Ohio senator Thomas Ewing to entrust the cemetery to the sitting US president in Nathaniel’s will. Local tradition is to inform each incoming president that he now owns a haunted cemetery which has to be one of the more unusual perks of the job.
While it might legally be the president’s property none have seemed to really recognize it other than Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a letter and the cemetery is actually managed by Fairfield County which in 1966 gave it to the Fairfield Heritage Association to care for. They restored it and made the land around it a park but it was later vandalized several times despite the lengths taken by its original owner. In 1998 in an attempt to save it the park was given to the Fairfield Historical Parks Commission who fixed it back up. The cemetery still stands today in good condition but even when I was a teenager in the 2000’s it was vandalized and had to be repaired yet again.
There are several odd things about the cemetery. All the stones including the arch over the entrance were set without mortar. The entrance also was made to point directly to the North Star. Nathaniel Wilson strangely left a small patch of land with the cemetery that was set aside to grow a rare tree called a Cedar of Lebanon a tree that only grows in Israel to replace a tree that Nathaniel himself planted inside the cemetery. The tree is even still there. Supposedly the workers were even told to stay silent the entire time they built the wall.
While I can’t confirm the legend of ghosts pulling down their victims since I was too much of chicken to visit the graveyard at night it certainly is a unique place that just has a slightly spooky feel to it. It would probably be a great place for some ghost hunters to visit and see if they can contact the Wilson family. I’d like to thank them for giving us a beautiful if not creepy place that adds to Lancaster Ohio’s rich history.