(Hell’s Gate)

182 Oakwood Avenue, Spartanburg, SC

Status: Historical Cemetery


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This cemetery is the oldest in Spartanburg – it was first chartered in the late 19th century.

Most of this historical cemetery is, well, like a cemetery – quiet and peaceful – with nary a hint of paranormal activity or ghosts.

Head to the back of the cemetery, though, and all that changes. Changes so much many locals refer to that location as “Hell’s Gate”


Paranormal Activity

The back of the cemetery was once a Potter’s Field dating back to the early days of the 20th century. People who had no family, no one to pay for a burial or died nameless, were buried in Potter’s Fields. Most towns or cities had them.

In 1914 about 100 graves were dug up in another part of the city to make way for expansion. The remains were moved to the Potter’s Field in Oakwood Cemetery. Many people think their anger about the move may be a major source of the paranormal activity.

The reason people call this cemetery "Hell’s Gate" is due to rumors and legends of Satanic rituals. But, hey, doesn’t every place have some kind of urban legend relating to Satanists conducting black rituals in the dead of night? And you’d be right; they do.

Satanic Panic is one of the most common urban legends in especially the United States, but in Canada as well.

Oakwood, however, takes it quite a bit further. In 2012 a caretaker found a grave had been broken into – the concrete vault smashed open and the coffin pried open. Pretty creepy, huh? Just wait.

Whoever committed this heinous crime also removed the head of the person occupying the coffin. Removed it and took it with them; only to toss back in the cemetery a month later. Apparently when they were finished with it? Or perhaps the skull had become hauntingly persistent about being returned?

The back of the cemetery is an electronic dead zone. Most electrical things refuse to work and brand-new batteries can be drained in a matter of seconds. Except cell phones, they work alright, but only in a particularly chilling way. Cell phones will ring but there’s no one on the line – or, even more disturbing, they will ring and there’s an old school busy signal when you answer the call.

Remember that Twilight Zone episode where the kid talks to his dead grandma and then they show you the phone line has fallen to the ground in the cemetery? Yah, getting chills yet?

Other Activity: full body apparitions; unearthly screams; light anomalies; disembodied voices and feelings of dread which effect some people so severely they become physically ill.