The Haunted History Of Connecticut's Union Cemetery

Union Cemetery, occupied by the legendary “White Lady,” is considered one of the most haunted places in America.

Union Graveyard where Ed Warren saw the White Lady during a sunny day

Union Graveyard where Ed Warren saw the "White Lady"

Photo by: Screenshot via Official Ed and Lorraine Warren Channel/YouTube

Screenshot via Official Ed and Lorraine Warren Channel/YouTube

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Nestled at a crossroads in Easton, Connecticut, Union Cemetery dates back more than 400 years, and its ghosts have been terrifying passers-by and ghost hunters for decades. There are believed to be many spirits in the graveyard—including soldiers and giggling children—but the most famous haunts at Union Cemetery are the “White Lady” and “Red Eyes.”

Nobody is quite sure who the White Lady is. According to Damned Connecticut, some think she could be the ghost of a woman who died in childbirth and is still searching for her baby. Others speculate it’s the ghost of a woman who murdered her husband. The White Lady could also be the ghost of a murder victim who was dumped in a sinkhole near the cemetery. No matter her origin, she is often sighted on Route 59, which runs along the cemetery’s eastern boundary.

The people who have seen her say she’s dressed in a bright white nightgown and has her head and face concealed with a white bonnet.

In the 90s, a firefighter responding to a call in the nearby town of Monroe said a woman in a long white gown jumped in front of him and he hit her. According to the Monroe Sun, the woman rolled over the top of his car and landed in the road behind him. When the firefighter leaped from the vehicle to render first aid, his hood was dented, but there was no one there.

The cemetery’s other famous ghost, known as Red Eyes, sometimes peers at people from the bushes. According to Only In Your State, some visitors have reported feeling hot breath on the back of their necks, and when they turn around, they see mysterious red eyes peering back at them. Occasionally, this ghost even chases people in the cemetery. Red Eyes is believed to be the ghost of Earle Kellog, a man who was set on fire and burned to death across the street from the cemetery in 1935.

The haunting of Union Cemetery drew the attention of famed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren who visited the cemetery on several occasions and compiled their findings into a 1992 book, Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery. Ed Warren, who also investigated the Amityville Horror House, reportedly caught the White Lady in photographs and videos. Lorraine Warren told NBC Connecticut in 2008 that the video evidence is so valuable she kept it locked away at their Occult Museum in Monroe.

Visit only if you dare. According to the Monroe Sun, the graveyard is closed after dark and the town police will write tickets for trespassing.

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