Krome Family Cemetery - Real Haunt in Collinsville IL
- Krome Family Cemetery
- Collinsville, IL
Just off of Old Keebler Road, this small family cemetery is now hidden by trees and it is all that remains of the Krome family mansion, which burned down long ago. Locals considered it to be quite haunted. Reports say that some enterprising explorers stumbled upon leg shackles in the concrete walls of the ruined basement, which lead to speculation that the house was used as a holding pen for slaves at some point. After this occurrence, rumors of ghostly slave apparitions surfaced and witnesses say they can be seen at night from the ruins of the mansion down to the family cemetery. According to reports, all that is left now are the Krome family plots (Charles W., Anna, Charlotte and Charles M. and a few broken and illegible stones.
My dad looked into buying the place back in the early 70s when i was a teen. It wasn't a mansion, it was a typical Victorian 2 story farmhouse with a dirt floor cellar. It needed a total rebuild and modern wiring so he passed. The cemetery was at the side of the house about 25 yards south. The house was burned by the local fire department for training purposes and all the farm ground was developed into a golf community. The cemetery isn't in the woods. It's neatly enclosed in shrubbery and small trees behind one of the greens. The original roadway that once passed by both the house and graveyard was altered considerably during the development. Of course, it had been abandoned for decades, and being just out on the edge of town, every local kid insisted it was haunted and most of the old folks played along. I never saw anything spooky about the place and I've lived here my whole life. It was just sad and dilapidated looking..Posted 10/17/16
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