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Headstones found in house

Postby Nostradamus » 16 Mar 2010, 05:38

From http://www2.insidenova.com/isn/news/local/article/ghost_hunters_eye_triangle_home_housing_tombstones/53951/
Ghost hunters eye Triangle home housing tombstones

More answers have surfaced in the case of two mysterious tombstones found inside a Triangle home Wednesday.

As police search for the rightful owners of the headstones, some of the eerie stories about the house still go unexplained. The house is now getting the attention of local paranormal investigators.

Bolton said she moved into the house about a year ago, and while she never saw a ghost, she said her boyfriend saw an apparition of a large woman in a dress. She also said her children regularly heard noises that kept them up at night.


Kenneth McLein and Jessica Lovegrove are a newly formed team of paranormal investigators. Their group, Virginia Paranormal Organization of Research, or VAPOR, uses night vision goggles, meters to measure electromagnetic waves and recording devices to measure what has widely become known as Electronic Voice Phenomena.

Lovegrove used the tools last year during a ghost hunt at Dumfries’ Weems-Botts Museum. The search yielded an EVP of voices that said “Hello,” “Is anybody out there?” and “Get out.”

They are now waiting to hear back from Diamond for permission to investigate his home.


My sister used to live in a house that was being restored. Seems that the stonework for the front steps was all stolen grave stones. I'll have to ask her if there was anything odd in that place.
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby NinjaPuppy » 16 Mar 2010, 18:56

ND - How old was your sister's house?
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby Nostradamus » 17 Mar 2010, 08:29

I had been to the place a number of times and think it was over 100 years old at the time. That was 20 years. The front steps were made of nice Vermont marble. To check the foundation they pulled the stones away from the front of the house only to realize that the surface that was down had the names of people on them.
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby NinjaPuppy » 17 Mar 2010, 10:38

Vermont, 120 or so years ago. I have found that many graveyards in the South were vandalized during the Civil War, so repurposing such items is not uncommon. Odd for Vermont however.
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Postby Nostradamus » 17 Mar 2010, 10:48

I don't put anything past Vermonters. I'm sure that the graveyard was a good source of stone and the effort was being pragmatic. Cows needed tending to. Time was important. The residents of the graveyard were likely asked if they minded. Seeing that there were no dissenters, the resolution to move the stones to a nearby residence passed with a simple voice vote. All in favor say "aye'. All opposed say "nay". The ayes have it.
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Postby NinjaPuppy » 17 Mar 2010, 19:54

Hmmmmm. I wonder if those steps might have been 'seconds' where mistakes were made when carving the headstones. Now that would make sense when applying it to Vermont.
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Postby Nostradamus » 17 Mar 2010, 20:56

That's a good idea about the seconds, but this was not close tot he marble areas or the stone cutting areas of Vermont. The granite zones are in Barre and the marbles ares run from Middlebury south. This was in the Fairfax area. Moving the stone there would have been a big effort. The area is not on rail lines, present or historic. It might have been done if a logging truck was returning empty. The house was not far from the Lamoille river and I image back in the late 1800s the river would have been used to convey logs. At that time Vermont was one of the largest timber ports in the nation - number 3 if I recall right. The rest of the house was rather modest and used field stone. But who knows now.

I was looking for updates on the Triangle and will keep looking to see if the tombstones there turn out to be legit or not.
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Postby NinjaPuppy » 17 Mar 2010, 21:12

Good points there. Around here we turn up all sorts of unusual historical items from Europe. The items were used as ship's ballast and dumped all over the shores. It makes walking the beach interesting.
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Postby Nostradamus » 17 Mar 2010, 22:55

I know one of the important items shipped as ballast was roofing slates. The discovery of red slates of good quality along the southern Vermont-New York border made it possible to avoid receiving slates from England. Many people emigrated to the area from Wales that were experienced slate makers. Many of the mines are still in operation. Even today the repair of roofs of older buildings along the East coast requires the purchase of slates from England to obtain slates that match.
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby NinjaPuppy » 17 Mar 2010, 23:10

Roofing tiles are very abundant on the Southern coasts. I have a broken ceramic one from France, dated 1500 something. I forget the actual date right now as it's out in the garage.
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Postby Nostradamus » 18 Mar 2010, 01:28

Is the roofing tile you intact or broken? I understand that the harbors in the Mediterranean are covered with discarded broken items. Isn't part of the Revolutionary War and the discontent in the colonies due to the insistence that raw materials were sent back to Europe and that finished goods were imported from Europe? All of the fine things were imported.
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby NinjaPuppy » 18 Mar 2010, 01:47

Nostradamus wrote:Is the roofing tile you intact or broken? I understand that the harbors in the Mediterranean are covered with discarded broken items. Isn't part of the Revolutionary War and the discontent in the colonies due to the insistence that raw materials were sent back to Europe and that finished goods were imported from Europe? All of the fine things were imported.

It's not intact but large enough to read the manufacturer's imprint and the beautiful art work that once graced those tiles. I can trace some of this history back to a boat load of Huguenots. The French did rule this place for quite a few years, so finding ballast from France isn't unusual.
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby Nostradamus » 18 Mar 2010, 02:03

From http://www2.starexponent.com/cse/news/state_regional/article/man_finds_tombstones_in_basement_of_triangle_home/53713/

We fins a likely explanation for tombstones being removed from a cemetery.
“Usually, when we find a tombstone in Prince William County, it has been removed from a grave site and replaced with a new one, after the stone begins to show wear,“ he said.
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby NinjaPuppy » 18 Mar 2010, 04:09

That would certainly make sense.
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Re: Headstones found in house

Postby Nostradamus » 19 Mar 2010, 01:27

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Prince William police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez shows the pair of tombstones that were found in the basement of a rental property in Triangle, VA.
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