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Haunted Lafayette: Pierce Cemetery

A Civil War-era cemetery located in northern Tippecanoe County continues to provide haunts more than 180 years after the first people were buried there.

Posted: Oct 31, 2019 6:53 AM

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Civil War-era cemetery located in northern Tippecanoe County continues to provide haunts more than 180 years after the first people were buried there.

The Pierce Cemetery is located just east of Harrison High School off of County Road North 50 West. The earliest gravestones date back to the 1840s, and many war veterans are buried in the cemetery.

"There were a lot of battles between the Indians and the first white settlers who came here," said Justin Arnett, Founder of 765 Paranormal. "The Battle of Tippecanoe wasn't too far from here."

Barnett said the cemetery is one of their favorite places to visit.

"We've caught EVP's of gunshots and old musket shots. It gets really really dark over here, it seems to be unnaturally dark. It can get really cold back here and you will feel like a presence around you."

He said investigators are particularly fascinated with a spot on the southwest side of the cemetery.

"Right over here we have what we call 'Hell's Hole,'" Arnett said gesturing. "The first time I came out we caught an EVP, and electronic voice phenomena. Those are voices that we usually don't hear with our ears, but later if you have a recorder, they seem to pick other voices up. We caught an EVP saying 'I'm from Hell.' So we came back out here and we are standing right here and I said 'I want to speak to the person who says they're from hell!' I had a recorder laying up in the tree. And I made the comment, 'If you're here, and you can knock that recorder out of that tree, I'll leave this place.' On command, the recorder flies off of the tree."

The stories don't stop there.

"Me and a couple people all came out here and we are standing out here in the center," said Arnett. "We hear what I would think to be Indian drums, but it sounded like it was coming way off in the distance. So we walk over here and hear things moving straight through the woods to the point where I thought it was a hunter. So I'm yelling, 'Hey we are out here don't shoot!' Then right when the sounds would have come out from the brush line, it stopped."

Arnett considers himself a skeptic, but says the experiences at Pierce Cemetery just don't make sense.

"What we are dealing with is completely unexplained," said Arnett. "I believe there is something that we don't have an explanation for. Whether that be the stereotypical ghost, or something we just don't have an explanation for yet."

765 Paranormal was founded 10 years ago with the goal of finding an "explanation to the unexplainable." The group specializes in in-home investigations for paranormal experiences. You can contact the group here.

Watch previous stories below:

Fowler Theater (2019)

New York Street Murder (2018)

Amelia Earhart and Hangar Number One (2018)

The Pythian Home (2018)

The Tippecanoe County Triple Execution (2017)

The Lahr House Guillotine (2017)

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