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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

 

Often referred to as “the most haunted castle in Scotland,” Edinburgh Castle is more than 900 years old and has been the site of many terrifying events. Torturing of prisoners, burning of witches, and victims dying from the Black Death, these events provide a plentiful source for souls to be at unrest in throughout the castle.

Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts, most notable the War of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. Edinburgh Castle is known for being “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world.”

If you get a chance to visit Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is worth a visit.

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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Feeling Spirits From Long Ago in Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

 

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Historic Christ Church, Cambridge, Maryland 

Christ Church Cemetery is located at 601 Church Street in historic Cambridge, Maryland.  Some allege the cemetery is haunted. Established in the late 1600’s, Christ Church cemetery is the final resting place for original settlers of Cambridge, veterans of the American Revolutionary War, and veterans of the U.S. Civil War.

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American Revolutionary Graves, Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

When I visit historic cemeteries, I like to bring flowers to place on the graves of civil war veterans. In Christ Church cemetery these graves were hard to find. In contrast, the American Revolutionary veteran graves were easily identifiable with the American flags and DAR markers. I had with me a list of the names of civil war veterans who are buried in the cemetery. When I found several of these graves, I was surprised that there was no indication that the person was a civil war veteran. I got a strong feeling that this history was purposely being hidden. It was common for families in Maryland to have had family members fighting on both sides of the civil war so perhaps this was a painful period that was preferred to be left in the past by the families.

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Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

After laying flowers on several civil war veterans’ graves there was one grave I could not find. I decided to use a method that I’ve been using for years that always works. I call on the spirit of the deceased to guide me to their grave. I explain to them that I am there to visit them and to honor their service in the civil war.  A few seconds following this ritual, it worked. I found the grave of the veteran.

Although the cemetery is rumored to be haunted, I personally believe that spirits of the deceased like being remembered and appreciate being visited.

Haunted & Historic Cambridge, Maryland

Feeling Spirits from Long Ago in historic Cambridge, Maryland

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Historic Cambridge, Maryland is located in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Situated on the mighty Choptank River, Cambridge was originally inhabited by the Choptank Native American tribe. In 1684, wealthy European landowners moved in and built tobacco plantations.  This created tension and violence with the Choptank Native American tribe who were ultimately displaced. The plantation owners imported slaves from Africa to work the plantations until 1864 when Maryland end slavery.

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Site of slave auctions

In Cambridge you can still find reminders of the slave trade. Slave auctions took place outside the Dorchester County Courthouse. At the top of the hill, under a large tree I discovered a portion of the original slave block. Slaves would’ve stood on the top of the hill while being auctioned off to buyers below. This same area was also used for public executions. While visiting here I could feel the angst and tension as I explored the area. There are still a lot of souls at unrest here.

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Slave auction block on grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, site of public executions and slave auction.

Reconciliation

 

“Reconciliation” is a photograph of the  Richmond Slavery Reconciliation sculpture which is located in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia.  From the 1700’s to 1865, this area served as the second largest slave trading center in the country.  Artist Stephen Broadbent created this bronze sculpture which portrays two people melded in an embrace.  The sculpture stands nearby Richmond’s former slave market in Shockoe Bottom.

A framed photograph of “Reconciliation” is available for purchase here:

https://goo.gl/m2W939

 

The End of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA

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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
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The Beginning of the end of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA, painting of the terms of surrender in the McLean House
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Confederate Cemetery maintained by the Daughters of the Confederacy, Appomattox, Virginia
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General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, VA
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General Ulysses S. Grant, Appomattox, VA
The Beginning of the End of the Civil War Revisited – 150th Anniversary of Appomattox, VA Encampment Weekend 07/26/2015
Rein-actors at Appomattox, Va