Tombstone Tales 011 - The Madonna of Bachelor's Grove



There you are, as strange
as a woman emerged
from a grave and gone
looking for other corpses.

There you are, as beautiful
as the moon and chaste as a virgin
and never will you love
a mortal man again.

There you are, Snow
White and the bleakest flower
in this Black Forest,

but not melting anymore,
never ever melting away
in my hands.


The old burial ground of Bachelor’s Grove, Illinois has been the site of countless ghost stories. Headstones seem to move at will and at night, the spirits of the dead often materialize to walk the grounds. There are over 100 reports of strange phenomena, unexplained sights and sounds, even glowing balls of light.

The most famous of the apparitions is The Madonna of Bachelor's Grove, also known as The White Lady. The ghost of this young woman is always seen in a white dress, sometimes cradling a baby in her arms. The picture above was taken during an investigation of Bachelor's Grove cemetery by the Ghost Research Society, on August 10, 1991. Mari Huff was taking black and white photos with a high-speed infrared camera. When developed, this image emerged of a lonely-looking young woman dressed in white, sitting on a tombstone.

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