Who knew that Erie, PA could be so eerie?
Nestled in the shade of the oak trees of Erie Cemetery–the very same cemetery that is home to the Vampire’s Crypt–lies a circle of limestone graves at the base of a looming tree. There doesn’t seem to be anything too out of the ordinary at first glance. The tombstones are weathered and worn down from years of standing in the elements. But upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that some of them are blackened–scorched, even.
According to legend, in the late 1800s, Erie was home to a coven of witches. When the two leaders of the coven died, they were buried in the circle. It is said that when Satan returned for his servants, the fires of Hell scorched their graves and the evidence of those stories can still be seen to this day.
With such wild claims, it should come as no surprise that the Witches Circle is also home to some paranormal claims. People have reported hearing the sound of footsteps behind them, even when they’re alone. And there are even claims of a rabid black dog that runs at people, only to disappear before it bites you.
If you find yourself in Erie, the cemetery is a beautiful place to walk around (respectfully, of course). While checking out the Vampire’s Crypt, be sure to also stop by the Witches Circle, situated in Section 34 by Chestnut Street.
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