- HISTORY & HAUNTINGS OF ILLINOIS -
The graveyard ghosts of Illinois are strange and often perplexing and the many stories run the entire gamut between entertaining folklore and authentic accounts of the supernatural. One such account, which seems to combine elements of both, involves a place called White Cemetery in northern Illinois. This small graveyard, and the surrounding Cuba Road area near Barrington, has gained a rather strange reputation in recent years.
White Cemetery is a small burial ground that is located just east of Old Barrington Road. It dates back as far as the 1820ís, but no records exist to say when it started to gain the attention of those with an interest in the unexplained.
For many years, it has been reportedly haunted by eerie, white globes of light that have been seen to hover and float among the tombstones. Witnesses to these anomalies have ranged from teenagers to average passersby, many of whom have gone to the local police and have described not only the glowing lights, but hazy figures too. The lights are said to sometimes float along through the cemetery, drift over the fence and then glide out over the surface of the road. The hazy human-like figures have been spotted along the edge of the fence and lingering near stands of trees. They tend to appear and then vanish at will. Both types of the phenomenon have been investigated and studied by ghost hunters and researchers for some time, but no explanation has been discovered as to their source.
There have also been many stories told about nearby Cuba Road itself. Most of them involve a phantom black automobile that appears near the cemetery and an old house that is seen and then vanishes nearby. The house is believed to have actually existed many years ago and legends say that it burned down under mysterious circumstances. It has been repeatedly spotted over time, often by people who have no idea that the house no longer exists. Some of the sightings also involve a spectral old woman that carries a lantern and flags down passing motorists. When someone stops and tries to help her, she disappears along the edge of the roadway.
In her book "More Chicago Haunts", author Ursula Bielski adds another element to the strange legends of Cuba Road. According to local historians, nearby Barrington and Lake Zurich were often visited by gangsters during the Prohibition era. Looking for a little peace and quiet, they would come to the small towns to rest, fish, sun and often, to cause a little trouble. Local folks were afraid of these Chicago tough guys and the author believes that this unease remains in one of the ghostly encounters said to occur along Cuba Road. The stories say that the spectral image of a cigar-chewing gangster sometimes appears in the rearview mirror of drivers who pass along this roadway. Who this mobster might be is unknown, but those drivers who have seen him can testify to the fact that he was there!
Strange things, as they say, happen along Cuba Road.
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