PHOTO GALLERY: Witch’s grave

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Anya Porter | The Daily Eastern News

The tombstone of Caroline Barnes, who was accused of being a witch, at St. Omer Cemetary in Ashmore. According to Atlas Obscura’s website, Barnes would rise from the dead on her death date, so to prevent it, the date of death was engraved as Feb. 31.

Anya Porter | The Daily Eastern News
According to the Atlas Obscura, the ball on Caroline Barnes’ tombstone is supposed to represent a crystal ball and allegedly glows at night. Another claim says that secret rituals take place at the grave, where melted candles were found on top of the sphere. Atlas Obscura also says there have been claims of film photographs that won’t develop, but digital photos of the grave seem to do fine.
Anya Porter | The Daily Eastern News
The tombstone of Caroline Barnes, who was accused of being a witch, at St. Omer Cemetary in Ashmore. According to Atlas Obscura’s website, Barnes would rise from the dead on her death date, so to prevent it, the date of death was engraved as Feb. 31.
Anya Porter | The Daily Eastern News
Unlike the other graves, Caroline Barnes’ faces north to south and has three other people buried by it: her husband, Marcus Barnes, and her husband’s parents, Granville and Sarah Barnes. According to Atlas Obscura’s website, the Barnes’ family had “a tragic history” because not too long after Marcus Barnes had died in a sawmill accident in 1881, Caroline died of pneumonia at the age of 23.