The Sunflower State has a lot to offer in terms of ghostly and wizardly experiences. Make sure you add these destinations to any Kansas witchcraft and goblins tour you might plan to take:
- Stull Cemetery (Douglas County, Kansas)
In the history books since 1857, the Stull Cemetery has entrenched itself in legends that involve witchcraft, occult rituals, satanic cults, human sacrifice, and even an annual visit from the Prince of Darkness- the devil himself! So fearsome are those legends that, in one version circulating on the internet and through popular folklore, even the Pope requested his plane divert away from overflying Stull Cemetery. And that’s why this makes an interesting stop on any Kansas witchcraft and scary places trip.
This desolate burying place is rumored to be Lucifer’s gateway to hell. The stories say that he used the souls of those buried here as a stepping stone to pass through to the netherworld. The transit is a biannual affair – at 12-PM midnight on the Spring Equinox, and then again on Hallows Eve (Halloween).
So, how did Stull Cemetery become one of the spookiest places on earth? Well, that has partly to do with an old tree and a tombstone with the words “Witch” inscribed on it. Legend has it that back in the 1800s, the townspeople used the tree to hang (and then torch) Pagans, Wiccans, Witches and Warlocks. The stories further add that the Satan’s own child – born deformed and covered from head-to-toe in wolf’s hair – is buried in that grave. Some speculate that the Prince of Darkness makes his biannual trips to visit his child’s grave and perform Satanic rituals there.
Fort Leavenworth was established by Colonel Henry Leavenworth, who was ordered by the War Department in 1827 to establish a permanent military cantonment on the east bank of the Little Platte River. The cantonment that Col. Leavenworth established now holds the distinction of being the oldest continually operating military post in the region. The Cemetery is said to hold the earthly remains of over 20,000 U.S. service men and women. But that’s not the reason it makes the cut on our Kansas witchcraft, ghosts and spooky places list.
Tow of its most infamous residents, who now routinely visit the Cemetery, are from another dimension. Visitors to the burial ground have reported seeing the ghost of Catherine Sutter, an early settler woman who tragically lost her two children in a bitter Kansas ice storm as they picked firewood outside. It is said that Catherine started out searching for her lost children, and succumbed to pneumonia. Her ghost is seen, in a showl and a pioneer woman’s dress, carrying a lantern and searching the graves as she calls out her children’s names.
But the cemetery is also home to another ghost, that of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce nation. The chief surrendered to Colonel Nelson Miles on the condition he and his tribe would be relocated to a reservation in Idaho. Instead, in 1877 he was incarcerated in Fort Leavenworth. Visitors are said to have seen his likeness haunt the cemetery.