The Damned Story: A few miles to the east of the fabled Union Cemetery in Easton is the lesser known — but if you believe, equally haunted — Stepney Cemetery (also known as Birdsey’s Plain Cemetery or Beardsley Plain Cemetery). Just off of Route 25 next to Our Lady of The Rosary Chapel, the cemetery dates back to the 1700s, and is allegedly home to various spirit incarnations and ectoplasmic blobs. In addition, it allegedly serves as a “second home” of sorts for the White Lady of Union Cemetery, who has been spotted slumming there on occasion — although how anyone would be able to know if it’s the same White Lady or another one is a question I’d like to have answered.
Unfortunately, the one person who might be able to answer that question now makes Stepney Cemetery his final resting place: Renowned ghost hunter Ed Warren. His grave is near the southern edge of the cemetery (or to the left when you come through the main gates)
Nevertheless, people have claimed to see a White Lady roaming the grounds, while others have taken spirit pictures and recorded ghost globules.
Our Damned Experience: I visited Stepney Cemetery back at dusk of a summer night back in 2000 with a good friend, bringing a camera (35 mm film) with us. We took a number of photos in various parts of the cemetery, but upon development, found nothing unusual.
The entire cemetery seemed like a very peaceful place, but we did have an “unusual” encounter of sorts. When we first arrived (just after sundown) and were wandering around the graves in the gathering dusk, we were jokingly trying to freak each other out with ghost stories. Suddenly, a very loud inhuman noise came from behind a nearby gravestone, and a menacing dark shape rose up into the night sky!
Well, of course, we both almost fell over backward . . . until we realized we had disturbed a large goose, who flew off over our heads. Realizing that we weren’t under attack by phantoms from the other side, we laughed for about 10 minutes.
Yeah, we’re cool like that.
Update: We returned to Stepney Cemetery in December 2008. This time, we didn’t encounter any geese, nor did we see any spirits, globules or white ladies — although with the amount of snow on the ground, it might be tough to spot the spirit of a white lady in front of it! Then again, it was a misty day, so for all we know, she was standing right in front of us and we never noticed.
We also paid our respects to Ed Warren, a good man who helped inspire our love and pursuit of things damned. Thanks again, Ed! May you rest in peace.
If You Go: As mentioned, the cemetery is just off Route 25 in the Stepney section of Monroe, next to Our Lady of The Rosary Chapel. Like any cemetery, it is open to the public during daylight hours only, and of course, visitors are expected to be respectful.