The Collins Cemetery has always been a very dark and lonely place. Not
much of the Collins Family is left here in the states, so there are not that
many that visit the gravesides of those that have entered the other world.

The return of Mistress Muffy has shed new light on the old famliy cemetery
and she is giving it a face lift so to speak! Plans have been talked about to
get the cemetery cleaned up and not only are repairs getting made but they
are expanding the cemetery to accommodate more family members.

Its interesting that no matter where a Collins Family member may be
residing in the world they have made arrangements to be sent home at the
time of their demise.

Much work needs to be done to the cemetery pillars that are at the entrance
gate and along the perimeter of the cemetery. Discussion has been about
designing a new fence and pillars.

There has always been lights in the Family cemetery and the generations of
the Collins Family that exist today claim they have no idea what this is
about. It has been a promise from one generation to the next to be sure
the lights stay lit for the dead of the night. Out of family respect.....they do it!


Another discussion has been in progress in regard to the old Collins hearse.
It has been tradition for all Collins members to be pulled to their resting
place in the Family hearse. The original hearse was brought from overseas
when the Collins Family first arrived on this soil.

It has been said that when the hearse could no longer be used....that a Family
member was telegrammed in Yugoslavia and he made arrangements for the
wood to be cut from the Collins Family property there and crated and shipped
here to the family so that another hearse could be built from this wood.

That hearse is now in a shambles so Mistress Muffy is deciding what to do
and looking at designs that the family has kept in its vault of the hearse that
is to be built when the old needs to be replaced.
The Collins Cemetery

Quite a bit of the new fence sections have been built and painted. This time the fence has been
made higher than its usual 3 feet and Mistress Muffy has had it extended to 5 feet high. There is
more work to be done to these new sections and they are left to be painted. The next feat is the
re-building of the entry pillars. The marble company had come out today to look at the tombstones,
as many of them had been vandalized over the years. A decision will be made as to repair the old
stones or just to replace them with new ones.

We got a lot of work done on the cemetery before the guests arrived for
the Hallow's Eve Masquerade Party but the closer it got to Hallow's Eve
the more fearful the work crew became of working at the edge of
Collinwood Forest.

Unfortunately due to this resistance to work around that time of the year
in this area the work on the cemetery was no where completed. Just a
small section of fence was done, the pillars were rebuilt but not completed
and the gates still need work. A new arch sign will be made and attached
to the top of the pillars and will read "Collinwood Cemetery".

At this time plans are being made to extend the cemetery fence along with
building additional pillars for the extra fence panels. With the size of the
cemetery at this time in the case of a funeral there is no way the hearse
carriage would be able to fit inside the fence for unloading of the casket.
SO the additional panels will leave enough room for that. The finials that
will top each fence poll have been on back order as they were a special
order item coming from overseas.

All the tombstones are being repainted and new epitahs are being added to
them as you could hardly read the old ones. We plan to be completely
finished by the 2019 Halloween season.
Most of the Collins Family is buried in the Collins Cemetery that is right on the Collins
property. Some are buried in Collinwood Cemetery, a small cemetery in the Collinwood  Forest.
Under the sun over Collinwood, the days seem trapped beneath its throbbing, unrelenting eye. No storm is promised,
and the air itself is as still as the breathing of the dead. And yet, one leaf will stir, one bough will likely bend, and one
knows that the stillness will sometimes end, perhaps with a gentle rain, perhaps with a thundering storm.
Collins Mortuary
The quiet nights are longer now at Collinwood, as the season continues its
advance toward a still distant fall. Succeeding days surrender to the coming
to night without complaint. And nature would seem to have made a truce
within itself. But deep within the night, opposing forces stalk each other.
Forces so opposite no peace is possible. And their meeting when it comes,
will shatter the ancient truce between the living & the dead.
Fear is no stranger to the residents of Collinwood.               
Fear of the unknown, fear of the unseen.
Eagle Hill Cemetery was one of the larger graveyards to be found in the
town of Collinsport . For the last two centuries, the esteemed Collins
Family had virtually all of their loved ones laid to rest at Eagle Hill. The
cemetery's most infamous landmark, was the Collins family Mausoleum.
It is 5 miles from Collinwood. During 1795 it is said to be on Collins
property. The grounds of the cemetery were presided over by one lone
caretaker, an elderly man who often complained of evil spirits infecting
the area surrounding the Collins Family mausoleum.
Family Buried at Eagle Hill Cemetery
Barnabas Collins
Jason McGuire
Jeremiah Collins
Josette Collins
Joshua Collins
Sarah Collins
Countess Natalie Dupres
Lt. Nathan Forbes
Peter Bradford
Eagle Hill Cemetery
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Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Resting place of many celebrities.
In these days we find a lot of change has taken place in what cemeteries
allow & don't allow. I wonder how many years it took for all these changes
to come about. Perhaps I can answer that as some of the most drastic
changes have come about in my 60 years of being around.
As we visited the cemetery for many years on a weekly basis, I remember
way back watching my Aunt Anne & Uncle Fred actually bring potted
flowers to the cemetery and a few trees I might add and dig it up and bury
them. We followed up every Sunday by visiting the graves and carrying
buckets of water, (no plastic milk jugs in those days) to water the flowers,
which were always geraniums. She always planted 3 on each grave.
Of course that was back in the day when you could still have ornate
tombstones, not the flat ones that are only allowed now. There are also sets
of rules and regulations for cemeteries and they differ by state.
Unusual cemetery sightings at Christmastime. I don't know of any other
Cemetery that allows Christmas decorating of the graves to this extent.
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What about Haunted Cemeteries, there seem to be plenty of them all over the world.
What makes spirits want to hang out at their cemetery where they were buried and
what type of interaction do they have with who they appear too? Is it people that just
visit the cemetery and the spirits pull stuff just at the location. Do they follow anyone
home? Do they commit acts at the cemetery?
Bachelor's Grove could be a good example of what happens with non-resting spirits if
they hang out at their burial location. There have been a large amount of occurances
there, most things seem to happen in the cemetery involving ghosts you can actually
see. But then there is also so much paranormal activity at the pond and surrounding
forest, its hard to tell whats what. And what about the disappearing house some have
seen and then not seen? The front door you can never seem to reach.
And what about VAMPIRES, do they really stay in their mausoleum homes there at
the cemetery, returning just before dawn each day. What do they do on a daily basis to
keep from getting bored.....perhaps they just are in constant search of victims, but
really looking at todays populated areas it must be super easy to find dinner.
Some Information on Cemeteries
What about Haunted Cemeteries?
Are there really unusual cemeteries?
Laws vary from state to state, some rather interesting, like having to do
with refrigeration of the body, some require a funeral director to handle
burial issues, can the body be put in the ground without a casket?
Are ghosts found in the cemeteries with consecrated land? Are all cemeteries on some
sort of consecrated land? Here is what Mr. Webster has in his dictionary in regard to
consecrated land.....any place or space that has been liturgically blessed, or where some
sacred object such as a church has stood or been built. But, most commonly,
consecrated ground means a single grave or several graves or a whole cemetery in
which faithful christians are buried.
There are different rules for the Jewish people, being exhumed is not allowed. Muslims
also have different rules. Different religions and cultures have developed different rites
and practices for the disposal of the dead, and these have to be considered and respected.
There are a lot of cemeteries these days where different cultures are given different
sections of the cemetery.
What about Pet Cemeteries?
There is a growing number of pet cemeteries, privately run, where
the actual or cremated remains of the pets are interred, reflecting
the privileged attachment that many people in modern societies
feel for animals. The trend is growing and local authorities are
sometimes under pressure to provide such facilities.
Wanna ask how far it goes?
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery challenge, what resulted up there in
Albany, New York, a new regulation unveiled in 2013, by the state,
to accept cremated remains of human beings, hoping to be buried
forever beside their beloved family pets.
It all started after a two year dispute that began when the state
refused to allow the pet cemetery to accept the ashes of a NYPD
officer who wanted to be buried next to his 3 Maltese pups.
His niece an attorney battled the state to allow the burial. The
117 year old Hartsdale Pet Cemetery claims to be the oldest pet
resting place in the country, it had been interring remains since
the 1920's.
They already had the officer's wife there, his bunny and the 3
dogs. When it became time for the Officer to be buried there the
state said no, the state would not allow Hartsdale to handle
human remains. They get about 5-6 request a year to bury pet
owners ashes with the animals.
When the state stepped in, Hartsdale claimed they had about
700 peoples ashes buried with their pets there. After an intense
campaign, the Department of State gave in and the cemetery
was allowed to accept human remains. The six other cemeteries
across the state were prohibited from handling human remains.
The latest change will allow pet owners from every corner of the state to
spend eternity with their pets as long as the pet cemeteries don't charge a fee
for a human burial and don't advertise their human burial services.
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery
What is a Tombstone Tourist?
One of the most interesting blogs I have come across about Cemeteries,
actually some of the most unusual information around. Take the time to
check out Joy Neighbors ..... A Grave Interest. If you have a fondness
for cemeteries this is the place you want to spend some time.
According to Joy Neighbors, a Tombstone Tourist is someone who loves to wander cemeteries. I find it akin to visiting museums:  an
opportunity to see rarely seen sculpture, intricate carvings, and amazing architecture, all in a tranquil outdoor setting. The blog is about
cemetery culture, art, history, issues of death and genealogy - subjects of current relevance. I usually find something that intrigues me and
makes me want to dig deeper.
Most say it's the most Haunted Cemetery in the world.
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In modern Germany, you don't buy a plot, you usually lease it for 20 years.
Your relatives have the option of renewing the grave for an additional
amount of time and money.
If the plot is not extended, the contents of the grave are removed and
either buried deeper or in another location. They also take out the
headstone, pulverize it into small rocks and use it for various other
purposes. We noticed that some of the paths in this cemetery had tiny
pieces of headstones jutting out of the dirt, no doubt to fill in the low spots.
Monumental graveyards have dotted the Italian countryside since the
time of the Etruscan Civilization, during which entire cities devoted to
the dead were constructed long before the ancient Romans conquered
the peninsula.
In the 19th century, Napoleon decreed with the Edict of St. Cloud, that
the dead could no longer be laid to rest in churches or town centers,
leading to a wave of sprawling new cemeteries being constructed on
the outskirts of Italy's major cities, in which some of the countries
finest funerary art was placed.
From the beginning of time people have laid their loved ones
to rest in various ways. Most cultures believed there was an
afterlife to go on to, so the funeral ceremonies were done
differently with different beliefs.
The New Orleans traditions of the Jazz Funeral were really
quite different, also their method of burial with the crypts being
above ground. 300 years of haunted history
The Vikings & the Gypsies with their burning of the property of the deceased.
Europeans brought ideas about ornate crypts from overseas.
Because of the sea level, burials are housed above ground so
that the coffins will rise to the surface like they would if there
were underground in a hole that was full of water.
Back during the Civil War Confederate soldiers were
housed in Chicago taken as far away as possible from the
fighting so if they escaped they not get back to their units.
There was a large amount of deaths & these men had to be
buried somewhere. There was a training camp for the
Union there in Chicago on the south side & that is where
the kept all these prisoners of war. It was brutal exisitance
with the large amount of men housed there.
So they picked a spot to make a cemetery at the north end
of Michigan Ave., where Lake Shore Drive turns inward on
the other side of the Drake Hotel. Numerous problems
started developing quite quickly. Lake Michigan was right
next to this cemetery & the graves started filling with water.
In 1999 in Princeville, N.C., 224 coffins popped up from the
ground and floated away during Hurricane Floyd. Flood waters
washed over the cemetery and coffins in shallow graves floated
off. How shallow were these graves?
It is the responsibility of the Federal Mortuary Teams to rebury
the coffins when something like this happens. The crews, rounding
up the caskets in the waters, tied the coffins to trees or anything
else available until the water receded.
More than 200 state & federal employees & volunteers then set out
to work identifying the remains in an emergency morgue set up in a
warehouse. At the time this happened, 224 caskets were identified &
15 were unidentified.
In the warehouse gray caskets marked with PV & a number
denoted their final destination as Princeville. Others bearing
markings, were sent to six other counties. Five specialists with
the U.S. Public Health Service's Disaster Mortuary Operational
Response Team try to use such things as body markings,
jewelery & pacemaker serial numbers to identify the corpses.
Wall charts list such things as amputated limbs, yellow hair and
other features on unclaimed bodies. The families of the dead have
never been allowed in this room. Each casket gets a new
headstone paid for by the government. The team plans on trying to
bury at least 20 per day.
This information was written about in 1999 and yet today we
still do not mark the caskets in any way. It seems crazy to me
that their is not some sort of law in place to make sure this does
not happen. A simple name plate or a numbering system of some
type could fix this problem in flash.
It amazes me that there is no one to represent these workers of
these teams. These employees & volunteers had to OPEN these
caskets to TRY and identify the remains. Can you imagine what
condition these coffins were in and then to have to open that. I
think its horrible someone is not doing something about it.
And worse yet>>>>>>Did they get them all identified? AND if
not....what did they do with the ones left over?
It saddens to think what all those folks thought about when they
were done working their shift and still had to keep going back
until the job was done. These are the people we should be
thanking and sending a Christmas card to and letting them know
how appreciative we are of what they do!
Floating Caskets
U.S. Public Health Service's Disaster Mortuary Operational
Response Team was activated by the Dept. Of Health & Human
Services in case of large scale disasters.
Keeping The Dead In Their Place
Finally! or Maybe Not!!
Can you believe how long floating caskets have been going around and how many years it took
to do something about it? Now lets see how long it will take to actually make these changes.
How many more years will we see photo's of floating caskets?
What happens when we have hurricanes which bring flooding and high winds, buoyancy will cause these vaults to pop open
and then float away from their graves. Arbie Goings, who started out as a funeral director, spends a lot of his time in casket
recovery. He works for the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team. He says the real challenge comes after the water
recedes and they rounded up the coffins, how do you know to which grave they belong?
There's no labels on these caskets and no names for the most part there are a few exceptions, but we do not know who is even
in the casket. So before we can re-inter the somebody we have to identify who that individual is. Mr. Goings has been working
with state officials to develop a system to address this. After Katrina when nearly a 1000 departed escaped their graves,
Louisiana required that all coffins have some kind of identification. But Mr. Goings said that has had mixed success. Death
certificates tucked inside coffins are destroyed by water. Labels wash away.
Mr. Goings is working with state officials to find a more permanent solution. The team is considering using bar codes and
attaching tracking systems to the coffins. They developed an app to scan & trace runaways, but to work every casket must be
tagged and thats a long ways away and very costly. The real solution is to bury people six feet under, but he is up against 100's
of years of custom and tradition.
Other Valuable Information In Regard To Caskets
There are a couple of different kinds of caskets, there are wood & metal caskets.
Within the metal there are sealing caskets ( also known as gasketed or protective)
and non- sealing caskets. Sealing caskets have a rubber gasket that creates an
airtight seal when the sliding lock bar is cranked shut with the casket key. You may
have seen funeral directors use this key after the lid is closed at a funeral. We
insert it into a small crank hole at the foot end of the casket and turn it until the
lock bar is totally tight. Sealing caskets are the only ones that will float. Even
though you would think a wood casket would float, because wood caskets don't
seal, they are more likely to fill up with water and stay put in the vault.
Most sealing caskets have what is called a "Memory Tube", you can see
where the tube is located in the picture to the right. If the funeral home
filled out the memory tube the whole process of identification is a lot
easier. As a last resort DNA testing could be done.
Why The Vaults Don't Keep Them Down
Most cemeteries require vaults. Vaults like caskets can either be the sealing type or the non- sealing type. When the ground
becomes over saturated with water, the sealing vaults can pop out of the ground, causing the vault and the casket it contains to
float away.
More often than not its just the casket that floats away. In
the case of the Louisiana flooding, the vaults are exposed
above ground. If the vault was buried underground as in
the case in most cemeteries, its less likely the caskets
would pop out. But, since they are that much closer to the
top, its that much easier for them to stroll down the river
when the flood waters come.
Heres how to avoid these situations: Cremation, Green
Burial, Don't Use a Sealing Casket and Tie Your Vault to
an Anchor.