This lovely cemetery is as pleasing to the spirits as it is to the living
day or night, spectral activity on a variety of levels has been experienced.
Mount Holly Cemetery is a four square block area, in the heart of the city of Little Rock, the final resting place of many important Arkansans, which gives this cemetery the nick name of “The Westminster Abbey of Arkansas.” Besides Confederate boy martyr, David Owen Dodd being buried here, 11 State Governors, 13 state Supreme Court justices, 4 Confederate Generals, 22 Little Rock mayors, newspaper editors, military heroes, doctors, attorneys, and prominent families are also laid here for their eternal rest.
It is well-landscaped with flowering plants, mature trees, berry bushes and honeysuckle. There is a handsome fountain , surrounded by a circular brick walk. The bell house was added during the late 19th century. Lovely, sometimes grand grave markers, headstones and well-crafted statues of angels and children can be found on graves. On David Owen Dodd’s grave, an 8 foot obelisk was added in 1913, honoring for his courage in not betraying the Confederate cause.
Tom and I visited Mount Holly Cemetery one fall morning, and found it to be quite pretty, charming, restful and well-cared for, showing respect for the departed, even those who don’t have any living descendants. This is made possible because members of the public voluntarily adopt a grave, donating money through a small maintenance levy tax for each grave’s upkeep. Memorials and donations also are made to the Mount Holly Cemetery Association.
Mount Holly Cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in Arkansas. In 1843, Roswell Beebe and Senator Chester Ashley donated the land to the city for a new cemetery. It is well loved and treasured by Little Rock citizens and government alike. Every October, drama students from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School research various famous or well-known departed, dress in period clothes, and tell groups lead by a guide with a candle about the person they researched.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
Though this cemetery is lovely and peaceful to the living, the joint is jumpin’ with paranormal activity. When this cemetery was established, many remains from other graveyards and perhaps private home estates were moved here throughout the 1800s. Disturbing graves can reawaken spirits, sometimes confusing them, or making them restless.
Statues Have Fun!
Mount Holly Cemetery is known as an active place of paranormal phenomena.
Statues on the graves have been reported by witnesses to move, directly witnessed by the living; right in front of them.
Pictures suggest that this is true.
Some statues are even found on the lawns of some startled neighbors on occasion, as if they just went for a stroll.
Mysterious Flute music is heard floating throughout the cemetery by witnesses, where a seen flute player isn’t anywhere close to the cemetery.
Spirit People Sightings
In pictures taken at the cemetery, snapshots of see-through images of people dressed in 19th century clothing, apparitions, and ghostly lights have been captured on film.
Eye witnesses have also seen the above manifestations of the paranormal when visiting the cemetery at night and during the day as well.
1200 Broadway Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock can be found off the 630 Fwy, between S. Chester Street and South Broadway Street, on the corner of South Gaines Street and West 11th Street (which is a one way street, running east toward South Broadway Street).
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- Mount Holly Cemetery Informational pamphlet.
Our Haunted Paranormal Stories are Written by Julie Carr