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. As a result of this, the cemetery has earned the nick name “The Westminster Abbey of Arkansas.” Besides Confederate boy martyr David Owen Dodd being buried here, it is the final resting place for 11 State Governors, 13 state Supreme Court justices, 4 Confederate Generals, 22 Little Rock mayors, and innumerable newspaper editors, military heroes, doctors, attorneys, and prominent families.
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 all be found here. On David Owen Dodd’s grave, an 8-foot obelisk was added in 1913, honoring him 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 have voluntarily adopted many graves, donating money through a small maintenance levy tax. Memorials and donations are also made to the Mount Holly Cemetery Association.
Mount Holly 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 important departed individuals, dress in period clothes, and tell groups lead by a guide with a candle about their stories.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
Though this cemetery is lovely and peaceful to the living, the joint is jumpin’ with paranormal activity. When Mount Holly 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 for 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 grounds by witnesses, where actual living flute players aren’t anywhere nearby.
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.
Eyewitnesses 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 South Chester and South Broadway Streets, on the corner of South Gaines Street and West 11th Street (which runs one-way east toward South Broadway Street).
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- Mount Holly Cemetery Informational pamphlet.
Our Haunted Paranormal Stories are Written by Julie Carr