The Tale Of The Chesterville Witch

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Bunny here at the keyboard to tell you a spooky story for All Hallow’s Eve.

The story I’m going to tell you happened not too far from here.  I didn’t get to travel there to take special pictures for you this time, but we’ve been by there.  This past summer, I wasn’t thinking about telling a ghost story, though.  However, since my annual tradition is to tell a spooky tale from near where we live, I’m going to tell you about The Chesterville Witch.

Boo -- Tales and Tails


Young puppies, this is the time for you to avert your eyes.

Chesterville is a town that no longer appears on maps.  It still exists, but it’s in a land that time has sort of forgotten.  For those who know our area, it’s near Arcola, and you might be starting to get an idea about why it’s disappearing.  You see, the area is settled mainly by people of the Amish and Mennonite religions.  They don’t use many modern conveniences like electricity and televisions.  They still live a lot like they did two hundred years ago.  However, if you’re able to find Chesterville and you go out of the village and across a bridge, you’ll find the small Chesterville Cemetery.

A Little Witch -- Tales and Tails

A Little Witch

Legend has it that over a hundred years ago, there was a very outspoken and liberal-minded young woman living in the community.  She didn’t adhere to many of the tenets of the local religion and no doubt there were a lot of people who felt rather threatened by her.  She often challenged the Amish faith.  She had progressive ideas about how women should be treated.  Eventually, she was banished, and I can’t imagine she was too upset about that.  In the Amish faith, people don’t question the elders and after she was banished, rumors began to circulate.  People said that she was a witch, worshiped the devil and all other manner of silly stories.  People’s minds can really get the better of them sometimes, I suppose.

The Hound in the Graveyard -- Tales and Tails


Not long after she was banished, the witch disappeared.

Shortly after she vanished, they found the young woman’s body in a field.  They claimed that she died of natural causes, but many suspect that it wasn’t natural.  In any event, they took her body to be prepared for burial and people from all over the area came to see the witch’s body.  A lot of people were scared that she’d come back to life.

They buried her in the Chesterville Cemetery and planted a tree over her grave.  People believed that the tree would keep her spirit trapped inside it and she wouldn’t be able to escape and take revenge.  The tree is still standing today, and people believe that if it ever dies, her spirit will escape.  To be sure that people would stay away, they erected a wrought iron fence around her grave, as well.

The Ghost in the Graveyard -- Tales and Tails

The Ghost in the Graveyard

People still claim to see her standing near the grave to this day.  They say that the tree still holds her there.  Nobody remembers her name, and part of her gravestone is now missing.  The tree has grown partially over the wrought iron fence and is now very tall.  Nobody now knows whether she really was someone to fear, or if the community was just too caught up in its determination to resist change.  I guess they better hope nothing happens to that tree.

And so ends the tale of the Chesterville Witch.

Now that I’ve given you a little trick of a story, drop by my friend Dennis’ blog and treat his brother Tucker with some happy fifteenth birthday wishes.  If Tucker were a girl, dark brindle and a Greyhound, he’d be Lilac.  I think at fifteen he deserves a lot of birthday wishes.  Happy Birthday, Tucker!  I hope you eat cake.

Ghostly -- Tales and Tails


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27 Responses to "The Tale Of The Chesterville Witch"
  1. Sue Dyer says:

    Bunny, You were brave to visit the cemetery.

  2. MelF says:

    What a fascinating story Carrie (er, Bunny). You always share some good ones. Loving the costumes this year too!

  3. genjiscorner says:

    Is Kuster trained to track down witches?

  4. annyboo says:

    The last pic is really spoooooooooooooooOOOOky 🙂 Happy Halloween!!

  5. Puddles says:

    Heck fur dat to have happened so long ago…it sounds like things dat still happen today with religion, woman, and peeps not willin’ to evolve.
    Your pics are just awesome.


  6. Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny says:

    I doubt a bunch of religious fuddy duddies could keep a free spirit like the Chesterville witch in check with a tree. It’s what they tell themselves so they can sleep at night. Haunting photos of the lady in the graveyard.

  7. harrispen says:

    That was a super scary story! We love all the spooky pictures too.

    Millie & Walter

  8. Casey the Boxer says:

    Thanks for a grreat ghost story, Bunny! Happy Howl-o-ween!

  9. Roxy says:

    Cool ghost story. Thanks!!

  10. Patty says:

    Spooky story and photos. 🙂

  11. Oz theTerrier says:

    That is a spooky story, Bunny. I sure hope that witch stays where she is supposed to. And good gracious, you put some spooky photos in the post too. I was all a shiver with fright! Happy Howloween.

  12. Mr. Pip says:

    Oh my, that is spooky story and your ghostly photographs are spooky (and beautiful), too.
    Happy Halloween!

  13. Two French Bulldogs says:

    That is downright scary Bunny

  14. jan says:

    We think you are the prettiest ghost we have ever seen

  15. Ryker From Alaska says:

    Thank you for the chilling Halloween story!

  16. Great costumes and poses, girls, and I like your vanishing abilities, Bunny!
    Spooky story, but I have my doubts that the tree would keep her witchly (or otherwise) spirit from escaping the grave. 😉 Happy Halloween!

  17. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets says:

    Great story, and even better photos! Happy Halloween!

  18. The OP Pack says:

    As we have often said, you always have the best tales to shae – perfect for the day today and also very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    We all love Tucker too.

    Happy Halloween from Camp Spooky Kennel.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  19. Emma says:

    That was awesome! Very creative photos to go with the story! Happy Howloween!

  20. ShineJake says:

    That was pretty spooky! I like how such tales end up leaving proof or a memorial of what used to be in the world.

  21. Sara Blair says:

    What a great story! RemInds me of the Crucible.

    I wonder what she would think of the world today. .. would she think we’ve come a long way or think we still have a long way to go?

    I would love to go to that cemetery!

  22. Jackie Bouchard says:

    Oooo, needed a spooky story for Halloween night! Love the photos! (Wow, 15 is amazing!)

  23. I love your story. Very spoooooooky, and great spooky photos to go with it!

  24. misskodee says:

    Spooky story!! I just love the veil fabric over Bunny – so very creative! Love the ghostly photos. Happy HOWL-o-ween my friends!

  25. Lori - What Remains Now says:

    This is a good one, Bunny. I love a ghost story.

  26. Jodi says:

    That’s a cool story. We live not too far from Salem, MA and there are lots of witch stories there! The Hubby and I went there on our honeymoon.

  27. Katie Martin says:

    When I watched haunted Amish, the story of completely different. it went something like this. Her parents were struggling to have a child, and they finally got there wish when they were around 40 or something. Also her name was Rachel When she got older she never talked to anyone and kept to herself, she apparently had black eyes and people would catch her talking to herself while they thought it was the devil. They were all experiencing nightmares and saw animal carcasses which were signs of witchcraft, so they then decided she was a witch and they shunned her. While her parents were also disgraced for raising such a person. It is try that her body was discovered not far from there, and that they carried her under a tree to keep her spirit there but apparently after 100 years on the anniversary of her death the tree got destroyed by a storm and her spirit escaped. Her spirit possessed a mans daughter and also caused his son to start shaking and foam from the mouth, so they planted a new tree. I don’t know why they don’t just try covering the remains in salt and burning the body….

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