Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What's in Your Backyard?

Linda Stauder and Gene Snyder Jr. knew there was something strange about their Milton, Pennsylvania home. Stauder has felt a ghostly presence upstairs on a few occasions since moving in back in 1994.

Now they just might have the mystery solved.

Recently, they were tearing up their backyard to build a deck. As the backhoe plunged into the earth, more than dirt came up.

It was the marble tombstone of a Reuben Cooper. He passed away April 29, 1894.

The couple believe it might be the identity of their resident spook, and the stone might mark the location of his grave. Authorities have advised the couple not to disturb the remains, if they are indeed there. After the deck is built onto the 1830s farmhouse, the headstone will be returned to the exact place it was found out of respect for the dead.

Of course, Stauder has some sound advice for owners of older homes.

"Be careful where you dig."


Anonymous said...

I have to admit, I would be weirded out if I dug up a tombstone or body for that matter.

Liam said...

It only proves there are people buried in places we don't even know about yet!

Cullan Hudson said...

They're so lucky! I've always wanted to live in a haunted house but never have. I'm the type that would actually use the Haunted Real Estate website. "Oh, that? That's just my ghost, pay no mind" :-D