Restlawn Memorial Gardens - Port Charlotte, FL
N 27° 00.462 W 082° 07.383
17R E 388579 N 2987784
Quick Description: A tragedy next door has caused suspicious activity on the cemetery property for decades.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 10/1/2008 1:06:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM4VFR
Since the 1950's, Restlawn Memorial Gardens has become home to approximately 5,000 former residents of the Charlotte County area who sought final rest amoungst shading oaks with spanish moss, detailed stone statues, and whimsical winding paths.
The grounds are well-kept on a routine basis and the property left for the resting is protected. The regulations of the cemetery are clearing posted at the entrance and parking is available at the entrance by the office house and in the center of the cemetery.
Visitors are greeted by a Veterans Memorial as they enter and are welcome to wander during daylight to explore the grounds. Morning joggers enjoy the paved paths and serenity of the gardens. Ghost hunters have been known to come away with some audio and visual evidence.
According to Haunted Florida
Usually, a cemetery haunting deals with the cemetery itself. In this case, it deals with a specific location on the outskirts of the cemetery. There was an old shack located at the edge of the cemetery and is the oldest house in Port Charlotte. The initial occupants were a farmer and his wife, whom he later murdered. Since then, the shack has deteriorated and the county has officially condemned it. It is said, that near that section of the cemetery, you can experience cold spots, putrid smells, unexplained sounds and even see the apparition of a woman. Neighbors have been bothered by a now local phenomenon known as the "Killer Bee Phenomenon". The entire area is plagued by the sounds of swarms of bees, even though there are no swarms of bees found anywhere.
Residents in the area in the years 2006 - 2008 do not share the experiences of swarming bee sounds that have been reported by previous residents.
There are two retention ponds on the cemetery property on the north and south sides, which create a putrid, sulfur smell in the immediate areas. There are machines and pumps associated with these ponds that create noise when operating.
I have captured two recordings of Electronic Voice Phenomena [EVP] using a handheld digital recorder in 2006:
1. "Milk Container"
- captured on May 4, 2006 - Elle and younger child are in the cemetery. The child begins playing with an emptied milk jug strung to a spigot along the walkway towards the Psalm 23 sculpture. Elle warns the child to stop. Neither the child nor Elle say the strained-sounding "milk container" that follows.
2. "I'm Somebody"
- captured on August 5, 2006 - Elle and oldest child are in the cemetery walking away from the Psalm 23 sculpture. Elle explains that they're going to the back of the cemetery to check on another grave, saying they are going to see "someone". A whisper pipes in to say, "I'm somebody."