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Spider Gate Cemetery

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sat 12a-11:59p
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible

“8th gate to hell”

There have been rumors that the Spider Gates are the eighth gate to hell or that as you move closer to the centre of the cemetery the closer you get to hell. Although paranormal investigations are not permitted by the Worcester Friends Meeting, professional ones have taken place on the grounds as well as numerous amateurs trying to find the source of the haunting.   Theories regarding this source range from the alleged hanging of a boy from a tree near the front of the cemetery, the brutal murder of a young girl on the cemetery grounds, and even that the centre of the cemetery, known as “the Altar” due to it being raised and surrounded by trees, is used for Satanic rituals. If one is there after dark, banned by the Worcester Friends Meeting, you can supposedly hear roars and voices coming from the woods that surround the area.   A mysterious white ooze seeps up from the ground. There are strips of land where no grass grows. There are stones with ancient runes etched into them. And that there is a second, smaller cemetery nearby, that can be found only once, then vanishes.  While some, if not all, of these seem like tall tales, they have nonetheless led to a series of investigations. The only claim that has any evidence is that there was a girl murdered in the area, however she was not mutilated and left in a nearby cave as the stories suggest.   According to some there was also a hanging nearby but there is no evidence of such an event in any police logs or papers. Some Spider Gates conspirators attribute this to the Southwick’s political power in the area particularly with the Leicester authorities where they have been residents for generations. With this power, they are believed to suppress any bad press that happens in the area but a more likely scenario is that, over time, anything bad that happens in the area, ends up being told as occurring at Spider Gates.   Another popular tale is the Legend of Marmaduke’s Grave. This myth focuses on the grave of Marmaduke Earle, a member of the Earle family buried here. If you walk around Marmaduke’s headstone ten times at midnight, then say, “Marmaduke speak to me” and kneel putting your head on his grave, he will begin to talk to you.  This legend has also been related to the finding of coins on the tops of headstones in the cemetery. According to some, this resembles the Greek practice of burying someone with a coin to pay Charon, the ferryman who would take them across the River Styx. This has been connected to the nearby Kettle Brook, which may act as the stand-in River Styx for this myth..

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Reviewed by
jvegnone

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
May 16, 2014

It's up behind the Worcester airport. It's an old Quaker cemetery. Pretty creepy at night, regardless if it's haunted or not.

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Reviewed by
amanda.cecconi.71

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
August 28, 2014

I went there a few nights ago with 4 other people,,, something chased us out of there and it was not an animal, there was some sound and when we run it run faster at us.... right when you across the water on the way out, the sound stop and everything was fine... something didnt want us there... this never happened before when I went there..

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
craig.a.snyder

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
February 02, 2014

Kind of an interesting place to visit, I went at midnight once with a few friends two years ago. We didn't see any hauntings, but it's still a creepy place to go at night. Be warned: If you go after dark it is trespassing and the police do check. We had a friend drive our car away so that it wouldn't be noticed and did have to hide in the bushes when a cop car drove by while we were walking back to the road.

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Reviewed by
court.millett

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 31, 2013

It's actually in Leicester ma

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ValerieJeanCudnik

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  • 0 Helpful
October 07, 2015
Rated 1.0

Nothing here but a Quaker church.

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Reviewed by
VictoriaNorris

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  • 0 Helpful
August 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful and peaceful place. No idea why anyone thinks it's haunted, except that saying so scares the riff-raff and disrespectful folks off. A lovely nature walk :D

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Spider Gate Cemetery

901 Pleasant Street
Worcester, Massachusetts
01602 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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