"DEAR MOTHER" GRAVESTONE IN PERE CHENEY CEMETERY; Screenshot courtesy of Modern Explorers, youtube
GRAVE MARKER SHOWING ALL THREE PERE CHENEY CHILDREN DIED JUST DAYS APART; Screenshot courtesy of Ivan Drago, youtube
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Yes, I did indeed post information on this place over two months ago, but since it's Halloween and Michiganders deserve a good creep - especially on Halloween - once again, re-live the spooks, the witch, the despair and total desolation of the Most Haunted Town in Michigan...

It’s none other than Pere Cheney, an area that was once a lumber town located in Crawford County, established in 1873. Once the nearby town of Grayling began taking Pere Cheney’s residents and business away, the post office closed up in 1912 and the town was completely abandoned not long afterward.

MORE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THIS AREA THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

As far as it’s ghostly reputation: in 1897 diphtheria spread throughout the town wiping out most of the population, which was around 1,500 folks at the time. In 1897, diphtheria came back killing even more townsfolk and the population crashed down to only 25 people by 1901…and 18 people by 1917. The town was sold off in auction and the remaining townsfolk split…..Pere Cheney was now an official ghost town.

It’s believed Pere Cheney was cursed and is said to have been founded on an old Indian burial ground. Since it became abandoned, travelers have reported the habitation of witches, ghosts and other strange beings; glowing lights of different kinds are said to be seen on occasion in the woods and up in the trees. The ghostly laughing of children has been faintly heard coming from the wooded area and childlike handprints have been left on the vehicles of people who returned to their cars after walking through the area.

Aside from being built over an old Indian burial ground, some say a townswoman was accused of being a witch and was banished to the woods; she retaliated by setting a curse on the town & townsfolk of Pere Cheney.  To this day, the prevalent plant growth in the area is a green, mossy grass that is said by some to prove the evil that presides over the land…thus the belief that the whole ‘town” and it’s area are haunted, making it the most-haunted place in Michigan.

                             Courtesy of Google Maps
The town of Pere Cheney has NO remaining buildings as you can see in this picture, but it is still listed on some maps.

                Courtesy of Google Maps
Just a little south of the “town,” is the Cheney cemetery, where no sign marks it’s location…and only a few gravestones remain as vandals have broken and/or destroyed many of them.

Pere Cheney is known far and wide as the #1 Witch Grave in Michigan and #2 in the U.S., behind ‘Bloody Mary’ in Indiana.

                Courtesy of Google Maps

TOWN LOCATION FROM I-75 AND US127; Google Maps

It’s located southeast of Grayling, straight across from where US-127 and US-75 meet at the fork…this place is out in the middle of nowhere, noplace, nothing.

If you wanna creep out your friends & family - and yourself in the process - I suggest you visit Pere Cheney.

Let's just say, SOME people have visited and made it back unscathed and mentally okay.....

And others? Well....
GOOD LUCK.

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