Perhaps even sadder than the variety of unmarked graves is the understanding of why this may be the case.
Usually, unmarked graves are for the deceased, whom officials could not identify. With no family to claim them, these deceased enter the ground with no name.
However, the unmarked graves in the former town of White Oak Flats may have been more financial. Families that were too poor to provide their loved ones with a proper ceremony often had to settle for these nameless graves, unable to afford a legitimate tombstone. Similarly, even many marked graves feature only the most basic etchings by hand, which are now largely illegible.
Understandably, the cemetery will appear a little worse for wear, considering it is almost two hundred years old. This natural degradation is also noticeable throughout the Flats, despite the best efforts of the locals.
Perhaps this is why the cemetery holds such a restless energy, as those who have passed seek desperately to be remembered.
This restless energy manifests in visions that are unnerving and cause the townspeople to be quite uncomfortable.
The presence of unexplained figures standing over graves has been commonplace at the White Oak Flats for years, with no signs of stopping. The frequent hikers that go by have often cited their own unnerving experiences, all with no logical explanation.
Part of this is due to how obscured the cemetery is. You won’t find this location by accident, and that’s part of its dark appeal.
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