After hearing numerous reports of unexplained activity occurring in a quiet secluded cemetery, Fringe Paranormal decided to investigate the claims for ourselves. Did our intrepid team of investigators stumble upon restless spirits of the undead? Are the claims of blood chilling experiences in the area true or are they simply the workings of the human mind? Join us as we investigate Buck Cemetery..
Investigation Date: June 26, 2009
Investigation Duration: 10:00pm-12:00am
History and Claims
Buck cemetery is located just outside of Archbold, Ohio near the small town of Evansport. This small burial place for the dear departed is off the beaten path 500 yards off of a dirt road. If you did not know about this cemetery or did not do your homework you may very well never be able to locate it. The path to the cemetery is closed off by an iron gate arm which is easily surpassed. After a 500 yard trek through a heavily forested area, the burial plots come into view through an opening in the dense foliage. The cemetery was founded in the 1800’s and performed its last interment in 1955. This abandoned location is in bad shape with broken grave stones and unkempt grounds.
Reports abound of a strange eerie light at the end of the path which disappears upon reaching the entrance to the actual cemetery. The rare visitors to this location have reported an apparition hovering above them as they first enter. It is said that the apparition is that of a Mr. Buck. It is claimed that he was either a caretaker/cemetery guard or a horse thief who was hanged on the property..
- David B
- Don C
- Peggy D
- Todd P
- Kelly S
- David T
- Jake T.
|Temperature °F||Avg. 56.6 High 74.3 Low 41.9|
|Humidity||Avg. 64% Max 85% Min 39%|
|Barometric Pressure||30.40 in.|
|Wind||1.6 mph WSW|
|Dew Point ºF||Avg. 43.5 High 50.3 Low 36.6|
|Moon||Waxing Gibbous 75% of full Age: 33%|
It was a warm clear night when Fringe investigators arrived for our first real investigation under our new moniker. Buck cemetery is a desolate, forlorn cemetery situated off of a seldom traveled dirt road. Arriving at the site, one is greeted by a path leading to the cemetery. This path is blocked by an iron gate. This obstacle is easily overcome by simply stepping over and through a small opening to the side. The investigator is then required to walk a distance down a dirt path through a heavily forested area. It has been reported that people walking this same path have seen a light at the end of the path which disappears by the time one reaches that point. Having walked this path, it is easy to debunk this so called eerie phenomena. Quite simply, the actual cemetery is a wide open area which emerges from the dense foliage. A “light at the end of the tunnel”. By the time one reaches the entry point ones eyes have gradually adjusted to the gradual influx of light. Keep in mind that any light in this instance was moon and star light. Upon emerging from the woods several members took note of the area above the entrance. No apparition or anything unusual was noticed.
At night, Buck cemetery can be a foreboding place. This could be the setting for a bad horror film. Fortunately for all involved, team members were not picked off one by one until one lone survivor remained. The Fringe investigative team roamed the grounds performing EMF readings and conducting EVP sessions. Nothing out of the ordinary was encountered. In addition to the previously mentioned lore about Mr. Buck there has been some talk among the locals that Mr. Buck murdered his wife and children and was killed by the towns people in retribution in the cemetery. Having found the actual gravestone of Mr. Buck we can state with confidence that such stories are highly unlikely. Mr. Buck actually preceded his wife and children in death. This would also put to rest claims that he was a hanged horse thief or cemetery guard/grounds keeper. Mr. Buck was simply a normal everyday person who bought a plot at the cemetery and was buried there along with his wife and family. After our discoveries, we decided to call it quits at about 12:00 am. We turned off our digital recorders and headed back through the dank dark woods towards our cars. We were finished with the spirits of the dearly departed at Buck cemetery but perhaps they weren’t quite finished with us.
As the team stood at the front gate to the path talking, Don heard a faint noise as if someone was speaking. Todd was standing to his immediate right side. Thinking that Todd had accidentally pushed the play button on his digital voice recorder, don thought nothing of it. Shortly thereafter it was heard again. Peggy commented that she too was hearing something. This happened several times. What several team members heard was akin to a radio transmission. The sound itself seemed to be coming from Todd’s area as previously mentioned. Todd confirmed that his cell phone was not responsible and that his recorder was not playing. While we cannot actually define this as a paranormal experience, it is, nonetheless, interesting to note. There is nothing in this area. No speakers of any kind. There were no other groups or vehicles in the area at the time..
Buck cemetery is a creepy place. However we cannot confirm any paranormal activity in the area.
Most of the claims of activity have been debunked to our satisfaction. We should also note that this was an important learning experience. During future investigations, Fringe will keep at least one digital recorder running until we have physically left the site.
Visit Buck cemetery Findagrave.com
Buck Cemetery Photo Slideshow
Prepared for Fringe Paranormal by Don C
For those with an interest in genealogy regarding Buck cemetery we have more photos upon request of tombstones. As always we ask all visitors to treat locations with respect and leave them as they found them
Update: sometime after this investigation I returned to Buck cemetery. I noticed that they were in the process of replacing some old, damaged, and broken stones with new ones.