Most Haunted Places in America: Ada Cemetery
In Ada, Michigan, a civil township near Grand Rapids, lies an old burial ground known as Ada Cemetery. It’s just a normal cemetery, like any other small town graveyard, except for one tiny detail. Ada Cemetery is haunted by the Ada Witch.
It’s not exactly certain how the folklore tellers came up with the term “Ada Witch”. The ghost in question did not practice black magic or anything of that sort, at least not that anyone knows of. She was merely a local woman with a bad habit – a habit of secretly cheating on her husband late at night with her lover.
On one such night, estimated to be around the turn of the 20th century by her spectral attire – a long flowing white gown – she snuck out of the house to meet with her lover in the nearby woodland area. Apparently this deception had been going on for some time; long enough for her husband to become suspicious of her late night activities.
On this night, unbeknownst to the adulteress woman, her husband followed her into the woods. To his horror, but not entirely unsuspected, he witness the embrace of his wife and her lover. In a mad rage, he tore through the rest of the field, closing on his wife. He viciously murdered her before turning his brutal attentions to her lover.
Murdering him would not prove nearly as easy as his wife. The two struggled and fought, neither able to take the upper hand throughout the brief altercation. In the end, neither would make it out alive. Both men died of their own sustained injuries.
Ever since, the apparitional ghost of the woman has been reported, mostly within a 3 mile radius of the Ada Cemetery, located on 2 Mile Road in between Honey Creek Road and Egypt Valley. Strangely, not all of the reports are the same.
Some have described the Ada Witch as being a beautiful, brunette lady in a white dress. Some say this lovely apparition appears to be searching for something, perhaps her murdered lover. The Ada Witch is generally seen alone in the woods, and some say they had attempted to interact with her, only to have her disappear into a fine mist, or run into the thickest part of the brambles where pursuit is virtually impossible.
A few have seen the ghost of Ada Cemetery in a much less glorious light. Her ghost may appear as the brutally mutilated corpse that was left behind by at her husband’s hands.
Other common reports of the Ada Cemetery haunting are accompanied with claims of hearing the husband’s angry shouts, followed by the screams of his wife as she was brutally slain. On rare occasions, reports have come in by onlookers claiming to see a ghastly, spectral re-enactment of the entire gruesome scene.
The Ada Witch is most often seen on Honey Creek Road, where her body was found so many years ago, though other claims pin-point the ghost to appear in Findlay Cemetery, where she is believed to have been laid to rest, as well as nearby Seidman Park.