First, let me say that Cole-Stratford Cemetery is one of the most difficult to find cemeteries I've ever visited! It is located near (well, not really that close...it's about 300 feet northeast) the intersection of OH-315 and Bunty Station Road south of Delaware, Ohio (Delaware Township, Delaware County). To get to it, you'll want to visit the Stratford Ecological Center and follow the trail that leads from the center into the woods...the trail ends at the cemetery. You can visit anyday during daylight hours, with the exception of Sunday. Be sure to sign in at the center so they know you're there, it's free to visit. A HUGE thanks to Ben Fogt for telling me about this trail!
When we asked Rob about the cemetery, he offered to walk to it with us since it's so difficult to find. We had to wade through tick infested weeds and battle the mosquitos, but it was most definitely worth it! I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate Rob's help with finding this cemetery! He deserves a place in the Grave Addiction Hall of Fame for being one of the most helpful people I've encountered in my cemetery explorations :)
I also want to give a huge thank you to Jon. I wouldn't have even known to look for this cemetery if he hadn't told me about it. He shared lots of interesting information about the cemetery, and that's extremely helpful since finding information about the places on this site is the most difficult part. Not only did he share his eerie story with me, but he also sent me this old map that shows what the town of Stratford looked like in 1866 (yes, the cemetery is on it):
In September 2005 I received an e-mail from JR about a possible orb in one of my photos:
"I was studying some pictures of the Cole-Stratford Cemetery and noticed in the 5th picture there is a very bright orb, in which you can see a side profile of a woman's face. I looked and looked at this, and after getting a feeling this is a relative of Jon Kroninger, the gentleman that told you about the cemetery. I get the impression that this woman or young lady is there to protect something. I could be wrong but I get a strong feeling of this."
In May 2006 I received an e-mail from the "Queen of the Darkness" regarding the same photo mentioned above:
"5th picture: I can see four small faces. There are a couple in the first place. They look ahead, like they were posing for a photograph. The guy has dark, straight hair that reaches his ears, and a white collar. He's holding the woman. She has longer, probably curly hair, and she is wearing something that looks like fur. She is very young, maybe she is just a child. There is also one face on the right, and one over them. This one looks a bit scary when you look closely, but from a further distance it may be the profile of a soldier with a moustache and a hat on his head. If I look closely, I can also see some strange creatures under the orb. It looks like "danse macabre", but it is probably just my imagination."
Has anyone else noticed/felt anything strange about this photo? If so, send me an e-mail!