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Posted on Friday, August 13 - 2004

Somewhere between Lebanon and Trenton, tucked inside a treeline next to a farmer's field, a small family cemetery has drawn interest from and fostered stories for several generations of local folks. "Rhoda's Grave" has long been an obsession for teenagers angling to frighten their peers along with the morbidly curious. We've all heard of "urban legends." This, then, is a "rural legend."Whether or not there is any factual basis for the stories that "Rhoda" murdered her children, or her entire family, or committed any other dastardly deeds is unclear, although the gravestones on the site have different dates of death.Thrillseekers have little need forevidence, however, and the family plot and broken, scattered tombstones make the site creepy enough to sustain the legends.All the stories and all the dire warnings of what might happen to those who visit "Rhoda's Grave" are most likely unfounded, according to Sara Richter, a paranormal investigator who visited the site last week and will likely do so again."I got a sense as I was standing and looking at Rhoda's tombstone that there was something peering around a tree behind it," said Richter, "but there was nothing ominous about it.

I was sort of on sensory overload that day. There were a lot of distractions, and it was raining, and the conditions just weren't optimal." In the preliminary at least, Richter has concluded that rumors of haunts at Rhoda's Grave arelargely in the minds of those who have visited.Her interest in Rhoda's Grave was stirred by her friend, James Harrawood of Trenton, who had heard rumors about it at work. "The people at work told Jimmy that you couldn't take a picture of the grave and have it turn out, but we did so that's obviously a myth. Some people said that when you're standing out there, you feel like something's pulling your leg. I think that idea is someone pulling MY leg." There are several websites that carry different stories about Rhoda's grave.

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