WNY’s Most Haunted Cemetery: Goodleburg Cemetery In South Wales
Growing up in Western New York, most of my haunted and creepy stories came from television or the occasional Goosebumps book (The Werewolf of Fever Swamp was my favorite), but I have heard a handful of paranormal stories in the region over the years.
One of the most famous is the Goodleburg Cemetery In South Wales.
Located off Goodleburg Road, the cemetery was active from 1811 to 1927 but has since been left as a discontinued plot of land in South Wales.
Stories for years have been around that the cemetery is haunted. Most of the people buried there are original settlers of South Wales but one man is said to be the main reason for the hauntings, according to Only In Your State -- Albert Speaker.
Speaker was once a doctor in Western New York, whose practices resulted in the deaths of many women and even their unborn children, between the late 1800's and early 1900's.
According to legend, Speaker is known to do whatever is necessary to make visitors leave the cemetery.
That's not all, either. Folklore of hellhounds has been talked about at the cemetery, according to Buffalo Rising.
My mom grew up in Wales, so I recall vaguely hearing stories about this cemetery before. We know about the Pigman of Angola but the Goodleburg Cemetary also has some haunted attributes surrounding it.
If you've ever been down there at night it's spooky. Goodleburg Road doesn't really have lighting and the dark back road with the abandoned cemetery in the background gives off that haunted feel.