Lafayette, Colorado: Vampire GraveThe tree growing over it supposedly sprouted from the stake driven through the vampire's heart!
Lafayette Municipal Cemetery
- N. 111th St., Lafayette, CO
- Lafayette Municipal Cemetery. North edge of town, just north of Hwy 7/Baseline Rd, a half-mile east of US 287. In Lafayette Cemetery. Corner of N. 111th and W. Elm Sts. The Vampire Grave headstone of "Mr. Glava" is surrounded by trees, along the northern edge of the graveyard.
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Theodore "Fodor" Glava died of flu when he was 43. He was not elderly (although I suppose to most kids, 43 is ancient).[AR, 06/11/2015]
I, too, have a rebuttal to the teenager, although she posted her statement in 2008, and is hardly a teen anymore.... I was born in Lafayette in 1965, and my mother attended the Church of the Nazarene, which used to be on Roosevelt Street I believe. I grew up in that church, and that cemetery was where all the church members were buried when they died. I spent a lot of time as a child in Lafayette, and I can assure you -- that grave was always there. We kids used to scare each other over it, constantly.
And my grandmother is buried opposite that grave.[Melanie, 03/13/2014]
Most Roadside America tipsters agree: the legend of the vampire grave has been around for a long time.
This legend has been around for a very long time, despite what that earlier teenager tipster posted! It was a well-established grave site in 1985 when my friends and I first visited. The legend had been told to one of us by her father, who grew up in Lafayette. The site itself has a marker and was overgrown with a rose bush which grew right out of where Mr. G's heart would be! Nowadays the site is well-tended, and the roses have been trimmed back. If nothing else it's nice that people visit the final resting place of this man who died very far from home![local native, 12/29/2012]
Any man whose dead heart can sprout a rose bush sounds vampire-like to us.
This is in response to the "vampire grave" being a new addition to the Lafayette Cemetery. I am 33 years old and I first heard about it when I was 12. This makes it a minimum of 19 years old. I am not sure why it's considered a vampire grave (Which is kinda funny as it is, considering vampires are thought to be immortal) merely because the deceased was from Transylvania.[Cindy, 08/20/2009]
I cannot say that this "attraction" was very scary to me, but I do have a rebuff for the youngster who claims "this didn't even appear until after I was born and I am 17". My husband and I lived in Lafayette, Colorado 5 years before he/she was born and we were told the "vampire legend" by a 40-year old who had been born in the town and lived there his entire life. He first heard mention of it back when he was a teen, so a good 20 years prior to 1986 when we lived there, making this local legend at LEAST 42 YEARS OLD, at a quick guess.
When we were there in the mid-1980s, the site was overgrown with a few bushes and had a tree-like plant (not sure of the species) growing from where the chest area could be assumed to have been. We went both in daylight and dark and didn't find anything overtly creepy, but then we don't scare easily. It was a colorful local story, though, and is worth a stop if you are in the area if you have a curiosity for such things.[Cathy Waters, 07/08/2008]