Lova's Dollhouse Grave.

Lova's Dollhouse Grave

Field review by the editors.

Rushville, Indiana

Lova Cline was born with a mysterious crippling illness in 1902. Her sole pleasure in her brief life was to gaze into a five-foot-high dollhouse with large windows, built by her father and filled with dolls by her mother. When Lova died in 1908, her father had the dollhouse moved to her grave, so that she could always see it.

Lova's parents both died in the mid-1940s and were buried in a different cemetery for some reason. Lova's father had asked that her dollhouse be destroyed after her mother's death, but the community instead dug up Lova and moved her and her dollhouse to her parents' grave. The locals also kept repairing and refurnishing the dollhouse whenever it was broken into by ghoulish jerks.

Unsurprisingly, this odd grave is said to be haunted: a glow has been seen within the little dollhouse windows at dusk (it has no lights), orbs have been spotted nearby, and the tiny furniture has supposedly been moved around. It's unclear if this is Lova being happy with her dollhouse, or miffed about the move.

Lova's Dollhouse Grave.

Lova's Dollhouse Grave

Arlington East Hill Cemetery

6350 W. US-52, Rushville, IN
Arlington East Hill Cemetery. A half-mile east of Arlington (it's a little town) on the north side of US-52. Enter the cemetery at its westernmost entrance. Drive straight back. When the road bends right, you'll see the dollhouse up ahead, on the right.
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