Pikeville, Kentucky: Octavia Hatcher: Buried Alive?

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Address:
Cemetery Rd, Pikeville, KY
Directions:
Small vehicle highly recommended. US Hwy 23 exit 24. Drive west into Pikeville for a little over a mile, past the Sunrise Plaza strip mall on the left, and after a stretch of nothing but trees on right, turn right onto Kentucky Ave. Drive up a hill, past some houses, and enter the Pikeville University campus. At the pedestrian overpass, make a sharp left onto High St. Follow this tiny road along the hillside, then make first right onto Sycamore St., then immediate right onto Cemetery Rd (a very tiny street that looks like someone's driveway). As this road loops to the left, you'll see Octavia's statue on the right.
Hours:
Gated after hours. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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Octavia Hatcher.

Octavia Hatcher: Buried Alive?

Everyone has bad luck from time to time, but in 1891 poor Octavia Hatcher had the worst luck of all.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [10/25/2015]

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Statue of Woman Who Was Buried Alive

Octavia Hatcher gave birth to her first child in 1891. But the baby died, and Octavia fell into a funk and then a coma. Doctors pronounced her dead, and because it was a hot day her husband had her buried immediately.

Then other people in town started falling into comas. Realizing that Octavia might just have looked dead, her husband dug her up. Oops. The inside of the casket was scratched, Octavia's fingers were bloody, and her face was reportedly frozen into a scream.

James Hatcher had a statue of Octavia erected over her grave. A fence was also erected around the grave to discourage vandals.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/01/2010]

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