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Byron Center, Michigan: Mysterious Glowing Grave

A gravestone gives off a faint, green glow at night -- according to some (Others disagree). Why? No one really knows.

Homerich Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI
Southwest of town. From Byron Center drive west on 92nd St. to Homerich Ave. Turn south and drive a half-mile to Winegar Cemetery on the left. To see the glowing gravestone you will need to go past the cemetery gate, down the path, and up the hill.
Only at night. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Glowing Tombstone

The reports of the stone no longer glowing are false! I visited this past summer and the stone was glowing quite brightly. The problem is that the trees and vegetation surrounding the cemetery have grown to the point where you can no longer see it from the road. You need to go past the gate, down the path, and up the hill.

[Windmillwacker, 10/31/2015]
Glowing Grave

We used to visit the glowing grave off Homerich all the time back in the 80's and early 90's. The previous poster mentioned mercury, but mercury doesn't glow. I have seen it glowing from a distance a few times since the barn was torn down, but not like it used to.

One night I stopped the car to check and see if the gravestone was still glowing. The hillside nearby was moving with the lights of 200 candles. It took me a good 45 seconds to realize they were firefly lights. Whew!

[Bryan, 05/28/2011]
Glowing Grave - Mercury and Glow Gone

The glowing grave was located in Winegar Cemetery on Homerich south of 92nd Street. The grave itself is still there; however it did not actually glow. There was an old barn located across the street from the cemetery which stored a small amount of mercury. The mercury would shine onto the headstone of the grave and it could be seen "glowing" at night. The barn was torn down about five years ago, and the headstone no longer glows. It was such an exciting attraction and all of us Byron Center residents miss it greatly.

[Holly, 12/14/2003]
Glowing Grave

Have you ever heard of the glowing grave in Byron Center? I have seen it myself, it has a sort of neon green glow from a distance, but the closer you get the dimmer the glow becomes. There are no street lights anywhere around and when I was out there, the moon was behind the clouds, so it could not have been a reflection.

[Desmond Blossom, 12/19/1998]

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