Fletcher, Ohio: Devil's Chair - Mourning Chair

An upholstered 19th century mourning chair carved from stone, later branded as a cursed "Devil's Chair" by scared local kids. Also look for an intricate log cabin and an apple grave marker.

Fletcher Cemetery

8245 Casstown-Fletcher Rd, Fletcher, OH
Fletcher Cemetery. Just north of town, on east side of Casstown-Fletcher Rd/Rt 22.
Dawn to dusk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Devil's Chair, Other Cool Gravestones

The Duncan family monuments sit atop the highest point right in the middle of Fletcher Cemetery. In addition to a large obelisk and a couple of more traditional tombstones, the couple is also memorialized with a "mourning chair" for loved ones to use when they visit the site. You can't miss it; it looks as if someone dropped off a La-Z-Boy in the middle of the cemetery. The detail is striking, right down to tufts and tassels.

Mourning chairs used to be a common fixture in the late 1800s, but as they lost popularity they began to gain association with the occult as "Devil's Chairs.".They were "cursed," and something bad could happen to you if you dared to sit in one. This one is unusual in that it's carved like a tombstone and isn't just an accessory.

If you follow the outer Cemetery ring, there is a grave marked with a perfect miniature log cabin, complete with latch string hanging out. Follow the ring toward the exit and covered bridge, and you will see a red granite marker shaped like an apple, for the Apple family.

And there is a very pleasant carillon that plays songs on the hour.

[Kitsa, 09/24/2017]

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