Maybe it’s the difference between summer and fall. Maybe it’s the recent cleanup by the Grafton Job Corps. But my favorite spooky place in Grafton, Grafton State Hospital’s old cemetery filled with unmarked graves, is suddenly a lot less creepy.
For starters, you no longer have to whack your way through the underbrush to get there. The job corps took out all the bushes that were blocking the view from the road and added a stone path lined with American flags, since several of the people buried there are veterans.
I mean, look at it! The weeds are gone! It’s no longer a monument in the middle of nowhere! And even the old stone tower…
OK, it’s still creepy. But instead of looking like a place where Voldemort might have hidden a Horcrux, it looks more like, say… Voldemort’s vacation home. You know, the place where he hangs out when he’s not being all evil and stuff.
The Job Corps also added a gate to keep the riff-raff out. The glowing behind it, I keep having to remind myself, is from the sun coming through the tower’s open top. It’s certainly not the souls of the damned gearing up to come after me, although I swear I did not see it glowing like this while I was there.
The Job Corps also cleaned up the grounds to make the grave markers more visible. Only a few people have actual names and dates. The rest are simply numbers, which is just sad no matter how well you clean it up.
To sum it up: in the bright light of summer, with a little love, the Grafton State Hospital cemetery no longer looks like a place that needs regular patrols by Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Except for that stone tower. I wonder if Lord Voldemort decorates his summer home with cheap tchotckes from the Christmas Tree Shop like everyone else?