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Small graveyard filled with spooky features

By MEGAN TROTTER
The Cookeville Herald-Citizen.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tucked into the mountains off of Brotherton Mountain Road, Stamps Cemetery is a small graveyard, easy to miss. For decades it's been nicknamed "The Witches' Graveyard" because of the site's spooky features.

Settled among the more modern gravestones are graves from the 1800s, but instead of the typical setup of the coffin in the ground and a tombstone to mark the location, these have two giant slabs of rock in a tent formation over the spot where the body is buried. Small triangles of stone prop up the slabs, while a headstone and smaller stone cap off the head and foot of the structure.

In addition, most of these headstones are marked with stars, some of them pointed downward, and have strange marks mixed in with the person's name, birth date and death date.

Somewhere along the line, the rumor bloomed that these were marks of witches.

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