The Hempfield Road Tunnel located on Wheeling's east side is a tunnel with a dark and mysterious past. The tunnel runs underneath the Old Peninsula Cemetery, that is now called the Manchester cemetery. The Hempfield Railroad Company began looking around for a point in this hillside to build a tunnel rather then go around the hill. The only thing that stood in the way was the hill and the old Peninsula cemetery. The council interdicted any further interments in it and appointed a
committee whose duty it should be to buy a new ground for a cemetery, and
to remove the dust of those lying in the old one. They didn't move all of the graves. The photo at the right of the page is what is left of the cemetery above the tunnel. The removals were made to the Mount Wood, New present Peninsula, Manchester and East Wheeling Cemeteries in the greater
Wheeling Area. Some reports have stated that many of the graves were robbed by the railroad workers during the construction of the tunnel. Some of the ghosts spotted by the trainsmen who used to work this route are said to be the spirits of those buried in the cemetery. Another ghost seen at the tunnel is the spirit of an immigrant worker killed by a friend for the small amount of money he carried. Different witnesses often similarly describe him as a figure that floats above the train tracks, trying to scream and putting his mangled hand in front of his face. A woman in a dark cape is said to be seen standing at one of the tunnel's ends. In addition, frightened locals doing research on Old Peninsula Cemetery, report they have spied the ghost of a woman in a black cape. The researchers report that she stands on her own grave, as if guarding it. The intelligencer in July 1869 stated that three ghost sightings were "confirmed." in 1874 a New York journalist claimed to have seen an apparition floating in the tunnel.
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