Moon Point Cemetery is an old graveyard located just south of Streator in Livingston County. Like other rural graveyards, it became an object of folklore in the late 1960s and ‘70s when local teens, looking for a place to ‘hang out’ after dark, picked this isolated location to drink, spin yarns, and play pranks on one another. Moon’s Point got its name from Jacob Moon who, along with his daughter and three sons, was the first to settle the area. Locals believe the cemetery is haunted by the ghost of a “hatchet lady.” This lady went insane, the story goes, after either her son or daughter died, and every full moon, her spirit is seen stalking the cemetery, hatchet in hand. Another tale associated with Moon Point concerns an abandoned house—previously owned by a witch, of course—that is also rumored to be haunted. Many tales of séances and illicit trespasses have come from that location. The remoteness of the cemetery is accentuated by the fact that a railroad track bisects the road leading to it. It is said that anyone who is caught in the cemetery while a train passes will be trapped there. That much is true. According to legend, however, your car will also die and not be able to restart until after the train has gone.
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