Mingus cemetery is located in Cherokee, NC. In order to get to the cemetery, you must hike along the Mingus Creek Trail for about 2.5 miles. There are a couple of trail marks along the way that will let you know if you are still headed in the right direction. The trailhead is located about three quarters of a mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitors Center.
The Mingus Cemetery is also known as the Mingus (Watson) Cemetery. Based own what is known about the cemetery, there are 29 marked graves in total. The graves are believed to be from early pioneers from the area. The cemetery appears to have started sometime in the early to middle 1800s The graves are only marked by fieldstones, and of these stones only one grave is marked with a name. Most of the graves belong to the Mingus and Watson families. Many members of the Mingus family worked at the mill which is located at the start of the trail. The mill, which opened in 1886, provided much needed cornmeal to the area. In that time period, cornmeal was a well sought after commodity, as it was part of most families’ main diet.
The only headstone in the entire cemetery with a name marked on it belongs to Mrs. Polly Mathis. From what we where able to find there are only six graves that have been identified.
Polly Mathis b. 1888 d.1934
Sarah Elizabeth Harris b. 1847 d. 1919
Ephraim Mingus b. 1794 d. 1847
Henry Adolphus Smith b. 1848 d. 1916
Thomas Willard Watson b. 1917 d. 1917
William Henry Watson b.1834 d. 1904
While we were there, we conducted a few EVP sessions at different parts of the cemetery. We started by asking general questions to any spirit that could have been around. We then turned our questions to Mrs. Polly Mathis. Finally, we conducted a session on the far right side of the cemetery near the smaller graves. Believing that these graves may belong to children, we asked a variety of questions to the children. We reviewed the sessions but nothing audible was captured.
We believe that most of the people that where laid to rest in the Mingus Cemetery are at peace. The location of these cemetery is simply beautiful and very peaceful. If there are any spirts still wandering around the cemetery, we were unable to communicate with them and hope that they may some day find peace.
During our trip to Asheville we decided to stop by the infamous Helen’s Bridge. While we where there we conducted several EVP sessions which we intended to post to our YouTube channel. However, upon further review of the sessions we found that they were heavily contaminated with sounds from the near by city and the wind. We have decided not to post these EVP sessions because of the contamination.
When we return to Helen’s Bridge for a full investigation it will be at night, in hopes to reduce the amount of audio contamination. For the full investigation we will be bringing our EMF meter, infrared camera, and the spirit box. The EMF meter should prove to be very useful, we can conduct several different test with it and since there are no power lines above the bridge the results should not be contaminated. If the claims are true about the apparition of girl the infrared camera will help to capture evidence of her existence. We have had a lot of success with the spirit box during our investigations and the results are harder to contaminate than EVP sessions.
If you are interested in checking out Helen’s Bridge for yourself, here is a map to help you find it. The dot on the map is almost the exact location of the bridge. If you follow College St all the way to the end you will eventually cross under the bridge. At the intersection of Vans Gap Rd, Beaucatcher Rd and College St there is a little area to park your car in. From there, their is a little trail that will take you up to the top of the bridge. Hopefully these directions are helpful.