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The cemetery is just over 200 years old and is the final resting places of many Civil War soldiers and deceased slaves. There have also been reports of Occult happenings there. Along with these reports came various accounts of animal corpses around the cemetery. One Crypt there has been located and the body removed. Apparitions have been seen, feeling of being followed and strange screams heard.
From Roebuck Plaza, take Ruffner Road about 1 to 1.5 miles and look for a dirt road on the south side of the highway. The cemetery is about 150 yards down this dirt road.
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8/1/2008 10:35:00 PM
I own a home on Ruffner Rd and one in Roebuck Plaza. Many neighbors have reports of hauntings in their homes in this area. The civil war was actually fought in this area and there are some very interesting stories from older residents who live around here. Local historians advise that the iron ore mine shafts the run around and under Ruffner Rd. came under surprise attack by Union troops who killed all of the unarmed workers in the mines. I am not sure if the victims are those at Bass Cemetary or not.
8/25/2008 12:39:00 PM
Most posts about Bass are wrong. There are no slaves buried there. Only a few civil war veterans are buried there(all died after the war).It is still an active cemetery though with recent burials. The other post concerning the mines is wrong. There are mines in the area just across the road from the cemetery but they were not opened until the 1880's ,well after the war. The cemetery is in Birmingham city limits but is surrounded by Irondale and is patroled by Irondale PD who will gladly run you off the property if they suspect you may vandalize the headstones.
8/25/2008 12:55:00 PM
I almost forgot. When people say this cemetery is just over 200 years old they need to check and see that the first burial in Bass occured approx 1873. Google Bass cemetery and look for the posts from Interment.net. It gives an alphabetical listing of all the deceased along with dates of birth and death. If people would just do a little research before they post things it would help. And I know this because I have worked around this cemetery for over 17 years and know families who have relatives buried there. Also the Crypt in the cemetery was built but never used which explains why it is open on one end.
Comment# 61356 ReplyTo# 17577
10/27/2010 7:50:00 PM
in your 17yrs of working at the cemetary it is obvious you never looked at the 2 stones that i saw dating back to the 1700's. the next time your there take time notice this. it could enlighten you a little. i saw it at night so perhaps it can also be seen in the sun.
10/8/2008 7:37:00 PM
I went to Bass cemetery when I was about 10 years old on Halloween. People told me stories about a slaveowner named Bass mutilating his slaves and burying them out there in the cemetery. People here say that there are no slaves buried out there, but I remember on the old headstones it was engraved "Children of Bass", so that was what freaked me out. The slaveowners called the slaves their "children" so I wonder why that was written on the gravestones if no slaves were buried there.
10/14/2008 5:04:00 PM
I am fascinated with Bass Cemetery and have been there a few times; just to be curious and hoping to "feel" the presence. Am I crazy or something? I hope not. My husband is very clairvoyant and can sense these things just before entering a cemetery--whether the spirits are friendly and unfriendly. I'm being serious and honest about what I'm writing here. I wonder if the Irondale Police Department would run anyone off just because he/she is truly interested and curious about the tombstones?! Lord knows I wouldn't go there and destroy the headstones or anything.
10/20/2008 1:12:00 PM
the crypt was used, and was a Bass that died. I have family there and have been going to the cemetery since the mid sixtys. people would beat on the marble door and finaly broke into the crypt in the early 80s. was published in the birmingham news when it happened and the bones were scattered every where.so go research the bham news archives.
6/29/2009 10:47:00 AM
I have only lived in the birmingham area for about 4 years, and have heard alot of stories, and my husband has been and has told me what he expericed. I wanna go just to see if I can catch anything with my camera. I am very much into the paranomal.
7/29/2009 11:24:00 PM
The Irondale PD is pretty cool once you get to know them, I doubt they would mind. Question: is this the same Bass family as in the Jonathan Bass house in Leeds? That would be interesting to know more about. I knew the people who owned that house before it was restored and I spent the night with their daughter several times when we were in school. They said that there had been a suicide in the master bedroom (bullet hole in the wall, btw) and I always felt ill at ease in the house. Would be cool if it was the same family as the cemetery.
10/21/2009 4:40:00 PM
It's sad the condition the cemetery is in now. They tore the crypt down completely, which takes away a good bit of the creepiness, but kids coming out there being stupid have kicked over and broken alot of the headstones. The Irondale PD won't bother you unless you're out there at night, I've been out there during the day and talked to them a few times while taking photos of old tombstones.
12/27/2009 5:32:00 PM
been out there and did a investigation for about six hours with my partner up at one end at me at the other and all we heard all night were trains go by, thats it. Its not haunted. The dead didn't die there so why would they be there. From my research the dead normally haunt the place they died in... Not every cemetary is haunted.
Comment# 61358 ReplyTo# 46012
10/27/2010 7:53:00 PM
your comment confuses me. you and a partner spent six hours in a place that you already suspected wasnt haunted? why? then you go on to say that not every cemetary is haunted. your talking in circles.
9/27/2010 4:30:00 PM
Last Seen: 9/27/2010 4:14:45 PM
Went to this cemetary last night. We saw at least 2 orbs. We also heard something, but since we didnt have a recorder with us i have no idea what it was. It was very interesting. I havent done any research on the place we just saw it on the internet and went after work, but we saw two markers dated in the 1700's. One was dated 1747. It is a shame what people have done to the stones there. This is a very interesting hobby but it can and should be done with respect. Respect for the dead and the relatives of the dead as well. Does anyone know why the large slabs of stone are stacked at the entrance to the left?
2/9/2011 10:24:00 PM
i have been to bass cemetery 2 or 3 times in my lifetime by myself and with a friend. my friend was very curious and wanted to check it out; she was very clairvoyant and she sensed some restlessness with the cemetery! at that time we didn't have digital cameras or a digital recorder, but we did have a disposable camera and we did take picture which none of the pictures came out. anyhow, just be careful and respect the dead!
Comment# 72059 ReplyTo# 66714
7/5/2011 1:09:00 PM
Last Seen: 7/5/2011 1:02:59 PM
ok me and my Girlfriend went to Bass cemetery last night. We actually did take a recorder with us and we got several unexplained voices....one of them was obviosly a black man yelling out "Matthew"....another was the sound of laughter and also the sound of something being beat on.....i guess its understood that me and her were the only people out there and these voices were not heard until we played back the recording.
1/24/2013 4:43:00 PM
I don't understand why people don't stay out of our cemetery.I just put my Mom there 1-19-2013.3 cars came in with couples on the 20th they were up to no good. Let my Mom rest in peace.To look at old graves is one thing, but to use it for a hotel and dump trash is wrong.
1/25/2013 8:56:00 AM
I grew up in South East Lake during the mid 60 s through the late 70 s . M y friends and I used to hike all over Ruffner Mtn. and did visit Bass Cem. many times both in day and night. Back then most everything was intact.There was no vandalized graves no garbage ect.Most everyone still had an element of respect for hallowed ground back then.None of us back then would of ever comtemplated desicrating someones final resting place it was simply inconcievable,let alone the thought of by comitting such a vile act would ruin the chances of a rewarding afterlife!When in my mid teens, i used to go to bass at night with my girlfriend and do a little smooching and it was nothing for two or three couples to be there.Nobody tore up nothing or raised hell. Wed be cool and sit on the south side of the property and watch the trains go by.The cops came and went off and on,but they were real cool about it, I guess because they had checked us out a few times and knew us as regular visitors, they didnt worry with us so much. In the fall some of us guys from Banks ,Huffman, and Trussville High would meet there and rake leaves and stuff, to clean up the so called sparking spot!
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