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2705 Regent St. Madison, WI.

Website: Resurrection Cemetery

Website: History of Resurrection Cemetery

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Directions: From the Beltline, exit on Midvale Blvd (heading north). Take a right on Mineral Point Rd., this will turn into Speedway Road. The cemetery will be on your left-hand side (before you reach the Highland Ave. intersection).

The story of Resurrection Cemetery begins in 1845. The Catholic Community of Madison established a cemetery on a piece of land once known as Dead Lake Ridge (now the site of St. Mary's Hospital).

The cemetery was called Greenbush, and for about 18 years, it was the final resting place for Madison's Catholic faithful.

By 1863, it was clear that Greenbush was not big enough for the growing Catholic population of Madison. The decision was made to purchase over 18 acres of land in an area next to the new Protestant cemetery, Forest Hill. The new cemetery was called, Calvary.

While Calvary grew, efforts were made to restore Greenbush Cemetery (when Calvary opened in 1865, families began removing their departed loved ones from Greenbush, so they could be buried with newly buried family members in Calvary), but by 1908, saving Greenbush had become a lost cause, and the remaining bodies were removed, and placed in Calvary.

Moving the bodies was not to be an easy task. A number of these remaining bodies still buried in Greenbush, had deteriorated so badly (along with their coffins), that identifying them, was impossible. For this reason, a mass grave was dug at Calvary, and the last remaining bodies were laid to rest, there.

When space in Calvary began to fill up, more property was purchased to the south and west of the cemetery. This area was called Holy Cross Cemetery.

For about 30 years, the two cemeteries were independent of each other until 1953. In that year the two cemeteries were merged and renamed Resurrection Cemetery, which it remains to this day.

  • "Shapes" have been seen moving among the trees.

  • In the older section of the cemetery, people report getting a "chill",
    when there is no source for the cold feeling.

  • Cemeteries in general, hold the remains of many restless souls (like you didn't know that already). In the case of Resurrection Cemetery, many people look to the mass grave of former Greenbush Cemetery occupants as a major source of the hauntings. Removed from their original resting place, and then re-buried as an unknown, might make anyone's spirit a little restless.

    ....The Greenbush Cemetery grave marker.