By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
Many want the legends and stories to stop surrounding Lottie's grave in Homer, Nebraska.
If you're from this area, or if you've lived here long enough, you've probably heard about the stories surrounding Lottie's Grave in Homer, Nebraska. But, many who live in the area, including Lottie's relatives, are ready to put the story to rest.
Taylor Cemetery is situated in the rolling hills of rural Homer, Nebraska. At the top, you can see all three Siouxland states. While impressive, most don't come to check out the view.
"The major historical significance of the place is that it's the home of Lottie's grave," says Gary Sides, a Dakota County historian.
Lottie's grave, this small, simple headstone is the source of a lot of headaches.
Sides has researched the area and the woman buried at the edge of the cemetery, Lottie Edwards.
"She was just, as far as I know, a normal person," says Sides.
Lottie lived in Homer and South Sioux. She married twice and had seven children. But in the years since her death, she's been the source of local legends and ghost stories, but there's little proof that any of it is true. Many say the hilly graveyard is a hotbed for paranormal activity. Some have pegged Lottie as the source, and others say she's the unfortunate scapegoat.
"I just think that Lottie somehow got attached to it," says Sides.
But the stories have lingered for generations.
"There's no proof of anything is true," says Jody Boyd, a family historian. "In fact, the rumors that have gotten told and all the legends that have gotten started have been proven false over and over and over again."
Boyd says the stories have created a negative hype around Homer that's more of a headache. Lottie's headstone bears the evidence of vandals and cemetery trespassers wreak havoc on the grounds.
"Let's just stop it and stop it with this generation and don't continue it on," says Boyd.
Boyd says it's time for the stories to vanish and to let Lottie rest in peace.
Whether you believe in the ghost stories, or not, one thing's for sure is that Lottie's grave is on private land. There are 'no trespassing' signs and you could be issued a ticket. The caretaker says the best time to visit Taylor Cemetery is Memorial Day to pay tribute to all of its residents.
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