"It's said that if you are coming into land just after sundown, two figures will appear just along the north side of the runway," Lisa Ruedy, a regional airline captain said about the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.
Graves are pretty spooky, aren't they? But, you'd expect to find graves in a cemetery. However, there's an airport in the US that has two graves on their runway. That is a whole different level of creepy.
However, it's true and Savannah Hilton Head International Airport is home to the graves of a man and his wife. “At rest,” says his grave marker, a large slab lying flat on the pavement at the edge of runway 10 and 28. “Gone home to rest,” says her marker, according to The State.
Like several other airports, the one at Savannah was built on former farmland. The thing is, with ancient burial sites and family plots, most airports deal with it by moving any graves they find to nearby cemeteries.
Did you know that these are the only known graves to be embedded in an airport runway anywhere in the world? So, the airport needed to be expanded during World War II, but it was met with resistance from descendants of the Dotson family.
This was because a family plot that was estimated to have had about 100 graves was a part of the extension. The graves included those of slaves as well, and it's said that all but four were moved to a cemetery.
Believing that their ancestors wouldn't have wanted to abandon the land they worked so hard to cultivate, the Dotson family insisted that the matriarch and patriarch's grave remains where it originally was, which is why the graves of Richard and Catherine Dotson, the farmers who originally owned the land and died in 1884 and 1877, sits on the edge of runway 10 and 28.
Also, two more graves, of their relatives Daniel Hueston and John Dotson, can be found nearby, too.
Being the only airport with graves on their runway, it, of course, comes with its fair share of spooky stories. "It's said that if you are coming into land just after sundown, two figures will appear just along the north side of the runway," a regional airline captain, Lisa Ruedy, wrote for the website All Things Aero.
For about 75 years now, the stones on the outer edge of the runway have been an oddity that people find hard to believe.
To date, family members are still escorted to visit them safely, though they cannot leave flowers. The graves are not really in the middle of the runway, but a little to the side. But, here's a secret.
“People shouldn’t be creeped out about this, though,” the Savannah Morning News was told by the airport director. “When the runway was extended, it was found that really only the markers were left of the graves.” So nothing to be really scared about, now.