The ghost of Tandy Key has been haunting Salem, AL since 1853. He was an avid gambler and he loved to play cards. He also was fond of the moonshine common in these parts of the state. He died at the young age of 24, although in the mural at the Old Salem Antique (below), he appears to be much older; must have been the drink! His official cause of death is unknown, but many speculate that he drank himself to death. Another theory is that he was murdered after a fight during a card game.
Because of his love of cards, Tandy told his family that a table be erected over his grave so he could play cards in the afterlife. On the warmest nights of the year, you can drive past the old cemetery and see the misty figures of the card players. People have also recounted tales of hearing shuffling cards and the clanking of glass bottles, and sometimes the smell of vomit.
The inscription on his grave read:
Remember man as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so you will be,
Prepare for death and follow me.
The marker next to Tandy's final resting place belongs to his wife and reads:
To follow you I'm not content
Until I know which way you went.
Excerpted for "Haunted Auburn and Opelika" by Faith Serafin