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Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Ghost of Tandy Key

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Excerpted for "Haunted Auburn and Opelika" by Faith Serafin


4 comments:

Lowell said...

Fascinating. People have such vivid imaginations! Love the post, Barb. Re your question about diving: No. We have done some snorkeling in Venice, Florida and down in the Keys, but no diving. Snorkeling was fun, though!

I think I'm too old now.

Lowell said...

Meant to tell you the old joke about three old guys sitting on a bench reminiscing. One says the reason he lived so long was that he never drank or smoked or chased women and he's now 89. The 2nd guy says he drank a little and smoked a little but didn't chase women, either and he's 87. The third guy, a wizened little creature, said that heck, he drank everything in sight, smoked like a chimney and went after everything in skirts. The others looked at him in amazement and asked, "Well, how old are you."

"Twenty-four"!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oooooo! Spooky story Barb :) you're not going to find moi anywhere near a graveyard at night just in case haha!

cieldequimper said...

What a great story!