Tennessee: The Craigmiles Mausoleum
On October 18, 1871, Nina Craigmiles and her grandfather were approaching a train crossing on a stormy day. The train blew its whistle, the horse rears up throwing Nina from the carriage and she was crushed by the cowcatcher, her grandfather was hit but he survived. Ironically, when Nina passed away on October 18th, that was St.Luis day and back at that time in 1871, there wasn’t a church here in the community to worship it. Nina’s grieving father built a church and this mausoleum 3 years after she had passed away to honor her memory. All four members of the Craigmile family are buried in this mausoleum.
The Craigmile’s mausoleum is also known as the bleeding mausoleum. Legend has it that when it rains, red spots appear and it bleeds. The legend goes that after each family member had passed away, more red strains appeared and they became darker. Efforts to clean the marble failed, there’s no scientific explanation for the stains; some believe they are Nina’s tears.