There is something enchanting about a mausoleum.
A Mausoleum is an above ground building constructed as a monument for the deceased, often acting as a dual burial chamber of a deceased person or group of people.
And this mausoleum is different from all the rest.
The AfterGlow Vista
is a mausoleum in Roche Harbor, WA, located down a long, mossy trail in the middle of the woods.
In the center of this burial temple is a circular dinner table with 6 chairs.
The seat of each chair is a tomb encasing a member of the McMillin Family.
This mausoleum is designed as a dinner table - each chair a chamber - so the family could dine together in death.
Called the AfterGlow Vista, this is one of the most beautiful mausoleums I have ever visited.
The McMillins - the family buried here - were responsible for bringing economic life to the area and with this mausoleum, they are honored in death.
Is it haunted?
This misty mausoleum itself is certainly eerie - even for me.
And upon approaching the rotunda at the top of the hill, I did see a Spirit - but only one.
She was a matronly woman wearing a long white dress, standing next to the dinner table tomb in the center. When I looked at her, she gestured for me to have a seat. In the below picture, this is me happily sitting on her tomb chair (see, it's fine).
When I sat down, I glanced at the name on the back of the tomb - it was Dorothy McMillin.
Upon later research, I learned that others have also seen the same woman, so I assume we all may be seeing her and perhaps this woman is actually Dorothy McMillin.
She wasn't there for long - within 10-15 minutes, she vanished - and she didn't say much. She just seemed to stand there and softly smile.
While a thickness was definitely in the air, it felt safe here.
In days before the forest grew over, I hear you could see the ocean below from your dinner seat. As far as I'm concerned, this is a perfect place for an evening meal - no matter what life you are in.
If you are ever in the Pacific Northwest, I highly suggest a visit.
To learn more, listen to this fantastic podcast researched, written, and produced by Aaron Mahnke -
Deep in the forest at the northern tip of a small island near Vancouver Island, there is a stone monument standing amidst the trees. How that structure came to be, and what it meant to those who built it, are both interesting stories. But it's the unofficial reports — the sightings and experiences of those who visit it — that truly deserve to be told.
It's only 18 minutes long - making it a great folding laundry/dish-washing track.