The historic cemetery in Stull, Kansas is infamous for alleged connections with the occult - so much, in fact, that it's alleged to be very difficult to visit legally nowadays. Wikipedia observes that (my emphasis),
In the years that followed the publication of the University Daily Kansan article, it was a popular activity for young folks (especially high school and college students from Lawrence or Topeka) to journey to the cemetery on Halloween or the equinox to "see the Devil". Many would jump fences or otherwise sneak their way onto the property. Over the decades, as the number of people making excursions to the cemetery grew, the graveyard started to deteriorate; this was exacerbated by vandals. To combat this, the county's sheriff office patrols the area around the cemetery, especially on Halloween, and will arrest people for trespassing. Those caught inside the cemetery after it is closed could face a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail.
Source : Wikipedia article on Stull, KS
According to Dana Matthews,
During my visit, I counted at least half a dozen signs warning visitors that trespassers would be prosecuted, even though the front gate was wide open and fresh flowers were propped up against shiny new graves. The warnings were clearly for anyone who’d made a detour to the tiny town of Stull for an after-dark rendevous with the devil....
Despite the fact that Stull doesn’t quite live up to its internet reputation in real life, my own visit to America’s legendary portal to hell was so weird that I had to take pause. Within minutes of entering Stull Cemetery’s gates....
Source : Dana Matthews (June 5, 2016), The Enduring Legend of Kansas’ Haunted Stull Cemetery: Visiting America’s Most Off-Limits Gateway to Hell, Week in Weird
This seems to imply that it's possible to visit during the daytime, as long as one behaves respectfully (not vandalizing graves, not causing a commotion, not trying to summon eldritch abominations, etc.), and that the trespassing arrests are only for people entering during the night, when said occult phenomena are alleged to occur. This report also matches what I have found with regards to cemeteries on the US east coast - they are almost always fully open during the day for any and all visitors who care to drop by, but there will usually be a sign forbidding trespass at night without a sufficiently grave (no pun intended) reason. Usually, persons without close relatives interred in the cemetery are required to vacate by nightfall unless attending a bona-fide organized event such as a funeral.
On the other hand, Stephanie Craig reports,
As for my trip, it was on a sunny afternoon. It is strange to go to a town and not see a soul, but there aren’t a lot of places where you would run into someone. The cemetery was locked with a big, fat no trespassing sign up (not surprised they discourage visitors).
Source: Stephanie Craig (July 24, 2016), Stull Cemetery: How to Visit the Gates of Hell in Stull, Kansas, HistoryFangirl
This source implies that the cemetery may be closed even during the day.
What are the actual rules for visiting Stull Cemetery nowadays, assuming that one intends to behave respectfully and not cause damage?
- May the cemetery be visited legally during the daytime?
- Is the cemetery officially entirely off-limits to tourists, but occasional, brief, daylight visits are sometimes tolerated?
- Is there a specific process for obtaining a permit or otherwise requesting permission from the cemetery owners that has a reasonable chance of success (e.g. "Sign here that you promise to leave at least an hour before sundown, won't damage anything, and will leave any and all alcoholic beverages, drugs, weapons, and occult paraphernalia in your vehicle")?
This question has nothing to do with how to sneak into Stull Cemetery against the rules or how to avoid being caught doing so. It is also not about whether or not any of the occult legends popularly attributed to the cemetery are actually true.