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Molly "The Dancing Lady" Black Sewell
Birth: unknown
Death: 1840
Mercer County
Kentucky, USA

Mysterious Legend. A beautiful young woman in her early twenties checked into the Graham Springs Hotel, later known as Harrodsburg Springs Hotel. She stated her name was Virginia Stafford, daughter of a prominent judge in Louisville. That night, as music played in the ballroom, she came downstairs and began dancing with various partners. She danced passionately, and at the end of the evening, her final partner realized that, to his horror, she had literally died in his arms. It has been said that a Judge Stafford did exist, but he did not have a daughter named Virginia. The shocked staff and guests held a funeral for the beautiful young woman and she was buried on the hotel's property which later burned and is now a public park. Very little is known about the mysterious dancing lady. Approximately sixty years after the incident, supposedly a man named Adams mentioned the story to a Mr. Rupp. Mr. Rupp stated that when he was ten years old, a gentlman named Joe Sewell told him that his second wife danced herself to death in Harrodsburg. They had a small son together, who then was raised in Laurel County with her family, and that her maiden name was Molly Black. This information has never been verified, but even if true, what really happened to her? The metal marker over her grave reads "UNKNOWN - Hallowed and Hushed be the place of the dead. Step Softly. Bow Head." Locals claim that this mysterious girl still returns to the site, and has been seen lingering in the moonlight, slowly dancing and twirling to music that only she can hear... still recalling that tragic night so long ago. (bio by: Always with Love) 
Youngs Park / Graham Springs Cemetery
Mercer County
Kentucky, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Always with Love
Record added: Mar 13, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8500737
Molly The Dancing Lady <i>Black</i> Sewell
Added by: Always with Love
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