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 Molly “The Dancing Lady” <I>Black</I> Sewell

Molly “The Dancing Lady” Black Sewell

Death 1840
Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 8500737 · View Source
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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.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8500737
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Molly “The Dancing Lady” Black Sewell (unknown–1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8500737, citing Youngs Park / Graham Springs Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .