One of The Most Famous Witches in History - Moll Dyer
In the late 1600s in the small town of Leonardtown, Maryland in the first settled county of the state, St. Mary’s County, lived an older lady by the name of Moll Dyer. The citizens of the town viewed her as though she was a hag…and eventually she was rumored to be involved in black magic and witchcraft. She was accused of being a “witch”.
In one of the coldest winters of the late 1600s, in 1697, Moll Dyer was ran out of her small run-down shack in the backwoods of Leonardtown. Townsfolk had come with flaming torches and pitchforks to burn her and her home to the ground. The rumors had spread that she was an evil old hag and was causing the town a long and arduous winter. However, Moll Dyer escaped the flaming timbers of her small home and fled into the snow-covered wood. She traveled no more than five miles from her home and fell upon a large rock, praying or possibly cursing her enemies with her hand held towards the heavens. There…she died.
Her supposed hand imprints remained on that rock for hundreds of years. The legend carried on so long that St. Mary’s Historical Society of Maryland has it placed in front of their building to this day.
Her name has been used for a road, a stream, and a large rock. Her story has also caused ghostly sightings and led to the plot of the 1999 film, The Blair Witch Project.