LEONARDTOWN, Md. — Moll Dyer’s rock has a new home.
Leonardtown Councilman Nick Colvin shared images of colonial re-enactors moving the legendary rock from its current home at the Old Jail Museum on social media.
The legend of Moll Dyer dates back to the late 1700s. A 19th century newspaper article on the legend describes Moll as an old hag who lived in a ramshackle home. Residents were suspicious and fearful of the old woman.
According to the story, after a winter blizzard hit the area hard, townspeople blamed Moll and set fire to her home to drive her out. She fled into the woods. Several days later several days, a young boy searching for lost cattle in the snow came across her frozen body kneeling on a rock, one arm stretched to the heavens as if cursing her tormentors. Her hand and knee prints are supposed to be imprinted on the rock.
For years after her death fields in the area would not grow crops. Over the years, there were numerous sighting of her wandering ghost, usually spotted on the coldest day of winter.
Moll’s legend grew as the years went by. The Tobacco Barn Distillery even named its cinnamon whiskey after her.
In the 1970s, a writer located the rock near what is now known as Moll Dyer Road.
Then, in 1972, the National Guard moved rock to the Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown.
That’s where the rock stayed until the group of re-enactors moved it to a new permanent home at the Tudor Hall Building on Feb. 6.
The rock’s new home shows the legendary object the respect that poor Moll never received in life.
Councilman Colvin said there would be a ceremony and ribbon cutting at the new location on Friday, February 26.