|The spirit of a woman who took her own life in the Stoney Hollow of Mossy Glen is said to curse those who she chooses by leaving a rose in their path. |
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The Ghost of Pearl Shine
In this patch of woods can be found the Mossy Glen, a serene, peaceful place in the middle of the woods. In 1936, a young local woman by the name of Pearl caught the eye of farmer Dan Shine. Taken by the much younger woman, they were married and lived happily on their farm together in central Iowa. That is until Pearl fell for one of their farm hands and in an heinous act of attempting to acquire Dan's farm and possessions, killed him and attempted to make it look like an accident. The authorities were not convinced and convicted Pearl and her lover.
Ever since Pearl died, people have claimed to see her apparition roaming the Mossy Glen. The reason for her spirit manifesting itself in the Mossy Glen is unknown. Perhaps this is the place where her and her lover met and her spirit is drawn to it searching for eternal happiness.
The Legend of Lucinda
This wooden haven is also the home of a ghostly figure named Lucinda. It is said that years ago, Lucinda lived in a secluded cottage in the area known as Stoney Hollow. It was so hidden, no one really knew exactly where she lived. They did know that she was in love with a local man. However, the man did not return those feelings for her and married another. Lucinda, was so devastated by this loss, she threw herself onto some rocks in the hollow and killed herself, leaving only a single rose behind as she fell to her death.
Lucinda carries her spite into the after world and attempts to bring others with her. The legend goes that she wanders the woods of Stoney Hollow and that if you are wandering the paths late at night and whisper her name three times in a row, you see her ghostly vision appear. Beware if you choose to do this however, because if she drops a single rose, you are doomed to die shortly after.
|When the ghost of Lucinda in the Stoney Hollow leave a rose in your path, you are doomed to die shortly after.|
The Phantom Peddler of Stoney Hollow
Another story associated with Mossy Glen is that of the peddler. In the mid 1800's, a man would from time to time pass through the area selling his wares to the locals. Legend has it that one year, folks were so desperate, that they ambushed the man near Stoney Hollow, then proceeded to murder and rob him. It is said that they hid his body in a secluded cave in Stoney Hollow.
Over the years since, many have claimed to see the ghostly figure of the peddler strolling through Stoney Hollow as if still selling his wares. His spirit, apparently tied to the place where he spent his last minutes of life.
|The body of a 19th century peddler was believed to be hidden in a cave in the Stoney Hollow after he was robbed and murdered. To this day his ghost haunts the Mossy Glen.|
So if you pay a visit to the Mossy Glen Preserve near Edgewood, Iowa, pay close attention to what is around. You just may encounter one of the ghosts of Mossy Glen!