Last fall my Husband and I went to Wachusett Mountain to see where the Lucy Keyes story started. Loved watching the movie and reading about her so the next step was a road trip to where it took place! “On April 14th 1755, Lucy’s mother was doing some spring cleaning and needed to scour the floors of their home. The fine-grained sand on the shore of Wachusett Lake was used for this chore, and she sent her nine-year old daughter Anna and her seven-year old daughter Patty to collect the sand. When the sisters left the house, little Lucy followed them into the woods and was never seen again.
Search parties were organized immediately to find the missing girl. The woods were scoured, the lake was drained, but nobody could find any trace of Lucy Keyes. It was as if she had vanished into thin air. All they managed to find was a lock of blond hair, next to a hollow log.
The local people eventually gave up the search when a neighbor, a man named Tilly Littlejohn, said that he had seen some indians lurking in the woods. At that time, it was not uncommon for children to be kidnapped by indian tribes. Many people were convinced that the little girl had been abducted by native americans and spirited away. However, her mother never gave up hope and regularly roamed the woods at night, looking for her missing child. Night after night, the desperate mother could be heard, making her way through the trees and calling out for her daughter. Her father sold the farm and used the money to search for Lucy.
No one ever solved the mystery of what happened to Lucy Keyes.” #lucykeyes #wachusett #massachusetts #wachusettghost #ghost #princeston #wachusettmountain #ghostchasers #roadtrip #ghoststories #cemetery #cemeteryexploring #graveyard #spirits #spiritual #etsy #storytime #newengland #explore