Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Grave of Florence Irene Ford - a True Story

This is the grave of ten-year-old Florence Irene Ford, who died in 1871 of yellow fever. The story goes that Florence was afraid of thunderstorms, and her mother, not wanting her to be alone during the storms, had steps built leading six feet down to her daughter's grave, with a little viewing window at her head. For many years after Florence's death, her mother would sit and read children's books to her during storms. 

The steps are still there, but the window was walled up in the 1950s.

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