Moll Dyer Day
In 2021 February 26th was proclaimed as Moll Dyer Day in a touching ceremony that was held at Tudor Hall Manor, the new location of the famed rock that bears her now fading handprint. Plans for next year's Moll Dyer Day festivities are underway and include an opening ceremony held at the site of the Moll Dyer Rock at Tudor Hall Manor, a scavenger hunt for the entire family, paranormal investigations, a ghost walk, and special offers and activities provided by local Leonardtown businesses. This significant event honors a local Leonardtown Legend while bringing recognition to the harmful effects of bullying. The ongoing theme of Moll Dyer Day is "Be Kind". Check this page often for details on plans for the 2023 Moll Dyer Day Event.
About Moll Dyer
Many know the legend of Moll Dyer, but it’s not as widely known that Dyer was a real woman who lived just south of
what is now Leonardtown in the late 1600’s. She is believed to have been a healer who often aided the community,
however when an epidemic of influenza arose during the winter of 1697, the Town inhabitants looked to lay blame and
named her as its cause. Accused of witchcraft, Dyer was set upon by a mob fearful of the sickness. When they set fire to
her small cabin, Dyer escaped into the surrounding woods on a bitterly cold night in February 1698. Her body was found days later by a young boy looking for lost livestock. She was found with one hand frozen to a large rock and the other outstretched to the sky. Legend has it that Moll put a curse on the land and on the rock. It's rumored that anyone who touches the rock may become dizzy or even fall ill. During a dedication ceremony in 2021, Leonardtown's Mayor, Dan Burris, proclaimed February 26th Moll Dyer Day. The famed Moll Dyer Rock was moved from the old Jail where it sat for almost 50 years to Tudor Hall Manor, the home of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, where the organization oversees the preservation of this important piece of Southern Maryland history. The Society has helped build a platform and protective covering to shelter the rock from the elements. Since its move, the rock has seen a steady flow of visitors who often leave trinkets and small gifts for Moll. There is a locally distilled Moll Dyer Whiskey, a Moll Dyer Song, and Dyer is also the subject of book and the movie "Blair Witch Project".
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