October 24, 2009

Carved In Stone

I had heard the following story before my recent trip to Gettysburg, so of course I had to go and find this rock. I stood there for a few minutes looking at it and wondering if I should take a chance and trace the name with my finger....
Do you think I did? Read the story and then decide.
Answer at the bottom of this post.

(Please note this story was found on the Internet and in no way do I accept any credit for it. If for some reason there is a copy-right associated with this story and I have no rights to reprint it here please let me know and I will remove it ASAP...
The photograph is my property and I do have the right to post it..
Thank You.
From: Haunted Gettysburg by Jack Bochar & Bob Wasel

Since the battle fo Gettysburg and even before, myriads of tales, sightings and unconventional occurances associated with Gettysburg have been abumdant. One legend, in particular, is worthy of repeating here, for tangible testimony exists to the core of the account.

Near Devil's Den, to the right of Smith's 4th New York Battery, stands a rock, on which can be found the name, "P. NOEL" carved into it. Some locals in Gettysburg contend that the name was simply a battlefield maintenance worker who, many years ago, carved his name into the rock for reasons only known to him. Others, however, strongly argue that a young girl, named Pauline Noel, was the owner of the name carved into the rock. They said that years ago, Pauline lived in the area on her father's farm. One of life's enjoyments to Pauline was to accompany her father whenever he worked in the fields. On one disasterous day, Pauline went with her father as usual, enjoying the farming and his company when, the wagon hit a rock, throwing the young girl off. Horrified and in shock, the father jumped off only to find he was too late. What he witnessed was the lifeless body of his sweet daughter Pauline, mangled - and decapitated.

They claim that many people through the years have seen the headless body of Pauline Noel roaming the battlefield in search of her head. Legend also maintains that Pauline's spirit, while roaming the battlefield, came upon that rock and, using her fingers, burned her name into that very stone. You may believe whatever you want, but remember Pauline's story when you visit and touch the carved rock. However, - beware to those who dare run their fingers in the etched grooves of P. Noel - there awaits another part of the legend!

So did I trace the letters?

NO WAY!!!!
Legend says if you do...you will have bad luck the rest of your life!

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Blogger Linda said...

Can't say that I would have done it either! I'm not sure if I believe the story or not but I don't know that I'd want to chance it being even slightly true!

10/24/09, 1:07 AM  
Blogger Goat Creek Grandma said...

I have enough of that without tracing my fingers across the stone! lol

Great story Patty, especially so close to Halloween. Happy ghost hunting!


10/24/09, 7:13 AM  
Blogger Bethie said...

There is no way I would trace the name!

10/24/09, 8:14 AM  
Blogger Courtney Mroch said...

I wouldn't have traced either! What's weird though...I thought the carving said ANGEL when I first looked at your photo. I had to go back and look to see the P. Noel. Wild!

10/25/09, 12:19 PM  

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