This story is sometimes referred to as the Russellville Girl.
In Kentucky and throughout the south, a sexton is the outdated term for the caretaker of a cemetery. This particular home, belonging to a local sexton, located at the edge of Maple Grove Cemetery, was built in 1870.
Around the turn of the century, the caretaker's daughter was preparing to go to a dance. While she was in the tub, she was struck by lightning, which in turn, etched her portrait into the glass of a second story window.
There is speculation about those exact events...some believe that the girl was forbidden to go to the dance because of the storm, or that her date was late or stood her up...all resulting in her cursing God, and thus being struck down.
In any event, by the 1920s, the window was drawing in so many visitors, that the owners decided to paint over the window...and then to board it up. Years later, caretaker Kelly Williams decided to remove the paint and see for himself. He never finished because it was such an undertaking. However, he apparently died mysteriously of a heart attack in the kitchen not long after.
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