Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Sexton's House of Russellville, KY

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In Kentucky and throughout the south, a sexton is the outdated term for the caretaker of a cemetery.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.

Photo property of Roadside America

14 comments:

  1. I live in this town and the windows are mostly painted some seems to have worn off or something.My mother told me she was getting ready for a dance and it began to rain and she cursed God and got struck by lightening.

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    1. Thanks for the input! If you have any photos of the house in its current condition, I'd love to see them!

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  2. that's pretty much what ive been told to and a variation where her father prohibited her o go because of the storm

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    1. I've heard several variations of the story myself...typical of a good ol' urban legend. I love a mystery!

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  3. It was recently sold at an auction to some new owners. You can tell they're living inside of it by all the lights and open curtains. (unlike the past owner, who I had no clue he was even living there) When I passed by this house, the second window next to the painted one has a cardboard cut out and it scared the living crap out of me.

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    1. Hehehe, I wonder if that cardboard cutout was put up for the benefit of those driving by to see if the legend is true....creepy, though, lol.

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    2. I use to live their and knew a previous owner she told me their was no room and that it some form of storage room but I'd still love to go see if the rumors are true. Also the locals say you can only see her when it rains

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    3. I live in this town and they put the cardboard cut out of her to freak us all out on halloween.

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  4. I grew up in BG KY just down the road and it has never changed. It still looks the same as when we first passed it when I was a kid. Lots of things have been told about the old place. But it's not the only one in the area that has supposed paranormal things going on.

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    1. Thanks for the comments! Please feel free to share any other area haunts you know of with us.

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  5. look in rushville indiana

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  6. My dad didn't die in the kitchen. FYI.

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    1. Thank you for the information, Kelli. That came from another website, so I'll correct it immediately.

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