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Legend of Lover's Leap

Legend of Lover's Leap Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The Legend of "Lover’s Leap” describes the love of an American Indian princess for a young English trapper named Jack. They wanted very much to marry, but her father, Chief Will, wanted his daughter to marry one of the British soldiers who was garrisoned at Fort Cumberland. Meanwhile, Jack had found a map to a silver mine located somewhere in the Narrows, and offered the map to Chief Will in return for the hand of the princess in marriage. The Chief promised they could be married if he was given the map, but once in his possession, he refused to allow the marriage. They tried to run away together, but Chief Will stopped them. A terrible fight began, during which Jack accidentally killed Chief Will. The Indian princess could never marry the man who killed her father, nor could she live without the man she loved. So arm in arm they both walked up to the highest precipice in the Narrows, joined hands, and from 1000 feet atop Wills Mountain, leaped to the rocks and their death below.

From: Feldstein’s Top Historic Postcard Views of Allegany County, 1997.


Text - Albert Feldstein

The view of Lover's Leap is from a postcard belonging to Al Feldstein

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Allegany County

Allegany County (Md.)--Biography; Allegany County (Md.)--Women.

Allegany County, (Md.)

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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