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The Rocky Tomb

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 02-04-2000 12:36 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

The Rocky Tomb

He was of the Revolution of the men at Valley Forge
And a mission to the backwoods was to end in soldier's scourge
For he led a small detail to the Chester County hills
In search of food to alleviate the winter's hunger ills

He led his men across a creek in early light of day
Ducking through the pine and young foliage of May
For there were Redcoats all around in want to steal their goods
The little band of soldiers then scattered in the woods

They rode their mounts as fast they could up a rocky gorge
By the rapids of the French Creek twelve miles from Valley Forge
The lieutenant quick took refuge inside a granite cave
For his brave young saddle companions of the war he could not save

It was near the Falls of French Creek where the waters heavy flow
And cascade among the granite rocks a hundred years ago
That a boulder fell from up above and closed the soldier in
And there he lay encrypted for a hundred years within

A century later a mining company the granite to consume
Unearthed the secret cave and unveiled the soldier's tomb
Beside the young man's skeleton, a bottle was revealed
And in it was a letter that the soldier had concealed

He told about his mission and the story of his fate
The note was dated May twentieth of 1778
He was Lieutenant Carrington, from Richmond he had come
And left behind a young girl whose tender heart he'd won

Virginia Randolf was her name, and in the letter he confessed
In most emdearing phrases the love with which he's blessed
This story is a legend passed down from year to year
When you visit St. Peters Village by the falls you're sure to hear

But few believe this story of the soldier in the tomb
Found a hundred years ago within earth's granite womb
For there are many legends told within the walls
Of houses in St. Peters Village beside the French Creek Falls

Many think it's just a myth, but historians have shown
In a Richmond cemetary, there's etched upon a stone

"Virginia Randolf in 1780
Took her final breath
Died of a broken heart
Age twenty-one
Faithful unto death"

Elizabeth Santos






[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-04-2000).]
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Denise
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1 posted 02-04-2000 12:55 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Elizabeth, this is fascinating! Truth or fiction it is captivating! (I hope it's a true story!)

Denise
Elizabeth Santos
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Yes, Denise it is true. St. Peters Village is a quaint little village built a hundred years ago for the granite miners, but today has become an artsy community. At the Inn at St. Peters many people claim to have spotted a ghost, and some believe it's the ghost of the young soldier. Behind the village are the falls, gushing down among the huge boulders where you can jump from rock to rock. I spent many childhood days in this place as did my children, and always heard this story.
Thanks Denise,
Liz
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Wow...you have wove a fascinating tale through your words  
Martie
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4 posted 02-04-2000 02:40 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I loved this Liz, so interesting and well written and a sad love story.--would make a great novel  
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Your words make it feel as if you were there, what a talent.
Gene
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Liz,

This is a great depiction of the past. I love historical poems. It enjoyed it very much, even if it did have a sad ending.

~Gene

Gene
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Martie,

I agree. I can imagine a movie with Keanu Reves as the young Lieutenant and Winona Ryder as Virginia.

~Gene
 
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