Part of the fun of the Halloween season is swapping spooky stories. Westminster, Maryland has a great one known as “The Legend of Legh Master”. This creepy story begins in during the time of the Revolutionary War, back when the British and the Americans were at each other’s throats.
The Origins of Legh Master
Our story begins with Legh’s journey to the New World in 1770. He came to seek his fortune in America in what was once Frederick County and is now Carroll County. He was in the iron business, spending all of his time with furnaces and their mechanisms. During this time, tensions were growing between the Americans and the British on the eve of the Revolutionary War, and Mr. Master was not well-liked by his neighbors. There were tales of his madness and the cruelty he bore towards his slaves, who he used to run his business. One particular tale was of a slave named Sam who was said to have been immolated in Legh’s furnace along with his wife and child.
When the Revolutionary War broke out in 1776, one account claims that Legh fled to the Bahamas and left his land with a man named James Smith. Another account claims that his land was temporarily confiscated by the American authorities for his ties to the British. All accounts say that he parted with his wife and child during this time and that they never reunited.
Legh Master did not return to Legh Furnace until 1782, and when he came back, it was in shambles. Legh Master died on March 22nd, 1796, with nothing and no one.
The Birth of Avondale
Following the death of its original owner, Legh Furnace was purchased by a man named Issac Van Bibber in 1802. He renamed it “Avondale”. After gaining possession of the land, it was said that Master’s body would not stay in the ground where it belonged. He kept coming back, his coffin rising through the ground after heavy rains.
Finally, Legh was put to rest under a stone slab at the Church of Ascension Burial Ground in Westminster. However, stone doesn’t seem to be able to stop him from haunting both the house and the forest surrounding the land.
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💀 Legh Master. Esquire Late Of New Hall in Landshire England Died the 22nd Day of March 1796 : : : : : : After his death, Master was originally buried on his own estate, but it appears that, soon after, the ground itself rejected him as his bones rose to the surface, supposedly on three separate occasions. Finally, townspeople carried his earthly remains to the churchyard of Ascension Church in Westminster. Even there the stone covering his grave has cracked in numerous places. : : : : : : : Legend has it that he brought with him the yellow daisy. : : : : : : : Stories have been told for years that Masters Ghost rides over the hills between Westminster and New Windsor on dark windy night and residents watch for a dark grey horse. : : : : : : : Neighbors claimed he would run around the woods wearing a white sheet and would jump out at people yelling “stick stuck.” : : : : : : : Best known for Haunting the woods near Furnace Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #cemetery #cemetery_shots #tomb #westminstermd #grave #graveyard #exploring #haunted #interestingfacts #follow #like #goth #creepy #ghost #ghostly #hauntedmaryland
The Hauntings of Legh Master
Master still passes through the grounds of Avondale on a horse that snorts fire, or so the stories go. People have reported hearing strange sounds, children crying, and seeing lights turn off and on back when there limited electrical wiring.
The creepiest thing about Avondale is that 2 human skeletons were found in the walls in the 1930’s. The stories about Legh Master burning his slaves alive in his furnace were true.