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THE MAKING OF A MARKER (Again)
Don Ford in Hamblen Township, Brown County, Indiana FOLKLORE OR LEGEND????
Pinehearst, on Three Notch Road in Brown County, Indiana,at one time was a stage coach stop. It had rooms, and supplied meals to the passengers that were traveling the Three Notch Trail, which extended from what is now the South Bend, Indiana area to the Ohio
River near Tell City. One of the tales of this stage coach stop is that a man
was murdered in one of the rooms upstairs, and when he
tried to get out of the upstairs windows, his hands were
bloody from his wounds, and there is still his bloody
hand prints on the window sill and the north side of the
The original building still stands and has been restored
to a more modern condition. It was said that this murder was done by a local person,
that found his wife with one of the travelers.
Others say that it was a murder of a bandit that tried to
get away after stealing the wallet (poke) of a traveler.
Some said it must have been the White Hats, as the keeper
of the Inn had beaten his wife, and the murdered man was
the Inn Keeper. This was disclaimed by the old timers, as
the White Hats had never been known to kill anyone.
It said that when the family and visitors are here at
this location, a ghost sits at the top of the stairs and
watches those below.
Another tale pertaining to this murder was that the first
person to be embalmed in Brown County was the murdered
man. The embalmer brought his chemicals to this location.
In order for the chemicals to work, they were heated
over a fire. The custom of the time was to sit up with
the body, until it was buried. The men became
intoxicated, and overturned the chemicals, which burned
along with the body. This scared the local men, and they
departed. They say that the ghost is the murdered man
looking for his body.