Hexenkopf Rock is a large, hilly cluster of rocks which you’d probably walk right past if you didn’t know its long history of witchcraft, evil spirits, death and curses.
Ancient Indian tribes performed rituals of healing there, drawing the evil spirits out of the sick and entrapping them in the rock. The mountains were said to glow from all the evil spirits trapped in them (not to be a buzzkill, but the glow could have something to do with the rocks having mica in them). Early Dutch settlers, who called it “Misery Mountain,” began holding their own form of healing ceremonies there, called “powwows.” From the 18th century up until the 1950’s, local powwowers healed the sick by drawing the evil spirits out of them and putting them in the rock, much like their Native American predecessors. Some say that these evil spirits have escaped the rocks and now roam the surrounding woods.
Strange things have always been associated with the rocks and the surrounding area. Tales of witches dancing around a tree at the summit of the rock, ghostly lights, strange sounds and the distinct feeling of someone beside you as you walk through the surrounding woods are all stories told by visitors to Hexenkopf.
Historical records seem to confirm that there was witchcraft afoot in Williams Township in the 1860’s. A widow was accused of causing a neighbor’s white horse to become sick by cursing it. Court records indicate that she denied being a witch at first, but then admitted to it. She was found guilty and sentenced to one year imprisonment and the humiliation of standing in the pillory.
A husband also accused his wife of practicing witchcraft when he saw her rub herself with an ointment, recite an incantation, hop on a broomstick and vanish. Curious, he repeated the process and found himself transported to Hexenkopf rock, where he landed in the middle of a witches dance. Next thing he knew, he woke up dazed in a neighbor’s pigpen.
The ghost of a headless hunter and his faithful headless dog has been seen roaming the woods for years, apparently in search of an eternally elusive white fox which has also been spotted.
Then there’s the tale of a ghostly one-legged farmer who apparently fell to his death off the rocks while pursuing a witch. You can not only see him, but can hear his wooden leg tapping on the rocks.
Historically, people who have lived near the rock have experienced an unusually high rate of fires, illness, bad luck, suicides, insanity and other woes.
Halloween night is supposedly when the rock is most active with witches and evil spirits. Apparently, even some of the people who are brave enough to live near the rock won’t venture near it on Halloween night. If you want to find out why, here’s how to get there:
Hexenkopf Rock is located in Williams Township near Raubsville, about six miles south of Easton. To find it take Route 78 to the Easton exit. Turn left and the stop and head up Morganhill Road into Williams Township. About five miles down the road is Hexenkopf Road on the right. While driving on the road, the rock will be on your left. Always remember to respect the rights privacy of the local property owners!
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