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This Distubing Unsolved Mystery From Virginia Will Give You Goosebumps

The year was 1816. A young couple arrived in Virginia after having sailed through the Caribbean. Their ship docked into the Old Town Alexandria port at Prince Street. This well-to-do couple reserved a room at one of the most prestigious accommodations in town, City Hotel (later renamed Gadsby’s Tavern). Only their reason for staying was not one of leisure, but rather urgency – the beautiful woman was deathly ill.

Forever immortalized as the “Female Stranger,” the young woman passed away in the arms of her mourning husband in Alexandria. He commissioned a beautifully elaborate tombstone for her, yet kept her identity a secret. He fled town almost immediately after the death – perhaps all the way to New Orleans. So why was he so determined to keep her a “Female Stranger” and not reveal her name? Was the mourning just a ploy so that he could quickly escape town? These are questions without answers, yet there is plenty of speculation.

If you pass through Alexandria today, you can learn more about this unsolved story by taking a Colonial Graveyard Tour. Intrigued by Virginia’s mysteries? You’ll want to read up on this other fascinating unsolved mystery in Virginia.

Beth
Beth is a musician and freelance writer from Richmond, Virginia.