This Memorial day weekend, we booked a hotel in Rhinelander because we wanted to check out some of the local haunted areas in upper Wisconsin like Summerwind and the Paulding lights in Michigan. While in Rhinelander we went in search for Molly's Rock. Following the directions in Chad & Terry's book, we took Hwy 17 to Cty Rd D in Sugar Camp. We found the corner of Pine Lake Rd and D, but no rocks where to be found.
I know people have said that Molly's Rock had been demolished and all that remained was a pile of rubble, but I wanted to take a small piece home with me because I had the idea of painting a small bird and the name Molly's rock on it. This is something that I do often. I have a nice piece of slate that I found at Summerwind that I plan on painting a picture of the remains, along with the name on it.
(I know of the rumor that if you take a rock home, it will bring bad luck, But I already have bad luck, so I didn't see how much a little rock could add to it)
The townspeople must have cleaned up the rubble, because nothing was left. Or maybe everyone had already gathered up all the pieces to take home as souvenirs? I prefer to think that Molly just got sick of all the drunks sitting on her rock, so she took her rock and went home!
Skeptics are just believers who have never had an experience"
Post by Chrisconsin on Nov 21, 2006 18:18:52 GMT -6
I live right around the corner from Molly's Rock. The directions given in the book are incorrect and you won't find it unless you stop and ask someone where it is. This is how you get to it...
Take Cty D to Pine Lake like the book says. Turn onto Pine Lake (you can only turn one way on it) and keep going until the curve in the road, you will see a Dead End sign (that is Hunters Haven Rd.). Face the Dead End sign, look to your left, you will see all the remaining rock pieces.
I was peeved when they demolished the rock. It had a very artistically painted loon on it and was great when directing people to my house, you couldn't miss it. Various reasons were given for its demolition, from utility workers having to blast it to do work, to it being a road hazard because of the curve in the road by it. I never heard the reason to be because it was haunted.
While us local people always knew about Molly's Rock and the story behind it, some younger folks believed it, most old timers didn't. They interviewed a local lady on the news over Halloween, this lady lived in Sugar Camp most of her life (she's in her early 70s). She knew who Molly was, but never believed the rock to be haunted. Molly was a girl not from this area. She reportedly came here vacationing in the summer and liked to sit up top the rock. She died in her 60s. So its not like anything happened to her on the rock.
Anyways, come see where Molly's Rock once was, take a piece if you date, but there are two no trespassing signs posted because it falls to private land.