11 Most Mysterious Places in the U.S.

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3) The Grave of the Female Stranger

The lack of information, and the strange secretive behavior surrounding this woman’s death, contributes to this grave’s notoriety. The no-name gravestone is located in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia. The story goes that a young husband and wife arrived in Arlington in 1816 by boat. The woman was very ill and carried from the boat, covered in a dark veil. They stayed at the Gatsby Tavern where, despite efforts from a local doctor, the woman died in her husband’s arms. After her death, her husband refused to release his wife’s identity. He buried her body in the local cemetery and disappeared. A tragically romantic scripture graces her tombstone, titled “Memory of the Female Stranger.” Many tales have been told regarding the woman’s identity. However, claims she was the daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr, the wife of a pirate, or of British noble descent have never been authenticated.

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