Kent Historical Society
Molly Fisher Rock
A talk by Alicia North and Chris Harrington
Kent natives Alicia North and her brother, Chris Harrington, will give a talk about the mysteries surrounding Molly Fisher Rock on Sunday evening, May 15 at 7:00 PM (please note special time) at the Kent Town Hall as part of the Kent Historical Society’s “Sunday Series.”
Ancient petroglyphs, Captain Kidd’s buried treasure and a strange medicine woman named Molly who healed townspeople with her knowledge of herbs….. these things all have one common thread. Perched atop Kent’s Spooner Hill, the Molly Fisher Rock has remained shrouded in mystery since it was first documented by a Yale President in 1789.
North and Harrington, who grew up near Molly Fisher Rock and have been fascinated by the legends surrounding it since childhood, will share its fascinating tales with the audience.
Fisher herself is a legendary figure. Born in the year 1750, she grew up to womanhood as the country grew. She never married and never had a home of her own as far as was known around here. One account of her reads: “She came into the community at times when no one expected her, and if anyone was sick, and especially among the poor, she might appear out of the unknown almost, and care for them with her uncanny skill with herbs, and on their recovery disappear as suddenly as she had come. She was kind to the needy especially and, like Robin Hood, gave to them not only care and attention but articles of substantial value that as she went from house to house she obtained from their more prosperous neighbors.”
For those interested in seeing the rock and its petroglyphs first hand, there will be a hike to Molly Fisher Rock the following Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 PM. The hike is co-sponsored by the Kent Historical Society and the Kent Land Trust. To register for the hike please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Molly Fisher Rock talk and other 2016 Sunday Series events are being supported in part through a grant from Connecticut Humanities, which supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community, and enrich lives. CT Humanities is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Free for Kent Historical Society members, $5 suggested donation for non-members. For more information please call 860.927.4587.
The Kent Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the rich history of Kent, as well as to provide educational and research material to enrich the public understanding of Kent’s artistic and cultural heritage.