Southwest Quadrant, Alexandria, Virginia, United States

The Female Stranger: An Identity Taken to the Grave

This grave has been the topic of speculation for many years. In 1816 a young couple walked into Gadsby's Tavern. The patrons could see that the woman was sick, and all suspected that she had typhoid fever. The man requested the strict confidence of the doctor and townspeople. He told them who they were, but made everyone swear never to reveal their identities.

Not long after, the woman died in Room 8 of the tavern lodgings. None of the townspeople ever revealed their secret.

She was buried in the local cemetery, under a monument that looks like a table. It reads:

To the Memory of a
FEMALE STRANGER
whose mortal sufferings terminated
on the 14th day of October 1816
Aged 23 years and 8 months.
This stone is placed here by her disconsolate
Husband in whose arms she sighed out her
latest breath and who under God
did his utmost even to soothe the cold
dead ear of death.
How loved how valued once avails thee not
To whom related or by whom begot
A heap of dust alone remains of thee
Tis all thou art and all the proud shall be
To him gave all the Prophets witness that
through his name whosoever believeth in
him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts.10th Chap.43rd verse

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The Female Stranger: An Identity Taken to the Grave