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The Phantom Blue Dog of Blue Dog Hill, Maryland

Updated on January 13, 2017
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother told me the chilling story of Blue Dog Hill. The spine-tingling story has stuck in my memory and it is still circulating Southern Maryland's collection of ghostly legends to this day. Some middle and high schools even teach the legend to the students during Halloween-time. I guarantee the hairs on the back of your neck will be raised after this spooky legend has been read and played out in your mind...

Many years ago, probably in the late seventeen hundreds, there was a soldier and his beloved dog. The soldier and dog were the very best of companions and supposedly this particular soldier was fairly wealthy. He and his dog companion lived in the Port Tobacco area of Charles County and were walking home from a local bar one night, when a couple of rugged thieves overtook them. They beat the soldier to death, killing his dog along with him. Legend has it that a rock known as "peddler's rock" can still be seen around the Rose Hill Manor. This is the rock that the poor soldier was thrown against...fatally wounding him. The dog was supposedly killed after his master, in order to stop the beast from attacking the thieves during their despicable attempts to rob the man of his lifelong earnings. After they murdered the unfortunate soldier, they fled the scene...

Later the two thieves returned to peddler's rock on Rose Hill, in search for the riches and the deed to a home and property that was said to have been in possession of the now-deadsoldier. When they got close to peddler's rock, they noticed that the soldier's body was gone and there was a luminous ghostly dog standing at the site! The dog could have been black in life but in death he appeared to have a bluish coat...and glowing eyes. The men froze in their steps...they couldn't do anything but stare at the ghostly dog in front of them. In minutes, but what seemed like hours, the blue dog gave up returning their stares and let out a hooooowwwwwwl...and then did something that the men were fearing from the moment they laid eyes on the phantom dog...it charged right at them!

The two thieves fled in pure terror, never to return to the rock in search for the hidden or perhaps buried treasures.

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The "peddler's rock" is a large rock that is said to still be present and located on the Rose Hill Manor property. It is said to have red stains and lies on a hill that is historically known as Rose Hill, but when keeping with the phantom blue dog legend, is more appropriately known as Blue Dog Hill.

Some speculations and different theories on the story have been told by locals throughout the years. The story began being told and recorded in the late eighteen hundreds, most of which told the story about a soldier who had just come in to his riches. Others say that the man was in fact a peddler who had stolen the treasures from someone else in the area and that is why he was killed...for being a lowly thief himself. Whatever the true story, the legend started somehow and someway...and continues to this day.

Sightings of the blue dog have occurred since the eighteen hundreds, with the more recent and well-known sightings taking place in the 1970s. Though it is very difficult to track these folks down, the locals of Port Tobacco claim that you can still hear the blue dog howling at night...sad howls that seem to emanate from Rose Hill. The story that is uttered to frightened children in the local schools commonly refers to the blue dog who "hovers over peddler's rock", waiting to guard his master's treasure and possibly his remains from whomever may come to desecrate or steal. Some have even said to be chased by the blue dog...most people will not go near peddler's rock at night and never ever on Halloween!

There is another story very similar to the Blue Dog Hill of Maryland's lore that is told in a part of England, baring much resemblance to the soldier's sad tale of death and the phantom dog's haunting of a rock. Who knows if this story wasn't just carried over to the New World from the English colonists in Maryland or if it actually happened. Either way, the story is very spooky and lends a chilling twist to Maryland's historical Rose Hill Manor and Park.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    rick - Probably a main reason why the story matches your own is because I grew up in that area, and my grandmother used to tell me the story. I was born and raised in St. Mary's County, and my grandparents lived in Port Tobacco in Charles County. Blessings to you!

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    rick 5 years ago

    hey i was actually doing reserch on blue dog because my dad used to tell me the stories all the time. i actually live one street over from rose hill road (blue dog road) and your story matches to a T to the stories i was told as a kid. i have been there a few times and have had a few experences myself. i believe that this legand is vary true :)

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    death girl 5 years ago

    i enjoyed it..though in maldives we dnt hav much horror stuff..bt by doin black magic turns evrythin bad

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    lucy - Oh, no! I hope I didn't scare you too badly!

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    Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

    Wow I should not have been reading this hub late at night with the lights off. It was scary. I really enjoyed it though!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    writer20 - Thanks so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

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    Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    I fell in love with your hub name Kittydreamer then enjoyed your stories

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    Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    It does seem likely that stories such as this might have been brought over from the old country with some variations.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Hi, writer20! Thanks for following me! Of course it's true. ;) Aren't all legends? Hehe...nice to meet you! Have a wonderful day.

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    Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    Great story,fingers crossed it's really true. English west coaster here maybe i'll get to New England sometime soon. Keep writing.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Hey, Lucky Cats! Gosh, you are seriously such a beam of light! Thank you so much for the comment. I agree...lore has always been one of my interests...especially the spooky kind! And anything doing with animals? Yes, please!

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    Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    I have always loved lore; and have strong suspicians that, just perhaps, such things do exist; that the spirit does continue on; particularly when caught in the tragic loss of a beloved companion. I believe this applies to both human and non human animal. Very intriguing KittytheDreamer. UP and Awesome.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    My grandmother told me the story when I was a little girl. She had been there and knew the legends. I don't know if she saw peddler's rock or not. I don't claim to know that the story is based in fact...it's merely a local legend.

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    You have never been there? Damn. So what did your family tell you? Did they see Peddler's rock? The blood? I know that sounds bad but the legend is what I am sure they were following.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    cogerson - are you on the other coast? thanks for commenting and supporting my hubs! :)

    leelee - I haven't been to Rose Hill, unfortunately but my family has on different occasions. thanks for voting again.

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    I love the picture of Rose Hill. Have you been there? Did you see peddler's rock? I think this a fabulous story. I voted straight across the board.

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    LeeLee

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    Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

    Interesting stories....and these places are too far from me....thanks for sharing these unusual tales....voted up.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Yes, it is true. My grandmother (a devout Christian) who lived in Port Tobacco for many years on a farm told me this story when I was little. And many schools tell their students the legend...thanks for commenting!

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    chafu94 6 years ago from Malaysia

    Is this true? Never heard it before... So scary... Thanks for the story