Emily and Thornhaven Manor
This is the story of Emily, a young girl from a prominent family. Her independent and feisty nature, nearly unheard of for her time, gave her the sweetness that endeared her to everyone she met, rich and poor alike. The night she died was meant to be a night of festivities, but turned into a night the town would rather forget. As the only child of her family, Emily was quite literally the belle of the ball, and all eyes were on her. Great was the celebration for another year of plentiful harvest and hope for the future. But the night took a sinister turn when she realized that her parents had promised her to the cruel son of a wealthy family, in exchange for the settlement of their debts. Being strong-willed, Emily publicly refused to agree to any sort of arrangement involving her future and stormed off to the stables to take solace in the company of her favorite stallion, Owen. Not taking kindly to the public rejection, her would-be suitor discreetly followed her to the stables where a heated confrontation took place. When her parents arrived to investigate the commotion they found Emily with her neck broken and her suitor in great distress. He claimed that she had been thrown from the back of her obviously crazed stallion, despite his best efforts to stop her. With no witnesses, and no one daring to doubt his claim, they could only mourn the tragic accident that had befallen their darling child. Unable to see justice delivered to the man who murdered her, Emily's spirit continues to roam the grounds, awaiting the day her true story will be told.
Today is that day.
Photos of Emily taken at Thornhaven Manor in New Castle, Indiana.
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