By Jackie Lyons
Every state has legends. New Jersey has the Jersey Devil. California has Dark Watchers. But what does Maryland have? The great state of Maryland has many urban legends and haunted buildings that are all local and will be sure to keep you up at night.
Crybaby Bridge, found in Prince George’s County across the Patuxent River, is a well known legend to most Maryland residents. According to the legend, a baby died in the river during the 50s and the cause of death is still unknown. It is said that if you visit the bridge late at night, you will be able to hear the distant sounds of a baby crying underneath the bridge.
Located in Kingsville, MD, the Jericho Covered Bridge has made it to the list of the top haunted places in Maryland. According to legends, you are supposed to drive across the bridge, turn around at the dead end, then drive back under the middle of the bridge and turn off your engine. The driver must honk the horn twice and once every passenger is looking out of the rearview window, the driver must place their foot on the brakes. The light from the brakes is supposed to illuminate an apparition of a crying woman dressed in Amish clothing. When shown a picture of the bridge, Senior Easha Qasba immediately says, “It looks like I would die if I went under that bridge.” Many witnesses have said how their cars would stall the moment they would try to escape.
Another well known urban legend is The Goatman. The most common theory about the origins of The Goatman is that he is the end result of a terrible experiment. It’s said that he hangs around the woods of Prince George’s County terrorizing teenagers by chasing after their cars, wielding an axe. However, Senior Trey Hensing doesn’t see him as a threat. “He’s probably the least scary things I’ve ever heard and he’s probably off in a mountain eating cans.” While The Goatman seems to be the most well known urban legend, he doesn’t seem to strike much fear in his targets.