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[Detail] Illustration of the shield of Virginia, from the eighteenth century

Myths and Legends

According to Donna Rosenberg, author of Folklore, Myth and Legends: A World Perspective (New York: McGraw Hill, 1996), "A legend is a story from the past about a subject that was, or is believed to have been, historical. Legends concern people, places, and events. Usually, the subject is a saint, a king, a hero, a famous person, or a war. A legend is always associated with a particular place and a particular time in history."

The Capital and the Bay presents a collection of legends related to a specific location, "The Rocks of Deer Creek, Harford County, Maryland."

  • Is it possible to identify the elements of these stories that could be verified and those that could not?
  • What do the legends tell readers about the place on which they focus? About the people who tell these stories?
  • Does your community have such legends? Do they focus on people, places, and/or events? What do they tell readers about the area? About its people?