Retold by Joyce Jacobo
[Author’s Note: I watched a virtual tour of a section of the Mammoth Cave system in Kentucky, reportedly the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States (right after Niagara Falls). One of the stories told by the tour guide was of a rock formation known as “The Bridal Altar,” which had a singular story associated with it. So I wanted to share it here as well. Hope you enjoy it!]
There was a woman betrayed and abandoned by her cruel husband. On her deathbed, she made her daughter pledge to never marry any man on the face of the earth.
But the daughter did fall in love.
“What can we do?” she asked her sweetheart. “I love you, but I am a woman of my word who would never break a vow like my father did to my mother.”
Her sweetheart smiled and brought her underground into the labyrinth of Mammoth Cave, where they exchanged their vows and fulfilled a promise, surrounded by ancient formations as witnesses.