The Swamp Road Chronicles®



I have seen Swamp Road Sally many times, but never close-up.

For nearly 12 years I drove a milk tanker truck down Swamp Road about 5 AM to pick up milk from three different dairy farmers who lived on Swamp Rd. and Palmer Rd., which connects to Swamp Rd.

I would be driving along and in the distance I would see what appeared to be a small child walking in the middle of the road.  The first time I was concerned that a child so young would be walking alone on that dark, lonely road so early in the pre-dawn hours, but when she faded away, I knew that I had just seen the famous “Swamp Road Sally”.  I can tell you, honestly, that I was scared to death.  I couldn’t wait to get off of that road.


I had heard about Swamp Road Sally for many years, but I really never thought that I would see her, and I wasn’t even sure that she really existed, and that she wasn’t just the figment of someone’s overwrought imagination.


The closest I ever got to her was about 150 feet, and then she would just fade away.


I really wanted to get a better look at her, but at the same time, I didn’t want for her to get TOO close. I don’t think she can hurt anybody, but I didn’t want to find out. I near as I could tell, she was about 15 years old.  She was wearing a white nightgown, she was bare-foot, and she was all wet and muddy-looking. It appeared to me that she had been crying, and she seemed to be looking for something, or someone; I just hope it's not me.


I drive through there every once in a while now, in hopes of seeing her, but I haven’t seen her since just before the Great Blizzard of 1978 when I gave up my dairy business. If you should go down Swamp Road looking for "Sally" I wish you luck.

P.S. Never look into your back seat.

P.S.S. Only go there on foggy nights.


As posted by Michael Daley,  March 1, 2007 from Etna Ohio


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