Devil's Foot Rock
Posted by: RIclimber
N 41° 36.147 W 071° 27.342
19T E 295356 N 4608550
Quick Description: Devil's Foot Rock in North Kingston, RI
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2009 9:36:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM7R27
Near Devil’s Foot Road is a rock with a strange hole in it. There are many stories about this rock, these two are the most well known.
Devil and his Devil Dogs had been leaping around the New England coast, made a stop in Little Rhodey to rest. He had been busy recruiting new minion in order to establish his kingdom here. When arriving in the ocean state he decided to take a bride before returning to the fiery abyss from whence he came. He had chosen a local woman who put up great resistance. The Devil took her hand and running up the rock face, leaped into the air changing into a serpent before landing in Narragansett Bay. In the process of this dastardly exit, his hot cloven hooves and those of his dogs had burned their imprint into the granite bedrock.
In this legend, an Indian woman murdered a white man near Wickford. Just as she attempts to escape, a stern-looking English gentleman appears, asking if she will walk with him for a short distance. She balks, but cannot escape before he seizes her by the arm. As she cries out for Hobomoko to save her, her attacker reveals, "I'm Hobomoko." Then, dropping his disguise, the devil grabs her by the waist, stamps the ground fiercely once or twice, and flies with her to Purgatory Chasm, plunging her into its turbulent waters. The story concludes, "To this day may be seen near Wickford the footprints of Satan on the surface of a ledge near the road. One has the form of a cloven hoof, and the other has exactly the shape and size of a human foot, even to the mark of the great toe."
Type: Local Legend or Lore
Referenced in (list books, websites and other media):
Strange New England, quahog.org
Additional Coordinates: N 41° 36.147 W 071° 27.342
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