Legend of the Willey Family Tragedy
Legend of the
Willey Family Tragedy is based in Crawford Notch, NH.
The Willey Family Legend was a tragic one.
The Willey family was said to have been killed by a
fast moving landslide
on August 28, 1826 after one of the most violent
rain storms to ever hit the region. The relentless
rains swelled the Saco River which rose
quickly. The flooded Swift River carried away
debris, buildings and
livestock down the river.
The Willey family
fearing for their lives, abandoned their home and
sought safety in a rugged stone shelter on
the property. The Willey family brought their hired
help with them to the shelter in hopes of saving
everyone from being swept down the river. The rugged
little rock shelter was destroyed by the landslide,
Ironically, the house
everyone escaped from was found untouched. People
say there was a ledge above the house
which offered adequate protection and spared the
New Hampshire Legends, Mysteries and Folklore