Sundays at The Rock: Wee Granny, Mormon Handcart Pioneer

When: 
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Where: 
Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Join us at Chimney Rock for another installment in our 2019 Sunday Afternoons at The Rock series.

At the age of 74, Mary Murray Murdoch (aka Wee Granny) started across the prairie with the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company. Because it was late in the season, they walked to their very limits each day, which eventually became too much for her frail body. 

On October 2, 1856, Wee Granny Murdoch passed away in view of Chimney Rock. The exact location of her grave has been lost to history but in 2001, her descendants put a marker in the Chimney Rock Cemetery. Historian Jerry Lucas will tell her amazing story and the legacy she left.

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