As the seasons shift and change, many Florida residents enjoy exploring the natural beauty that is the St. George Island State Park. The park provides a serene, and beautiful landscape to enjoy time with friends or significant others. But what most Florida natives don’t realize is that the land itself is shrouded in a mysterious, and dark, history.
According to local legend, a coven of witches once called St. George Island home, a very long time ago. Weary of the public eye, the witches wanted to conduct their séances and rituals in peace, away from people who may potentially persecute them. Sadly, this was not to be.
One day, a fourteen year old girl on the verge of being initiated into the coven, was strolling through the woods, collecting herbs. She ran into a group of young men who threw rocks at her until she had fallen down. The men proceeded to attack her, leaving her bruised and mentally broken on the cold hard ground.
These men pretended they were trying to prevent more witches from joining the coven in order to protect the island, but it was just an excuse to try to justify their evil ways.
The Coven of St. George Island
The girl managed to stumble home and told her mother, a witch, what had happened. Blind with rage, the girl’s mother located where her daughter had been attacked in the woods and followed the boy’s footprints back to the tavern where they were drinking. The witch barged into the room, and openly cursed the young men, vowing to cast an evil spell on them.
Afraid of the witches, the locals rallied together and arrested each and every member of the coven. Alone and frightened, the fourteen year old girl vowed she would forever protect the young women of the island before she killed herself. Melanie (Name changed for privacy) had never heard of this secret history when she visited this Florida state park.
“All I wanted to do was spend a day having fun, enjoying a beautiful day,” she said quietly. “It was afternoon and I had just finished eating lunch when I needed to use the bathroom. I wasn't anywhere close to the facilities at the park, so I decided to sneak off and find a spot.
Attack in the Woods
“I was only maybe fifty feet away when I heard laughing coming from nearby. Two guys close to my age appeared out of the darkness, and I hastily tried to pull my jeans back up,” she said, blushing. “Both the boys stopped dead when they saw me and grinned at me in a way that made my skin crawl.
‘Well, look what we have here, a pretty girl all alone’ one said to the other, and the other one began to leer at me. I tried to run, but they quickly caught me and tossed me to the ground. The biggest one pinned my arms down while the one who had spoke fiddled with the button on my jeans.
“I remember thinking in horror that I was going to be raped, when I saw a short figure in a black cloak appear from the distance. The moment she appeared, both of the boys began to cry out in pain and fled into the night. It wasn’t until about two years later when I read about the witches from St. George Island,” Melanie said.