|They say that every legend has some basis
in fact. This is the legend of Creepy Hollow...
In the 1800's, much of this land was farmed by a man
named Elias Atrum. Not much was known about Old Eli
(as the locals came to call him), since he kept pretty
much to himself; but we know that he was born July 2,
1819; he had a strict upbringing by rigid and distant
parents--and that's being charitable. Obedience was
demanded, failure was punished, and discipline was severe.
As he was an only child, Eli grew up very much alone.
The farm was the extent of his world. Contact with folks
in town, even with neighbors, was discouraged. Necessary
travel was all that was allowed.
When Eli's parents died in the late 1850's, and the
farm became his, Eli was already in his late 30's. It
looked as if his loneliness ended when Norah, the pretty
young daughter of a neighboring farmer invited Eli to
come courting; some said that Norah's father had his
eye on acquiring Eli's land through marriage...but Eli
didn't care. For the first time, he was actually happy
(though his upbringing left him poorly equipped to show
Sadly, Eli's inability to express affection wore quickly
on his young bride. They were childless. Whatever Norah's
father's true motives may have been for tying his daughter
to an emotional vacuum like Eli, they died with him
when he had a sudden and massive heart attack. Eli now
controlled Norah's family's farm as well, and he expanded.