I'm going to start a new series of posts that will feature an excerpt from an "old book." Generally, these will be from books published in the 19th and first half of the 20th century. They will all focus on Virginia history. All will be from my personal library.
I scanned the page images below from one such book in my library, The Natural Bridge and Its Historical Surroundings, by E.P. Tompkins, M.D. and J. Lee Davis and published by Natural Bridge of Va., Inc. in 1939. In all my reading on Virginia history and Natural Bridge, this is the only reference to this story that I've ever come across. Myth or reality?