English Grass Cave in Montgomery

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English Grass Cave in Montgomery

“the Regicides,” two English political fugitives who hid out in a cave, according to legend just south of Mount Shatterack during the 1660s.

Probably some early settlers explored the wilder regions, and according to one of many legends connected with Tekoa and the surrounding hills, two fugitives from the wrath of King Charles II, the “Regicides,” hid out in a cave there for as long as a year during 1660s.

This is the most dubious of Tekoa’s legends, although the English Grass Cave exists-so named, according to tradition, because the approaches were once grassy and the fugitives were English. During that time period, of course, nearly all the region’s settlers were English, indicating the cave was named later, probably much later, casting further doubt on the story.

The cave is little more than a large fissure in a granite outcropping. Located in a forested area of Montgomery near the Russell bound ary, a few miles northwest of Tekoa and just south of Mount Shatterack, it’s hard to find and well suited to serve as a hideout. A jumble of boulders conceals the low, narrow entrance, which opens into a chamber about 12 feet across and four to six feet high. To the rear a passageway three feet in diameter leads upward to a smaller room.

The story of the regicides, William Goffe and Edward Whalley.
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