Ozark Encyclopedia – H – Hole Stones

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Use of the hole stones – “Many of the old settlers say that it is good luck to find a rock with a hole in it, but that such a stone found in running water is super lucky. At several homes in the Ozarks I have seen little boxes containing stones with holes in them, placed under the porch or the wooden doorstep. Near Marvel Cave, in Taney county, Missouri, the Lynch sisters who own the cavern used to have a lot of these stones strung on wire; when Nancy Clemens and I visited the place in 1936, Miss Miriam Lynch took down one of these wires and gravely presented each of us with a lucky stone. Some say that lucky stones keep off witches and evil spirits; others tie one of the stones to a bedpost in the belief that it somehow prevents nightmare.” ~Randolph OMF 60

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