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Merry Maidens
Dawn's Men
50.065137° N, 5.588731° W

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    by Holly Hayes
    November 6, 2011

    The Merry Maidens are named for the local legend that they were created when 19 girls were turned into stone for dancing on the Sabbath. The stones are also known as the Dawn's Men, from a corruption of Dans Maen, "the stone dance." The Merry Maidens consist of 19 stones of local granite, which form a perfect circle 78 feet (23.8m) in diameter. The stones are spaced about 12 feet apart from each other, with a 20-foot gap at the east end that is probably the entrance. Like the Maidens, these were named for the legend of the wicked Sabbath dancers. The stone circle is easy to access. continue reading →

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
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July 11, 2014