United States folktales

United States folktales

It is unthinkingly said and often, that America is not old enough to have developed a legendary era, for such an era grows backward as a nation grows forward. The bibliography of American legends is slight, and these tales have been gathered from sources the most diverse: records, histories, newspapers, magazines, oral narrative—in every case reconstructed.
Some characters, prosaic enough, perhaps, in daily life, have impinged so lightly on society before and after perpetrating their one or two great deeds, that they have already become shadowy and their achievements have acquired a color of the supernatural.


Rip Van Winkle

Catskill Gnomes

The Catskill Witch

The Revenge of Shandaken

Condemned to the Noose

Big Indian

The Baker's Dozen

The Devil's Dance-Chamber

The Culprit Fay



Anthony's Nose

Moodua Creek

A Trapper's Ghastly Vengeance

The Vanderdecken of Tappan Zee

The Galloping Hessian

Storm Ship on the Hudson

Why Spuyten Duyvil is so Named

The Ramapo Salamander

Chief Croton

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The Retreat from Mahopac


The Deformed of Zoar


Kayuta and Waneta

The Drop Star

The Prophet of Palmyra

A Villain's Cremation

The Monster Mosquito

The Green Picture

The Nuns of Carthage

The Skull in the Wall

The Haunted Mill

Old Indian Face

The Division of the Saranacs

An Event in Indian Park

The Indian Plume

Birth of the Water-Lily

Rogers's Slide

The Falls at Cohoes

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Francis Woolcott's Night-Riders

Polly's Lover

Crosby, the Patriot Spy

The Lost Grave of Paine

The Rising of Gouverneur Morris

Dolph Heyliger

The Knell at the Wedding

Roistering Dirck Van Dara

The Party from Gibbet Island

Miss Britton's Poker

The Devil's Stepping-Stones

The Springs of Blood and Water

The Crumbling Silver

The Cortelyou Elopement

Van Wempel's Goose

The Weary Watcher

The Rival Fiddlers


Mark of the Spirit Hand

The First Liberal Church

Author of all fairy tales Charles M. Skinner

United States folktales