No one can say for sure when the legend began; the only thing that is known for sure is that something happened many years ago on what is now called Wild Sally Road.
Stretching from Panorama to Stratford Hall Road, Wild Sally Road was supposedly where the home of a woman named Sally, her daughter, and their dog lived. Legend has it, one day the little girl and the dog wandered from the safety of the home, into the thick woods. After some time passed, Sally went out searching for her daughter, yelling for her through the trees. It is uncertain what the fate of the little girl was–whether she drowned, starved, was kidnapped, or something else–but from that night on, neither Sally nor her daughter were seen again.
While this legend has never been proven, many locals believe it to be true. Phil McKenney, a local artist who has lived in Montross for most of his life, says that when he was young, he and his friends would meet near a gully where a swampy area was and drink beer; they always referred to the place as “Wild Sally’s.” McKenney noted that he has heard stories of people who have heard wailing from the woods late in the night. He said he has heard that sometimes when people drive down Wild Sally Road, they see a white dog with red eyes running alongside their cars, even when the cars are driving faster than any living dog could run.
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Artist Phil McKenney’s interpretation
of what he believes Wild Sally looked like.