In Madisonville, Kentucky
there is a story about a very special oak tree.
Although the tree is no longer standing, the story about
it remains alive. According to many eyewitness
accounts, the Mandy Tree had the profile of a woman’s
face outlined in its branches.
As the story goes, a lady
by the name of Mandy Holloman lived at the site where
the tree stood. She impressed those who knew her with
her dedication to her family, and her industry in
housekeeping. One of her greatest pleasures came from
gardening. She planted among other things, a small oak
tree in her backyard.
Tragically, in the
1920s, Mandy Holloman’s idyllic life came to an abrupt
halt. Someone shot her death at her home. The murder
shocked the town, and the community mourned the loss of
one of their most beloved citizens.
Time passed, and the
community went about its daily business. Then a very
strange thing occurred; the oak tree that Mandy had
planted began to grow, and in its branches the profile
of a woman could be seen. People began to declare that
the profile was none other than the image of Mandy
For several years the
“Mandy Tree” retained the haunting profile of a woman.
As the tree grew older, the image became fainter, until
at long last it disappeared. The site where the tree
stood continues to attract the inquisitive, along with
those who believe in ghosts, and those who love a good