A small village, a stay in the woods, the ghost of a girl. It looks like the plot of a horror film, but it's not. All that is here, in Argentina, in the mysterious town. Maximo Fernandez , located in the Bragado , province of Buenos Aires. According to the last 2010 census, the village has only 4 inhabitants. They and all who visit the town have the caution of not be in the woods when afternoon falls . They say you lose orientation. They say it is possible to meet with presences from other worlds.
There, in more prosperous times, there was a great stay . Their owners, who had some eccentricities, had a zoo. In a cage, was there a lion . At the beginning of the twentieth century, the animal took the life of a girl, whom he beheaded. From then on, another story began. But let's start at the beginning...
The lands where these events take place belonged, in the beginning, to the same Facundo Quiroga (yes, the protagonist of the Facundo from Sarmiento). In 1872, they were bought by Maximo Fernandez , who built the room and baptized it La Matilde , in honor of his wife. In 1904, he entered the scene the family that would bring the tragedy to the people , in the form of a feline who had nothing to do there: Salaberry . It was a wealthy and successful family in business, with rather particular tastes.
Juan Francisco Salaberry and Matilde Bercetche (yes, she was also called Matilde) carried out a small feud on which more than a thousand people came to depend. The design of the park was the French landscape designer Carlos Thays , who also designed most of the green spaces in the City of Buenos Aires, including Plaza de Mayo and Palermo's forests. In La Matilde there was an artificial lake, a pergola, a huge birdhouse with exotic birds and a private zoo with animals brought from distant countries . Among the animals housed there, there was even an African bear and a polar bear. And, of course, lions.
Maybe her name was Amalia.
They say maybe her name was Amalia . And that was the daughter or granddaughter of the lion's caregiver. It is not known exactly how old he was when the event happened. But, apparently, the girl approached herself to the cage and a lion beheaded her of a paw . His remains would have been buried on the premises where, in 1914, the Salaberry family decided to build an imposing neo-gothic chapel with materials brought from Europe.
The tragedy constituted a before and after in La Matilda . The zoo was dismantled and the animals were moved to several zoos, including that of the City of Buenos Aires. Thereafter, the province banned private spaces for captivity of exotic species.
Years later, when the Salaberry died, their children did not manage the property well. Between 1934 and 1942, the stay was directed by the Argentine Real Estate Company. Then he bought it Francisco Suarez Zabala, who would be the creator of Geniol and Uvasal . He renamed the stay as Montelen . In 1974, a tornado destroyed the chapel, from which only its ruins remained. Just that?
A ghost in the woods
They say that the girl began to appear shortly after her death. His parents and grandparents declared to have seen his ghost. All the residents of Máximo Fernández and the surrounding towns know the story and know, too, someone who once met her. There are even pictures where you can see it. They say it appears in the vicinity of the ruined chapel and that no one approaches there in the afternoon, after 17: oddly, it darkens — even in the day— and is it easy to get disoriented . Besides, no one wants to risk meeting the girl.
The tragedy happened between 1904 and 1910. Testimonials confirm that it was an real story. The girl died. Believing what happened next is in each one.
Licenciada en Comunicación Social y correctora. Nacida y criada en el oeste del conurbano bonaerense. Sagitariana, vegetariana, crossfitera y viajera. Estoy convencida de que, con las palabras, podemos hacer magia. Pasen y lean.