Here are a few stories from various books, websites and people
about hauntings in Maine. Please check back often as we will
be adding more stories that we come across as well as stories
that people submit to the site!
Bucksport Haunted Cemetery
Northport The House That Wasn't There
Scarborough Massacre Pond
Skowhegan Haunted Cinema
the time when the witch hunt hysteria spread up through Maine, an alleged witch
named Ida Black was condemned to death, accused by Colonel Jonathan Buck. Just
before she died, she uttered a curse on Buck swearing that she would return and
dance on his grave. Buck died in 1875 and on the anniversary of Ida's death, the
blood stained image of a leg appeared on Buck's gravestone monument at Bucksport
Cemetary. The monument was cleaned and sanded again and again, but the
stain always reappeared. Even though the family has replaced the stone monument
twice, the image reappears.
Take a look at the photos
page for a view of Jonathan Buck's stained stone monument.
Directions: The cemetary is located off
of Maine Street/Highway 1 in Bucksport, in Hancock County.
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Lucerne Inn has a history behind its haunting. The story involves
Sam, the caretaker of the place when it was a stagecoach stop, who caught his
wife extending excessive hospitality to a guest in room 8. Enraged, he murdered
the couple before killing himself. Apparantly he's still angry (although he never
bothers the guests). Reports of activity in room 8 include shadows on the wall,
footsteps, and you can hear a woman and a child talking outside of the door when
no one is there. Both guests and employees have reported items moving around as
well as a loud thumping coming from the room when no one is in it. Other
guests report lights mysteriously turning on and off, and objects spontaneously
Directions: The Lucerne Inn is located on
rural route 3 in Lucerne, which is in Hancock County. Check
out the Inn's website at http://www.lucerneinn.com/
for more information or call them at 800-325-5123. county
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This story involves a piece of land that once was the spot
of the beautiful Cosgrove mansion. On December 16, 1954, Edward
Cosgrove and his wife left their three boys with a neighborhood
couple while they traveled out of state for some final Christmas
shopping. That night, after everyone was in bed, a fire burned
the mansion to the ground. All that was left was a chimney
and some children's toys. Today, all that is left is part
of one of the chimneys and some pieces of the foundation.
Soon after the fire, someone took a photograph of the scene,
but the print showed the house as it was before the fire.
Many others have taken pictures at the site, with the same
results. Others have claimed to hear the ghostly screams of
the children, from where the house once stood. There is one
of these photos showing the house on display in a local diner
in Northport. Also, check out a Journal
File from Courier Publications that lists some of the
noteworthy happenings in the area over the past hundred years
- if you scroll down, you see the mention of the fire back
in 1953 from 50 years ago "Stories to Remember"
UPDATE - 2/2008
I dug up some more information on this
one, and after reviewing old newspapers, here is the CORRECT
version of this very true story...
The actual name of the family who lived in this
house was Edwin Grove, NOT Edward Cosgrove. According to various
papers that reported the fire in December of 1954, the family
of Patent Medicine millionaire Edwin W. Grove lived in the
house. The fire occured when Edwin Grove and his wife were
in Boston while she was giving birth to their 4th child. Grove's
three younger sons, Edwin, David and Geoffrey, ages 8, 6,
and 4, were in the house along with two middle-aged caretakers
while Grove and his wife were in Boston. The fire raged the
"fashionable Italian-style mansion," killing all
5 in the house.
Here is an article
from Time (3rd story down) that dates back to 1954
that briefly describes the fire. Also, here is a small copy
of the newspaper
article from an out of town newspaper describing the
fire. It's small (and I won't have a larger copy until I subscribe
to the very expensive archive company to get it!) but you
can still see the photo of what's left of the house in the
top right-hand side, as well as the headline underneath it
that reads: 'Patent Medicine King's 3 Sons, Women Perish in
Maine Blaze." In another article from The Lincoln Star,
they describe how "flames fanned by winds from the Atlantic
Ocean leveled the two story showplace in less than an hour."
What a sad story! I will continue to update as I dig up more
information as to the details of the fire and, more importantly,
the details on how to get there!
Directions: The property is located on an
unnamed, one lane road off of route 1 in the small town of
Northport, which is in Waldo County. Since there's no name
to the road, you have to hunt it down a little bit! According
to someone who visited the site, look for an odd set of old
run down stone stairs that look as though they were very elaborate
at one time. Go to the top of the steps and look past the
broken chain link fence. county
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a peaceful destination in Scarborough Beach State Park, Massacre Pond
(formerly called Black Point) was once the site of a horrific scene and is now
haunted by a restless spirit. The bloody ghost of Richard "Crazy Eye"
Stonewall has been seen by several visitors at the pond where he was buried in
Oct. 1697. Mr. Stonewall's wife and infant son had been killed by Indians, and
he avenged their deaths by joining the military and killing every Indian he found.
Directions: Massacre Pond is located in
the Scarborough Beach State Park on 416 Black Point Road in
Cumberland County. county
There is a violent, melevolent spirit that inhabits the Skowhegan
Cinema. There have been several reports of objects
being thrown directly at customers with the intent to cause
severe pain. Even men involved in building an addition to
the building in the 1970s experienced tools being thrown at
them and near electrocution even during the times when there
were no electrical cords plugged in.
Directions: The cinema is located at 15
Court Street in Skowhegan, in Somerset County. The phone number
is 207-474-3451. county
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