Paranormal - Weird Legends at the End of the U.S.
|Maine is reknowned for its fall foiliage
(Camden, Maine photo courtesy freefoto.com).
It's among the oldest places in the U.S.,
so it’s apt to have its legends of the weird and
creepy. Maine has numerous tales of something unworldly
all over its lovely, ancient lands.
Among the freakier finds was the Mackworth
Island Tree, on Mackworth Island – an area that
has a rather sinister history involving the nearby deaf
school. Eventually cut down to nine feet and gutted,
there are mysterious faces carved into the tree, believed
to be the work of native tribes. One national TV show
touted it as a haunted tree, but plenty disagree on
that description, as the place is a well-known, postcard-beautiful
The tree is supposedly gone now, but
nearby sits a small pet cemetery which has been the
cause of some rumors. Apparently, a man living in the
area lovingly buried his dogs and a horse there after
they passed on, setting their graves within a stone
circle. Tales have grown and then flown about the local
area of sightings of phantom pets because of it. Photos
In the little town of Boothbay, on the
southwestern coast, there is the Boothbay Opera House
building, built in 1894, home to some fraternal orders
over the years and now apparently has an ectoplasmic
resident. It’s said to wander the second floor,
something talked about since the late 40’s. Sometimes
it manifests itself by playing the piano, according
to witnesses in 1957 and then again in 1977. This has
led some to believe the musically inclined spirit is
a pianist who was employed there during its time as
a theater in the 1900’s.
Kennebunk is host to a ghost at the Kennebunk
Inn. Even the inn’s own website describes their
unpaid former employee: “Another distinctive feature
of The Inn's is its ‘haunted heritage. Rumor has
it that Silas Perkins, one of The Inn's clerks who passed
away in the mid-twentieth century, continues to inhabit
his place of former employment - his presence being
made visible occasionally by flying or falling wine
glasses and other objects.”
The occurrences don’t seem healthy
for the employees. One incident was supposedly witnessed
by several guests, as a wine glass rose off the waiter’s
tray and fell to the floor. The waiter took the rest
of the day off. Goblets behind the bar move or fly off
the shelf – one caused a lump on an employee’s
head. Chairs move around by themselves. And one ghost
hunter was apparently kept awake at night by a moaning,
raspy voice, among other experiences.
Perhaps the ghost was a heavy smoker.
The inn dates back to 1799.
A creepy local tale in the rural areas
of Bangor talks of an 18th century witch named Eliza
who terrorized those who lived in her home after her
death in 1831. The house burned down in the 40’s,
but some say she still did a bunch of screeching on
the site afterwards. It’s a popular tale that
many have grown up with, but no one seems to know where
the site actually is.
Bangor is also supposedly the site of
the haunting of the Brady Gang leader, Al Brady, said
to haunt the downtown area.
The Lucerne Inn in Lucerne, Maine, has
rumors of ghosts. Which room is spook-filled differs
with each telling.
The Marshall Point lighthouse in Port
Clyde has a tale of two ghosts haunting the road leading
to it. It’s said a teen was murdered by a dark-bearded
man once, and you can hear the man running down the
road in his boots.
A cottage in town has many tales
of a woman haunting the vicinity as well.