Macabre Maine

The state of Maine seems to be quite beautiful during the day, creating a serene home for those who stay and a stunning vacation spot for those just stopping by. From their lobster to their lighthouses, Maine has a lot to offer and this includes those who are intrigued by the spooky environment that unveils as the sun goes down. Continue on and learn about the haunting side of Maine.

Wood Island Lighthouse

Speaking of lighthouses, our first stop is at Saco Bay where the Wood Island Lighthouse resides. It was first constructed in 1808 in an octagonal shape made of wood but another was built in 1839 to replace it when the first began to rot. The newest lighthouse was first lit in 1858, standing at a height of forty-seven feet, made of granite. It’s the second oldest lighthouse (after Portland Head Light) and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Wood Island Lighthouse is known for something truly chilling as a murder-suicide took place here. In the 1890s, this lighthouse was host to a murder-suicide that involved a local squatter that lived on the west end of the island. The squatter had been previously involved in an altercation on the mainland. He was approached by a sheriff in his shack on the island but murdered the deputy. He then attempted to turn himself in to the lighthouse keeper after realizing what he had done but the keeper turned him away out of fear. The squatter returned to his shack and took his own life. It’s rumored that the ghost of the deputy haunts the island and the lighthouse.

Mount Hope Cemetery

Located in Bangor, Maine is the second oldest garden cemetery, dating back to 1834 when architect Charles G. Bryant designed the layout and it was built by the Bangor Horticultural Society, the same year that Bangor was recognized as a city. It was also modeled after Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts as much of the city drew inspiration from Boston as well. It has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you’re a fan of horror legend, Stephen King, then you may love to know that Mount Hope Cemetery is the site where Pet Sematary was filmed. Now if it’s still not appealing enough to claim a spot on your ‘Places to Visit’ list, then you may also be intrigued to know an infamous gangster named Al Brady is buried here and many, many individuals have claimed to spot him roaming the cemetery as he lurks and haunts.

Museums of Old York

Complied of eight buildings, an art gallery, a genealogy building and a visitation center, there’s really no better place to dive into Miane’s history than the Museums of Old York. From June through Columbus Day weekend, you have the chance to learn and discover with guided tours of Jefferds’ Tavern; the 1719 Old Gaol (jail), the 18th century Emerson-Wilcox House, the deconstructed Ramsdell House, the Colonial Revival Elizabeth Perkins House and gardens, the Old School House, and the John Hancock Warehouse. For your kids, they offer year-round programs as well!

Even though it’s a great place to delve deep into history, many have reported paranormal activity. Many report spotting doors opening and closing on their own while others experience random cold spots in various parts of the buildings. Some also say that there’s an apparition of a woman who walks along the street outside alone, referring to as ‘The White Witch.’ Children from the preschool sometimes accompany her, claiming that she’s friendly.

Fort William Henry

Fort William Henry in 1909

Located in Bristol, Maine in the town of New Harbor, Fort William Henry was originally built in 1692 to protect the northern boundary of New England, only to be destroyed by New France in Siege of Pemaquid (1696). It was later rebuilt in 1908 and still stands as a reminder of the Fort’s history, operating as a museum.

A chilling part of it’s history dates back to just four years after it’s original construction when a Native American Chief Taukolexis was hung as his spirit is said to haunt the fort today as he is also the most notable spirit.

Route 182

This state highway connects U.S. Route 1 at Hancock (west end) to U.S. 1 in Cherryfield (east end), running for 23 miles. It joins Hancock County with Washington County as you pass my houses, churches, small businesses and much more.

But what you may not realize as you drive is a tragedy that struck the highway when a woman and her husband were killed an automobile accident. If you see her, she may stop and ask you for help but if you reject her, your luck may turn bad. It sounds like a story similar to the many vanishing hitchhiker stories. Would you stop?

Pythian Opera House

Located in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, this opera house goes by many names including Knights of Pythias Hall, Boothbay Harbor Opera House, and The Opera House, formerly known as The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. It was constructed in 1894, standing 3 1/2 stories tall, housing the towns government offices and was a meeting place for fraternal organizations until the ’60s.

Today, it’s known as one of the most haunted buildings in Maine as the activity began around 1949 with people hearing ghostly piano music playing with ongoing reports of this type of phenomena well into the ’70s. While it can occasionally be heard today, the entity responsible remains unknown.

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