Residents and visitors in Maine are invited to explore the “other sides” of 8 Maine villages during lantern lit walking tours of historic sites and ghostly haunts.
Bar Harbor is our newest tour, located on Mt. Desert Island near Acadia National Park. This picturesque village is home to many stately “cottages,” some of which have ghostly tales to tell. A stroll along the Shore Path will give you a wonderful view of Frenchman Bay, the Porcupine Islands and possibly one of the 2 ethereal women sometimes seen there. As you wind through back streets with The Lady in the Red Cloak, early history of the area will be told, including a stop at the Village Burying Ground.
Wiscasset is the “Prettiest Village in Maine” and you will see why as you tour High Street, briefly visit the Ancient Burial Ground and investigate the Sunken Garden. Hear of the “Witch of Windmill Hill”, “Mother Dana”, and Mrs. Smith, just a few of the spooky tales and legends told by The Lady in the Red Cloak. Learn the history of the oldest working courthouse in the state, view stately mansions and learn about the demise of the busiest port north of Boston at one time.
Bath is known as “The City of Ships” and as you tour the early residential area of town, you will see some of the captain’s homes and wonderful architecture. The Lady in the Red Cloak will tell you tales of “the lady in blue” and the “bleeding gravestone” as well as the history of the first settler and one of the major benefactors of early Bath. Seguin Island Light is not visible from the tour, but you will hear of it’s many hauntings. The Winter Street Church is full of spirits and judge for yourself why “The Spectre of Bath” was determined to appear to so many townsfolk.
Boothbay Harbor is a bustling harbor with its share of ghostly tales to tell. Many of the local B&B’s share their rooms with more than summer tourists, as you will hear from The Lady in the Red Cloak. Other buildings, such as the 1894 Opera House, are also reported to be haunted. Learn of the local fishermen of the area that aided the Pilgrims during their first harsh winters and what 20 good beaver skins might buy. Any harbor town would have been full of sailors, learn some of their superstitions, while you see where some of the early industries of Boothbay Harbor were located.
Hallowell, situated on the Kennebec River near the state’s capitol, Augusta, has many original buildings dating to the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. As with many historic buildings, you will find some spirits lurking in the corners; the little girl at the doctor’s home, the shadowy man on the lawn, a lady in period clothing peeking around the corner, the player piano and more. Known for its granite and the artisans who shaped it, you will learn of some of the other commerce of early Hallowell from The Lady in the Red Cloak.
Rockland, once known as “Shore Village”, will give you beautiful views of Penobscot Bay as you hear lighthouse lore, tales of “land pirates”, UFO’s and history from The Lady in the Red Cloak. She will also take you along Main Street to hear of strange happenings and apparitions in some of the restaurant basements, the speakeasy’s of prohibition days, and lead you down Elm Street to learn the background of the Farnsworth Art Museum. See where the makeshift hospital was from the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, is it haunted by the poor souls who were cared for there?
Damariscotta is a quaint little town along the Damariscotta River. Hear of the Mystery Ship found at the mouth of the river, learn of the shipyards and brickyards that were part of the river economy and how the river gives Damariscotta its name. Led by The Lady in the Red Cloak you will learn of Ol’ Willie Metcalf, Myrtle, Grandpa, the Lady of the Evening, Mr. Trask and see some of their haunts, some quite historic. The old 1800’s tavern, sight of many seances, turned hospital, will leave you with goosebumps as you end your evening at the most haunted building in town.
Camden, where the mountains meet the sea, will charm you as The Lady in the Red Cloak winds you back and forth among the little known side streets, telling tales of an unsolved mystery, Fred and Charles-2 resident ghosts, concealment shoes, the ghost in the apple tree and more. Much of downtown Camden burned in the late 1800’s but you’ll see the oldest home in town dating to 1780, an old water wheel that was used to grind corn and wheat, and hear of other mills that dotted the Megunticook River, starting with the sawmill that the first settlers came to establish.