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We’ve been doing a lot lately with Maine Lighthouses. They are so iconic and romantic and full of history! Do you think many are haunted? It seems that may be the case!
We actually do know quite a few tales of haunted lighthouses, in fact one is on the cover of our most recent book, “Ghost of the Boothbay Region.”
Maine has over 60 lighthouses, many of which are open to the public or at least able to be seen by land. Others are visible by short boat trips. Several have museums or informational centers and gift shops. In Rockland, the Maine Lighthouse Museum is open year round.
Next month, on Saturday, May 21, I will be leading a special Lighthouse Cruise that will view 5 lighthouses in the Boothbay Harbor area (weather permitting) and then stop at Burnt Island Lighthouse for an up close look at the tower as well as the outbuildings and keeper’s house.
You’ll learn about the lives of some of the keeper’s – their joys as well as hardships, their routines and their families. I’m sure I won’t be able to resist a ghost story or two, as well!
This is a morning cruise, so you’ll have time for lunch and some exploring in the Boothbay area in the afternoon. The link to purchase tickets is below.
In the late summer and fall, we’ll also be doing some Lighthouse Legends and Lore cruises with Maine Maritime Museum. These will also include much history as well as haunted tales and ghost stories. The link to purchase tickets for these cruises is below, though I don’t think they are listed yet, so keep checking!
Hope to see you soon!
Part II – in brief
The first settlers who came to Mount Desert Island were Jesuit Priests who had actually been sent to Port Royal, but were turned away. They found themselves in the fog as they were heading south and ran into the Island. They decided to just stay and establish a mission there.
In the early 1600’s they were fired upon by those who had been told to prevent any French settlements. Several were killed, the others were captured and taken away to be sold as slaves.
The Priests who were killed were buried near a spring, now known as Jesuit Spring and many believe that this now a haunted place. Some say the waters run red at times, others say that white shapes are seen at night. Once an apparition of a man in a brown robe with a cross was seen in a boat, and splashing oars have been heard. Sometimes there are claims of hearing voices in French, praying.
As with most ghost stories, there are many differences, but some similarities. If you go to Jesuit Spring, please share with us what you hear or see!
As many of you know, I tend not to have “experiences” with the paranormal entities that might be around us, but I think that is changing… Over the last couple of years, I think have had 2 or 3 encounters.
The most recent one was in August when my husband and I were staying at an ocean front inn here in Maine. It was an older home, with small rooms and a shared bath.
We checked in, enjoyed dinner and, as we had an early morning planned, turned in early. It was a beautiful summer evening, so we had the windows wide open to the fresh salt water breezes.
About 3:00 in the morning I was awakened by a very strong smell. It was almost cloying; a very sweet perfumy smell. It was most noticeable right in the middle of the bed! I smelled the comforter, pillows, blankets, but it was not any of those. I rolled over toward the outside edge and it was a bit less annoying.
I was awakened again around 5:00 in the morning by the same strong odor. I was so puzzled because all I should have been smelling was the fresh ocean air.
When I was telling my husband about it in the morning, he said he didn’t notice it all, but we wondered if it might have been a previous resident of the room. I was very vocal about how unpleasant it was and that I hoped it/she did not come again that night. I think she heard me, for we were not disturbed that night.
I have heard many different stories of smells associated with the paranormal; cigarette smoke, pipe smoke, perfume, lotion, even toast and bacon! I’d love to hear your experiences…
There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago…
We’ve all hummed along or sung along with this classic Christmas Carol, dating to 1963, but most of us never really think about what ghost stories are doing in a Christmas Carol!
In reality, during Victorian times, telling ghost stories around the fire after Christmas Eve dinner was quite the norm. Just as normal as us nowadays hanging our stockings and putting out milk and cookies for Santa.
There are a lot of interesting evolutions of Christmas traditions, but this one certainly seems out of place. Apparantly, there is a connection to the Winter Solstice, as there is with many of our traditions; Yule Log, evergreens and gift giving to name a few.
Of course, “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens, involves the visitations of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, on Christmas Eve. A great story for re-telling!
I, for one, think this is a tradition that should be brought back to the forefront! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A great blog with lots of information on this topic can be found here http://www.hypnogoria.com/html/ghoststoriesforchristmas.html
Hi Everyone! The Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning, so maybe we’ll be having an early Spring! Here in Maine we have not had a terrible winter, but it’s always nice to look forward to Spring. That also means we can look forward to Red Cloak Haunted History Tours opening soon!
If you want a little taste of what we do, you don’t have to wait – The Lady in the Red Cloak will be giving a presentation on “Tales of Ghostly Lovers” on February 12th which is open to the public ($15). It is through MSAD 40 Adult Education in Waldoboro. Call 207-832-5205 to reserve your spot!
Hope to see you there!
I had a great time tonight with the folks who turned out for “Haunted Lighthouses of Maine”! They were a great group and had some interesting ghost stories to share – I always love to hear other’s stories!
Lighthouse lore is so fascinating – I learned a lot doing research for this, and there’s yet more to learn. Running into Abbie Burgess (“Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie”) again was fun. I sometimes think the wives and children of lighthouse keepers were just as stalwart as the men!
Two of the lighthouses we talked about tonight were Abenaki names, Matinicus and Seguin. It’s amazing to think about the Native Americans venturing that far out to sea in their canoes!
Next week I get to take some school children on walks; always rewarding and fun for me! I hope it doesn’t pour like it did today! I always hope to instill a love of history in the kids. History was something that was always part of my growing up, and obviously stuck with me!
Take a minute to think of your history… and enjoy!