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14
Feb
18

For Valentine’s Day – “The Frozen Lovers”

There was a terrible storm in December of 1850, with several ships going aground in Penobscot Bay, Maine. About midnight the storm picked up and the winds were howling. One small schooner had anchored earlier, intending to wait the storm out and continue to Boston the next day.
 
The captain had gone ashore and left his first mate, a seaman and one passenger on board. When the winds intensified, the schooner broke free, was blown across the bay to Owl’s Head, and crashed into the rocky ledges.
 
The 3 on board were not injured, but were exposed to the storm and waves and were soon soaked. They wrapped themselves in blankets to try to stay warm. As the schooner began to break apart, the seaman, Roger Elliott, scrambled ashore over ice coated rocks and eventually made his way to a road.
 
It was the road to the Owl’s Head Lighthouse and fortunately the lighthouse keeper was going by in a sleigh and saw the exhausted, freezing man. He quickly took him home and put him to bed (after a hot rum). Roger told the keeper about the 2 left on the schooner.
 
About a dozen men were called out for the rescue and made it to the schooner before it had totally broken apart. They found the 2 wrapped in each others arms under a blanket which was covered in ice! They seemed to be dead, but the rescuers would not take a chance and took them to the keeper’s house where they chopped the ice off of the pair and then placed them in cold water. The water temperature was slowly raised and the limbs of the pair were gently exercised and massaged.
 
After about 2 hours the passenger, Lydia Dyer, began to come to and within the next hour Richard Ingraham did as well!
 
During the sharing of the events, it became known that the pair were engaged to be married and thought, as they were freezing on the wrecked schooner, they’d never have a chance to share their vows. It was many months before they were totally recovered, but they did marry and had 4 children, living very near Owl’s Head, Maine and extremely thankful for Roger Elliot’s bravery.
Check my Facebook page for a Valentine poem written for a medium in 1875.
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21
May
17

Part Two – Ancestor Appreciation Day

Two posts ago, I wrote about one of my ancestors who completed a great feat, at the time. He was the first to take a wheeled vehicle from the Kennebec River to the Penobscot River (Skowhegan to Bangor).

I do not know if this was a 2 wheeled or 4 wheeled vehicle, but it did cause a stir among settlers as he passed by small settlements in the 1800’s, according to reports. It certainly must have been horse or oxen drawn.

I wish there was more documentation – was he alone? what was he transporting? how long did it take (about 50 miles)? what time of year did this take place?

So, today, I had the opportunity to drive this route myself (in my 4 wheeled car! and in the opposite direction). I just wanted to drive the drive and imagine what it must have been like in the early 1800’s.

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Most of the area is now farm country so it is nice open fields, but at the time it would have been all wooded (as above), and as I mentioned in my original post, must have certainly needed some trailblazing!

I passed by a few lakes, bridged several rivers and went up and down countless hills! All I could think of was the poor horse(s) or ox(en) that had to work so hard. The modern road is a nice, wide 2 lane highway in very good shape and was a pleasure to drive.

Caleb Shaw must have had good reason to go to all that trouble, or maybe he was just up to a challenge! Some of my Shaw ancestors certainly have been the type to make their own way.

History is wonderful, haunted or not, but always leaves us wishing for more…

18
Aug
15

Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park

I spent the day today at the above places – some of which overlap. It was a hot August day, but there was also some fog and lots of sunshine. Here – one of the Porcupines, engulfed at 3 pm.

Bar Harbor fog over Porcupines

Those of you who’ve been here know that it’s a magical place. It also can be considered a mystical place. In some cases it can be considered a haunted place. No debate that it’s a beautiful place. It’s special to me for many reasons – I’ve been traveling to the area for 40 years, my daughter was married in Bar Harbor, my family lived in Southwest Harbor for 4 years and therefore the area holds many memories for me.

There are scenic vistas, beaches, kayak trips, rocky shores, cliffs, shops, islands, mountains, lobster/crab rolls, bike trips, carriage trails, woodlands, boat trips, lakes/ponds and oh so much more.

I was here today to experience as much as possible of the above, but mostly to spread the word about our new evening Haunted History Tours in Bar Harbor. I think I hit at about half of the above list in just one day, so I’m happy! Those of you who’ve been to the area know that just one day is not enough to experience all that MDI has to offer. I’m not sure that one week is enough, or even one year.

Over the last 10 months, I have spent quite a bit of time in the area as we researched, interviewed, planned and readied the opening of our newest tour. We opened at the beginning of July, with 2 wonderful associates to lead our tours. Of course, our tours are only in Bar Harbor, but I do believe that the Island/Park/towns cris-cross in most respects.

There are haunts and mysteries across the Island, too – one actually dating to the earliest settlers! Check in tomorrow for Part II and that account.

15
Jul
15

Outdated Crimes and Criminals

This is an interesting blog that I came across today and wanted to share. Some of these very outdated (thankfully) crimes no longer happen due to changes in culture and times.

At least one of these is discussed sometimes on our Damariscotta Haunted History Walking Tour.

Enjoy – here is the link.

20
Oct
14

Robert Frost “Night” Poem

I ran across this Robert Frost poem and it reminded me of so many nights that I am out and about, especially the line about the “luminary clock against the sky” which I see so often on those white New England steeples on some of my Red Cloak Haunted History Tours. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Acquainted With The Night
by Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have out walked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-by;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

25
Sep
14

quote of the day (but not every day)

“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.” Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

27
Aug
14

Website glitch and apology

My apologies to anyone who has been trying to make a reservation through the website. The “contact us” piece does not always go through and gets lost in the netherworld of cyberspace! I hope we have fixed that problem today, but if you send an e-mail or reservation request and don’t hear back, please call to double check! Thanks –