Posts Tagged ‘apparition


Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, etc. continued

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!


Fall Ghost Events

With fall approaching, I want to remind you of our final Mysterious Destinations ghost adventures for 2012! Of course, our regular Red Cloak Haunted History Tours and Red Cloak Cemetery Tours will continue through October 30!
This coming Saturday, Sept. 22 – the Autumnal Equinox! – will be a Midnight Explore of the Winter Street Center in Bath, Maine. This 3 story building dates back to the 1850’s and is attached to a church built in 1843. We’ll have 4 hours to learn a bit of the building’s history and be trained on using paranormal investigation equipment, then head off on the adventure! We have had battery drain, registered cold spots, flashlight conversations, extreme EMF activity and more during past Explore’s. Cost is only $35 which includes light refreshments, bottled water and coffee as well as a donation to the restoration of the church. By reservation only.
On October 26, we’ll have an Explore similar to the above.
October 27th, you’ll have the opportunity to eat dinner and spend the night with Myrtle, a ghost who is said to haunt her past place of business as well as her nearby home in Newcastle, Maine. Myrtle has been active for years, but just recently there have been 2 full bodied apparitions seen – one in each building! There is limited space left for this special Halloween event.

For more information on any of the above, please call 207-380-4677  or go to


Ghostly Lovers from Maine for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Tomorrow!

I thought I’d share a ghostly lover story with you in honor of Valentine’s Day. There are many out there, of course, but this one took place in Maine, so I thought it would be a good choice!

Bob was a young sailor from Lubec, Maine. He worked on a clipper ship that was bringing emigrants to America from Ireland and England in the mid 1800’s. On one trip he met a young Irish lass named Nora and they fell madly in love.

They were married in Portland, Maine as soon as they were able after docking, and headed for Lubec. Bob tried his hand at farming, but the lure of the sea was too much, so he became a fisherman. Eventually he built a ship of his own that he named the Nora.

Nora and Bob raised a family and lived happily for many years. They moved to Eastport, Maine, and Bob began using the Nora as a cargo ship. One terribly stormy day, the ship was overdue from Portland and Nora and her children were very anxious.

Nora kept watch until about midnight, when she dropped into a fitful sleep. Less than an hour later, she awoke with a start and had the feeling that someone was in the room with her. There was a flash of lightning and she saw her husband standing by the window – he was soaking wet and covered with seaweed! Nora called his name and turned for a light. Just then the church clock struck 1:00 am. When she turned back, he had disappeared! There was a puddle of water and a bit of seaweed in the spot where he had been standing.

Now, there was a legend in Nora’s home town in Ireland that St. Patrick had granted the womenfolk  there the favor of one last look at their loved one if he happened to die at sea. Knowing this, Nora was sure that she had just seen her husband for the last time; that he would not be returning from his voyage.

She called her family and neighbors to come and she told them what had happened. No one believed her – they tried to convince her that it was rainwater coming from a leak in the window. She then showed them the seaweed and one neighbor tasted the water, which was salty! The next day when the Nora sailed into the harbor and everyone was told the Captain had been struck by lightning at 1:00 am and fell overboard, they were finally convinced!

Nora lived many more years, never remarrying, and telling anyone who would listen the tale of her husband’s last visit and showing them the seaweed that she kept wrapped in a bit of Irish lace. She died on the anniversary of his death and many believe Bob came back for her on that day.

I hope you’re able to spend tomorrow with the one you love…


Halloween – only a few days away!

Halloween already?! My, time flies here at Red Cloak Haunted History Tours! We’ve been having such fun… I mean, how can you beat the apparition of Grandpa, the ‘Spectre’, a ghost who slaps men on their backsides, the most haunted building in the state of Maine, and the spirit of a playful little boy?!?

In case you’ve been wanting to come on a lantern walk and haven’t made it yet, we do have some 5:00 and 9:00 tours in addition to the regular 7:00 ones. Our last night is October 30th. Check for a special event on Saturday, October 29 – a Visit with Myrtle – a chance to participate in a ghost hunt of 2 buildings!

I’d really like to thank everyone who came on tours this year and gave us the opportunity to share our stories and the rich history of midcoast Maine. I’d also like to thank my associate ‘Ladies in Red Cloaks’ who worked very flexible hours these last months!

I’m looking forward to a winter full of research and maybe some new offerings next summer/fall! Don’t forget I am available off season by special request… I have some great school tours coming up in November! Check back now and then – you never know what random weird thing I’ll come up with to blog about!

Also, keep an eye on for winter offerings as well as next summer and our November 2012 cruise!


Quote of the Day (but not every day)

“Let us interrogate the great apparition that shines so peacefully around us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Only 5 days left…

Do you dare to join us for a Full Moon Midnight Explore? There are still a few spaces available for the August 13 adventure where we’re going to investigate 3 full floors of the haunted Rufus Flye house in Damariscotta! We’ll start with a light buffet supper at 9 and the stories of  the paranormal activity that happens there will be told. Then demonstrations of investigative equipment will be given, guests will split into teams and the exploration will begin! Will we encounter the ghost? Will we see an apparition? Will we hear a disembodied voice?

Here’s a link to all the information:


apparition: noun, a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, esp. a ghost; a specter or phantom; wraith: a ghostly apparition at midnight.

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