Posts Tagged ‘Camden

08
Nov
15

Maine Place Names

On a recent “Haunted Lighthouse Cruise” on the Kennebec River with Maine Maritime Museum, we were discussing Maine place names. Most of the ones we were talking about were Native American names, such as Kennebec, Sasanoa, Arrowsic, and Seguin.

Then the discussion led to the strange phenomena that Maine has of having place names of Peru, Rome, China, Naples, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, Lisbon, Denmark, Vienna, Paris, Stockholm, Madrid, Moscow and Norway.

There is also Frankfort and Bremen of German heritage (not Dresden – Pownalborough was renamed Dresden just because the Probate Judge liked the sound of it!). Belfast and Limerick are of Irish background, as well as more, I’m sure.

Many of our place names are of English origin due to the majority of the settlers coming from Great Britain. Maine also has a fair amount of Finnish history, which you might run across.

Of course we also have Union, Hope, Freedom, Unity, Liberty, Friendship, and Harmony which are fairly self explanatory. As are Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, etc.

I won’t even start on Maine island names – that may be another blog entry!

The point of all this is that we tend to believe that place names came from the name of an early settler or the place that the early settlers came from or in honor of a person or a value.

There are other reasons!

China and Poland were named after songs/hymns that the person in charge happened to like at the time.

Some towns chose their names in solidarity with a country that was having independence conflicts at the time; Mexico and Peru for example. Others chose names out of respect for how the countries handled certain conflicts or battles, such as Moscow and Denmark.

Paris was named such in recognition of France’s help during the American Revolution, as was Camden, after a Lord Camden of England who was sympathetic with the colonies.

I, frankly, am amazed that in the 1700 and 1800’s, Maine people were so aware and knowledgeable of world happenings and felt such sympathy. It’s quite a statement, one that could be said to stand today.

06
Jun
13

National Doughnut Day!

I’m giving you a heads up, so you can be prepared for breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snacks or all of them). Tomorrow, June 7, is National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut day was created in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers.

Now, aside from a tasty treat, why would The Lady in The Red Cloak be writing about doughnuts? The history behind them of course! And all the better that that history begins in one of the Maine towns that offers Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, Camden.

There was a young man… well, in 1847 he was considered almost a man, I’m sure. He was 15 so nowdays we might call him a boy. He had a complaint to make to his mother about her favored ‘dough cakes’. They were nice fluffy blobs of dough that she fried, then sprinkled with sugar, maple syrup, nuts or whatever she had handy. They were not only favorites of the family, but also the neighbors.

Hanson Gregory, by this old age of 15, considered he could respectfully tell his mother something he’d been hiding for years – the centers of her ‘dough cakes’ were quite soggy!

His mother was not offended, she agreed with him, saying that she had tried cooking them longer or making them smaller or flattening them out more, but it was no use – the centers were still soggy!

Hanson, smart young man that he was, suggested that she just take the middles out before frying them and the doughnut was born!

So, there you have it – maybe it will make your doughnut all the tastier tomorrow! Enjoy!

This is a picture of Hanson Crockett Gregory at a much later age.

30
Jul
12

National Girlfriend Day

I recently found out that August 1st is National Girlfriend Day – so the first thing to do is gather up your girlfriends and bring them on a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour! We will have 3 tours on Wednesday, August 1st (which is also a Full Moon night, by the way!); Camden, Boothbay Harbor and first come first served for Damariscotta or Wiscasset.

The second thing to do is share a girlfriend ghost story with me. Maybe you and a girlfriend had a paranormal experience or explored a haunted house together, or maybe your story is more like mine…

My best friend since early elementary school lives across the country from me here in Maine. She and I were inseparable as we were growing up and each considered the other’s family to be ours as well. My mother used to wear a particular lotion with a distinctive smell – long ago off the market. The night my mother passed away, my girlfriend told me she was awakened in the middle of the night and knew someone was in her room – and she knew just who it was; she could distinctly smell my mother’s lotion – a smell she had not experienced in over 30 years! My mother had stopped in to tell her goodbye.

What’s your story??

06
Oct
11

There’s still room for October Red Cloak Haunted History Tours in Maine!

We still have room on all Red Cloak Haunted History Tours the rest of the month… except this Saturday(Oct. 8) in Camden, ME! Because that one is full, I’ve added a 5:00 pm tour for Camden that evening. We’ll also have a 9:15 tour in Wiscasset on the 8th.

Please keep in mind that our schedule (at least one tour every night this month!) is subject to change, but that we also do offer some 5 pm and some 9 pm tours! Just call and we’ll do the best we can for you so that you can take an October ghost tour! Once a firm reservation is made, that tour will not change – unless there’s an emergency or rain, of course!

I’m looking forward to seeing you this last month of our season! Often, the October tours are the best… a little chill in the air, crunchy leaves to walk through, and of course, Halloween approaching!

01
Sep
11

Labor Day Tours

Hi there! Hasn’t this Maine weather been awesome! I hope it keeps up for the whole Labor Day Weekend! Everyone has so many fun things planned – what are your plans? Besides giving tours in the evenings, I will be involved at the Camden Windjammer Days – as a Pirate! Come and say hello if you’re there!

We have plenty of great Red Cloak Haunted History Tours planned for you – ghosts, superstitions, a witch, the mystery ship, a haunted lighthouse, funeral trivia, black mists and more! Please call or e-mail and we’ll set you up; yes, weather permitting, we’ll be giving tours all week!

14
Aug
11

Camden

Another tour in Camden tonight, but no ghost activity at the apple tree!

10
Aug
11

Camden Maine Ghost part two

We discovered this ghost in the apple tree a couple of years ago, just about this time of year.  Apples were falling from the tree during an unrelated story and a guest was joking about there being a ghost in the tree. She took a picture and captured an incredible orb in the tree! You can see her photo on our “Ghostly Sightings” page. As she was walking away, she said goodbye to the ghost and one lone apple plopped to the ground, as if in response.

We’ve now incorporated that story into the tour, and the last few weeks, our guests have been seeing strange things going on in the apple tree. One guest saw an apple go out from the tree sideways, before dropping to the ground! Another saw an apple already on the ground roll uphill – what?  As we were leaving one evening, I said goodbye to the ghost and thanked it for sharing. A picture taken at that moment shows an orb in the tree!

So last night I was interested to see what might happen when we stopped by the apple tree…  one of the guests saw 3 apples drop straight down and 1 apple go out sideways at the same time! Lots of pictures were taken, so we’ll see what those turn up. I will keep you posted…