Posts Tagged ‘graveyard

25
Aug
14

Research is Fun, but Sharing is Better

I have selfish reasons for this business – I love history and I love research! As fulfilling as intriguing research can be, I’ve found that it really needs to be shared for the best results.

I think of it as a treasure hunt – whether it is genealogy or a ghost story or historical research, once I find that first clue, I’m sucked in. I often can’t devote the time I’d like to continue the hunt, at least for the moment, but sometimes it’s hard to break away. The challenge is to find the information I need, but not get swept away for the whole day!

I have a diary that I’ve been reading. It dates to the late 1800’s – spanning 40 years! I don’t know how many transcribed typewritten pages it is but I’m only on page 70 something and not a third of the way through. It’s at a nearby library, in the reference section, which is probably a good thing. If I could check it out, no one would see me for days!

In my last post I mentioned a new offering coming to Wiscasset. It is an afternoon tour called History & Haunts of High Street. At either end of beautiful High Street are 2 historic buildings that we will tour through, while telling history, folklore and tales of both as well as all the homes in between. We will offer these only once a month June through October. Our first is this coming Friday, August 29.

One of the buildings is a courthouse; the oldest continuously working courthouse in Maine, dating to 1824. The other is “Castle Tucker,” now a museum owned by Historic New England, but once was a private home. It dates to 1807. The other buildings we will see are sea captains’ homes, a painted lady, an old bank with a “jug vault” in the cellar, a duplex dating to 1852 (who knew they built them that early?!) and more.

As I’ve been researching for this new tour, I’ve found myself getting so excited about sharing the information I’ve found! I can’t wait until Friday, and I hope the guests will appreciate the tidbits that I’ve come up with.

Another exiting “show and tell” that I experienced recently was during Boothbay’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. I was fortunate enough to be able to share “Ye Ol’ Burying Ground” with about 50 people. The amount of history found in old cemeteries and graveyards is incredible! Did you know a cemetery is different from a graveyard? A cemetery is not associated with a church, while a graveyard is. We ran into difficulties at this particular burying ground because it is now called a cemetery, but there did used to be a church right next to it. I didn’t know about the church until a local person shared with me during this celebration, so now there’s yet more research to be done – which came first the church or the burying ground?

I had a winter full of research this past year, and now it’s time to share… my husband has written a book, with my assistance, and it is now available to the public! “Haunted Damariscotta, Ghosts of the Twin Villages and Beyond” by Greg Latimer was published by History Press and can be purchased from them online here:

https://historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Series/Haunted%20America/Haunted-Damariscotta/9781626193055

Obviously, we’re very excited to have accomplished this, but also to share with all of you. Please let us know if you’d like to purchase signed copies from us – we can take care of that for you.

I hope you enjoy these last days of summer – I know I will, peeking out between the pages of that diary!

23
Aug
12

NEW! Red Cloak Cemetery Tours!

I am SO excited! I have loved cemeteries ever since I was a little girl. The ones I grew up with in Nevada are very different than New England cemeteries, yet still have that allure… With my parents, I used to go to family cemeteries, as well as some desert and ghost town cemeteries. It was always a mini history lesson, but certainly not boring! How could it be when it involved death and sickness and crime and sadness?

Now, as I’m older, I also appreciate the symbolism of the markings on the stones and the heartfelt epitaphs, sometimes biblical, sometimes written by loving family members. There is so much to life, behind the deaths that you realize in a graveyard.

It must be a family thing – my sister, still in Nevada, participates in a type of cemetery tour every Halloween season, and is head of the local Cemetery Association!

So, I’ve been wanting to start these tours for a while and finally they’re here! Each tour will be offered in the town that has a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour that evening. Due to a Maine State law that does not allow visiting cemeteries after dusk, these will be early evening tours, lasting about 1 hour. You can double up and go on a Haunted History Tour in the same town, the same evening, if you’d like.

A twist on the Red Cloak Cemetery Tours is that we will donate a portion of the proceeds of every tour to the local Cemetery Association if there is one, or to the local Historical Society if not. The Cemetery Tours will not focus as much on ghosts and hauntings as the Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, but we will feature a ghost story on each one!

So, if you’re a taphophile – you may be and not even know it – come and join The Red Cloaked Guide on a walk through a midcoast Maine burial ground!




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