Posts Tagged ‘midcoast Maine

31
Oct
14

Eccentric

Mary Moody Emerson was Ralph Waldo Emerson’s aunt. She spent her whole life taking care of friends and relatives, never marrying. She traveled throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire helping whoever needed help. Mary was just 4 feet 2 inches tall, a frail looking woman with short blonde hair, the short bob being unusual for the times, but quite strong and determined. She didn’t care at all what people thought of her and she quickly became known as quite eccentric.

She was fascinated with death and traveled with her own shroud and coffin shaped bed! At one of her relatives homes she delighted in the coffin shaped shadow that was made by the nearby church steeple. She was so obsessed with death that her friends used a quote from Shakespeare to greet her, “I wish you the joy of the worm.”

One hot summer day she decided to put on the burial shroud she made for herself rather than the heavy skirt, corset, stockings, etc. that were the custom of the day. Mary found her shroud to be so cool and comfortable that she continued to wear it often, to the surprise and shock of many townspeople and her relatives! According to her nephew, she even wore it horseback riding and ended up making several in her later life because they would wear out.

In spite of her wish to die, she lived to be 89 and was laid to rest in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, with this quote of her nephew, “Mary’s body—her “tedious tabernacle”—was finally placed into a cool, sweet grave, freeing her soul to ascend to Heaven. Worms, those most valuable companions, finally would gnaw away the meshes that had trapped her soul on earth, a place where she felt she never truly belonged.”

One of the places where Mary spent a considerable amount of time was Wiscasset, Maine, with her sister, Hannah. Even though Mary was not there when she died, she apparently has chosen Hannah’s home as one of her favorite places in the afterlife.

We were asked by some members of the office that is now in the house to do a light investigation, as they thought there was the spirit of a man there. Also, the office dog spent a lot of time at the bottom of the stairs looking up at nothing they could see.

When we went in, we immediately had lots of EMF activity in several areas of the downstairs at once. We quickly determined that there indeed was a man there, but Mary Moody Emerson was also in the house! They both “spoke” to us by making the EMF detectors go on or off in response to questions. They did not seem to want us to leave as the detectors were still registering as we walked out and we had to remind them to stay there.

Recently, I was by the house, outside, telling Mary’s story, showing some students an EMF detector and explaining what had happened to us inside. When I started talking about Mary the EMF detector started beeping, even though it was in the same place it had been for several minutes without registering anything! We asked if it was Mary and it beeped 3 times in response. I asked if I could tell about her shroud and it again beeped as if in the affirmative. When I mentioned that Mary had been quite an eccentric character, it again beeped. Several different times, the EMF detector beeped in appropriate places or in appropriate response to questions. We had to move along, so the students thanked Mary for “talking” to us and I asked her if she was glad that we had come by, and once again, the EMF detector beeped 3 times.

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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!

08
Apr
12

Haunted Maine Lighthouses

Into lighthouses? Haunted ones?

The Lady in the Red Cloak will be telling some haunted Maine lighthouse stories, as well as a brief history of each, at an Adult Education class later this month (April).

If you want to read more about it, or sign up for the class, please go to this link for MSAD40, http://msad40.maineadulted.org/courses/course/haunted_lighthouses_of_maine. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

A different Haunted Lighthouse opportunity is available in August, put on by my sister company, Mysterious Destinations. It is a 4 day/3 night bus tour of coastal Maine in which we’ll stop at 7 lighthouses and hear tales of many more! There will be the opportunity to do some searching for paranormal activity, if you wish, at most of the stops. There will be instruction on “ghost hunting equipment” and there will be equipment available for guests to use. We’ll also offer walking tours of 3 haunted Maine villages telling a few ghost stories along the way, and a stop at the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Check it all out at http://www.mysteriousdestinations.com/component/content/article/10-tours/90-haunted-maine-lighthouses-august-20-23.

I hope you’re enjoying Spring – if you’re experiencing Spring anyway! We had snow flurries yesterday and today here in Maine!

28
Oct
11

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 www.mysteriousdestinations.com 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 www.mysteriousdestinations.com for winter offerings as well as next summer and our November 2012 cruise!

22
Aug
11

More Midcoast Maine Haunted History Opportunities

Beginning in September, when we change tour times to 7:00, I’ll be offering a later tour as well.  4 nights a week (Saturday through Tuesday) you’ll have the option of beginning at 9:15 pm. So, if you’ve always wanted to take a midcoast Maine Haunted History Tour, but the times didn’t mesh with your dinner hour or work schedule, now you will have a choice! Due to limited calendar space, I’m not going to post these extra tours on the schedule page, just give me a call, or note a later time in your reservation request.

These later tours are always an option by special request. Don’t forget daytime tours and private tours are as well! Do you have a firepit or fireplace at your home or cottage? Invite me over for Spectral Stories by firelight!

For even more opportunities, go to www.mysteriousdestinations.com and see what we’re offering there! Check back often, we’re continuing to add events and trips!

06
Aug
11

Blues, BBQ and Haunted History!

Another gorgeous summer day in midcoast Maine! Top it off with a street party in Bath – Blues @ Que on Winter Street! It begins at 6:00, so you’ll have plenty of time to eat and do a little dancing before 7:30, when the Red Cloak Haunted History Tour begins! Proceeds from the street party benefit the Winter Street Center. Call me or find me there! 207-380-3806

20
Jul
10

questions come in now and then about different legends or tales in the midcoast Maine area – always ready to look into those for people if I can – who knows what we might find!