We spend a lot of time reminding you just how beautiful Maine can be. In fact, we do it almost every day. We also tell you
where to go hiking, how to survive a zombie apocalypse and the route for a road trip that you MUST take. However, nothing seems to get the level of feedback that we receive when giving you an article about our scariest, creepiest places. This morning I realized it had been a few weeks since we tried to scare you, so, without any further waiting, here are 12 terrifying places in Maine.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Kennebec Arsenal, Augusta
Following its transfer from military to state use in 1901, the nearly 200-year-old Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta became a facility to house the mentally ill. One look at the imposing granite structure and you can almost hear the cries of the tortured souls who called this place home. It closed its doors for good in 2004, but has recently been slated for redevelopment.
2. Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor
If you're a scary movie fan and find yourself in Bangor, a stop at Mount Hope Cemetery is essential. It is one of the filming locations for Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" - among the scariest movies ever made. Oh, and remember Al Brady from Central Street? He's buried here, too. Could he still be roaming the grounds?
3. Pocomoonshine Lake, Washington County
This lake in Washington County has held stories of lake monsters for as long as any Mainer in the area can remember. Some have even reported seeing the snake-like beings along with the trails they leave behind when the come to and leave the lake. While there are no photos of the creatures, locals estimate them to be anywhere from 30 - 60 feet long and could date back as far as 1873.
4. The Kennebunk Inn, Kennebunk
You could argue that once you run the Kennebunk Inn you become pretty dedicated to your job. The inn is rumored to be haunted by the previous owner and a clerk from its early days. Guests and visitors have reported hearing glasses shake and various other unexplained noises. But, don't let that stop you from making a visit. It's a lovely place if you don't mind a little spooky noise! Visit them at: 45 Main Street, Kennebunk / 207-985-3351
5. Stephen King's House, Bangor
King is the Master of Horror for a reason and his abode does not disappoint. From the Gothic facade to the wrought-iron spiderweb gate adorned with little creatures, everything here screams scary - and so will you.
6. Wood Island Lighthouse, Saco Bay
The lighthouse on Wood Island has a few scary theories related to its haunting. In one, the lighthouse is haunted by the ghost of fisherman, Howard Hobbs, who shot and killed his landlord Fred Milliken in 1896. The story goes that Hobbs and his roommate, William Moses, had been drinking heavily when Millikin asked to speak to them about their overdue rent. Hobbs went on to shoot Millikin in the chest before he turned the gun on himself inside the Wood Island lighthouse. Following the suicide, reports of moaning and unexplained shadows began to be told by keepers living in lighthouse. In 1972, the light was removed negating the need for any keepers to live within the haunted light. If you take a visit now you'll see that an automated light now exists and perhaps you'll hear Hobbs moaning on his own, without even a keeper to keep him company.
7. The Robie-Andrews Dormitory, USM Gorham Campus
It is said that Robie-Andrews dormitory on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine is haunted. Built in the 1800s, the Robie-Andrews dorm is the oldest building on the Gorham campus. Within that time, there have been numerous stories of suicide and murder, many of which include spirits that have stuck around for future generations of students.
In one story, a girl hung herself in the tower after learning she was pregnant. In another, a young woman falls to her death in front of a throng of people. Was she pushed? Did she jump herself? It is unclear. One thing is for sure, she hasn't quite found peace as she can still be seen and heard in and around the dorm building. Dorm residents have reported hearing noises and feeling cold areas. Some people have reportedly seen a woman in the tower. Sounds fairly normal until you learn that the tower has been closed off and inaccessible for many, many years. NOTE: This photo is from USM, but does not depict Robie-Andrews.
8. Brownville Road, Millinocket
On a wooded road in Millinocket, a newlywed couple traveled on a dark winter night. The story tells us that the groom was drunk and lost control of the car, hitting a telephone pole which killed him. After the young bride crawled from the wreckage and made her way back to the snowy road, she waited for hours for someone to drive by to help her. However, the conditions of the night meant that nobody was traveling and the woman never received help.
It is reported that she has remained in the same place in her wedding gown where she eventually froze to death. Travelers on the road have reported seeing the woman in the white gown on Brownville Road. She can still be seen wandering along the side of the road searching for help that never came. Some even claim to have actually spoken to the woman. In these situations, she tells the driver of her situation but as the vehicle approaches closer the woman suddenly disappears.
9. The Lucerne Inn, Dedham
The Lucerne Inn is rumored to be haunted by the ghostly victims of a murder-suicide that took place at the inn. Even the name of its location is scary! But, if you can look past that, they have a reasonably priced Friday night seafood buffet you should check out! Visit them at: 2517 Main Road, Dedham / 207-843-5123
10. Fort Knox, Prospect
On the western bank of the Penobscot River lies Fort Knox, built between 1844 and 1869. While it never saw battle, it is said that the ghosts of many Maine soldiers still roam its dark granite tunnels. And if you're still skeptical: in 2011, SyFy's "Ghost Hunters" crew visited Fort Knox for one of their paranormal investigations and concluded that, yes, the fort is very, very haunted.
11. Route 2A, Haynesville Woods
Route 2A is arguably America's most haunted road. One of the most treacherous roads in New England, it was once the main thoroughfare for trucks hauling potatoes from The County. Over the years, the road has claimed many lives... and some of its victims have never left.
12. Post-Blizzard Portland Streets, Portland
Let's end this list with a bit of levity. If the threat of a snow ban isn't enough to terrify you, you are the strongest person I know.