It’s been a while since we talked about anything creepy here at Only in Maine and we felt it was time! Between all the beauty, fun and nature of Vacationland, some seriously creepy things are hiding out. From haunted hotels to dangerous mountaintops, look no further for your daily dose of spine chills!
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A Uniquely Terrifying Maine Inn
If you’re looking for the creepiest hotel stay in all of Maine, check out the crypt at the Inn at the Agora in Lewiston. In 2014 Andrew Knight purchased the former rectory and transformed it into the Inn at The Agora, which opened in September 2014. Later, the actual church and chapel were renovated to become The Agora Grand Events Center. Today the space plays hosts to weddings and events of various sizes. One of the best things about this property is the crypt that comes along with it. The body of the original builder and priest, Thomas Wallace, laid inside the building for about a century after his death. It was only until the closing of the church in 2009 that his body was moved to a cemetery in nearby Bangor. This original crypt still sits, waiting for curious guests to come looking. Visit them at: 1 Walnut Street in Lewiston, ME 04240 / 855-552-4672.
The Spooky Small Town of Prospect
Visitors to Fort Knox in Prospect have reported seeing, hearing, and even feeling ghostly presences when they explore the fort’s cavernous inner-workings. The fort has been featured on the paranormal investigation show Ghost Hunters, as well as this independent documentary by a team of ghostbusters. The fort was never used in battle during the Revolutionary War, so no notable deaths have taken place there. But plenty of soldiers still manned it when it was operational. Some of them may simply be going back to work.
The Allagash Waterway
In August of 1976, four met ventured into the Allagash Wilderness for two weeks of camping. As they enjoyed the Northern Maine wilderness one night, they noticed a bright light that seemingly tracked them as they paddled on the water. Then, just as quickly as it appeared, it was gone. Until two nights later when it came back. As they watched from their small boat, the bright light shot out and beamed down upon them again. They began paddling back to shore. Rather than arriving back on shore and pulling the boat inland, the next thing they remember is simply being back. The light was gone. In 1988 two of the men began having terrible nightmares. The frightening dreams included images of four men sitting naked on a bench, feeling terrified. They enlisted the help of UFO researcher, Ray Fowler, who hypnotized them and recorded them each telling a tale of being abducted and probed during their 1976 Allagash trip.
The Boothbay Harbor Opera House
With so many different people living key parts of their lives here, it’s no wonder their spirits have caused the space to be one of the most haunted in the state. The spirits have been known to travel throughout the building, the source of the majority of disturbance is said to be on the second floor.
In a small room that once served as the meeting place for the Knights of Pythias, there is a window overlooking the street and church. There’s also an old piano. Those who spend time in the room tell of a strange presence that lurks, even when they are alone. Since 1949, people have reported the old piano playing by itself. Official reports of this ghostly music were made again in 1957 and then again in 1977. The spirit who is responsible, along with his or her motives, is unknown.
The Haunted Captain Fairfield Inn
Captain James Fairfield built his Federal-style mansion in 1813-1815, after he had been released from British imprisonment during the War of 1812. It was a wedding present to James Fairfield and his bride, Lois, from his father-in-law. Captain Fairfield lived in the home with his family for 5 years until he died of pneumonia. The home was converted into an inn in 1991 and reports of hauntings have come in ever since. Guests report feeling the warm presence of the Captain who seems very pleased to have so many people enjoying his home. In another story, an image of the Captain was seen spending time in the basement during the renovation of the home to turn it into an inn. If you visit, you can probably be assured that any sightings will be peaceful. Visit them at: 8 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport / 207-967-4454
The Saco River in York
The legend of the Curse Saco River dates back to around 1547. A tribe of Indians living on Saco Island worshiped a nefarious river monster. One night, three drunken sailors made their way to Saco Island, grabbed a mother and child and sent them hurtling off Saco Falls. They believed that they’d survive the fall, but (somehow not surprisingly) they didn’t. The husband put a curse on the Saco River, demanding that the river monster kill three white men each year to avenge the deaths. The river monster (who is sometimes called the “White Monkey” for his human-like appearance), has been seen several times since 1547. The most recent was in 1970.
Pocomoonshine Lake in Princeton
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.
Spooky, Haunted Wood Island
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 the 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.
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