Maine Urban Legends, Myths & Folklore: Not Your Average Bucket List Season 2
Quick – name the first three things to come to mind when you think about the state of Maine…
Did any of them involve a loch-ness monster? How about a Maine cryptid? Likely not. As the hosts for this podcast, we came into this Season Two episode of Not Your Average Bucket List with some preconceived notions about Maine that were quickly debunked. However, there are a few incredible Maine urban legends that we wanted to share. Take this incredible journey with us to Maine to discover the best cryptids, legends, lore, and more!
Maine Urban Legends We’ll Cover In The Episode
- What are some of the best Maine cryptids?
- Wait, Maine has a Loch Ness Monster?!
- The Tomb of Johnathan Buck
- How many unique cryptids does Maine have?
- Where is the Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail in Maine?
The Tomb of Colonel Johnathan Buck
Colonel Jonathan Buck was born on February 20, 1719, in Woburn, Massachusetts, and died on March 18, 1795 in Bucksport, Maine. Colonel Buck was a very accomplished man. This would’ve been his resume if he had a LinkedIn profile:
- loving husband and father of 9
- founder of Bucksport (known as Buckstown during his lifetime)
- an admired town leader/Justice of the Peace
- the first in the area to develop a sawmill, a grist mill, and a general store
- a Revolutionary War hero
One could reasonably think that any of these outstanding accomplishments would earn Colonel Buck great notoriety. Instead, it is his stained granite memorial that people still visit this day. Buck fell in love with a woman out of wedlock, with whom they shared a son.
However, Buck refused to financially support the son or the woman and even called her a witch to avoid doing so. In those days, calling a woman a witch was a death sentence, and lo and behold, the poor woman was burned over a pyre. As the legend goes, the son grabbed his mother’s leg and ran out of the town square in order to bury his mother’s body in the ground to try and save her soul as well as to have a site for a memorial.
Only until Buck died did weird things start happening to his gravesite. On Buck’s tomb appeared a stain in the form of a leg. Not once, not twice, but it kept coming back. The tomb was even changed, and the leg stain still appeared. The kicker? The marking of the leg is still there to this day.
Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail Murder
As the legend goes, Lawrence “Larry” Farrell disappeared in the fall of 2004 at the age of 55. But before he disappeared, Farrell was living with 64-year-old Norris Perry. Perry sadly lost his life by suicide in the winter of 2004. But before taking his own life, Perry left a voice message for his sister saying he had killed Farrell and that the body could be found in the brook behind their home.
Maine law enforcement began the search for Farrell’s body, which lasted over a month. They used cadaver dogs, a backhoe, and every possible machinery to unearth the ground where Perry said the body was.
But no traces of Farrell or his beloved bicycle were ever found.
Today, the trail is believed to be haunted by the ghost of “Bicycle Larry” (nicknamed this because he was so often seen riding his bike around town.) Visitors to the trail report seeing strange things, like orbs and spirits. Plus, some have even heard the sound of bicycle wheels and screams for them to leave!
If you want to check the trail out, The Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail starts beside Goggins IGA (in Randolph) on Route 27.
Not Your Average Bucket List Podcast Timestamps:
() Maine’s Very Own Loch Ness Monster
() The Casco Bay Sea Monster
() We Play Guess That Cryptid!
() Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail Murder
() Stephen King’s Fictitious Towns
Thanks for taking this Local Lore & Legends journey with us! As mentioned, here are a few of our OnlyInYourState articles for you to keep reading!
Are you ready to tune into the episode? Listen now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Get In Touch!
If you have personal experiences with any of the local lore and legends mentioned above, call or text 805-298-1420! We’d love to hear your thoughts on these creepy, potentially haunted places and maybe even share your clip on the show! You can also reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.