Real Haunted Places of Maine
Maine is haunted by the ghosts of it's past history and people
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The Haunting of Wood Island Lighthouse Maine
Tragedy Lingers Still
Wood Island is the remote location of one of the oldest lighthouses on the Maine coast. It sits approximately 2 miles off the coast, surrounded by treacherous currents, often rough seas and frequent foul weather. However, none of this played a part in the horrific events of June 1, 1896.
Residing on the Island at this time, were the lighthouse keeper, Thomas Orcutt, a local lobster fisherman and former part-time constable, Fred Milliken and his family (wife and 3 step children) and 2 young fishermen, Howard Hobbs and William Moses. Hobbs and Moses were described as drifters, who had rented a shed from Milliken, for use as their residence. Hobbs and Moses were also heavy drinkers who had not paid their rent in several months.
Following a weekend drinking spree on the mainland, Hobbs and Moses returned to Wood Island by boat and were met by Milliken and his stepson at the island's boat landing, where the 2 were doing some maintenance work. Milliken confronted the 2 friends and asked them to meet with him later at his house. A short while later, Hobbs and Moses showed-up at Milliken's house, with Hobbs carrying his rifle. Milliken stepped forward and asked Hobbs if his rifle were loaded. The still inebriated Hobbs, denied that it was, but when Fred Milliken stepped forward and asked to check himself whether it was loaded or not, Hobbs shot him, point blank in the chest. Milliken's wife who had watched the shooting from her doorway, helped her gravely wounded husband back into the house, with the assistance of the other friend William Moses.
Mrs Milliken sent Moses and her oldest son to the mainland to obtain the services of a local physician. Hobbs who was still lingering outside the house, at the scene, still with his rifle, seemed remorseful and offered to get Mr. Orcutt, the lighthouse keeper to assist, which he did. Lingering and holding-on to life for approximately one hour, 35 year old Fred Milliken finally closed his eyes and succumbed to his gunshot wound.
When told of Milliken's death shortly afterwards, young Howard Hobbs announced that he had one bullet left, which he intended to use on himself. He ran off towards his domicile and shortly thereafter a shot was heard. Upon arrival on the island, the physician Dr O'Neill found 2 dead bodies, including that of Hobbs, lying in bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Following these grisly events in 1896, reports began of paranormal activity on the island, which have persisted to the present day. There were no longer any other residents, beside the lighthouse keeper on the island, after the murder - suicide.
In 1905, lighthouse keeper, Orcutt was reassigned and his successor was a man by the name of Charles Burke. Sometime in 1914, it was reported that Mr. Burke, driven mad by the isolation and the haunting, deserted his post, leaving the lighthouse unlit. He subsequently committed suicide by jumping from the 3rd floor of a boarding house, where he was staying on the mainland.
It is agreed that the ghostly activity at the lighthouse is caused by the agitated spirit of young Howard Hobbs, repeatedly seeking the assistance of the lighthouse keeper and full of remorse for his drunken killing of Fred Milliken. Reported paranormal activity at the lighthouse include the sounds of agonizing moans and strange voices, doors in the lighthouse opening and closing mysteriously, and a shadowy apparition.
Greg Marlett, Copyright 2008, All rights reserved.
(Wood Island Light Photo courtesy of Flickr)
Seguin Island Lighthouse Ghosts
Island of Mists and Fog
Maine is a particularly lonely place in the winter. With almost constant snow, sleet, fog and ice, the rocky coast is home to frequent storms and enormous seas. Located 2 miles off the coast from Fort Popham and the mouth of the Kennebec River, Seguin Island is reputed to be the foggiest point on the entire Maine coast. The lighthouse keepers and their families who resided on Seguin Island in the mid 19th century lived an even lonelier life still, surrounded by a hostile sea and cut-off from the mainland for weeks or months at a time. Separated from the comforts and supports of their fellow citizens, it is no wonder that such a lifestyle led to episodes of madness and tragedy. One such episode as occurred on Seguin Island Maine, in the winter, in the fog.
Seguin Island is a beautiful and almost idyllic setting during the summer months. Sitting at the top of 186 foot cliffs, the Seguin Island Light is the highest and second oldest on the entire coast of Maine. Because of its difficult rocks and height above sea level, a small tramway was built to carry goods to the lighthouse from the boat landing, the only assessable point on the island. It was up this tramway that the newest lightkeeper had a piano transported for his young wife, who had complained of the monotony of island life. Initially surprised and pleased by the thoughtful gift from her husband, her joy was diminished when it was discovered that there was only sheet music for 1 song. Unfortunately the young wife could only play the piano using a written musical score. The weather worsened as winter approached and it was no longer possible to obtain further supplies or sheet music from the mainland.
The young woman played her one song, over and over and over again, as the weather and isolation grew in intensity. Finally, a break in the weather allowed the lighthouse keeper to obtain supplies and additional sheet music for his wife. In spite of the new musical compositions received however, the keeper's wife continued to play the original song beyond all reason. The sound of the composition became embedded in the surrounding fog, as it echoed, over and over again.
Finally, being driven to madness by his wife's piano playing, the lighthouse keeper took an axe and demolished the piano. When his wife protested his act of rage, the lighthouse keeper took an axe to her too and she was found nearly decapitated. In a final fit of remorse and insanity, the keeper then ended his own life.
It is still very common to hear soft piano playing on Seguin Island, day or night and particularly in the fog. It has been described by a recent Coast Guard maintenance contractor, who experienced it, as a quick Scott Joplin style tune, which he recalled as having an "ethereal quality, almost more like a memory on the wind, than music." He heard the tune on a bright sunny day, while speaking to the summer caretaker, in front of the lighthouse residence. He reported that there was no piano in the residence, as he had just taken a tour and likewise no radio or other device playing. When he returned to the Coast Guard Station later in the day, he was asked by the Executive Officer, if he had heard the ghostly piano playing. He states that his heart almost stopped, as he was completely surprised by this question and totally unaware of the story.
Many other paranormal events, including the apparition of a small child are experienced on Seguin Island, as well. The apparition is thought to be that of the young daughter of a former lighthouse keeper, who died and was buried on the island.
Greg Marlett, Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved.
(Photo Seguin Island Light, Courtesy of Flickr)
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The Haunting Of Boon Island Lighthouse - Off The Maine Coast by Greg Marlett
Island of Horrors
Is Boon Island Haunted? Let's consider the anecdotal history of evidence surrounding this remote and desolate outpost. Located approximately 6 miles off the Maine Coast from the Town of York, Boon Island is a pile of rock measuring approximately 400 square feet and is only 14 feet above sea level at it's highest point. It is a barren and windswept spot and due to a nearby shallow underwater rock ledge, extending some 4 miles out from the island, a very treacherous spot for shipping. Many a ship was lost in the vicinity of Boon Island and the first Lighthouse was built there in 1799. The current lighthouse on Boon Island, at a height of 133 feet, is the tallest lighthouse in New England and can be seen for miles around, in clear weather.
On December 11,1710 the British Ship, Nottingham Galley was wrecked off Boon Island and the survivors struggled to stay alive, eventually resorting to cannibalism during their 3 week ordeal. After this disaster, local fisherman began leaving barrels of foodstuff and provisions on the island to benefit shipwreck survivors and avert further tragedy.
Sometime in the 1850s a lighthouse keeper at Boon Island, married a young local woman named Kathleen Bights. A few months after the young bride relocated to the island, a furious storm struck while her husband, the lone lighthouse keeper at the time, was seriously ill. At some point during the storm, he died and Kathleen was forced to climb 168 stairs to tend the light herself. After 5 grueling days, she finally collapsed from exhaustion and lack of food and water. Noticing the light was out, local citizens went out to the island and so the story goes, found her wandering aimlessly around, deranged by grief and exhaustion. Although physically surviving the ordeal, it was said that she never fully recovered from her trauma.
A common report from visitors and local fisherman,, is a "mournful wail" emanating from the Island at night and during bad weather. Some attribute it to young Katherine Bights, calling out for help during that storm many years ago.
Another experience by many of the Coast Guard keepers and area fisherman is the sighting of a full bodied apparition, of a young woman "shrouded" in white, who reportedly appears sad faced. This ghostly presence has been attributed to the mistress of the Nottingham Galley, or the spirit of young Kathleen Bights.
Coast Guard lighthouse keepers have reported paranormal activity and events right up to the time the light was finally fully automated in 1978. One keeper stated that his labrador retriever chased and pursued an unseen entity all over the island. Another incident occurred when the 2 coast guard keepers went out fishing for the day in their boat. Having drifted too far away from the island to make it back by nightfall, they were astonished when the light came on, right on schedule, since no one else was on the island. It was reportedly common to hear doors open and close in the tower and adjoining house as well as other noises which couldn't be readily accounted for. Many keepers also reported a feeling or sensation of being watched, especially when going outside to turn on the foghorn.
After duty at Boon Island Light, most skeptics became firm believers in the paranormal, with their own tales and experiences to report. Unfortunately, with automation and subsequent islolation, the ghostly denizens of Boon Island will have no further opportunity for interaction.
By Greg Marlett Copyright 2007, All rights reserved.
Photo: Boon Island courtesy of freefoto.com
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