The Halloween Season in the Bucksport Area is always a fun time for familys and tourists alike. It must be because the history of our town is so SPOOKY!
Take for example, Colonel Jonathan Buck! Within a 5 minute walking distance from your room at our motel, this monument has been amazing visitors for years.
The Cursing of Colonel Buck
A Maine Spooky Story
retold by S. E. Schlosser
Now Colonel Buck was not what you'd call the most virtuous man in town. No sir! He had an eye for the ladies, did Colonel Buck, and he would chase them 'til he got what he wanted. Then he would drop them like a hot brick.
Well, Colonel Buck has a pretty maid working for him. It weren't long before he started noticing her and she, poor lass, started looking back. One thing led to another, don't you know, and one day Colonel Buck turned out his pretty maid, seeing as she was unmarried and in the family way.
Well now, that pretty lass had a deformed baby boy, and she had a hard time making ends meet with a growing son. She began putting pressure on ol' Colonel Buck to take responsibility for the boy. Well, Colonel Buck weren't having none of that. He began putting it about town that this lassie was really a witch. The rumor spread and spread. The townsfolk became a-feared of the lass and one day they grabbed the woman and brought her before Colonel Buck. He condemned her to death for sorcery, and had her burned at the stake. The woman shouted a curse at the Colonel as she burned, swearing that he would always bear the mark of this injustice.
Her poor young son was forced to watch his mother being burned as a witch. When one of his mother's legs fell from her burning body, he broke away from the crowd, ran forward to pick up the leg and fled. It was the only piece of his mother he had left to bury.
After Colonel Buck's death, a grand tombstone was erected in his honor. A few weeks later, a strange discoloration began to form on the stone. It was the picture of a woman's leg. The reminder of the woman and her curse embarrassed the people of Bucksport. They had the stone thrown out to sea. But the stone was washed ashore, the image of the leg still branded upon it. The town leaders had the stone smashed to bits and they put a new tombstone on Colonel Buck's grave. But the image of the leg reappeared on the new stone, and could not be removed. It remains there to this day; a reminder of a poor girl who was robbed of her innocence and later her life by Colonel Buck.
October 22, 2016, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Downtown Bucksport, ME
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Join us this October 22 for the eighth annual spook-tacular Ghostport festival in downtown Bucksport. Timed to coincide with Fright at the Fort just across the bay, this Halloween-themed event offers something for all ages, from the Lil' Goblins Parade down Main Street to Jonathan Buck’s Race to the Grave.
Whether it’s the spooky or the sweet that you seek, Ghostport is the place for fall fun. Show off your creative skills in the carved pumpkin contest or skip the carving altogether and launch your pumpkin into the Penobscot using our trebuchet. After the sun sets, scare yourself silly at Fort Knox and then take our shuttle back to the waterfront to enjoy music, food and fireworks. Cap it all off with a late night horror film on the big screen! A Wickedly Fun Filled day!
This year’s Ghostport events feature:
Pumpkins being catapulted into the river (keep your fingers crossed we might have a pumpkin cannon)
A little goblins parade down Main Street
Food and craft vendors on the waterfront
Trunk or treating
Giant carved pumpkins
Carved pumpkin contest
Activities for kids of all ages
A fireworks display
The Werewolf Howl Dance
and competitors racing coffins in “Jonathan Buck’s race to the grave event”.
This year brings us all that and maybe more!
We believe the Greater Bucksport area is an ideal setting for Halloween activities with our rich spooky History surrounding the Jonathan Buck tombstone, the macabre murder of Sarah Ware and countless local ghost stories.
Fright at The Fort
Visitors are led through the dark passageways of Fort Knox, where indescribable things lurk in the shadows, creating screams of fright.
The event runs from 5:30 to 9 each night. Visitors are asked to arrive no later than 8:30. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Those wishing to avoid the long lines can purchase an express ticket ($13 for adults; $7 for children under 12) at the Fort Knox gift shop during regular business hours (usually 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
For more information, call 469-6553 or visit www.fortknox.maineguide.com.