Bailey Cemetery in Portland, Maine has all the ingredients of a good, haunted cemetery. It has Colonial history, unmarked graves, and some neglected plots.
The location is great for Portland ghost enthusiasts who prefer sites that can be reached on foot or via Metro. (That’s local public transportation.)
Unfortunately, the cemetery’s location also makes it less desirable for research: It’s on a busy street and next to an active fire station.
All in all, I recommend this site for casual, repeated research. It’s the kind of location that tends to become more clearly haunted with repeated visits.
Sites like these tend to respond well to familiar visitors. In my opinion, the energy appears to organize itself and increase when the spirits realize that they’re getting attention.
[The area around Bailey Cemetery was recommended by Danielle of Portland, Maine.]
A couple of us investigated this site. Our first visit was at dusk. The site has a slightly eerie feeling, but nothing truly scary.
Two gravestones with pointing fingers reminded us of the legendary grave of Abel Blood, so we took a few photos. The results were surprising.
The first photo revealed no orbs, just a few reflections.
The second photo included several.
I’d usually dismiss orbs in photos with obvious lights in the background. I’d also check humidity levels when we see so many orbs — just to rule out moisture — but it was a very dry evening.
Despite those factors, these two photos — taken just seconds apart — show such dramatic anomalies, I’m intrigued.
We returned the next day for additional research. These were our results:
Unmarked graves – Numerous irregularities in the cemetery suggest unmarked graves (depressions) and unmarked plots (raised beds) throughout the cemetery.
For further study: Burial records for Bailey Cemetery are maintained at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101 – 207-797-4597
Compass anomalies – Needle swings in excess of 20 degrees throughout the cemetery.
Dowsing rods – Several areas indicate energy surges. One followed a line, suggesting an underground spring. (Buried power lines are also possible, and indicated by a sign at the cemetery, but unlikely less than a foot from older graves.)
We noted the most consistent reaction about six feet north of the small headstone of Charles Howard. (That stone is more than halfway back in the cemetery, and towards the middle.)
Location: Bailey Cemetery on Forest Avenue (Rte. 302)
between Newton Street and Farnham Street (East of I-95)
Nearest parking: About half a block east on Forest Avenue.
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