[ME] Portland – Bailey Cemetery’s Ghosts

Bailey Cemetery - daytimeBailey 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.

Bailey Cemetery, no orbs

The second photo included several.

Bailey Cemetery - orbs

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.

Charles Howard headstoneDowsing 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.)

Charles Howard headstone - details

Location: Bailey Cemetery on Forest Avenue (Rte. 302)
between Newton Street and Farnham Street (East of I-95)
Portland, Maine

Nearest parking: About half a block east on Forest Avenue.

Location, for GPS –

Degrees Minutes Seconds:
Latitude: 434149N
Longitude: 0701831W

Decimal Degrees:
Latitude: 43.69694
Longitude: -70.30861

[ME] Bar Harbor Ghosts

Bar Harbor is one of America’s favorite vacation spots. It also has a rich history, between its magnificent coastline and the colorful people who have chosen Mount Desert Island for their summer homes.

However, many of Acadia’s residents close ranks rather than expose their many “visitors from the past” to the public. They would like their ghosts left alone, thank you very much.

These are just a few readers’ stories and published legends that I can share right now.  I hope to expand this list in the future.

As time permits, I’ll also investigate these stories myself.  In the meantime, they’re great starting points for other ghost hunters.

  • Bar Harbor
    According to reader Jarrod, CleftStone Inn is haunted by two women who perished in a fire there, in 1947. These exhibit poltergeist-like manifestations: slamming doors, vases being thrown across the room, and so on. In addition, the air feels heavy there, like you’re in a slow-motion time warp. I’ve heard this kind of description before, and experienced it ourselves. Usually, this suggests ghosts more than poltergeists.
    • Jarrod also reports that, next door to the CleftStone Inn, the Blue Nose Inn is reportedly “cursed.” It’s burned to the ground three times so far.
    • It sounds like a classic urban legend, but I’ve been informed that there’s a haunted corner in the Bar Harbor Funeral Home. It has a white orb of light, and you can almost see it in your mind as well, if you step into that corner. The maids avoid dusting near it.

(This info was kindly provided by site reader, Jarrod. If you can add to his stories, or tell me about more haunted sites around Bar Harbor, leave a comment.)

  • Soames Sound
    The site around Jesuit Springs is supposedly haunted by the eight Jesuit missionaries who were killed there in 1613, by English artillery. Their white shapes are seen at night, boats disappear (last reported: 16′ skiff of the Colby family, 1975), and — in a ghostly boat, nearby — a man in brown robes carries a cross.

(Source: Schulte, Ghosts..Coast of Maine, p. 107.)

[ME] York – Haunted ‘Old Burying Yard’

Gravestone at York Harbor, Maine
The “Witch’s Grave” of Mary Nasson is not the only reason why the Old Burying Yard of York, Maine, may be haunted.

The Old Burying Yard was actually the second cemetery of York, and the graves in it cover the years 1705 through the 1850’s.

However, it is rumored that victims of the Candlemas Day Massacre are buried in this cemetery, in unmarked graves.(When a large group of people meet violent deaths and are buried, en masse, in unmarked graves, people often report hauntings nearby.)

In addition, many headstones in the Old Burying Yard present attitudes and half-told stories which suggest lives cut short, and reasons to suspect that spirits would linger at the graves.

For example, this inscription is from the marker of Mrs. Deborah Simpson, wife of Captain Timothy Simpson, who died at age 39 in 1799:

Adieu my Friends, dry up your tears,
I must lie here till
Christ appears.

If she believes that she must lie there until Christ appears, her spirit may be seen around her grave. (Few spirits seem to wait patiently without some interaction with visitors.)

Another notable stone provides the following admonition:

JOHN BRAGDON a promising Youth, departed this life
June 19th 1744 in Ye 23d Year of his Age;
with some comfortable Hope in his Death,
after great Distress of Soul, & solemn
Warnings to young People,
not to put off their Repentance to a Death Bed.

That suggests the kind of regrets that lead to hauntings.

There are many such stones — and stories behind them — which could be reasons nearly equal to the legend of “witch” Mary Nasson, for the haunting of York’s Old Burying Yard.

Lydia Bragdon's decorative headstone
Lydia Bragdon’s decorated headstone