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Along the Penobscot: Bucksport


Here at the PRCC we love learning more about the towns that dot the shores of our beloved river, and our next stop along the Penobscot is the town of Bucksport! The town has got some seriously interesting history! Did you know that it’s been called the most haunted town in Maine? True story.


A haunted gravestone, ghosts of witches, the unsolved murder of a family of three—all of these legends live on in Bucksport lore.

But—while ghost stories are good for dark, wintry nights, we just turned our clocks forward and have finally rounded the corner to spring! So for this post, we’re highlighting the sunnier side of this spooky little town.

Perhaps the best place to take in spring in Bucksport is the Bucksport River Walkway. Locals and visitors from away love to stroll the mile-long brick path along the river. During the spring and summer the pathway is a kaleidoscope of colors, and we can't wait for the last of the snow to melt away.

The path features sculptures and plaques commemorating the town's history, and it's just as charming and tranquil in the evening as it during the day because of the lights along the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. The Walkway offers unbeatable views of this special landmark, the marina, and the river.


And—Fun Fact! At the northern end of the walkway lies the tomb of town founder, Colonel Jonathan Buck. Legend has it that, after he condemned her to death, a witch cursed Col. Buck before she died, and now the shadow of her leg graces his gravestone. The stone has been changed several times, and every time, the stain reappears.


We’d love to hear from you as you get out and start to enjoy the spring weather! Do you have a favorite spot along the Bucksport River Walkway?

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