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Haunted Maine: Bucks Burial Ground, Bucksport 

In the first part of Haunted Maine, Chelsey Anderson introduced us to two ghosts at the Beta Theta Pi house in Orono. Now, we’ll hear the legend of a cursed tombstone in Bucksport.Chelsey:”John Buck fought in the American Revolution and formed the Fifth Colonial Regiment. He founded ‘Buckstown’.” Which eventually became Bucksport. Colonel Buck died in 1879, but not before, according to the legend, he was cursed by his mistress. That curse still lives on.”—————Colonel Buck was a leading citizen, probably the first justice of the peace on the Penobscot. And like many politicians, Buck’s name has been dragged in the mud.Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “J.O. Whittemore, a newspaper reporter came to town for Sarah Ware’s murder.”Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “And while he was waiting on them to go to trial he went to the cemetery and saw the stone, and he wrote the curse.”The curse was published in the The Cambridge City Tribune in 1899. The curse says Colonel Buck had a mistress, Ida Black.And when Ida Black’s beauty began to fade he found a younger woman and Buck had Black burned to death for alleged witchcraft.Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “She condemned him from her funeral fire that she would come back and haunt his grave.”It’s said she told Buck, “I shall come back and dance on your gravestone,” and many believe she’s doing just that.Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “According to the curse, the leg started to appear.”I went to the cemetery to check it out for myself.The shape of a leg was evident, and with the help of a guide next to the monument, I could see a sideways heart near the top of the monument.The heart has been added to the tale more recently. They say it’s to signify Buck’s love for Black.Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “From Whittemore’s description many people tried to remove it and they changed gravestones and all of that. None of that happened.”So if there’s no curse, what did cause the blemishes?Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “When it’s open to the elements, the intrusion in the rock, it oxidizes.”Spooner wants people to remember Colonel Jonathan Black. The legend of the man, not the boot.Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “He’s a war hero. He was well liked by the native americans. He was a family man, and a Christian. None of the bad stuff came until a 100 years later after the curse and people made up what they wanted to.”But what about Ida Black? What happened to her?Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “She never existed.”Spooner believes the curse is fun for tourists and a great story, but he can’t stand by it.Emeric Spooner, Author, “In Search of Maine Urban Legends”- “Nothing to it. Gets a little cloudy, little foggy when the fog rolls in, but nothing happened. Guaranteed.” (nat chuckle)———–Chelsey:”A couple things to think about: The marking showed up on a monument erected in Colonel Buck’s memory 75 years after he died, and his real tombstone, which is just a couple feet away, remains unblemished.”