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Ghost of the ol cap'n along Lisbon Road

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Bowdoinham, Maine is located in Sagadahoc County. The town is located on the west side of Merrymeeting Bay. In 1908, this peaceful seaside community was terrorized by a horseback riding ghost.

The “hunter’s ghost” as they called him was the spirit of a big man on a big white horse who came galloping down Lisbon Road on nights of the full moon—right up to the side door of Sunny Crest farm. He struck terror to the hearts of the farming community as he rapped rapidly with his riding whip on the panels of the door.

If anyone appeared to answer the knock at the door, the ghost wheeled around and disappeared at a gallop, turning into the old wooded road that was often used in revolutionary times by soldiers in that stormy period of history.

Ghost of “the old Cap’n”, they called him, was the horseback riding spook of a certain officer of unsavory fame who once haunted the district of Maine. It was on the hunter’s (full) moon when the ghost road abroad and the nervous people on the Lisbon road were very disturbed by the galloping horseman.

Today old and new homes dot the scenic drive along Lisbon road. Drive safely on evenings when the moon is full—one might still encounter the ghost astride the large white horse in the dead of the night.

Haunted Places examiner: Debe Branning



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