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Mackworth Island, Maine

Once featured on “Unsolved Mysteries,” the tree is gutted and is cut off about nine feet from the base. The tree has faces that protrude from the wood. They appear to be upturned in agony with the mouths open. On this is island is also a pet cemetery. Phantom dogs and houses have been seen romping around the site.

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alex says:

January 24, 2006, 3:11 am

Is there a picture of this that can be found on the internet?

allen says:

January 29, 2006, 7:34 pm

same question for me send it to me to

Staci Naab says:

February 9, 2006, 1:21 pm

I believe that these can be explained,when I was a kid,I had paneling on my walls.In this paneling were ghost fiqures,it was part of the design,but it sure did make me think.

ALE says:

March 30, 2006, 10:16 pm

I live in Falmouth & took a picture today actually. The description is not right… the faces don’t look like they’re in agony to me at all. I’ve been told they’re old Indian carvings. I’ve heard different stories about Mackworth Island, but honestly it’s just a beautiful & peaceful place. These pics are from my personal online photo album:

Phoenix says:

April 4, 2006, 5:47 pm

I also think the island is peaceful, ALE. I also think it has a magical quality, not necessarily sinister or “haunted”!

For those who have not visited, Mackworth Island is more known for its many, natural displays of hand-made “fairy houses”. People of all ages can explore the island, collect its natural materials, and then build special little “fairy houses” amongst the rocks and trees. Discovering the houses along the 1-1/4 mile, coastline trail is lots of fun for anyone with an imagination. F.Y.I., the trail is a (mostly) flat, dirt path and easy walking.

My family was there last year and visited the aforementioned “animal burial site”. There are dogs as well as a horse buried there within a rock-ring wall, which is surrounded by forest. I believe they were beloved pets of the island’s former owner. (Incidently, there is now a School For The Deaf on the island.) The burial site is a really unusual spot, shrouded in trees. However, as we are true animal lovers ourselves, we found it more peaceful and special than creepy.

When we visited, it happened to be quite foggy and cold, which made the perfect setting for the “supernatural”. However, we had no “encounters” ~aside from the fae:)~ and just enjoyed our picnic and building our own fairy house.

Anyone curious should visit! Parking is available.

P.S. To address other queries, I am sorry but I have no pictures of the aforementioned “haunted tree”.

Nikole says:

June 11, 2006, 12:59 pm

That is freaky, I live in a haunted house and many differ. thing have happened, it’s really weird!

TJ Palmer says:

August 4, 2006, 5:43 pm

If you knew what was going on in the 70’s and 80’s on the island you might have a diffrent point of view. There is nothing magical about the place a lot of lives were ruined there and no one did anything about it.

Le-Ann says:

October 8, 2006, 10:39 pm

If anyone looks at the pictures that Ale has provided you will see that the faces are not in any pain. The fence that is around it I helped build because the island wanted to try and save it as long as they could. The only thing that I was told was they had no idea why it was the way it was but, the people that couldn’t hear went to that tree and believed that the tree was talking to them and they could only hear the tree and they would talk to the tree they called it their listening tree.

Ian says:

October 20, 2006, 9:58 am

the is very close to where i live….. it is kind of creepy but i would like to see it if there is a pic of send it to me…….please

skipper says:

January 12, 2007, 12:03 am

I was there just after new years day and the tree is gone. I have a few pictures I took in 2005 of it. The faces looked carved to me, but it was fun to see.

Jane says:

February 16, 2007, 8:16 pm

I have walked on Mackworth Island many times and find it very peaceful and a spiritual place. The “pet cemetary” you talk about, is actually the pets of former Governor Baxter of Maine. He has two Irish setters and a horse buried there. The dogs were his dearest companions in life and he wanted them to have a special burial. This is the story I have read.

bob says:

March 10, 2007, 9:25 pm


louise says:

March 30, 2007, 8:01 am

what is tis all about i dnt undastand it very much, i like reading ghosts stories and i usully click on but i 4 sum reason i cnt on thus 1 if sum1 can explain it more clearly 4 me i would really apprciate that

jd says:

September 16, 2007, 4:19 pm

This is an interesting story. No one knows the actual story behind it. I have heard Indian, Indian Wives who had been raped who had wanted their stories known, I have heard kids and men who had wanted their pets back after their pets had died. I guess we will never know.

Tiffany says:

May 23, 2008, 1:26 pm

What is up with the figures in the tree? Did someone have an affair with a married spouse. Or was it some unlawful marriage and a jealous suiter found out and killed the couple. And their spirits roam in the tree to watch out over couples.

holly newman says:

May 29, 2008, 1:12 pm

how can a house roam around and its an object that can’t move? That is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo crazy. For real man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tleaka says:

May 29, 2008, 1:14 pm

how in da world can a tree b roaming around? who da hell made dis damn thang up? and dats a damn lie if it can roam around. trees cant move. i really believe dis was made up i mean juzz read it 2 tymes.

hajfnhailk says:

May 29, 2008, 1:15 pm

i thought that that was like so wierd. i was thinking like o my gosh thats soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo freaking wierd man!

damia says:

July 7, 2008, 1:17 pm

is there a picture cause i wanna know.but make sure its not scary because i watched a scary video and thats scary enough!

Led says:

January 17, 2009, 10:33 am

I have been to the Island and have seen the tree, the carvings and the pet cemetery many times. It is a beautiful, peaceful, popular place for a walk or a jog. I have have done many EVP sessions and ghost hunts, but not on the island. The faces are just carvings into a tree. The tree appears naturally broken off and naturally hollowed out. It is a hardwood tree, i think a large birch. Nothing paranormal about it. The pet cemetery is a large rock wall ring made by a person who cared about his pets. Gov. Baxter gave a lot of land to the state’s residence for their enjoyment for posterity. Baxter State Park is the northern terminus of the appalachian trail. I have never heard of any ghost on the island. There is a bit of an interesting feeling in the woods of the cemetery, but I think that the idea of this place being a hot spot for paranormal activity is way overblown. I have talked to ghost in houses and graveyards in real time and have recorded them on EVP, clearly. I know they exist. Try the Old Stroudwater Cemetery on outer-Congress street! The secret burial site of Col. Westbrook. Try recording EVP with an external collar clip-on condenser mic, using over the ears headphones! Crank up the volume and you will be able to hear voices respond to you! Be respectful and ask questions as though they are ALIVE. Ghosts are not “dead.” The just dont have bodies. Treat them with respect and assume they are with you all the time when investigating. Tell them you intention and help them into the light if they wish to go. Call in their loved ones and angels and visualize healing light for them. The may not know that they are not still “alive.”

Led says:

January 17, 2009, 10:40 am

Here is a link to pictures of the tree. Just simple carvings.

Janna says:

July 23, 2009, 10:25 am

AHH my mom works on that island, she has told me a couple of stories about that island

Anonymouse says:

November 1, 2009, 8:40 pm

It was just a hollowed out ancient white pine by the island path. After the top half broke off and exposed the hollow core, some people carved a couple of faces there – many people remember when that “stump” had no carvings. Nothing supernatural about it. Whoever carved these was talented, no doubt.

I have heard a few stories about “ghosts” in some locations of the school, but never believed these. There was a summer house that was used by the Baxter family. On a dare, I walked up to the door and saw a wizened old lady looking outside at me from a sunroom. I waved at her but she stared at me and I left, feeling uneasy. I mentioned this to one of the staff and found out then that the house had been uninhabited for years. It has since been torn down.

Jackson Stone says:

February 25, 2010, 2:09 pm

A pet cemetery? in Maine? Someone’s been reading Stephen King novels. and the faces in the tree…. sounds like something out of Dante’s Inferno

Trenton says:

May 29, 2010, 12:01 am

How can a house romp around??????

Bob not the same of the previous kind of comment says:

August 27, 2013, 11:41 pm

This is closed to what town ? And where is Old Stroudwater Cemetery ?

Katelin says:

June 18, 2015, 1:57 pm

Houses romp ?? I think you mean HORSES. That’s OK, I”ve heard haunted houses jump every so often

hi says:

September 29, 2015, 6:14 pm

HI , i am a student at the real school , it gives me the weirdest feelings whenever i go into those woods are even near the school property. My mom told me some of the places on the island is haunted supposedly.

Theodore Torak says:

December 17, 2016, 11:30 pm

um Hi yes what’s the schools name maybe i can look it up

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