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When a suspected witch was convicted of a crime and sentenced to be hanged, she fiercely defended the fact that she was innocent. However, no one heeded her declaration, and the punishment was enforced. When at the gallows, the witch cursed the mayor and promised to haunt him to his grave. No paranormal activity was reported by the mayor, but on his grave is a boot print. If the print is removed, it will reappear in no more than a few days.

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Danielle says:

October 25, 2005, 2:36 pm

I am pretty sure that this information is not correct. The town that is in this story is Bucksport, ME, not Old Town, ME. The person in that you are referring to is Jonathan Buck, who Bucksport is named after. There you will find the witches foot upon his gravestone.

Jessica says:

November 7, 2005, 5:26 pm

I live in central Maine, and the town in the story is Bucksport, and it was Jonathan Buck. This is a true story if anyone ever gets to visit the site of the grave, very cool!!

Julia says:

November 24, 2005, 5:33 pm

If I remember correctly, she promised to dance on his grave. And there’s an just about an entire leg print.

thayet59 says:

December 16, 2005, 11:58 am

I’ve heard a version of this story, but it took place in Charleston South Carolina.

Sarah says:

January 4, 2006, 12:17 pm

I live in central Maine and I’ve heard this story, but it is in Bucksport and the mayor was Jonathan Buck. I’d love to visit the gravesite…does anybody know which cemetary it is, and approximate location of the grave?

Eddy Forester says:

January 16, 2006, 4:00 pm

I have lived in Bucksport most of my life, and being interested in the paranormal have started a website. On this web page I have several true accounts dispelling the witch’s curse. There are more things in the dark to be scared of, then made up stories to fit a natural discoloration in a block of granite. Believe me, and check my site out.

Eddy Forester says:

January 16, 2006, 4:02 pm

I have lived in Bucksport most of my life, and being interested in the paranormal have started a website. On this web page I have several true accounts dispelling the witch’s curse. There are more things in the dark to be scared of, then made up stories to fit a natural discoloration in a block of granite. Believe me, and check my site out. Maine Supernatural

Lisa says:

March 9, 2006, 6:47 pm

To the person who inquired where the cemetary was located of Captain Buck, it’s on the main road in Bucksport, right across from the Shop ‘N Save. You have to park on a side street, then walk around the corner to view the tombstone.

lilo gurlo says:

March 23, 2006, 7:55 pm

dumb as$ this is the same ans captain buck and stuff…..geesh!!!! get your history rite!

Trina says:

March 24, 2006, 8:02 pm

I remember this story from when I grew up in Downeast ME. In the 1980’s there was a highly documented change of the grave stone of Mr.Buck. The stone was changed and guarded for 24 hours by the local police. It was also recorded by a local TV station. Before the sun rose the next morning the boot or foot had apered on the new stone where it still shows up today. When going to Bucksport this is really a must see attraction. I do remember this as a story of a broken heart and if I remember correctly, there was also a heart on the stone. I remember the story being told to me like this.
Mr.Buck was married and had had an affair with the witch. He broke her heart and as not to have her tell the story of his affair he had her hung. The witch cursed him as she was being hung that he would have her heart and she would walk on him forever. There has always been an imprint of a heart and a foot on the

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April 11, 2006, 9:32 pm


chelsea says:

August 3, 2006, 2:34 pm

What is an actuall hunted house in old town this page confusess me?

Jenn Smith says:

October 11, 2006, 9:50 pm

This is, as people have already said, about the cemetary in Bucksport. Buck was my something-great-uncle, which is why I’m particularly well-informed in regards to the tombstone. (The only haunting I know of near Old Town is the haunted frat house on the UMaine campus.) As for the location of the cemetary, you need to take Route 1 (not 1A) towards Bar Harbor and the Downeast region. It will take you right past it. If you hit the McDonald’s, you’ve gone too far, but it’s a good place to turn around as the cemetary is on the other side of the road. The tombstone is in the very front corner and has its own sign. Somewhere I have a picture I took of the grave that- scout’s honor- you can see the upper half of a woman hovering over it. Maybe someone else has a picture like that as well?

marrles says:

October 29, 2006, 10:28 am

This story is not correct, however. It takes place in Bucksport, not Old Town. The story is that a woman was accused of killing her husband and she said if she was innocent, there would be the shape of her foot on her grave stone. That’s the real story.

Rebecca says:

October 29, 2006, 7:58 pm

I live in Maine and have taken a few courses in Maine history. The story takes place in Bucksport, Maine. The woman was Jonathan Buck’s mistress, and he had her put to death, calling her a witch, thus why people today say she was a witch. The woman was tied to her own door and burnt. While being burned, she promised to dance upon Jonathan Buck’s grave. One of her feet fell into the fire while she burned, the other fell out, just in front of her son. It is unknown whether or not this son is also the son of Jonathan Buck. There have been chemical and physical attempts at removing the foot on the stone, but nothing has worked.

sandra says:

November 12, 2006, 12:39 am

Why are so many ghost hunters unable to spell cemetery?

striker says:

December 4, 2006, 7:58 am

The part about the footprint on the grave is so cool I want to go see it!

kate says:

January 1, 2007, 6:20 pm

this happening took place in bucksport..not old town

Michelle Gerrish says:

February 2, 2007, 12:55 pm

I have actually been to this grave and there is a full leg annd an upside down heart.

lexi says:

June 30, 2007, 6:30 pm

This is an awesome website.I would absuloty love to go see the grave.I beleave in spirits and goust’s so I think this is so cool!The poor witchdoes not deserve to die and I think Buck and the other towns people were meen to the poor old witch.Who ever made this website this is very ,very cool and keep up the work!

P.s I live in Newsatle Maine,so if any one will tell me the dirictions I will check the website tomorrow.
Alexis Bailey

jd says:

September 16, 2007, 4:08 pm

I have heard various versions of this story. It is also I believe, aside the Saco, this is the most famous of all the ghosts/curses/orbs in Maine.

Joshua says:

September 22, 2007, 7:34 pm

Yeah, im from central maine, very close to Old Town ME. The information here is wrong. The town that this story takes place in is Bucksport ME.

HotCarl4All says:

October 6, 2007, 2:36 am

Maine sucks. End of story.

Sam says:

October 11, 2007, 12:03 am

My mother is from Bucksport and I go to school in Castine which is very close to Bucksport. Yes it is true about the Buck story, I have always been told about another witch story with a boot mark on the grave in Old Town.

jimmy says:

October 28, 2007, 11:04 am

i am with stupid ^ witchcraft is not real???

Catherine taylor says:

October 31, 2007, 4:35 pm

This info IS NOT TRUE. Every tourist brochure and information book written about Bucksport has this story about the Mayor of BUCKSPORT, not Old Town.

John Martin says:

January 12, 2008, 10:34 pm

I am glad to see the story corrected several times over. I saw the boot my self several years ago. It looks like a big water stain in the shape of a high boot.

JaMeS says:

June 20, 2008, 5:26 pm

ever think that some boob is just keeping the legend alive to draw tourism.

AmandaO says:

July 26, 2008, 6:45 pm

I live in Orono, ME which is like 5 seconds from Old Town and like an hour and 15 minutes away from Bucksport where the grave stone REALLY is. I have seen this mark with my own eyes several times, its always in the EXACT same place with the EXACT same shape. I am also an artist and I KNOW that no one is redrawing it over and over. it looks kind of like a water stain would, excpet i dont think granite or whatever stone it’s made of would stain like that.

sadie says:

August 11, 2008, 11:24 pm

exsuse me it is true i live in mane and i’ve visited this place many time its frikken true fyi. so any no beleivers get ready cause your going to get a pretty big spell cast upon you. i know many people who know witchcraft and even know how to to make well you would know if you know witchcraft and fyi i am even studying it so danielle you dont need to be speaking. well i better stop speaking. ok well, i know you may not beleive but if you study it you would sooo change your frikken stupid head. alright.

hayden says:

August 11, 2008, 11:47 pm

i am totally on sadies side im one of those people who sadie mentioned. i study witchcraft very seriosley. so all you people who think you know… lets give a step forward… for who do not beleive in all this amazing belief…… your all retards. really think about it. danielle. do you elieve in god. or as i should say jesus christ. well, it is exactly like that except you can still beleive god but at the same time your just saying a different prayer. well thats enough o and daniell remember think about it

Michael says:

August 29, 2008, 1:44 pm

this is the story of bucks grave stone in BUCKSPORT MAINE check this uot and please update your site

Charlie says:

September 15, 2008, 9:24 pm

The leg on Col Buck’s head stone is awesome. Yes there are many legends. One is that after the burning at the steak all remains was found except her leg. There is a headstone in Stonington on the grave of a chicken farmer. He was said to burn his farm for insurance money. On his stone is the outline of a chicken. Many who do not understand these mystic occurances pass it off as unbeleif or fairytail. When I was a small boy about 40 years ago I was told the story by a very elderly resident. What ever the true story…… will be known in the end. It really does not matter what man thinks of it. Your mind will think as it will…..but the spirit knows differently. Blessed Be……

Shadar Logoth says:

October 9, 2008, 10:56 pm

Maine epic extreme metal band Shadar Logoth have a song released on their new album “Curse” entitled “Spitting His Curse With Venom” based on the legend of Buck’s Cursed Tomb. Contact us through our site if you are interested in a copy of the lyrics. The album will be available soon through Bull Moose Music and a sample of the song can be heard on the bands myspace. One of the band’s member’s currently lives in Bucksport.

Alexa says:

February 6, 2009, 5:46 pm

I heard that the woman’s name was Ida Black, but was she really Jonathan Buck’s mistress? Maybe if she was his mistress he just wanted to get rid of her to save himself from scandal.Maybe she wasn’t even a witch at all. Most of the people from the Salem witch trials weren’t witches.

brittany says:

July 10, 2009, 2:08 pm

i live in dixmont maine and that story did not take place in old town but in bucksport the story is about this lady who was accused of witchcraft and was burned and her foot rooled out of the fire that is why there is a foot on the grave stone of jonathon buck.

Mallory says:

September 3, 2009, 9:19 am

I was told diffrently as far as the story goes. John Buck was a Doctor, the witch had hurt her foot and it turned gang green. She refused to let him cut off her leg. But he had any way and cursed him for it saying my foot will haunt you for enternity. Thus the foot keeps reappearing.

Stephanie says:

September 9, 2009, 11:09 am

There is the same footprint on a gravestone in Old Town, so if this story belongs in Bucksport, then what’s the story for Old Town? I’ve seen it so I’m curious. Was Old Town a copy cat story?

Morgan says:

December 21, 2009, 9:59 pm

serves him right! :( not only did she plead innocent but he killed her for being a witch.

Jackson Stone says:

February 25, 2010, 2:16 pm

Ok really, maybe someone just walked over the coffin before they buried him. Maine should have the most ghost/monster stories. According to Stephen King, a lot of $h1t goes down in Maine: evil clowns, evil dogs, cursed burial grounds behind pet cemeteries, evil antique stores whose owner turns out to be Satan. Don’t move to Maine. Don’t even visit it. DON’T GO TO F***ING MAINE!

Mira says:

March 24, 2010, 8:38 am

I lived in Old Town Maine and wrote a report on this topic. It dosent take place in Old Town Maine it took place in Bucksport Maine. They have removed the grave sotne and replaced it with a new one only a few days later the “boot” or “foot” ( what ever you want to call it) was back on the stone. they have amde attempts to git rid of it but it keeps comeing back.

Pat C. says:

June 23, 2010, 5:02 pm

The entire point of this legend is that THE IMAGE CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS!!! It changes from that of a foot to that of a heart! Everyone, everyone, in this are knows that and has seen that change in their lifetimes if they are more than a few years old. Over the course of a few years it changes completely from one image to another. This has been documented in many, many photos and is the entire mystery of the issue! No, I repeat NO REASON HAS EVER BEEN FOUND FOR THIS TRANSFORMATION OF THE IMAGE.

cherylgebo says:

June 30, 2010, 6:45 pm

first of all this story is the bucksports John Bucks grave. and theres many varietions of it.

Melissa says:

July 28, 2010, 3:32 pm

This is not correct. This is the story of Johnathan Buck from Bucksport and there is more to the story.

DM says:

September 27, 2010, 3:52 pm

It goes along with most of what was already said, this was Bucksport, Maine. How it goes is it was John Bucks Mistress, at which he accused her of being a witch when he no longer wanted her or she was trying to tell him she was pregnant. She cursed him saying i was always dance on your grave, which is where the foot/boot image comes in, but if you look at the top of the stone there is also a heart, sorta broken, to represent her broken heart. I never understood how everyone always forgets about the heart part too, they both can be seen at the same time, it doesn’t transform as mentioned above, they always come back no matter what people have tried. The grave is on main street, but people are not allowed into the graveyard, she most you can do is look at it through the fence on the sidewalk.

Mary says:

November 30, 2010, 7:04 pm

The story in old town york is similar only the witch kept getting out of her grave so they laid a stone on top of the grave.

Fantasia says:

April 16, 2011, 8:51 am

I have lived in Maine all my life. My family was from the Washington County Area. We went to visit many times and remember my mother stopping by the cemetary numerous times to show us the foot & the heart. They have replaced the stone many times only for the heart &: foot to reappear on the stone.

Nicole says:

February 10, 2012, 11:11 am

I live in Central-coastal Maine… I’ve been here my entire life. As a child my parents brought my brother and I to see the gravestone..In Bucksport. I’ll NEVER forget the image. As for the exact story, I’m not sure. I just know there was a witches foot and leg on the stone. Very very strange. I remember an article being in a local paper not too long ago as well

Kelsey says:

September 11, 2013, 10:50 pm

I’ve seen the gravestone. My aunt told me the town replaced it and the imprint showed up again.

meryls says:

October 19, 2013, 5:13 pm

A lot of variations on the story,here are some points to consider: 1) Colonel Buck was a Justice of the Peace; he didn’t have the authority to try and burn anyone; 2) Colonel Buck was born in 1719, long after the last witch was killed in America (no witch was ever burned); 3) No witches were ever put on trial in Maine; 4) The stain appears on a monument erected in Colonel Buck’s memory 75 years after he died. His grave is in another part of the cemetery and his real tombstone is unblemished.

Theodore Torak says:

December 17, 2016, 11:34 pm

Jackson Stone heyum too late i moved here last year. Paranormal investigator hunter in training

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