Bucksport, Maine: Colonel Buck's Cursed Tomb

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Buck Cemetery

Address:
7 Hinks St., Bucksport, ME
Directions:
Buck Cemetery. Just east of the junction of Hwy 15 and US Hwy 1, on the north side of US Hwy 1, across from the Hannaford Supermarket, easily visible up on a hill. Parking is in a little lot on adjacent Hinks St.
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Colonel Buck's Cursed Tomb.

Colonel Buck's Cursed Tomb

Colonel Buck burned a witch and her leg rolled out of the bonfire. When he later died, a mysterious leg stain appeared on his tombstone, and won't come off! Or not.

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Tombstone of Col. Buck

Added details from native of Bucksport: Ida Black was the name of the defendant in a murder trial. The victim was a town member who was hacked up in a ritual of power. I believe that Col. Buck did it and blamed it on her. The "foot" on Col. Buck's tomb is not Ida's. It is one of two body parts missing from the victim's body when found.

Side note: villagers tried to burn down her house (500 Central St.) three times. Each time, the flames were put out. She was hanged at the top of Hinks St. and her ashes were thrown into the river.

[Michael, 12/23/2020]

According to one of several versions of the story, Col. Jonathan Buck sentenced Ida Black to death for witchcraft. She vowed that she would "dance on his grave." He dropped dead -- and then a stain of a lady's leg appeared on his tombstone!

Jonathan Buck Monument.

Colonel Buck's Cursed Tomb

The graveside account of Colonel Buck's life differs from what is noted here. The boot and sideways heart stains are very clear nonetheless.

[Gretchen, 05/30/2013]

We noted the many discrepancies between the legend and the historical facts... and the town has gone to great effort in its signage to debunk the stories that arose around the stain. But it does no good -- as if the tomb has somehow been cursed by a mad tale it just can't shake!

Cursed tomb.

Col. Buck's Cursed Tomb

The tomb is right there off the road, and the leg and foot are very visible. There's a convenient parking lot on Hinks Road right beside the small cemetery, so even though it was raining we were able to bask in its glory.

There are two signs in the cemetery that tell the story of Col. Buck and his tomb.

[Chris Meiman, 06/24/2010]

Col. Buck's tomb.

Colonel Buck's Cursed Tomb

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. The album will be available soon through Bull Moose Music and a sample of the song can be heard at myspace.com/shadarlogoth.

One of the band's member's currently lives in Bucksport.

[Shadar Logoth, 10/13/2008]

According to the band's web site: "Shadar Logoth was formed in 2003 to play music inspired by battle, vengeance, evil, and the grey tones that color existence."


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