Tucked quietly on the coast of Maine is a dark, dank, historical fort that for many years Mainers have claimed is inhabited — not by people, but by ghosts. Explore this mystery of Maine’s haunted fort …if you dare.

Haunted Fort

Every year visitors flock to Maine’s Fort Knox near the mouth of the Penobscot River. They are drawn by the thousands for its glimpse into Maine’s military past, but also for it’s haunted aspects. The fort was catapulted to national attention when the prime-time TV show Ghost Hunters filmed an episode there.

Since no shots were ever fired from the fort, who might the ghost or ghosts be? Now, Gardner Walsh delves into the creepy nature of the fort to find the answer. She explores the history of the fort and some of the Indian legends of the area from before the fort was built; provides interviews of staff and eye-witness accounts of ghost sightings at the fort; and she offers a fun look at how the fort makes the most of its attention by hosting its annual Fright at the Fort—called the “best Halloween experience in Maine”—and the summer Paranormal Faire. Woven throughout, Walsh recounts her own haunted adventure when she spent a night locked in the fort with the East Coast Ghost Trackers.

Tucked quietly on the coast of Maine is a dark, dank, historical fort that Mainers for generations have claimed is still inhabited — not by people, but by ghosts. Explore this mystery of the haunted fort in Maine…if you dare.

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Is the Fort Haunted?

Rising from the shore of the Penobscot River, Fort Knox is a sight to behold. The sheer size of the fort and the incredible workmanship it took to construct makes Fort Knox appear as the mid-coast Maine version of the Great Pyramid. The fortified design is a taunt to...

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Entering Fort Knox…

Entering Fort Knox through heavy iron gates, under a massive stone pediment feels as if you are heading into a labyrinth. The stone is smothered with years of rust and dripping lime. Mold paints the monotonous gray in a greenish palette. This high above the Penobscot...

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Ghostly Photographic Images

Orbs: Spherical balls of energy, not visible with the naked eye but captured in photographs. Dave Juliano of theshadowlands.net, and a ghost hunter, defines an orb as “the energy being transferred from a source (i.e. powerlines, heat energy, batteries, people, etc.) to the spirit so they can manifest.” The spherical shape is the most energy efficient shape for a spirit to assume.

Mists: Vaporous and nebulous masses that appear in photographs that often resemble smoke. Mists sometimes form outlines of bodies or faces. Joshua Warren states that “mists may be phantoms in a state of transition from one form to another.”

Bodied Apparitions: Photographs displaying a part or all of a defined ghost. These are very rare but are the most exciting finds for a paranormal investigator. The most famous of these images is the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall. The ghost family image taken by the East Coast Ghost Trackers is also a prime example.

I grew up in Nantucket in the summers, and there are a lot of ghosts in Nantucket. My cousin and I, from a very early age, read Blue Balliet’s book “The Ghosts of Nantucket,” which was also published by Down East. We’d actually investigate and find as many of the houses as we could, and we’d interview people. The rest of the year we lived in New York state, and we lived close to a graveyard, and my neighbor and I would always kind of poke around in the graveyard. And I got a Ouija board at a certain point in my childhood, and I got completely obsessed with it. So yes, I actually have always been very interested in ghosts and ghost stories. That was why this book was fun to write.

~ Liza Gardner Walsh