Ghost Stories: Maine’s Route 2A

Maine has a fair share of ghost stories, one being Route 2A. This section, known as the Haynesville Woods, is a dangerous road due to sharps curves and turns. This certain stretch of road is a place one wouldn’t like to drive after dark. There is even a country song written by a former truck driver named Dick Curless. The song “A Tombstone Every Mile” is eerily true for Route 2A. The title is in reference to the many fatal accidents that have occurred on the road.

The Ghost Bride

One of the most notable stories is that of a young woman in need of help. As the story goes, drivers on the road claim that she appears out of nowhere in need of help. Many report pulling over to offer her a ride, which she accepts. While in the car, drivers say they’ve felt a chill in the air around her. As the car nears the end of the road, the woman disappears completely. It’s as if she’d never been there at all.

The woman’s origin is quite the tragic story. She was a newlywed bride who was in a car accident with her husband. The couple’s car ran off the road and hit a utility pole. The man died immediately, but the woman was able to free herself. They say she was unable to walk and met her end by freezing to death at the side of the road.

A Little Girl in Need

This story comes from the year 1967. Records show that on August 22, two 10-year-old girls, Janet Marie Rouse and Melody L. Shorey died near Route 2A. The girls are reported to have been struck by tractor trailers. Though two children died, there is only one ghost. Similar to the bride, the ghost child is in need of a ride. However, upon reaching the end of the road, she disappears from the car.

The Witch

The Flesher Witch. The story begins back in the 1800s, when Annie Wilcox experienced a nightmare after her family had settled in the woods. The legend goes that Annie started to hear scratches at her window at night, but that was only the start of the terror.

She started to hear whispers, had her blankets pulled off her, and even felt like she was being bitten. Annie claims that an old woman with a melted face was attacking her at night. Soon, Annie vanished into the woods. She was found by hunters, laying with her face peeled off, right next to an older woman with facial deformities.

It’s an eerie drive, no matter the weather. A night time trip will certainly provide some fear inducing moments.

Doug Kerr from Albany, NY, United States, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

2 thoughts on “Ghost Stories: Maine’s Route 2A

  1. Haunted Maine Society says:

    We’re going to have to make a stop here as it’s right in our backyard here in Maine.


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