GHOST OF ROUTE 26 APPEARS AT LOCAL FARM | Community Spirit
MECHANIC FALLS, MAINE, 10/13/2010. It’s been reported by reliable sources that the “Lady in White”, the legendary ghost of Route 26, has been reappearing in the dark of the night on a regular basis this Fall at Harvest Hill Farms.
The reason for the “regular” appearance of this apparition is that she is part of the hauntings created by Jeff Strout, Spook Miester extraordinaire, on the Gauntlet, a haunted night ride through the deep woods on the acreage of Harvest Hill Farms on Route 26 in Mechanic Falls.
The Gauntlet is one of three Fall Halloween venues Peter Bolduc and his wife Kathie operate at their Route 26 location in Mechanic Falls. They started with the Big Corn Maze Adventure in 2008 and then added Pumpkin Land to the same location in 2009 after purchasing the entire operation from Chipman Farms in Poland.
The Gauntlet is their latest business venture and opened September 18th. As with any new venture, there were numerous adjustments and refinements made during the start up phase which really paid off over Columbus weekend as thousands of thrill seekers descended upon the Farm to experience what appears to be Maine’s premier haunted night ride.
When you arrive at the farm you’ll find plenty of free parking. You can purchase your ticket at the ticket booth (which opens at 6pm). Better yet you can purchase tickets online which puts you into the VIP line which moves a lot quicker. You then proceed to the staging area under the lights next to the souvenir shop, smack-dab in the middle of Pumpkin Land. Here you board the hay wagons.
Once you board your wagon, the tractor driver chauffeurs you across the field. As the wagon draws nearer and nearer to the edge of the forest, the lights of the staging area fade away and you enter into the total darkness of the forest.
As you travel slowly along the old logging road, deeper into the forest (in the pitch black of the night), you come upon the gates of the Gauntlet. Once you pass through the Gates of the Gauntlet, if the gatekeepers let you pass, there is no turning back.
The wagon continues creeping slowly into the darkness. Be ready…as there are spirits and demons lurking around every corner. The demons tend to gather at certain haunts deep in the forest, which unfortunately for those innocent souls aboard the wagon, seem to be located along the logging road.
As mentioned, you will be visited by the infamous “Ghost of the Lady in White”. One version of the story states that she was murdered on her wedding night long ago and her spirit still roams the woods along Route 26 looking for a ride to the wedding chapel.
Beware…as “The Lady in White” is only one of numerous haunts that you will encounter on your journey through the dark of the night.
The Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride is open Thursday nights from dark to 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays from dark to 11pm and Sundays from dark to 10pm through October 31st.
For more information and pricing or to purchase a ticket online visit their website at www.harvesthillfarms.com.
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