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Midcoast Lens: Goose River ramble

By Daniel Dunkle | Aug 01, 2020
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle The view from under the bridge at Rockport Harbor.

Rockport — Rockport offers all kinds of enjoyable walks.

Down by the water along the Goose River, you can take stairs from the harbor up to Cramer Park and walk the little trail that features crumbly white slopes down to the river, in between paths among the trees and over ancient roots.

The park was dedicated to the memory of Ambrose and Mary Meeker Cramer for their devotion to historical preservation.

It is closed from dusk till dawn and with good reason. The area is notoriously haunted by the "Pitcher Man." The story goes that one William Richardson was celebrating the American victory against Britain at the end of the Revolutionary War by going around and offering people beer. Depending on who tells the story, he ran afoul of either some British troops or their sympathizers and was left to die on the Goose River bridge. His ghost, some say, forever haunts the bridge, offering folks a pitcher of beer. His story is published in "Ghosts on the Coast of Maine," by Carol Olivieri Schulte.

Of course, sometimes after even a short walk in the summer, a cold beer sounds pretty good!

Stairs from the harbor up to Cramer Park offer an opportunity for exercise. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
The path is wider in some places than others. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Chalky, crumbling white slopes break up the river bank. Be careful not to slide down one of these. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
A slope curves around in a narrow part of the path, offering a view for the brave/reckless. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Natural splendor awaits the wanderer. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
The Goose River was low during our visit. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Old buckets rust along the trail. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Another slope. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
(Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
(Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
(Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
At night, watch for the Pitcher Man. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
(Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
(Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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