The Haunted Mid-Shore: Spirits of Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties
The History Press has released the latest book of spooky tales by local author Mindie Burgoyne, “The Haunted Mid-Shore: Spirits of Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties.”
The book features 25 tales set in Maryland’s Mid-Shore region, including “Mary’s Ghost at Old Salty’s,” “The Witches of Plain Dealing,” “Spirits from the Underground Railroad at Linchester Mill” and Burgoyne’s personal account of a scary night spent at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford — the property that is featured on the book’s cover.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Burgoyne will sign copies of “The Haunted Mid-Shore” at the Robert Morris Inn.
In addition, a ghost walk of St. Michaels sponsored by Burgoyne’s ghost tour company, Chesapeake Ghost Walks, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chesapeakeghostwalks.com.
Burgoyne has written five books, including “The Haunted Eastern Shore,” which has sold more than 10,000 copies since its publication in 2009. “The Haunted Mid-Shore” is the second book in a three-book series that goes deeper into the haunted landscape of the Delmarva Peninsula, with “Haunted Ocean City and Berlin” being the first.
In the past seven years, Burgoyne has collected more than 150 ghost stories and interviewed more than 200 people about their personal haunted experiences that began with moving into a haunted house in Marion Station 13 years ago.
“The Mid-Shore region is the least populated tri-county area in Maryland,” Burgoyne said. “It is such a haunted landscape. These wide open spaces haven’t changed much in the 300 years, and the vastness of the marshes, shorelines, farm fields and open sky put you right on the edge of that ‘other world.’ You can almost feel that spiritual energy pulsating toward you — especially if you’re in a swamp or a dark road … at night.”
Burgoyne collects her ghostly tales from various sources, including local libraries, regional books, newspaper articles and the folklore collection at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University. She also collects stories through personal interviews. The book includes some of the well-known ghost stories, such as “Wish Sheppard and the Denton Jail,” “Bloody Henny,” “Maggie’s Bridge” and “The Frenchman’s Oak,” plus some rarely heard tales, including “The Spirits of Navy Point,” “The Man Who Was Buried with His Dog,” “The Seven Gates of Hell” and “The LeCompte Curse.”
What is Burgoyne’s favorite story in the book?
“It would have to be ‘The Town Dog Killer,’” she said.
One of the stories set in Denton talks about a man who was suspected of poisoning the dogs. Sophie Kerr wrote a short story based on this man and the Victorian house in which he lived across from the Courthouse Green.
“The man and his family are long gone now, but a spirit of a child is said to haunt the house,” Burgoyne said. “Prospective buyers saw the face of little girl in the upstairs window. Research on the family showed that there was a little child who died in the house over 70 years ago. It was a little girl.”
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