The real story of Bucksport namesake Jonathan Buck has nothing to do with a witch’s curse

Bangor Daily News - 07-16


On Thursday, the town of Bucksport will hold a belated 300th birthday celebration for its namesake, Jonathan Buck. Though most people know Buck as the subject of a Maine legend regarding a curse and a tombstone, according to historical records from Bucksport and elsewhere, the real Buck was far from the witch-burning Puritan that the stories portray him as. The historical facts aren’t quite as lurid or spooky as the myth — but they still offer a fascinating peek into the earliest years of the United States.