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Town celebrates Buck's 300th birthday with a barbecue

Jul 06, 2019

Bucksport — All are welcome to join Main Street Bucksport, Bucksport Historical Society and Elm Street Congregational Church for a community barbecue Thursday, July 18, at 5 p.m., to celebrate Jonathan Buck's 300th birthday. The event will take place behind the church.

Jonathan was the founder of Bucksport and would have turned 300 years old in February of this year. There will be a variety of grilled meats with all the fixings, lots of side dishes, non-alcoholic beverages, and of course, birthday cake. There will also be special surprises at this family-friendly event.

Tickets are $10 for adults and teens 13 and older, $5 for children 5-12, and a family ticket is available for $25. Admission is free for the youngest of our community. Tickets are available online at Main Street Bucksport's Facebook page or at BookStacks in downtown Bucksport. Tickets are limited and it's recommended you buy in advance.

Buck lives on in local legend. Most notably there is a myth that he burned his mistress for being a witch and that she promised to return and seek vengeance on the town. It is believed to be her foot and leg that appear on his tombstone, reappearing each time it has been replaced. There is no evidence to support this claim, but hundreds of people visit Buck's grave in Bucksport each year to see the "witch's leg."

Organizers invite the public to "Join us at this fun (and kind of silly) community celebration."

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