Seller Story: Beckett’s Castle – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
On a clear day, one can spot the 30-foot stone tower jutting out from the North Atlantic coastline across Casco Bay. The beautiful and rugged Cape Elizabeth shoreline is home to many cliffside residences, but none as historic as the picturesque property built by Sylvester Beckett in 1871.
“Beckett’s Castle” was originally intended to be a summer retreat for the eccentric Portland lawyer, poet and publisher, but also served as the venue for grand parties attended by writers, artists, and society folk of Maine until his death in 1882. The gothic-style castle had fallen into terrible disrepair before its purchase in 1982 by its most recent owner, who dreamed of living in a stone cottage by the sea with a garden of roses. The property has since been lovingly restored and renovated, which she believed made Beckett’s spirit very happy.
Reports over the years of Beckett’s apparition and paranormal activity include paintings being taken off walls, gentle pushes by unseen hands, and the door that leads to the tower opening on its own, even after being nailed shut. The last owner of the estate, however, describes her experience with him as “gentle” and recalled many evenings in the twilight between wakefulness and sleep the bed sheets being gently drawn up to just under her chin as though she were being tucked in. She believed it to be Beckett’s way of expressing his gratitude to her for rescuing his beloved house.