The Dark Shadows Wiki
(→‎Deaths at Widows' Hill:: added 2 more victims)
Line 39: Line 39:
*'''[[Jeb Hawkes]]''' - 1797 ([[967]]) and [[1970]] ([[980]])
*'''[[Jeb Hawkes]]''' - 1797 ([[967]]) and [[1970]] ([[980]])
*'''[[Istvan]]''' - 1897
*'''[[Istvan]]''' - 1897
*'''[[Beth Chavez]]''' - 1897
*'''[[Beth Chavez]]''' in 1897 ([[876]])
==Survivors of Widows' Hill:==
==Survivors of Widows' Hill:==

Revision as of 20:34, 4 May 2014

Victoria Winters stands atop Widows' Hill

Widows' Hill was a high elevation point in Collinsport, Maine and the location of the Collinwood mansion (1). It was one hundred feet from the edge of the cliff to the water below, and on a cloudless day, one could see twenty miles out to sea from the cliff along the water (2, 9). The drive into town from Collinwood was two hundred feet long (17). The tide along the water was extremely strong (52).

Widows' Hill acquired its name because women used to wait on the cliff and look out to sea, watching for their ill-fated husbands' ships to return. When Jeremiah Collins decided to build Collinwood on the hill in the 1820s, he turned the widows away and told them to go home and keep their grief to themselves (12).

Some people in Collinsport claimed that the widows still walked the hill 150 years later as ghosts. The wailing sounds coming from the hill were believed to be the sobbing widows, rather than the wind, and some old timers in town claimed to have seen widows walking the hill from a distance (12).

By 1967, two people had thrown themselves off the cliff. Josette Collins jumped to her death because she wasn't welcomed in town and a Collinwood governess had done the same. Legend told of a third person who would one day be found dead at the bottom of the cliff (5, 9, 50, 51). David Collins predicted that Victoria Winters would die at the cliff. He was eventually proven correct (967).

As a child, Carolyn Stoddard used to go to the cliff whenever something was bothering her. She thought the wind or the waves would give her the answers to her problems (50).

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard attempted to jump from Widow's Hill to avoid marriage to Jason McGuire twice. She was saved by Mrs. Johnson (266) and Victoria Winters (268).

After escaping from jail, Adam jumped from Widow's Hill when he was about to be taken into police custody, probably saving Carolyn Stoddard's life (505). He was assumed dead (506), but later discovered to have survived the leap (508).

The highest point of the hill as seen in 1970.

In 1970, both Philip Todd and Jeb Hawkes fell off its cliff edge. First Philip, in a struggle with Jeb, and then later Jeb whilst attempting to save Carolyn from Sky Rumson (968, 980).

The Legend of Widows' Hill

In the late 1960s, it was reported that two, (and sometimes three), women had died at the cliff. More than one person predicted that Victoria Winters would be the last.

There are several possible interpretations of this:

  • 3 Person Theory: this includes the deaths of Josette, Harriet, and Samantha Collins. Aside from the apparent suicides of Josette and Samantha, it was a family secret that Harriet was murdered by her husband, Daniel Collins. Those that knew of the secret still predicted another death at the hill.
  • 4 Person Theory: this includes the three previously mentioned deaths, as well as the death of Victoria Winters who was chronologically the last to die at the cliff, but because of time-travel, became the second.


  • Rachel Comstock: was the wife of a fisherman and had five sons, all sailors. They were all lost at sea. When Rachel got the news, she said the same words, over and over, "The sea is my grave, my grave is the sea". she came to the hill one night, and threw six white roses into the sea, one for her husband and each of her sons, then jumped to her death. (266)
  • Abigail Tolliver: was a new bride, her husband was found dead by drowning just a few days after her marriage. She followed him into the sea, her bridal bouquet was found on the rocks beside her body. (266)
  • Margaret Findley: her husband was lost at sea in a storm, she came to the hill that night and followed him. (266)

Deaths at Widows' Hill:

Survivors of Widows' Hill:


The following is a list of appearances for the cliff.

2, 5, 12, 50, 51, 75, 83, 105, 139, 140, 266, 268, 505