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 (9, 2). The drive into town from Collinwood was two hundred feet long (17).

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 them 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 one other person. Legend told of a third person who would one day be found dead at the bottom of the cliff (5, 9, 50).

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 following is a list of appearances for the cliff.

2, 5, 12, 266, 268, 505

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