What is it that makes lighthouses so creepy? Is the loneliness of being the only building sailors can see for miles? Is it the desolation of a faint light glowing through the mist?
I think the creepiness stems from the fact that all lighthouses are haunted. Well…maybe not ALL lighthouses, but a lot of them seem to be. Here are some of the most haunted lighthouses on America’s shores, and the ghosts that dwell within them.
Pemaquid Point Light, Bristol, Maine.
Commissioned by President John Quincy Adams himself in 1827, this historical site is supposedly haunted by a mysterious lady in a red shawl. She’s said to be the survivor of a shipwreck that happened long ago.
Point Lookout Light, Scotland, Maryland.
The site that this lighthouse stands on was once a prison camp during the Civil War. Maybe that’s why the decommissioned lighthouse is plagued by ghosts dressed in Confederate garb.
Seguin Light, Seguin Island, Maine.
A keeper once presented his wife with a piano here on Seguin Island. The only catch was that she always played the same song. The keeper’s wife played it over and over again until it drove the keeper mad. He struck his wife with an axe and then killed himself. When the seas are quiet, they say that you can still hear the woman’s song to this day.
Seul Choix Light, Gulliver, Michigan.
A man named Captain Joseph Townsend was once the keeper of this Lake Michigan lighthouse in the early 1900s. When he died, they say that his body wasn’t properly buried due to the winter weather. Perhaps this is why the ghost of Captain Townsend still carries out his duties on a regular basis.
Ram Island Light, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
For centuries, sailors have rammed into the rocks in Boothbay Harbor, but there are a few who have been saved by an unlikely ally — the ghost of a woman who haunts the lighthouse. She waves a torch to warn sailors of their imminent doom.
St. Augustine Light, St. Augustine, Florida.
This Tim Burton-looking lighthouse is home to several ghosts, including a cigar-smoking man in the tower, a little girl who enjoys pranks, and one that steals merchandise in the gift shop.
Boon Island Light, Boon Island, Maine.
In this gloomy spot in 1710, a ship called Nottingham Galley crashed into Boon Island. The crew members who managed to survive resorted to cannibalism. In addition to the Nottingham crew, a female spirit named Katherine Bright haunts the island. Legend has it that she froze to death while diligently attending to her duties at the lighthouse.
Not only are lighthouses terrifying places for people who are afraid of heights, but they’re extremely scary for people who don’t want ghosts to murder them. Steer clear of lighthouses, folks…and maybe the entire state of Maine, just to be safe.
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