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Haunted Maine Lighthouses

Find Out Where and How You Can Visit Them

By Sally Lobkowicz Director of
MysteriousDestinationsMagazine.com

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Nearly always located on an isolated and scenic stretch of rugged Maine coastline, lighthouses combine great settings for haunts, and great places to visit. There are plenty of lighthouses, and many haunting tales associated with them. Following please find a selection of some of the most compelling, followed by a link that will help you visit the lighthouse yourself. We arranged these descriptions to start at the southernmost location and move north up the coast.

Boon Island Light (offshore of York)

This lighthouse is the tallest in Maine. The ghostly presence of a woman in white has been seen here and her mournful wails are heard by fishermen and visitors. She is thought to be the spirit of Kathleen Bright, a newlywed wife of a keeper. Her husband was hurt during a storm only a few months after their arrival on the island.

After that it’s not clear if the husband died of his injuries immediately, or lingered on for some days. Nonetheless Bright single-handedly kept the light burning for at least five days. Apparently she was unable keep firing up the light each night, perhaps out of grief when her husband finally passed. When the Boon Island light finally dimmed, a party sailed out from the mainland. To their horror they found Bright wailing and cradling the body of her husband. She was thought to have gone mad from grief and loneliness.

The lighthouse can be seen distantly from points along the shore, including Sohier Park at Cape Neddick in York, but it is best seen by boat. No public access except by private vessel offshore (very difficult or impossible to land). For more information on Boon Island Light, click here.

Wood Island Light (offshore of Biddeford)

A murder/suicide seems to be the background for the paranormal activity at this lighthouse. A drifter shot the Sheriff when he was accosted for either owing rent or causing trouble, maybe both. Hearing that the Sheriff had died, he was distraught and ran to the lighthouse keeper, who tried to calm him, but the drifter then shot himself.

Dark shadows are seen, sounds of gunshots are heard, window shades that spin up and locked doors that fly open are some of the things that happen here. Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse offer tours of this location, which is not generally accessible to the public. For more information on Wood Island Light, click here.

Seguin Island Light (offshore of the Kennebec River mouth near Bath)

Seguin Island Light is very old lighthouse, dating to 1795. It was commissioned by President George Washington.

It is said that in the early 1800’s a lighthouse keeper’s wife brought a piano out to the island in an effort to break the monotony and loneliness of the uninhabited island. Unfortunately she only learned to play one tune, which she played constantly, driving her husband to the edge of madness. Finally the husband killed the woman in fit of rage during an argument over the piano. However, in the long term the wife prevailed, continuing to play the piano even 200 years after her death, according to numerous reports. The plaintive notes of that one tune are still reported by both visitors to the island, and by fisherman and recreational boaters passing offshore.

There are also reports of the ghost of a little girl. Coughs are heard in rooms with no one in them, a bouncing ball is heard as well as things being moved around. The keeper’s house is now a museum that is open to the public. For more information on Seguin Island Light, click here.

Pemaquid Point Light (on shore in Bristol)

This lighthouse, located on an easily accessible point with a park and plenty of parking, is just a 30-minute ride down Rt. 130 from Damariscotta. The Pemaquid Point Light is featured on the Maine state quarter.

Reports of the paranormal include the ghost of a woman in a red shawl that has been seen near the fireplace of the keepers house here. Reports of electromagnetic field activity and lights going on unexpectedly have also been reported. In one case a woman in the parking lot late at night reported seeing every light in the unoccupied building suddenly turn on at once.

A woman who visited the keeper’s house contacted MysteriousDestinationsmagazine.com and advised that she experienced wild fluctuations on her K2 meter, a type of electromagnetic field (EMF) detector.

For the truly adventurous (and for those who enjoy a priceless view of the Maine coast) the keeper’s house at the Pemaquid Point Light is available for rent during the summer months at $1200 per week. For information on renting the keeper’s house, click here.

For more information on Pemaquid Point Light, click here.

Marshall Point Light (on shore in Port Clyde)

This light is possibly best known for it's scene in the movie “Forrest Gump”. After the long bearded, title character played by Tom Hanks decides to “run” his problems away, his non-ending jog ends its eastbound leg at the Marshall Point Lighthouse. The character comprehends that he has hit the end of his eastward run when he runs up the Marshall Point Lighthouse's wooden plank and cannot proceed any further. Realizing that he can not run any further east, he concludes to turn around and pick up his run back west, "Run, Forrest....Run!"

While tales of hauntings at this lighthouse may not be as compelling as some other lighhouses, the beautiful location and the well-kept museum in the former keeper’s house gave all the reason we needed to include it in this listing.

Tales of haunts include times when people who lived in the keeper’s house claimed that a ghostly lady would tuck them in at night. Another tale is that of a young boy who was killed by rum-runners when he mistakenly stumbled upon their illicit operations. His ghost is reported to roam the road leading to the lighthouse.

For more information on Marshall Point Light, click here.

Owl’s Head Light (on shore in Owl’s Head)

Owls Head Light is number one on Coastal Living magazine’s most haunted lighthouse list, with the possibility of two paranormal presences at the lighthouse.

One is a mysterious entity that apparently looks out for the buildings, including the lighthouse and nearby keeper’s house, both of which are said to be haunted.

This entity is believed to be the ghost of a previous lighthouse keeper; a very conscientious one, as he is reported to continue to keep the thermostats turned down and the brass polished. He also once reportedly warned a keeper to wake up and ring the fog bell.

The second is known as the “Little Lady” and is most frequently found in the kitchen or looking out a window. Doors slam, silverware rattles, but people say her presence brings a feeling of peace.

Owl’s Head Light is the new home of the American Lighthouse Foundation, with an interpretive center open to the public.   For more information on Owl’s Head Light, click here.

Matinicus Rock Light (offshore of Rockland)

There used to be three light towers on this isolated island, now there are two. One of these is reported to be quite haunted and is said to be kept locked at all times.

When it is occasionally opened there is said to be lots of paranormal activity such as doors slamming, light bulbs popping and dishes being broken. Several keepers committed suicide here, so this light could be haunted by several ghosts. There is a ferry to the island, but the light is on a rock some six miles and there is no direct public access except by private vessel offshore (very difficult or impossible to land).

For more information on Matinicus Rock Light, click here.

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