Haunted Owl’s Head Lighthouse
At the southern entrance to Rockland Harbor, Maine, in Penobscot Bay, on a hill 100 feet above the sea, sits Owl’s Head Lighthouse.
In 1825, President John Quincy Adams authorized the lighthouse to be built to accommodate the ships involved in the growing lime trade in Rockland.
The first keeper of the lighthouse, Isaacs Sterns, was appointed by President Adams.
In the winter of 1850, a few days before Christmas, a terrible storm hit the area. A small ship was tied up to the dock with three people on board, Seaman Roger Elliot, First Mate Richard B. Ingraham, and his fiancé, Lydia Dyerin.
Elliot left the schooner, barely making it to shore. He was in a sad state when he was found by the lighthouse keeper, but was able to tell him of the couple still on the ship.
Ingraham and Dyerin were found on deck encased in a block of ice, and presumed to be dead! The couple was brought into the lighthouse, put into a tub of water, and the ice was chipped away. Ingraham and Dyerin began to show signs that they were still alive! The couple actually recovered fully, married, and had four children. Unfortunately, Elliot did not ever recuperate completely.
Another interesting story from the 1930s, involves my favorite creature in the world, a dog. He was a Springer Spaniel named Spot, owned by the keeper, Augustus B. Hamor. Spot was taught to pull the fog bell rope when it was foggy, to warn the ships in the area. One winter night, the rope was frozen, and Spot was unable to use the fog bell to warn the mail boat. He ran to the periphery of the sea cliff, and barked loudly until the Captain of the endangered boat realized where he was, and steered the boat to safety.
Although neither of those stories actually includes any paranormal activity, there are ghost stories attached to the Owl’s Head Lighthouse.
An old sea captain, perhaps a former keeper, is said to haunt Owl’s Head Lighthouse, leaving footprints in the snow, polishing the brass, and chilling the air by lowering the thermostat. The three-year-old daughter of one of the keepers is said to have befriended the captain. He instructed her to awaken her parents one foggy night to tell them to sound the foghorn.
Another ghost called “Little Lady” is most often seen in the kitchen. She slams doors and rattles silverware. A feeling of peace is said to accompany this ghost. She is believed to be the wife of a former keeper.
The keeper’s house is still standing, and being used by the Coast Guard. The land around the residence is now a state park, and open to the public.
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