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Haunted lighthouses and wild seashore in one trip

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By Wayne Lazarus on October 22nd, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Two of the lighthouses that appear on almost all lists of America’s haunted lighthouses are with a couple hours’ drive of each other. You can enjoy the warmth and sunshine of the Atlantic Coast from St. Augustine, Florida up to St. Simons Island, Georgia, and still absorb a little of the isolation and tragedy that might cause a spirit to attach itself to these buildings.St. Augustine Lighthouse Night1

The St. Augustine Lighthouse, in our country’s first city, is believed by many to be the most haunted lighthouse in the country. See it in the daytime, or attend The Dark of the Moon, an after-hours paranormal tour, for $25 with advance reservations. The lighthouse was built in 1874, although a light has been in this area since the 1500s. Ghosts that have been “experienced” include a man who walks the upstairs of the keeper’s home, accompanied by the smell of a cigar, children who leave footprints in the sand and possibly several former keepers who died on the premises.

From St. Augustine, take I-95 North to Georgia. Along the way, you might want to see Cumberland Island National Seashore, which requires a 20 minute ferry ride from St. Marys, Georgia. While this beautiful island doesn’t have a haunted lighthouse, it has its share of ghost stories, history and wilderness beauty.  It is truly a must-see for this part of the country. If you’re planning to take in the island, you’ll want to make your motel reservations througSSI lighthouse beauth-1h www.motel.com in Kingsland, where you exited I-95 for St. Marys.

SSI lighthouse beauth-1Back on the interstate northbound, exit at Brunswick for St. Simons Island. The lighthouse here is managed by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. According to the stories, ghostly footsteps are often heard on the steps — attributed to the lighthouse keeper who was killed by his assistant for love of the keeper’s wife. (Photos courtesy St. Augustine Lighthouse-Museum and Coastal Georgia Historical Society. Used with permission.)

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