What is it about lighthouses that make them bastions of
spiritual activity? Built for strength and permanence, they are
nonetheless vulnerable, protecting lives yet isolated and remote.
Unforgiving of human frailty, these outposts inevitably become the
settings for tragedy—and for the spirits that linger on at the site of
their ruined hopes, their sufferings, their obsessions.
its incessant fogs and infamously craggy coast, Maine has the second
highest number of lighthouses in the country. Many of these 64 beacons
are shrouded in wisps of rumor and mystery. There are ongoing strange
and eerie events and occurrences that recall past violence or
sadness—stranded crews who resorted to cannibalism, keepers driven to
madness by unending days of blinding fog, children drowned in
Author Taryn Plumb explores
the ghostly tales and mysteries surrounding Maine lighthouses. Some
hauntings can be directly tied to a known historical event, while others
seem to have no origin, yet all will enthrall you with their spookiness.