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Seguin Island Lighthouse

 Location:243 Washington Street
Bath, ME

Directions: From I-295 N take the US-1 exit 28 to Coastal Route/Brunswick/Bath. Turn left onto the Blue Star Memorial Highway. Turn left onto Mill St/Blue Star Memorial Highway , drive east for ten miles. Turn right on High Street; drive south for one mile. Turn left on Marshall Street; drive east. Take the third right onto Washington Street. Seguin Island is located two miles off the mouth of the Kennebec River. Trips are scheduled at various times throughout the summer from the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.
 


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History: The Seguin Island Lighthouse is the highest elevated lighthouse in the State of Maine, standing 186 feet above sea level. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Seguin is one of the foggiest spots on the coast. Over a period of 31 years the lighthouse was enveloped in foggy 15% of the time.

The lighthouse was commissioned in 1795 by George Washington. The wooden tower was completed in 1797. The first tower was replaced by a stone tower in 1819. The second tower was replaced again, in 1857, with a 53 foot stone tower. Because of the steep climb up to the lighthouse, a tram system was installed with tracks that lead from the boathouse to the keeper's house.

The light was manually monitored until it was automated in 1985. After automation the future of the lighthouse was uncertain. Concerned local citizens led founded the Friends of Seguin Island in 1986. The Friends of Seguin Island received a ten-year lease on the property from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1989. In 1998, under the Maine Lights Program, the property was transferred to the group.

The lighthouse is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Haunting: The most famous haunting concerns a 19th century keeper and his wife. As the story goes, the keeper bought his wife a piano to help relieve the boredom, but she only knew how to play songs from sheet music. Unfortunately, she only had one song and she played it over and over. The keeper was driven insane and he destroyed the piano with an ax, then killed his wife and himself. Legend has it that the piano tune can still be heard drifting from Seguin on calm nights.

Other apparitions have been reported at the lighthouse. They include that of a little girl who bounces a ball behind one of the bedroom doors and another former lighthouse keeper.

There have also been reports of objects being moved, doors opening and closing themselves and mysterious coughing sounds.

 


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Kingsley Plantation

 Location: 11676 Palmetto Ave
Jacksonville, Florida

Directions: From Interstate 95, exit on Heckscher Drive (FL 105); follow Heckscher East to Florida 9A. Continue straight on Heckscher about nine miles; turn left at the NPS sign onto Fort George Island; follow signs, the road leads directly to the plantation parking lot.
 


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History: The land that the Kingsley Plantation stands on originally belonged to the Stimulant Indians, but in 1767 an Englishman named J. Tucker took ownership of Fort George Island as part of a St. Johns River Grant. He established a plantation on the island, growing rice and indigo; the island was turned back over to Spain in 1738.

In 1791, the island was given to John McQueen as part of a land grant. He built a home and sawmill on the island. The house still stands to this date, but the sawmill was destroyed by a flood. Half of the timber on the island was cleared while the island was under McQueen's control. Unfortunately, he was in debt and was forced to sell the island to John McIntosh in 1804.

In 1813, Zephaniah Kingsley rented the plantation from John McIntosh, and then in 1817 he purchased it for $7,000. Under Kingsley's control the plantation was operated under a task system. Slaves were required to perform tasks on the plantation, but when their tasks were finished they were free to work on crafts or tend their own gardens. All of the profits from the crafts and gardens went to the slaves. Kingsley lived on the plantation until 1839; he shared the home with his wife Anna Jai, a slave that he freed. When Florida became an American territory they passed laws against slavery, so Kingsley moved his family to Haiti.

Today, the plantation is operated by the National Park Service. The sites on the island include the plantation house, the kitchen house, a barn, and the ruins of 25 slave cabins.

For more information on touring the island call: emoticon904) 251-3537

Haunting: The Kingsley Plantation is haunted by a ghost called "Old Red Eyes."

As the story goes, a male slave tortured, raped, and murdered two young female slaves. When the investigation pointed to him, he was hung from the limb of an old oak tree that grew over the driveway.

Death hasn't put an end to this murder's evilness; visitors to the island have reported seeing two red eyes watching them from the darkness. In addition to these ever-watchful evil eyes, the cries of children have been also heard in the night.

 




Ledge Lighthouse

 Location: Thames River
New London Harbor, Connecticut

Directions: Access to the lighthouse is available by contacting Project Oceanology. From I-95 take Exit 87, turn right at the second traffic light onto Rainville Avenue. Turn left at the next traffic light on Benham Road. Follow Benham Road for approximately 1.7 miles to the Avery Point Campus of the University of Connecticut. Take the 2nd entrance onto campus; the Project Oceanology is in the first building on the left.
 


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History: In 1890, the residents of New London decided they needed a lighthouse at the entrance to the New London Harbor. They wanted the light house to be elegant enough to fit in with the surrounding architecture. They selected a two hundred foot shoal at the eastern end of the Long Island Sound.

The Hamilton R. Douglas Company of New London began construction on the lighthouse in 1906 and continued until it was completed in 1909. The lighthouse was originally called the Southwest Ledge Light, but the name was changed because a lighthouse at New Haven Harbor had the same name.

The warning light could be seen for up to 18 miles and was characterized by three white flashes followed by a red flash every thirty seconds; a fog signal was added in 1911.

The lighthouse was originally manned by Coast Guard crews of three men; they would spend three weeks in the lighthouse followed by six days on shore. The Coast Guard crews worked the lighthouse from 1939 to 1987 when the light house was automated.

Tours are available from the middle June to late September 27, 2003. Call 860-445-9007 for details.

Haunting: The Ledge Lighthouse is haunted by a mischievous ghost named Ernie. Ernie is the ghost of a lighthouse keeper from the 1920s or 30s; he jumped from the roof of the lighthouse after discovering that his wife had run off with the captain of the Block Island ferry.

Ernie's ghost is more annoying than harmful; he opens and closes doors, turn the television on and off, and sound the fog horn. He has also been known to untie skiffs that are docked at the lighthouse.
 

 
 




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