In the Wings

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Haunted Lighthouses

Jan 23, 2012 7:43:00 AM
By BLO Staff

The lighthouse of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' opera is not the only lighthouse with a scary and mysterious tale.
Discover the
haunted lighthouses near you as we take you on a tour of the haunted lights of Massachusetts. Tales of other haunted lighthouses will
appear each Monday until our production of The Lighthouse opens on February 8.
Stop back for
all the spooky details.

The Haunting of America's Oldest Lighthouse

Station Established: 1716
Current Tower First Lit: 1783
Operational: YES
Automated: 1998

The first lighthouse in America was
built on Little Brewster Island and was completed in 1716.  Later the original tower was destroyed during
the Revolutionary War. The present tower
was constructed in 1783 with 14 additional feet added in 1859. The Lighthouse
is said to be haunted by its first two keepers, George Worthylake and Robert
Saunders. Both gentlemen died within
months of accepting their jobs at the lighthouse. After two disasters, some people believed
that the island and its lighthouse might be cursed.

The other tale of the old lighthouse on
Little Brewster Island is about its very large bell to help warn ships of the
dangerous shore line ahead. Despite the
size of the bell the ring will not reach a stretch of water several miles east
of the lighthouse. The mariners call
this area of sea the “Ghost Walk” because ships can not be reached by the
guiding sound of the bell. No one has ever been able to explain the Ghost Walk,
not even a team of MIT students who spent an entire summer on Little Brewster
Island studying the mystery.

--Kalina Schloneger, Education & Community Programs Intern

Resources/for more about
this haunted lighthouse visit:
Haunted Lighthouses Legends and Lore by Sue Clark
United States Coast Guard
See our haunting production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse, Feb. 8--12

Topics: General Opera, ghost stories, haunted, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse

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