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Point Lookout Light

Point Lookout Light

Point Lookout Light

Location: Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
When built: 1830; 1883

The haunting: Point Lookout has been called "America's most haunted lighthouse," mostly because of its unfortunate past. In the years of the Civil War, a prison camp was established next to the lighthouse by the Union Army. It was terribly overcrowded and became a breeding ground for disease, despair and death. Many signs of haunting have been reported since the 1860s: strange noises and disembodied voices, some of which have even been recorded on audiotape. The ghost of the first lighthouse keeper, Ann Davis, has been seen standing at the top of the stairway. Other figures have been seen in the basement.

Some visitors have reported being confronted by a woman in clothes that appear to date from the 1800s, and she mysteriously asks for help in finding the grave of a loved one. (Graves had been moved many decades ago.) A Union soldier has been seen guarding the steps to the light, and a Confederate soldier has startled some visitors when he appeared in the back of their car as they passed a Confederate cemetery.

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