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I admit I went there and had no sense of anything spooky, just the overwhelming smell of the candy. I therefore amused myself by seeing some local tales about it and other reports of supposedly paranormal activity.

In April 1907 the park was officially opened and was a place for picnics and boating. Milton S Hershey created it for his employees at the candy factory and has been there since, it has grown and is now a modern day attraction for the public.

Some say that Hershey himself haunts the park, often rather than being reported as seen he is caught in the smell of cigar smoke when no-one else has one lit.

The #47 Carousel of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company found its place at the park and was moved from near Spring Creek to Founders Circle in 1972. Park Personnel have apparently reported lights that turn on themselves and the ride to have started up itself. The music of the Wurlitzer has been faintly heard when the ride is off.

An anecdote says a security officer who saw the lights on, went and turned them off and left, as he walked off the lights came back on and he turned around. The officer saw a shadowy figure and the officer went back to intercept an intruder, he could not find anyone.

There was once a swimming pool at the park, it was filled in during 1971 but the lighthouse there was kept. Several children had drowned in the pools and the children have been seen near the lighthouse oblivious of the modern changes.

William Harter’s death is the one that was documented and therefore merited a little more of my time. He was at the park in August 1977 as part of a summer vocational training programme. The ride struck and killed Harter after it moved, another maintenance worker was also injured. The Hershey Company was fined for two safety violations. There are some claims of his ghost there too, but I cannot really find anything more about it than that. It was a sad tragedy that a young apprentice died there but I don’t know if that really means the area is haunted by him.

The scariest part for me there was the flipping ride with the cow butts swishing!

Hersheypark view from Ferris Wheel, 2013-08-10

Gorton, Connecticut, has a 1909 built lighthouse. It was automated in 1987, it was taken over by the US Coast Guard in 1939 and comes complete with it’s own ghost story. The coat guard crew, before it was automated, reported doors opening, strange sounds and such things as TV’s turning on and bedsheets being removed from the beds without explanation.

In the crew’s log on the last night before it was automated, an unknown author wrote “Rock of slow torture. Ernie’s domain. Hell on earth – may New London’s Ledge light shine on forever because I’m through. I will watch it from afar while drinking a brew.”

Investigations have been conducted by various groups. Ghost Hunters (TAPS) went in and found cold spots and other things linked to paranormal thought they felt there was nothing conclusive.

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An island that is only accessible by boat, it’s a small Bahamian Island and it’s most prominent feature is it’s lighthouse.

The lighthouse was erected in 1859 and rumours, from some, say that when there is a full moon strange noises are heard on the island. In the late 19th Century local lore says an infant was the only survivor of  a shipwreck on the island. A Grey Lady, the mother, is said to be so distraught that she roams the island. She waits in sorrow and vain during the full moon.

4th August, 1969 two of the keepers abandoned the island, they were never found. Some claim that they were taken by the Bermuda Triangle. It might not have been such a mystery however, as Hurricane Anna passed close by at that time.

It is currently said to be possible for the public to visit.

A nice link for information. 

Michigan hosts a 78ft lighthouse that went into active service in 1892. Captain Joseph Willie Townsend is said to haunt the lighthouse, a former keeper who seems to have stayed on. He died in the keeper’s house in the early 1900’s, and it was said they could not bury his body for some time. He was left there in the downstairs parlor until the relatives could be gathered for his service. His wife had never let him smoke in the house and so he is said to happily smoke where he pleases now.

Staff and visitors alike reported the smell of cigar smoke, and staff report that chairs etc have been found moved. A man of unknown origin has also been seen peeing in through the windows when no one should have been around outside. There has also been relocated silverware on the dining table and apparitions reported in the mirror of an upstairs dresser.

Marilyn Fischer was part of the founding of the historical society and believes it to be haunted, when she visits she has to leave both of her dogs outside as they refuse to enter the property.

It is open to visitors and has a facebook page.

 

Lighthouses fascinate me anyway so finding a fantastic story about them always helps.

The Flannan Isles

December 15th, 1900 there was a steamer known as SS Archer that recognised the Lighthouse did not appear to be operational. It was reported in, alongside other residents noticing it too.

Three men were listed to be working there, James Ducat, Donald McArthur and Thomas Marhsall. Due to the bad weather it took the relief ship 12 days before it could venture out, noticing that the flags were not up and there were no signs of life the captain shot a warning flare. The relief keeper Joseph Moore then took a dinghy and went to shore, Dec 27th 1990.

The lighthouse was silent, the door open and the area perfectly calm. There was a half eaten meal (though this may be an added rumour, the original log suggests the utensils etc were clean and dinner was already eaten), the lamps were ready to be lit, there was an upturned chair alongside the table aside from that the clocks had stopped and the fire was cold. Of the residents there was no sign at all.

Moore then came back with four more people to do an investigation, Ducat and Marshall had apparently left kitted out but McArthur’s oilskins were still hanging on the hook. The west landing had been damaged with the weather and the life buoy was ripped from the mounting. The men were shouting out and all they got was their own voices, there was no response.  They did however find the entries in the log that puzzled them.

Dec 12th: Gale north by northwest. Sea lashed to fury. Never seen such a storm. Waves very high. Tearing at lighthouse. Everything shipshape. James Ducat irritable. (Later): Storm still raging, wind steady. Stormbound. Cannot go out. Ship passing sounding foghorn. Could see lights of cabins. Ducat quiet. McArthur crying.

Dec 13th: Storm continued through night. Wind shifted west by north. Ducat quiet. McArthur praying. (Later:) Noon, grey daylight. Me, Ducat and McArthur prayed.

On December 14th there was no entry and on December 15th there was only this single last line: “Storm ended, sea calm, God is over all.”

The three men were experienced lighthouse attendants, Ducat had over 20 years on the job and this is why it strikes up as a mystery.

There’s a whole bunch of varying theories, the ones I am ignoring are about UFO abductions, it makes little sense to me. The ones that I liked are the ones that refer to the more paranormal aspects.

The Fairwin was another vessel in the area, their crew reported a ghostly longboat rowing away, when the horns were sounded to them, there was no reply.

Another rather interesting part is the mention of the Island the lighthouse was on may have already been reported as haunted. The Flannan Islands might well have the “phantoms of seven hunters” who resent the intrusion of the lighthouse, due to this they lured the men over the cliff to their death.

The lighthouse keepers had marked up conditions, had meals prepared and despite the foul weather would know that it would be unwise to go outside whatever the trouble they might have thought was there. Also why would they close doors behind them if they left in such a hurry.

For another 70 years there was no instance and nothing has been reported since the lighthouse was automated. Perhaps the three men did come across something they should not have but it also sounds like a fantastic story for the likes of horror writers, perhaps Lovecraft really was on to something with the Deep Ones after all! A quick net search will show you that this has been an influence on several mediums so they might be missing but on some strange level the three men may not necessarily be lost.