Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pensacola Lighthouse Ghost Hunt

Just saw this little blurb in the Gulf Breeze and thought I'd pass it along.

The Ghost Seekers of Texas are headed to the Pensacola Lighthouse in Pensacola, Florida, May 22-24 for one-hour ghost hunts starting at 7:30, 8:45, 10, and 11:15 p.m. These hunts will benefit the Pensacola Lighthouse Association. It's strongly suggested you reserve a slot by calling 210-531-6759. You can also get more info by emailing They also urge you to bring ghost-hunting equipment if you have it.

For those of you not sure what ghost-hunting equipment is, I've provided a list below:

  • Electro magnetic field meters
  • Infrared laser thermometers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital video night vision cameras
  • High definition film cameras
  • Stationary Night vision cameras with monitoring stations
I would also add "the hair on the back of your neck," although it's not official equipment.

Like most lighthouses, the Pensacola Lighthouse has gone through many transformations. The original was built in the early 1820s and situated on a bluff at the south entrance to Pensacola Bay. In the late 1850s a new tower was built and situated on the north side of the bay, on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Regular tours are held May through October noon to 4PM, where those 7 and older are allowed to climb the 177-step tower for a fabulous view of Pensacola.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Stay at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

Hey, all you lighthouse enthusiasts, here's a bit of lighthouse news coming out of Point Montara, California. It seems the lighthouse at Point Montara is a lighthouse that used to be located at Wellfleet, Mass., which was taken down and thought to have been destroyed.

Well, researchers have now discovered that the lighthouse was never destroyed, but was actually moved clear across the country to Point Montara, 25 miles south of San Francisco.

Now, how you can loose track of a lighthouse is beyond me, but you an read more about it in this month's edition of Lighthouse Digest.

Why am I bringing this all up? Because I'm constantly asked "where are there lighthouses you can spend the night in?" Guess what? Point Montara's one of them. Point Montara Lighthouse is still being used as a navigational aid, but it's also a hostel, with guests staying in shared and private rooms in former Coast Guard quarters and the historic fog signal building. Amenities include cozy lounges, DSL Internet and free WiFi, on-site laundry, free parking, and an espresso bar. And, now, with this discovery, there's also the added history and mystery.

You can reserve a stay at the hostel by going to There is a reservations menu, and you will want to go to USA, California, Montara. If you wish to reserve a private room, you have to call (888) 464-4872, and dial #153 to be connected to the hostel.

Photo of Montara Lighthouse Hostel by Darin Barry,

Monday, October 22, 2007

New England Lighthouse Cruise

Anyone who's interested in New England lighthouses would love a cruise around some of the picturesque lighthouses of Long Island Sound.

Downeast Lighthouse Cruises operates out of Pine Island Marina,located on Pine Island Bay in Groton, Connecticut, and offers several cruises which take you up close to some wonderful lighthouses. Their New London Harbor Tour takes you past Avery Point, New London Ledge and New London Light and lasts approximately 1 hour; their Fishers Island Sound Tour takes approximately 2 hours and takes you past Morgan Point, North Dumpling, Avery Point, New London Ledge and New London Light; and their Eastern Fishers Island Sound Tour last approximately 3.5 hours and takes you past North Dumpling, Morgan Point, Latimer Light, Race Rock Light, Little Gull Lighthouse, Avery Point, New London Ledge and New London Light. They also offer Sunset Cruises of the lights of Fishers Island Sound, which lasts approximately 2 hours.

For more information call 860-460-1802 or email them at

Monday, August 6, 2007

North Carolina Lighthouses

Here's a great You Tube video of North Carolina lighthouses of the Outer Banks you might like.

North Carolina lighthouses include:

Currituck Beach
Bodie Island
Cape Hatteras
Diamond Shoals
Cape Lookout
Price's Creek Oak Island
Bald Head Island
Frying Pan Shoals

One North Carolina lighthouse is in an area of North Carolina that has a storied history. Ocracoke Lighthouse, which was first built in 1803 on Shell Castle Island not far from Blackbeard's hideout, who lost his head on Ocracoke Island during the early 1700s. Well, okay, he didn't actually lose his head, it was taken from him. Some believe his ghost still haunts the area, searching for his head. But, enough of Blackbeard. Back to the Ocracoke Lighthouse. The original was destroyed by lightning in 1818 and replaced by the current light in 1823 on the banks of the inlet near Ocracoke Village.

The Cape Lookout is interesting with its checkered design, which actually look like diamond shapes. But, the light of the lighthouse isn't the only thing guiding sailors. The black diamonds are oriented in a north-south direction and the white diamonds are oriented in an east-west direction; the white diamond side of the tower showed sailors were anchoring was safe. The Cape Lookout also had an original completed in 1812 which had problems being seen, so a new one was constructed in 1859.

The oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina is "Old Baldy" on Bald Head Island, one of North Carolina's most isolated and private barrier islands and just north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You can reach Bald Head Island by a 20-minute ferry ride. A replica of the 1850s keeper's cottage adjacent to the lighthouse serves as the Smith Island Museum. For $3 you can visit the museum and climb "Old Baldy". Summer Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. You should call 910-457-7481 for winter hours.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Lighthouses Where You can Stay Overnight

Here are a few of the different lighthouses where you can stay overnight (maybe not actually in the lighthouse itself, but in the Keeper Quarters):

Tibbett's Point Lighthouse Hostel - New York
Point Arena Light Station - California
Rose Island Lighthouse -Rhode Island
Heceta Head Lighthouse - Oregon
Isle Au Haut Lighthouse - Maine
Big Bay Point Lighthouse - Michigan

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - San Diego, California

If you're visiting San Diego, be sure to stop for a visit at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

The lighthouse was first lit on November 15, 1855. However, fog and clouds often obscured the light, so, 36 years later, in 1891, the light was extinguished, and a new lighthouse was lit at the tip of the Point.

Although no longer in commission, this lighthouse is a great place to visit, not only for views of the San Diego Bay, but because the interior was refurbished to its 1880s appearance by the National Park Service.

This great photo was shot by Bruce Tuten, who posted this photo on flickr at

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lighthouse - Battery Point - Crescent City, California

Battery Point Lighthouse, located on a hill off Battery Point in Crescent City, California, is a Cape Cod structure with a 45-foot high tower in the center, built out of brick and granite. Open April through September, you can access the lighthouse by walking across the bottom of the ocean during low tide. It's a great spot to view migrating whales.

The interesting thing about this lighthouse is that it received no damage during the worst tsunami ever recording along the west coast of the lower forty-eight United States. The tsunami occurred on March 27, 1964, when a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 struck Alaska near Prince William Sound. A series of waves generated by the earthquake raced south at a speed of nearly 600 m.p.h. and reached Crescent City around midnight with crests of up to twenty feet. The tsunami destroyed half of the waterfront business district. Eleven persons lost their lives.