A Florida travel destination, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, was nominated as a best haunted destination by USA Today's 10 best website.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum was nominated as Best Haunted Destination 2019 by USA Today’s 10 Best website. Voting opened on July 29 and continues through Aug. 26. You can vote here. Winners will be announced Sept. 6.
Additional locations include the Wavery Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky; the Villisca Ax Murder House in Iowa; Fort Mifflin on the Delaware in Philadelphia; the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia; the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio; and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, among others.
“Paranormal activity reported at the St. Augustine Lighthouse includes the disembodied voice of a woman asking for help,” the listing states. “Dark of the Moon ghost tours take visitors into the lighthouse at night to learn about the spirits that may still haunt the 1876 Keepers’ House and 1874 lighthouse tower.”
During ghost tours at the lighthouse, guests hear stories about the history of the lighthouse, lighthouse keepers, their families, and those who played a role in building the 1874 tower. Ghost stories also go back to the Spanish Watchtower, the first lighthouse made of coquina, which became Florida’s first lighthouse in 1824.
“Everything we do at our nonprofit museum saves our maritime past,” said Executive Director Kathy Fleming. “Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours helps fund the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, enabling us to continue our mission to preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port.”
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will be featured on the new season of Ghost Hunters, which debuts Aug. 21 on A&E. In addition, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has been highlighted on CNN, MSN, the Travel Channel, Fox News, The Weather Channel and Parade Magazine.
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