Zac McDorrIt seems logical that the older a building is, the more ghosts it might hold. This seems to be true of Seguin Lighthouse, Maine’s second-oldest, which was approved by George Washington in 1795.

As the story goes, a lighthouse keeper at Seguin in the mid-1800s (nobody seems to know who he was) had a bored wife on his hands. Life was rather uneventful on the isolated island, after all.

The keeper decided to order a piano for his wife to give her something to do. She chose a song and began to practice it over and over again, day and night. After a while, the keeper suggested that he might order her some new sheet music. She did not take the hint, and continued playing the same song.

Driven mad by the repetition, the lighthouse keeper took an ax to the piano. Once the instrument was in splinters, he used the ax on his wife. Later, when the keeper snapped out of it, he realized that he’d committed murder, and killed himself. People still report hearing ghostly piano music on Seguin Island to this day.

Other spirits may haunt Seguin. A young girl supposedly died and was buried there. People have seen her ghost frolicking around the island.

Another story involves an official from the Coast Guard who spent the night at the lighthouse when it was being decommissioned in 1985. He was in the process of removing the furniture from the keeper’s house. The spirit of a former keeper, dressed in old-fashioned oil skins, appeared in the night.


The apparition said, “Don’t take the furniture! Please, leave my home alone!”

There was a mysterious accident the following day, and the boat full of furniture sank.

Owl’s Head Light also makes the list as one of America’s most haunted. Pemaquid Point, Mantinicus Rock, and several other lights also have their own ghost stories.


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