Haunted Prospect Harbor Lighthouse in Northern Acadia National Park
The region has always been one of the foggiest on the Maine coast. Prospect Harbor has been a busy fishing harbor since the mid-1800s. Prospect Harbor Lighthouse was initially built in 1850 of granite, then rebuilt in 1891 of wood, to guide local traffic of coasting schooners and fishermen. The local fishing industry always determined the existence of the Prospect Harbor lighthouse. Many years later, as the historic beacon fell into disrepair from neglect and funding, the American Lighthouse Foundation stepped in to save the lighthouse in 2004 when the critical restoration was applied to the lantern and gallery. Today, the lighthouse continues to guide lobster and sardine fishermen to and from their homes.
Prospect Harbor Lighthouse is unique in that it is an active military base. However, it is not open to the public, but you can photograph it from Prospect Harbor. You cannot go onto the lighthouse grounds because of security reasons and is actively more secure than a regular Coast Guard station. To view the lighthouse from a safe distance, from US Route 1, take 186 to Prospect Harbor. Turn right on 195, then bear right at the fork onto Lighthouse Point Road. You can view the light from the shoreline outside of the gates. Today, as the lighthouse and grounds belong to the U.S. Navy, the keeper’s house is available for overnight stays for active and retired military families. You can relax, picnic, and view Prospect Harbor lighthouse from across this small harbor.
Paranormal Activities at Prospect Harbor Lighthouse
The keeper’s quarters is used for navy personnel, where it is called Gull Cottage. A former light keeper’s ghost is said to haunt Gull Cottage, which some call Captain Salty. Over the years, some who have stayed at the keeper’s quarters have mentioned some frequent paranormal activity. It seems that a small statue of a sea captain, located out of reach on a high ledge at the top of the stairs, is consistently being moved to face the stairs one time, then the occupants will notice the statue was moved to face the sea another time. Some guests have claimed to see a ghost-like figure at night, while others report smelling tobacco smoke when no one is smoking, doors opening and closing, lights going on and off, and other odd occurrences.
Heading Out to Northern Acadia National Park
One of the most frequented attractions in Maine is Acadia National Park, not only during the summer but also in the autumn season, with some great opportunities for fall foliage viewing for the “leaf peepers.” Most people, when they visit Acadia National Park, they stay predominantly on Mount Desert Island, with its commercial establishments for tours, fine dining, artisan shops, hiking, beaches, Cadillac Mountain, and bike riding through the carriage roads that meander through wooded regions, which all are favorite attractions. In total, 120 miles of hiking trails and paths are often interconnected and combined with these original carriage roads built by the Rockefellers during the Gilded (Golden) Age of Industrialism, when the park was established.
But those who wish to venture a little northward of the island will find untouched regions and quaint fishing villages that have remained the same for many generations. This area in Acadia involves the Park Loop from Mount Desert Island onto northern Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula. Head over Route 186 towards Winter Harbor and enjoy the views of Schoodic Peninsula, Schoodic Head, and Schoodic Point. Here, as you drive slowly along the park’s one-way loop road, take the road to Schoodic Point. During high tide, when you reach Schoodic Point, you’ll find ocean surf smashing against a nearly 400-foot headland of rock formations.
Winter Harbor is a classic down east fishing village still thriving today for lobstermen and scallop draggers. Part of this is due to its location, where the harbor rarely freezes in winter. The privately owned Winter Harbor Lighthouse from Mount Desert Island onto Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula can be viewed from the park loop road.
Outside of Schoodic Point, the town of Prospect Harbor is a quaint fishing village where you can enjoy some nice walks.
Enjoy the views around this remote and tranquil area in New England!
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