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St Augustine Lighthouse - Angels And Ghosts
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The present day Florida's St. Augustine Lighthouse sits at the northern tip of Anastasia Island directly across Matanzas Bay from downtown St. Augustine. In the evening, from downtown, you can see its beam sweep across those waters and then shift out over the Atlantic.
Erected in 1874, the building was preceded by a coquina stone structure originally built by the Spanish. In fact, the Spanish had maintained a watchtower near the present day site ever since their arrival during the late 1500s. Before the Europeans arrived, of course, Native Americans freely roamed the area.
The Lighthouse has a long history of paranormal activity. Visitors and employees have seen moving shadows and have heard voices and unexplained noises. In 1870, the daughters of Hezekiah Pittee, Superintendent of Lighthouse Construction, drowned in a tragic accident and are now believed to haunt the Lighthouse grounds. In 2007, the SyFy Network's popular show Ghost Hunters filmed an episode here and found that, after a thorough investigation, the lighthouse is, indeed, haunted!
June 19th, 2013
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