Even ghosts seem to love these majestic lighthouses. Take a tour of the spooky beacons or spend the night—if you dare.
Photo: Sara Gray
Not only is this lighthouse haunted, but also the entire 7,000-acre island is said to be haunted as well. Built in 1874 in the ornate Victorian style of the time, the Southeast Light helped ships clear the dangerous shoals and ledges of the “stumbling block” of the New England coast. Legend has it that in the 1900s a keeper murdered his wife by pushing her down the steps. Her spirit never left her home. It is said she harasses men only—by shaking them, lifting their beds, or even locking them in a closet or out of rooms. Many have reported sightings of ghosts elsewhere on the island. Phantom pirate ships have been spotted and so have the spirits of the dead who could not be buried until the ground thawed at the end of winter. You can visit Block Island via ferry; 401/466-5009 or lighthouse.cc/blockisoutheast.