|Point Lookout Lighthouse near Scotland, Maryland is thought to be the most haunted lighthouse in North America|
The Point Lookout Lighthouse saw a lot of activity over the period of the Civil War. It is said that prisoners may have been held there on the grounds, over twenty thousand to be exact. A few may have died there as well, about four thousand! They were buried there on the grounds, but most of the graves were relocated. Lighthouse occupants have reported strange smells in within the building like the smell of death. There have been reports of disembodied snoring sounds as well and furniture being moved around on it's own. Doors have been known to open and slam shut on their own accord.
|It is thought that ghosts of Civil War soldiers may haunt the lighthouse and grounds. Thousands of Confederate prisoners were buried here.|
During the lifetime of the lighthouse operation, many shipwrecks occurred in the bay. The Express was a well known wreck that occurred just of the point. It is thought that one of the surviving crew rowed ashore in an attempt to get help. Some believe this because of a spirit that has been spotted outside of the lighthouse on dreary, stormy nights. The actual figure of a man in old sailor type clothing having a ragged distressed appearance has been seen standing outside on the porch of the lighthouse. When approached he seems to disappear, moving back toward the water from where he came. Sometimes the keepers could hear phantom voices outside as well as if someone were calling.
|Monument at Point Lookout State Park dedicated to the Confederate prisoners of war who died here during the Civil War.|
Today the lighthouse is owned by the State of Maryland as well as the surrounding area and parking is located at 11175 Point Lookout Road Scotland, MD. It is also the location of what is now Point Lookout State Park. The area is great for fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and of course you may try to sneak in a peak of a ghost or two.