Growing up at Boston Light - with a ghost

 JoAnn LaVigne Schroer with her husband in 2016

JoAnn LaVigne Schroer with her husband in 2016. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd class LaNola Stone.

The Coast Guard introduces us to Joanne LaVigne Schroer, who was just a little girl when her father was assigned to a two-year spell as the Boston Light lighthouse keeper. And she recalls the ghost:

"When we went out to the island [in 1948] the second-floor bedroom that faces the light itself was always locked," Schroer recalled. "We had always heard that back in the 1800s there was a lightkeeper whose wife went a little stir crazy and killed her husband right around Halloween. Then, she wrote about it in her diary.

"Every October, we would hear these weird noises in that room," Schroer said. "One night, my mother jiggled the doorknob to see what was going on. All of a sudden, this black image came right through the door, down the hallway and then down the stairs into the kitchen. It was the lightkeeper's wife, and she had a big dog with her," Schroer attested. "I woke up in the middle of the night and there was that big dog sitting right in the room."



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    The last lighthouse keeper

    I like that congress recognized that as Boston Light is the oldest lighthouse in the US it shall not be automated and will continue to have a lighthouse keeper. A bit more information at this link

    Good. The last thing we need

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    Good. The last thing we need would be a haunted robot lighthouse that would turn on its human masters.

    Any earthly explanations out there?

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    I love a good ghost story but it'd be interesting to know the mineral make-up of the rocks out there.

    Could be a natural gas pocket slowly releasing methane?

    No. It's a ghost.


    Edward Rowe Snow book "Fantastic Folklore and Fact" gives a very interesting story about Boston Light.