Operating since 1859, the Pensacola Lighthouse is located on NAS Pensacola. From the top visitors can enjoy breath taking views of Pensacola Pass, three forts, the Pensacola skyline and the historic Navy Yard. The restored Lighthouse Keeper’s house was built in 1869 and is now a museum.
Stories on the Travel Channel and SyFy’s Ghost Hunters (TAPS) have taken viewers into the haunted Pensacola Lighthouse for investigations of the Keeper’s Quarters and the lighthouse staircase. The Pensacola Light House has been called one of the most haunted lighthouses in the United States and many psychics and clairvoyants agree.
Pensacola resident and medium Ericka Boussarhane has visited the lighthouse many times. On one occasion she witnessed the shadowy figure of a civil war slave hiding near the basement stairs. Other paranormal investigators have heard footsteps, felt temperature drops, or have been touched on the shoulder or hair near the staircase in the basement.
Ghost hunting teams frequenting the lighthouse quarters smell cigar or pipe tobacco smoke, feel cold spots, and hear the voices of children or women. It is said there are left over energies from the blood stains found on one of the bedroom’s wooden floors. Was it from an unsolved murder or the results of a difficult pregnancy? The jury is still on the final decision.
Many believe the lighthouse is haunted by the widows of the lighthouse keepers—still dedicated to the work of their lost husbands. A family picnicking on the beach in front of the lighthouse reported seeing a lady with dark hair and a long flowing white dress standing on the catwalk of the lighthouse at dusk. The lighthouse was closed for the day and the beacon had just turned on. They watched in awe as the light beams seemed to pass through the ghostly lady. The translucent spirit walked around the corner of the lighthouse and vanished from sight.
The crew at the Pensacola Lighthouse offers a special ghost tour of the 1869 Keeper’s Quarters which includes the 177 stair climb to the top of the tower. Be sure to check times and make your reservations on line or call 850-393-1561.
A climb to the top of the tower is only $5.00 and you can purchase a certificate of accomplishing this feat for $1.00 more. Regular museum and gift shop hours of operation are: 10am to 5:30pm Mon-Sat and 12:00-5:30 on Sunday. (Extended summer and holiday hours)
Climbing to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse is both terrifying and awe-inspiring at the same time. Entering the Keeper’s Quarters you immediately feel a presence that watches over more than just the gulf waters. This writer took a deep breath and headed for the staircase near the old lighthouse keepers entrance. At the foot of the stairs, a lighthouse guardian reminds you of lighthouse etiquette. Remember to use the hand rail going up and down the 177 steps. Folks going down the spiral staircase have the right away which means those going up must move to the center of the stairs and lean into the steps and hang on until the folks descending pass by.
Take a few steps at a time. There are turn-outs ever few turns with a place to rest or look out of a small window. If you are afraid of heights, don’t look down—or up! Knowing the staircase is the area where ghostly footsteps are heard climbing up and down the metal steps, I was open to any unseen spirits passing me on the route. Although I was the only one trudging my way to the top, I dismissed any footsteps I heard as the half dozen people wandering on catwalk at the top of the lighthouse.
Yes, and just like they say, the view is spectacular! And the pride of making it to the top of the 177 climb is even more impressive. Just remember…you have to go back down, so take another deep breath and step carefully. Or you may have to do what I was instructed—“If you slip and fall, just tuck and roll!” Then you, too, can haunt the old lighthouse.
Pensacola Light House
2081 Radford Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32508
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