Legend has it that Wood Island Lighthouse is haunted by a few ghosts. And while you’d think that’d spook people away from visiting, it actually does just the opposite.
The secluded lighthouse in southern Maine is even more popular since rumors of ghosts have been floating around. USA Today recently recognized Wood Island Lighthouse as the tenth “best haunted destination in the US for a spooky and spectacular trip.”
Wood Island Lighthouse
The publication writes of the haunted destination:
Many visitors to Wood Island Lighthouse in Maine believe that ghosts roam the island and inhabit the building. A murder-suicide took place there in the 1890s, and many have encountered a spirit at the top of the lighthouse expressing remorse — could it be the murderer? Others have heard voices in the wind or found objects inside the lighthouse unexpectedly rearranged, while one lighthouse keeper’s wife swears that she bumped into a ghost inside a closet.
Haunted corners of New England
Maine is the only New England state represented on the list. But if you’re seeking to learn and explore more spooky sites, we’ve rounded up some of the most haunted corners of Boston-right in your backyard! Yikes!
Most haunted sites in America
The top 10 haunted sites to visit in the U.S. this year according to USA Today readers are:
- Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum – Las Vegas, Nevada
- Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park – Yuma, Arizona
- The Grove – Jefferson, Texas
- Fort Mifflin on the Delaware – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – St. Augustine, Florida
- Old Lake County Jail – Crown Point, Indiana
- Fort East Martello Museum – Key West, Florida
- Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, California
- New Jersey Pine Barrens – New Jersey
- Wood Island Lighthouse – Biddeford, Maine
USA Today first consults a group of 20 travel experts to source nominees for the poll. Then 200,000 readers determine the final top 10 for the USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards.