Holiday Ayo – The St. Augustine Light Station is a private aid to navigation and an active, working lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida.
The current lighthouse stands at the north end of Anastasia Island and was built between 1871 and 1874.
The tower is the second lighthouse tower in St. Augustine, the first being lit officially by the American territorial government in May 1824 as Florida’s first lighthouse.
However, both the Spanish and the British governments operated a major aid to navigation here including a series of wooden watchtowers and beacons dating from 1565.
In 1980, a small group of 15 women in the Junior Service League of St. Augustine (JSL) signed a 99-year lease with the county for the keeper’s house and surrounding grounds and began a massive restoration project.
Shortly after the JSL adopted the restoration, the League signed a 30-year lease with the Coast Guard to begin a restoration effort on the lighthouse tower itself.
The lighthouse was subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 due to the efforts of local preservationist and author Karen Harvey.
The location is the subject of numerous ghost stories and supernatural legends, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum offers tickets for a number of “Dark of the Moon” ghost tours and ghost-themed private events to the public.
According to ghost hunters, the lighthouse and surrounding buildings have a history of paranormal activity.
The lighthouse has been featured in episodes of the Syfy television series Ghost Hunters, and also on the paranormal TV program My Ghost Story.
Researcher Joe Nickell who investigated has written that there is no credible evidence the lighthouse is haunted.
He noted that supposed spooky noises or sounds from the tower have mundane explanations such as seagulls or the wind.
St. Augustine Lighthouse was featured as one of the haunted locations on the paranormal TV series Most Terrifying Places in America on an episode titled “Restless Dead”, which aired on the Travel Channel in 2018.