Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

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The lighthouse is said to be haunted by a few spirits, one of which is said to be assistant lightkeeper Joseph Davis, who had a heart attack while working in 1919. The unexplained waft of kerosene sometimes detected here is attributed to his ghost. Kerosene has not been used in the lighthouse since 1933. Another haunt who resides here is believed to be a former lightkeeper’s son, who died after being kicked by a horse. His ghost plays pranks and opens and closes doors. Orbs also are said to appear around the grounds.

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    4931 South Peninsula Drive
    Ponce Inlet, FL
    United States

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    29.08069160122891, -80.92805781349182
    Volusia County, Florida
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    1. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is not haunted! There are no ghosts, pranksters or otherwise. The only pranksters are the people who put up this listing. As far as the odor of kerosene in the historic oil storage building, the old kerosene tanks that remain in the structure are the source of the smell. As for the ghostly fingers in April’s photo – that’s lace on the cuff.

    2. As I was back down the lighthouse tower after reaching the top I felt something Lift my hair and I went into a full panic attack trying to get back down the staircase. Crazy experience.

    3. I was in the lighthouse itself; climbing the steps. I kept feeling like I was being followed closely; but there was no one directly behind me like I felt.

    4. I’ve been here with my family and some aunts and uncles a number of times, most recently being probably 2002. One time we went there after dinner nearby at Down the Hatch, and of course we couldn’t go into any of the buildings because the facility was closed (it was almost 8 or 9pm), so we just walked around the grounds and looked at everything from the outside. I’m not one to really believe in ghosts, but as I stood off by myself in the center lawn I happened to look up at one of the second story windows of one of the outbuildings and I saw a white figure standing there. I looked away and looked back and it was gone. I’m not sure what I saw. I know it was not the reflection of any lights or anything like that.

    5. i live in ponce and i can literally walk 5 minutes from my house to the lighthouse and i have never seen a ghost there in my life, but the tomoka lights are a different story

    6. Me and my husband just left visiting the lighthouse not long ago. We didn’t even get to tour the actual light house due to the weather but we went through the little house museums and my husband was back in one of the bed rooms and I was in the front hallway (he was where I could see him ) so I knew it was not him we were the only ones there visiting and there was no porch on the side of the house and I heard footsteps and the chair slide across the floor on its own. I asked ” is there someone else in here?” He said no. I didn’t see anything but I know what I heard.

    7. I was just on a boat tour nearby. We were told the house near it the person who owned the land owned is haunted even worse. It has had crazy death stories. Once there was a husband and wife who lived there. The husband was laying bricks and died from injuries immediately when he was caught in a boat string. Then in the same 6 hour window his wife died in child birth. Also there is a rocking chair with a ghost tethered to it. An old woman. The chair had been outside said house until hurricane erma when it was moved inside. It is crazy freaky and what led me to this site.

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