Visitors to the West Point Lighthouse Museum and Inn might soon be viewing the building in a different light.
Just in time for Halloween, Google Canada has released a list of the Top 10 spookiest locations on Google Street View.
The description reads as following:
“Canada’s first lighthouse inn, this famous site and popular tourist destination is known to be haunted by it’s original keeper, William MacDonald, who is often seen roaming the halls of the inn. Ablaze phantom ships have also been seen at a distance off the coast. Legend has it that one is a pirate ship whose sailors are ill-fated to sail the seas forevermore.”
Carol Livingstone is the great-granddaughter of William MacDonald, who was more commonly known as Lighthouse Willie.
She knows of at least three instances of Lighthouse Willie being sighted, with one of those sightings being hers.
The lighthouse itself was built in 1875, but the inn itself wasn’t built until 1984.
Ms Livingstone said for the first few years it was open, the manager would stay at the in five nights a week, with volunteers staying the other two nights. She said one night it was the turn of one of the volunteers.
“It was a bit after 9 pm. She went out and got in her car. As she turned to leave she glanced up and there was a light on in the second floor. She got out, unlocked the lighthouse, went up to the second floor, turned off the light and came back down. As she was turning the car to leave she looked up and the light was back on. She told us afterward ‘If there was anybody in there that wanted that light on that bad, they could darn well have it,’ and she went home.”
Ms Livingstone said most everything a bit strange that happens at the lighthouse involves the lights. She thinks being known as a haunted lighthouse could be positive or negative, depending on the viewpoint. On one hand, visitors can have the knowledge they stayed in a haunted inn. On the other, some visitors might be more hesitant to stay at the inn because of that fact.
Considering the inn had a 98 per cent occupancy rate in August, getting people to spend the night at the inn isn’t an issue.
“The experiences the guests have had have not been dangerous, probably just the lighthouse keepers playing with the lights and coming back to check on us to see how we’re keeping the old light,” she concluded. “I think we’re doing a fairly good job of keeping it.”