The current St. Augustine Lighthouse has stood on Anastasia Island since the 1870s, but there was a lighthouse prior to the current structure that eventually fell into the Atlantic Ocean. For centuries, Florida’s oldest city has had some kind of light tower and those that lived and worked on the grounds are said to still roam them. Phantom History gets those stories and experiences directly from tour guide Kelcie Lloyd, who has worked there for five years.

 

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ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE

I’ve lived in Florida for more than 20 years, but it wasn’t until just before the pandemic that I finally ventured over to the Atlantic coast and visited St. Augustine. I was overcome with the sense of history in the preserved city and the eerie feeling that more than just those bypassing me on the street were watching me.

The old schoolhouse and the multiple cemeteries with dates going as far back as the 1700s on the tombstones told me I was in a place with a history as active as the spirits who allegedly still walk its streets.

It’s a beautifully haunting city complete with a Spanish fort right along the waterfront. But at night you can see the piercing light of the St. Augustine Lighthouse on Anastasia Island.

The beautifully restored black and white tower still operates today, just as it has for centuries, and the nighttime tour I took convinced me that the spirits there were still active. EMF meters went off in every corner of the grounds and the constant feeling of being watched made me want to learn as much as I could about its history and the people who once called it home.

My tour guide was a wealth of information and I wanted to make sure this location got the attention it deserved with a Phantom History episode. Kelcie Lloyd, who I interviewed for this episode, has had her own unique encounters with the unseen presences that still abound on the Lighthouse property and shared a few stories of encounters had by her tour groups.

From the tragedy that befell three young girls in a railway car on the site to the longing and distraught feelings portrayed by the woman in white often seen atop the lighthouse, you can bet that when you visit, you’ll get the sense that you are never quite alone.