At this historic lighthouse on the Oregon coast, there are echoes of the classic movie Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The keeper’s quarters at Florence’s Heceta Head Lighthouse are said to be haunted by a kind, harmless spirit that occasionally cleans up after itself. She doesn’t offer counsel like the ghost in the vintage 1960s film, but it appears like she’s making an effort to be supportive.
The Ghost Story Tours of the Keeper’s House at Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast will take place in that “spirit” on October 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the Halloween season.
Come to the Heceta Head Lightstation that day to learn about the past and hear spooky tales from the Heceta Head Lightkeeper’s House staff and former B&B visitors. Each trip will last 20 to 30 minutes and have a 15-person maximum. You must make reservations and give money.
It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the spirit of the occasion.
On the Oregon coast, only Heceta Head Lighthouse still has its keeper’s quarters. It is listed on the national historic registry and has been transformed into that adorable small B&B.
There have really been some very genuine witnesses to it all, and hauntings have long been a part of the local tradition. The family who owns the property has said for a long time that they now just consider the ghost to be a part of the family. She goes under the moniker “Gray Lady” or “Rue,” and she frequently presents herself as an old woman or as a smoke-like, greyish shape of a woman that soon disappears.
According to one version of this intricately woven legend from the Oregon coast, she is the mother of a child whose tomb is tucked away on the property. In accordance with a different account, she is the one buried here. She doesn’t appear to be trying to frighten people, in any case.
Early accounts of encounters with the upbeat geist mention construction workers who fled in terror when they saw the strange woman. One man actually insisted on working on a window from the outside rather than completing his job within one room, breaking the window in the process. He refused to even try to clean things up.
The occupants of the house heard sweeping sounds upstairs in the middle of the night. They realized the debris had been cleaned up into a tidy little mound the following day.
Famous Oregon landscape photographers Steve Terrill (who passed away in 2021) and Larry Geddis are two of the ghost’s more reliable witnesses. Before the newspaper existed, in 2001 Terrill talked with Andre’ Hagestedt, editor of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, and described how the two were staying at the B&B while taking pictures of the region.
They once caught a fleeting glimpse of what appeared to be a woman’s form in Geddis’ room’s window. Terrill claimed that Geddis was obviously concerned when they later learned that there was absolutely nobody inside the building at the time.
Later, according to Terrill, they noticed that a few minor items in Geddis’ room had been relocated.
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