We conducted a day time investigation of the St. Augustine Lighthouse on June 9, 2007. Investigators
present Sherri, Mike, Shereen, Jenny, Lynn, Mac and Erin.
Over the years many people have died on this site, which may account for the multitude of stories about
ghostly encounters and or sightings here.
1. John Carrera died in 1853 at the first lighthouse.
2. Joseph Andreu fell from the first lighthouse and died in 1859.
3. Head Keepers Rantia's wife died here on Sept. 21, 1894. At this time the cause of death
4. Three young girls died during the construction of the lighthouse. The superintendent
of construction, Hezekiah Pittee, had five children who used to ride a rail car type vehicle that was used to transport supplies
from the beach to the house. On July 10, there was an accident and five children fell into the water. Workers
were able to save a boy and one girl, but two daughters Mary and Eliza along with a young black girl, either
a servant or the daughter of a worker drowned.
We arrived at the Lighthouse at 3:30pm and proceeded to the lighthouse first. Baseline EMF readings were
0.3 with an average temperature of 87. Jenny, Shereen and Mac climbed the lighthouse steps, leaving Erin, Lynn
and Sherri to investigate the ground floor. On the 2, 3 and 4th flights of stairs we got EMF readings of 1.4 to
2.8. These readings would come and go and we could not find a pattern of movement to them. On the 8th landing
we recorded a EMF reading of 4.8 which lasted about 20 seconds, and we could not track it either. (Note-there is a power
line that runs up the inside left hand side of the tower which did give off an EMF reading of 1.2, so we did take
that into account when getting fluctuations in our EMF readings.)
The lighthouse keepers home was difficult to get a baseline EMF reading in since it is full of lighted
displays and cases that gave off varied different EMF readings. We determined that we could not use any of our readings
in this house since we could not get a baseline.
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