Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
New Castle, New Hampshire
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (Ghost Hunters) - Ghost Hunters' season four finale takes the TAPS team to
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Fort Constitution in New Castle, NH.
The 48-foot cast-iron tower was erected in 1771, with the grounds
covering approximately 2 acres including Fort Constitution and the
After years of late night reports from the Coast
Guard and other witness accounts, the members of the Friends of The
Portsmouth Lighthouse want to know if the lighthouse and surrounding
grounds are truly haunted. Jason and Grant will be facing one of their
most interesting challenges as they explore the Portsmouth Harbor
Lighthouse, the Fort Constitution and the Keeper's Quarters.
lighthouse consists of 44 stairs that lead up to the Watchroom, a
circular room with three portholes. Many strange happenings have
occurred in this room, one being a female lighthouse enthusiast, who
heard voices, only to find she was alone. Another witness to this
paranormal activity heard a man ask, "What are you doing?" only to
discover there wasn't a person in sight.
Many believe Joshua
Card, the former lighthouse keeper, who preferred to go by the name
"Captain," haunts this place. The Captain watched over the lighthouse
for 35 years until he retired at age 87 in 1909 only two years before
his death. It is reported that in all his years as the keeper, he barely
left the lighthouse station and his spirit still keeps watch.
visiting the lighthouse, two witnesses have reported seeing a man
dressed in a pea coat and hat walking near the tower as if he was
working, but this man could never be found. One of the witnesses later
discovered a picture of Joshua Card and said, "that's the man I saw!"
Fort Constitution mainly served the country as a
lookout and supply storage unit through many wars since the 1630s. The
fort was one of Paul Revere's first stops on his way to warning
colonists about the impending Revolutionary War. The fort consists of a
lookout area, a powder magazine, a sentry room where prisoners were
held, and sally ports on each side that served as entryways.
On July 4,
1809, disaster erupted at Fort Constitution. Gunpowder that was reserved
for a fireworks display accidentally exploded killing 14 people, most
of whom were children. Some believe it is the residual ghosts of the
1809 explosion that haunt the structure today. Members of the Coast
Guard are afraid to go into Fort Constitution at night because of the
general noises they hear and its eerie nature.
Witnesses have also
claimed to have photos of unexplainable green smoke in the fort. While
touring the fort at night, one witness claims to have quickly seen an
apparition run around the corner near the lookout tower and almost
everyone who enters the fort says they have a very heavy feeling in
their chest while walking through the sally ports.
Fort William and Mary was a colonial defensive post on the island of New Castle, New Hampshire at the mouth of the Piscataqua River estuary. First fortified by the British in 1632, the fort guarded access to the harbor at Portsmouth.
The Keeper's Quarters currently serves as an active
Coast Guard Station and is nestled within the granite walls of the Fort
Constitution. The house is made up of two floors separated into Coast
Guard offices, and a basement. Many who spend time in the house believe
Joshua's spirit still resides in his home.
Witnesses through the years
have said that they often hear footsteps in the house and a fan rattle
on it's own in the area of the house that was once Joshua's old bedroom.
Furthermore, witnesses have reported finding two pairs of oily
footprints in the parking lot near the Keeper's house that were arranged
in a strange pattern and seemed to come from nowhere. When they touched
the footprints, nothing came off on their hands and with their best
efforts they could not clean the footprints off the ground. Days later
the footprints had vanished on their own.