Do You Know the Legend Behind Rondout Lighthouse?
This story will for sure give you the heebie-jeebies.
I've always enjoyed looking at the history behind lighthouses and collecting pictures of them. It makes me feel like I'm right near the water and it brings me a lot pf peace and comfort.
Rondout Lighthouse comes up a lot when I google lighthouses, so I wanted to dig a little deeper and find out more information about it.
According to visitvortex.com the lighthouse is supposedly haunted. The legend of the "Widows Watch" is that the lighthouse is haunted by a widowed young bride whose husband died in a boating accident on their wedding night. The legend claims that after the fall equinox happens every year she roams through the lighthouse searching for her husband at his time of death.
Did you just feel a little chill in the air?
The name of the bride was never mentioned so I did even more digging to try to make some connections to this.
Hudson River Maritime Museum has a list of the lighthouse keepers and two of them stand out:
- George W. Murdock- in 1856 he was the lighthouse keeper and drowned near his boat while he was trying to get groceries. His wife Catherine Murdock took over as lighthouse keeper after his death. This one doesn't exactly fit the legend because they had been married for some time and had 3 small children.
- Robert L. Howard- was the lighthouse keeper from 1935-1945 and one night he slipped and fell near the lighthouse and was taken to a nearby hospital and died. This one also doesn't exactly fit either because this wasn't a boating accident and he also had been married to his wife for some time and had small children. His wife did not take over as lighthouse keeper after his death.
It's possible there is no record of the lighthouse keeper who drowned because he was there for such a short time.
Maybe the legend is about all of these ladies? If you know more information about this feel free to drop a comment below, I'd love to know more.