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Point Lookout State Park

St. Mary's County, Maryland

A former Civil War prison camp, Camp Lincoln is haunted. The lighthouse, which is no longer in use, is also plagued by paranormal activity. There are stories of a woman who hunts for a grave, asking passers by to help her find it. A general is also known to haunt the fort proper; his faint voice is often heard and his figure is often seen.

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Bull Hunter says:

October 4, 2005, 4:40 pm

This story couldn’t hold all the water in New orleans let alone a paper cup. There were never any graves and the light is still in use.

I said, says:

October 5, 2005, 4:01 pm

First, if you have ever been to Point Lookout you would know that the lighthouse is no longer in use. There is a ton of wierd and spooky things that go on there at night. My family and I go camping there all the time, and we have seen wierd apparitions will driving down near the lighthouse.

Shilo says:

October 24, 2005, 2:00 pm

I have been to point lookout. I have seen the famous “ghost of point lookout” and I have been inside the lighthouse. I did think the lighthouse was still in use though. I have some voices on tape that we recorded at our campsite, just my aunt and I. She says to go into the light, and that Jesus wants you, and the voice clearly says “he wants YOU”. We also got a voice inside the lighthouse of a woman and a child in the basement. It was creepy. People in our group when we went also said they felt strange things happening on the beach. There is an entire museum devoted to the history of point lookout, and how hundreds of civil war soldiers fell to thier deaths and were never moved, so the spot they fell is the spot where they still remain. The lake in the middle of the camping grounds I believe was a burial spot for several dead bodies at the time.

!!WOW!! says:

December 10, 2005, 8:17 pm

Last Halloween there was a sign advertising the ‘ghosts of point lookout’
and I thought it was just a spooky party but now i heard this story…. i’m spooked!!

Tory Clemons says:

December 25, 2005, 2:23 am

This area is very Haunted, and we have experienced many Paranormal Happenings. I’ve personally been involved in the Civil War Living History camp outs, at the Park, and also been part of Paranormal
Investagation Groups, Involving EVP, Spirit photography. A very Interesting Place to Visit!!

Haley says:

January 2, 2006, 7:10 pm

OMG! I have NEVER been to point lookout, but my friend has. She still has nightmares!

Stacey says:

January 12, 2006, 10:11 am

Point Lookout is definately haunted by ghosts of the past. There was a Union-run POW camp for Confederate soldiers, where around 4 thousand prisoners died and were buried on the grounds in unmarked pits. The lighthouse itself has had mysterious haunts, such as one of Ann Davis, the first female keeper there, whose blue dress appears at the top of the stairs. Many pictures taken in the lighthouse show orbs, and there is even one of Laura Berg, the last resident of the lighthouse, standing in the middle of a room, and off to the side is an outline of a soldier in uniform. I’ve visited during Open House, and it’s the creepiest place I’ve ever been. No wonder they call it the most haunted lighthouse in America

mr.boswell says:

March 19, 2006, 1:12 pm

I have been to point lookout many times.I am just a shih tzu but I am smart enough to be scared of ghosts.Hold me,Comet!!

Mrs.Detter says:

June 1, 2006, 11:51 am

Point Lookout is definately haunted by ghosts of the past. There was a Union-run POW camp for Confederate soldiers, where around 4 thousand prisoners died and were buried on the grounds in unmarked pits. The lighthouse itself has had mysterious haunts, such as one of Ann Davis, the first female keeper there, whose blue dress appears at the top of the stairs. Many pictures taken in the lighthouse show orbs, and there is even one of Laura Berg, the last resident of the lighthouse, standing in the middle of a room, and off to the side is an outline of a soldier in uniform. Iâ??ve visited during Open House, and itâ??s the creepiest place Iâ??ve ever been. No wonder they call it the most haunted lighthouse in America

BB says:

August 13, 2006, 6:24 am

We camped in the Hoffman Loop of Point Look Out State Park Campground in July of 2004 and while we were walking along the loop road at a certain point we hit a cold spot and the hair on our arm’s stood straight up and there was a breeze…which we found to be very strange seeing it was 90 degrees out and very humid.
This occurred around Site #45…once we passed the site everything was back to hot and humid.

We later found out through research that the area of that site was where the Small Pox Hospital was where a lot of people died.

I also heard a story of a park ranger who had spotted an old lady walking along the beach of the Potomac and she kept walking and turning around and walking again up the beach, so he stopped and he said she had a bouquet of flowers and he asked her if she was alright and she answered that she was trying to find his grave…the park ranger was startled to hear this and then she just simply vanished…he later found out that the area in which she was walking along the Potomac Beach was where the dead were buried in a makeshift cemetary.

Another story I heard was a park ranger was driving from the park headquarters toward the lighthouse and had just passed the campground entrance and was going on the causeway when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw a person in old tattered gray clothing crossing the road and heading in the opposite direction…he turned around and headed back in that direction and found no one anywhere…he later found out that confederate prisoners would often fake illness related to small pox so that they would be moved from the prison area to the small pox hospital and then they would often attempt to escape from the hospital.

While we were there we did not see, hear or experience anything paranormal in the area of the lighthouse.

Matthew Carter says:

August 21, 2006, 1:16 pm

i don’t know haw to belive this story but this **** makes me think somebody is making it all up but i will find out someway and this **** seems like it’s so damn fake

Matthew Carter says:

August 21, 2006, 1:17 pm

this **** seems fake

Melanie says:

September 8, 2006, 10:43 pm

The stories about Point Lookout are true. If you’ve ever walked around the grounds and hit a cold spot in the middle of July, you know something is there. I’ve seen it for myself.

kathy says:

October 3, 2006, 9:08 am

kathy has small pox

Melissa says:

October 6, 2006, 10:58 pm

if ever you watch the travel channel they say that Point look out is the most hunted lighthouse in America but i did call them and they have the light house open once a year now on Nov 1 or so that is what they say and no the light house is not in use anymore but sometimes the light is still lite

Michelle says:

October 12, 2006, 9:25 am

How do you get to this Point Lookout State Park? Is the lighthouse nearby?

nicole says:

October 30, 2006, 12:52 pm

I think that this is all fake because I have been there and never here anything or seen anything well maybe because I don’t belive ein ghots. Ghots dosen’t exist because when some one dies he or she dosen’t remmenber who he/ she was in life. The only thing you think you see is the devil not ghots.

damnrebel says:

January 1, 2007, 8:41 am

Several years ago, I was at Pt. Lookout for a Confrederate living history, and we were camped in the prison area, near the Union barracks.I knew all the folks that were there. I like exploring places we go, and walked around the wall area & deadline.
I happened to see translucent rebs?” walking the yard area.I recognized the rags of uniforms as CSA, as I too was wearing one. Several of these “pards” walked torwards me, and looked at me. I felt scared to friggin’ death, but welcome among friends.I too, felt the hopelessness of this guys which gave me a large lump in my chest,very hard to swallow .Seeing your breath in the middle of June is very unnerving!
Think it isn’t haunted? are you willing to make a large bet?
Remember- most of the Pt. Lookout camp is now under the watersurrounding the peninsula. We now only see a small reminant!

Kim says:

February 6, 2007, 9:55 am

The park has it’s far share of hauntings, including the Lighthouse! If your interested they have openned it up to paranormal investigators. You can contact me for more information!

Reed says:

June 26, 2007, 11:41 am

Nichole you REALLY need to learn how to spell, and how do you know for sure what we do when we die? have you “been there and done that”?

pumpkin says:

August 11, 2007, 12:04 pm

omg i just heard someone turn the phone on and i am the only one in the house omg and on my computer in my room i just smelled perfume and i am 16 so this is all so freaky for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

george says:

August 13, 2007, 11:18 am

i went camping at point lookout this summer and i definetly know that this place is haunted. i was in my tent and it was really hot out. then there was a sudden cold breeze blowing. i saw these two shadows walking by my tent, one looked very much like a women. she had her hair up in a bun and she and this other figure walked around my tent about 8 more times.that night i didnt get a minute of sleep.

Tanya says:

October 25, 2007, 7:09 pm

My family and I have been camping at PLO for years. We used to walk from the campground to the lighthouse at night, until about 2 years ago when the park rangers began stopping us. But before that we would walk along the dark road and just come to the cold spots that everyone talks about. I have only been in the lighthouse once and that was on the One day in November that it is open to the public. It was during the day and I didn’t get any strange feelings. There were a bunch of dead flies in the window sill, very Amityville… (i think those were bees though) Anyhow, my brother and I swear we heard footsteps on one occasion that we were outside the fence at night. The only problem with trying to get any creepy vibes from the lighthouse is that you are surrounded by people fishing and bright lights at the inlet. Now the creepiest story my family and I have dates back to the 80’s. My Uncles and my Brother went down there to go fishing for the night, completely unaware of the stories. They got there around dusk and saw a dark shadow standing by the Point Lookout sign that has the mini lighthouse next to it. They didn’t know what it was so they joked that they saw bigfoot in the woods… until sometime later when point lookout was on one of those haunted tv shows….
Think what you will but I totally believe it’s haunted. Though I’ve never actually seen anything, when I’m camping I don’t walk to the bathroom alone, at night!

Stan says:

December 7, 2007, 2:36 pm

About a year and a half ago, A Navy co-worker of mine and his wife were just starting to rent a house back off the road that leads to the lighthouse.He showed me the house before they moved in. It was a rather large house with a huge wrap around deck.
Anyway,they started to move in on a Wednesday and spent the night.During the night, they heard this old time music accompanied by this man’s voice and 2 young children’s voices. He went down to the first floor to investigate where he thought it was coming from and of course as you might guess, it stopped. He even opened the window thinking that it was someones radio but heard no sound. There are only three other homes in this cluster and pretty remote.This happened until 5:30 in the morning when he had to go to work.
His wife returned with him as she stayed the day at the old rental since the lease had not run out. They did not stay again in that house until Saturday night.Same thing happened. Starts between 3am and 5 am.( I guess Ghosts like that old Gary U.S.Bond’s hit “Quarter to Three ” ),seems to be the bewitching hour for most Ghost Stories.Anyway, they left and his wife refused to stay there again.I worked with this guy and he played hell trying to get his deposit back.He never did and he and his wife stayed the rest of his tour here in their original rental property.They were both non-believers before this happened.I personally have been to the ” Point Lookout ” area many times and haven’t seen, but there is an eerie feeling all around. We went to the Lighthouse open house a few years back and did get ORBS and the streaming lights on our photos from the second floor next to the room they call ” The Stinky Room ” We do believe in Ghosts of our past, or is it Ghots ?

Jon says:

March 6, 2008, 1:25 am

I have been there on a lighthouse tour. Where would hundreds of confederates have fallen off a cliff? It all seemed pretty flat and near sea level to me. That is a scary place with a lot of history.

andrea says:

March 17, 2008, 10:25 am

I am into this stuff to I am one of those people who can see the dead I’ve been to alot of scary haunted places. I’ve always been interested in that kind of stuff.

fatboy says:

May 18, 2008, 11:40 pm

i been there couple of times it does feel strange at night around there and i thought i saw someone walking along route5 i was on my way home it was late at night so i figure maybe she need a ride i stopped she was gone in less then a heartbeat dissappeared scared the **** outof me i sped so fast out of there i was there about two weeks ago it still feels da same at night spooky

jheck says:

July 12, 2008, 9:36 am

5 of my friends gone fishing one night by pt look out and never catch anything and one of my friend saw a lady on a white dress and said “oh look you caught so much fish”” but then again they he look back the lady was gone.. after that just 1 of my friend keep reeling fish 1 to another the four of them never catch anything

grr says:

July 21, 2008, 9:15 am

I work at the park and there was in fact a graveyard on site but it was moved due to the land erosion. It is a very spooky place with lots of history, and lots of tragedy. lets just say that i try and get out of here before it gets dark

Steph Metz says:

July 21, 2008, 3:42 pm

My sister-in-law, myself, and our 6 daughters camped at Point Lookout last week and visited the memorial at about 9:30pm.

Though we did not see or hear anything, we all felt a bit “off balance” and felt the need to sit down. I felt cold spots that gave me chills 3 times in one spot to the left of the memorial. It was 100 degrees that day. a “ghosthunter” acquaintance of mine had once told me to take pictures in the dark. We did that and when we downloaded the pics, saw nothing.
Then I decided to edit on Picasa. Out of curiosity, I used the “Fill light” tool, and uncovered literally hundreds of light orbs in the picture we took first before we entered the property.

Subsequent photos (after we walked into the site)had fewer orbs and none of them were near us in pictures with any of us in them.

Deano says:

July 22, 2008, 1:00 pm

I’ve been to the park on numerous occasions and haven’t seen anything…..yet. I’d love to. The scariest thing I’ve seen was a wild raccoon in my tent one night. Can someone here tell me a good place to visit in the park to see some of the unexplained?

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Naturalist C says:

August 7, 2008, 11:23 am

Okay, I also work at the park, and feel the need to clarify some things:
1. There is no spot where Confederates “fell to their death.” The area is only a foot or two above sea level at most, and floods are not uncommon.
2. There are, in fact, graves. They were originally in park boundaries but were relocated due to erosion of the original burial area. They are now laid to rest near the obelisk seen near the entrance to the park.
3. The approximate figure of Confederate dead according to our records is 3,384. These records include name, company and regiment of the dead. The figure of 4,000 is an educated guess allowing for the deaths of civilian prisoners and possibly shoddy records. However, I would like to point out that our record books that we use were published in the 1880s.
4. The lighthouse has not been used in a few decades. There is no keeper there, the light is off. However, the schedule of openings has changed. It is now open the first Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm. For a complete schedule, please visit
5. The sign advertising the “Ghosts of Point Lookout” is promoting an annual ghost walk that the park does close to Hallowe’en. The local group, Friends of Point Lookout, uses period costumes and armaments to recreate what life would have been like for the soldiers. Having participated in the event for the last three years, I can say that it is a blast to attend.
6. Contrary to the impressions of a supposed medium, the buildings in Fort Lincoln are only between 10 and 20 years old. They are built based on blueprints in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and are thus historically accurate. The earthen walls of the fort itself, however, are over 150 years old.

Personally, I have not had any paranormal experiences in the park and do not believe in ghosts, though for those of you who do, that’s cool. I would, however, like to express my personal frustration. Most of the vandalism at Point Lookout comes from amateur “paranormal investigators.” This does not refer to the professional groups that I see from time to time. They respect the park, and I respect them. I refer to the people who throw tables through the windows of the fort, or the people who break into the lighthouse and split 19th-century hand-carved wooden doors down the middle in the hopes of “seeing something.” Those people make me sick. If you want to come visit, by all means do. If you want to hunt for ghosts, by all means do. But respect the park and its history.

*The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of the park, its employees, the state of Maryland, the Department of Natural Resources or any governing body

me says:

August 18, 2008, 10:50 pm

For all the disbelievers…I live around there and love to go out late at night and walk around to take pics…and i actually have a pic of that civil war soldier….i just recently posted it on our website..with a copywright across it….it took me 7 years but i finally captured the picture of a life time. I also have captured the woman in the window or at least with the pic i have i think so..hard to tell with windows……i also have to say that i appreciate the park letting us walk and take pics there…so many don’t anymore because of vandals. thank you .

me says:

August 18, 2008, 10:55 pm

For all the disbelievers…I live around there and love to go out late at night and walk around to take pics…and i actually have a pic of that civil war soldier….i just recently posted it on our website..with a copywright across it….it took me 7 years but i finally captured the picture of a life time. I also have captured the woman in the window or at least with the pic i have i think so..hard to tell with windows……i also have to say that i appreciate the park letting us walk and take pics there…so many don’t anymore because of vandals. thank you . The link to our site is here…..

look in the “o” across the page…

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August 18, 2008, 10:57 pm

Jessica says:

September 10, 2008, 11:37 am

I live in St. Mary’s County, and I’ve been to the lighthouse a lot of times. My mother and Aunt have done their own investigations in it when it was open for visitors, since once a year they open it up for people to walk through. Anyways my mom and Aunt experienced voices from their tape recordings and have seen things they still won’t tell me about. i haven’t heard the tape yet, but when they talk about it I know it’s real by their eyes. This place is truly haunted..

Jessica says:

September 11, 2008, 1:38 pm

I just remembered.. Lol. But my cousin used to work at the park, because her parent’s would always take me to go camping there. She said that one day when she went to check on one of the camp-sites that she saw what looked to be an outline of tents and soldiers of the POW camp that looked transparent in the morning light. She told me she ran away. Also I know that if you stay at a certain camping spot you can feel someone tugging at your feet at night. It’s said that the ghost of a nurse comes back and tucks your feet because she used to do that for patients. Another story I heard is that at another camping spot you will feel anger towards your loved ones because someone hateful died in that spot. It’s a spook there for sure.

Annamaire (Shriver) Gosnell says:

October 29, 2008, 10:21 pm

I first visited the park when I was 18 months old. This was before formal campgrounds were available there. My parents told me stories of their adventures there, none were ghost related, just wonderful times. My dad’s parents were friends with one of the last lighthouse keepers, and were lucky enough to stay there for weekends. My grandmother told of voices, and seeing transparent people. I loved when the museum was put in, it was how I learned the History of the area. I have had personal experiances, years ago, but have never been afraid. I love that place I call it my little bit of heaven. I always wanted to live in one of the homes on the side roads heading from the causeway toward the point, but was told that they were privately owned, and if ever sold would go to the state…not fair!!! It has been years since I have been able to get there, my family has plans to visit for a week next year, I can’t wait to share it with my Hubby and my son. The park is a peaceful place now, odd when you think of the tragic things that happened there. Small Pox, murders, illness from the extreme cold, stories of prisoners trying to escape during the warmer weather under barrels, floating away to they did not know where. It is a place of nature, plants, animals, and FROGS…OMG!!! I even remember one year, just getting there it began to rain, and there were so many frogs all over the road (RT5) it looked as if was raining frogs. To the person who says you work there, thank you for taking care of my little peice of heaven!!!For those who have not been there, try to go, not just to hunt ghosts, but to drink in the history, and the fresh piny air, and the beauity that is there, It is so nice!!! Both my grandparents and parents are gone now, but I feel closest to them there, at the place of our family vacations, our hey lets just drive down for the weekends, for the memories I have there, dancing in my little white go go boots at Anne and Joes Tavern…eating mini Ressie cups, Buzzies, Ricks, I can almost hear my dad singing “country Road” out loud just thinking about it.

Jessica says:

November 5, 2008, 3:04 pm

I went to the ghost walk and it was spooky. ^_^

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November 21, 2008, 3:22 am

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Bob says:

November 29, 2008, 9:04 pm

I’ve been there. It’s true. It’s spookey.

point lookout child says:

January 27, 2009, 4:44 pm

I grew up in point lookout my father was a park ranger there i know all the stories and some that you dont know i will tell you it is all true , very true , i did not live in the light house but in a house just past the ” new ” fishing pier , that now stands where the old hotel once stood , i was there when the hotel was torn down , my house has plans to be demolished and might very well be gone now , but i know what i saw and herd and many other acounts of others who lived there or worked there i assure you this is one of the most haunted places in the U.S and it has not been investigated the way it should.

Jessica says:

January 28, 2009, 12:21 pm

I just went here last Halloween and it wasn’t that much fun as before. They don’t open the lighthouse that much anymore. But it is creepy there. 😀

swerve says:

March 16, 2009, 9:00 pm

all this **** is bull**** there is nothing haunted there are no ghost so just stay at the hotell

v-daddy says:

March 24, 2009, 5:10 pm

ive been down there several times, there is nothing scary down there except the old chinese and black guys who use the pier down there at 2am located near the park

gunner says:

April 8, 2009, 12:35 pm

The last person to live in the lighthouse as a resident was Laura Berg. The lighthouse is now open for tours during daylight hours only on the first weekend of the month. Laura berg is there with her photo album. Also attending is a lady born and raised in Cove Point lighthouse with her own photo album of her father working at Pt Lookout. apparently those who dont believe go there to look. Just enjoy the park and you will catch all sorts of things out of the corners of you eye. You have to remember that this was a Union Operated POW camp during the civil war in a predominantly confederate state. Historical records show that only 6 men from st mary county joined the union and st marys county was a planned escape route for John Wilkes-Booth with the help of several confederate sympathizers including Dr Samuel Mudd and family.

Joseph Gardner says:

April 19, 2009, 4:56 pm

In 2000, and 2001 The company I worked for rented a house on the next cove north of point lookout the house is the one at the end of the road across the street from Shiebles charter fishing place. It was a hot summer night and I was sleeping in an upstairs bed room when I was awoke by the bedroom door opening and I whitnessed A dark figure walk across the room and lay down on the other bed,( this would not be unusual as I had a window unit AC) when I woke up the next morning not only was no one there but my luggage was on the bed(as it was a friday morning I was going home for the weekend after work) the bed room door was still ajar, the old house had doors that had to be forced open or closed because the house was civil war era, and supposed to have been moved form point lookout when it was designated a park we also heard foot steps up stairs when no one was up there. this is not BS

Mac 10 says:

July 2, 2009, 4:08 am

I lived in St. Marys county in Lexington Park for 10 years, Point Lookout and Swans Beach are my favorite spots. I have never heard/seen/felt anything abnormal. I spend most of my free time crabbing, camping, swiming, and fishing. The light house got old and was condemed because of it failing inspection…plus its really not needed, so it was never fixed back up.

Mac 10 says:

July 2, 2009, 4:17 am

Although, point lookout was never scary. I have encountered 2 life changing events that scared me to death. I was a little younger then yet I still think it would be the same effect now on me. The bay is beautiful but the woods…. something about it. Thats the only place I have ever encountered strange/ unexplainable occurences. MD love it, miss it, scared of it!

Ray says:

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Randal Hardbower says:

September 1, 2009, 6:23 pm

Ive been there only once for about a week. I remember there being a time of night where everything gets silent. Its pitch black besides for the stars, and I heard this woman begging as she was crying for some one to please help her. I got out of my tent to at least see what was going on, but I simply couldnt find where it was coming from,so I just went back to bed. Later that week I was at a party they held and the police officer there and I were talking, and I asked if the police ever got a distress call from some one the night before. He says were get countless calls from people telling us of a lady crying for help, but we have people search the place and never find anything, and he told me the legend of that lady begging for help for a search for her grave.

TheFragile6426 says:

October 31, 2009, 10:24 pm

i live in hollywood maryland witch is about 30mins from there so i go there every chance i can well up todate as i know the light house is not open to guest but i hear sometimes they open it up with a walkthrew but there is def gaates with barbwire. me and a few friends went there on holloween with the quiji bord(i dont believe in the bord but why not) nothing happen and i yet to see or hear anything but ill keep trying its also a beautifull site btw. when i go i sit on the cement block if u go u know what i mean

county girl says:

November 1, 2009, 12:01 pm

I go to Point Lookout often and have recorded many strange voices on my digital recorder. Some are random voices just saying different things, but some actually answer specific questions you ask. Anyone who doesnt believe Pt. Lookout is haunted should take a recorder and walk around on a nasty rainy day, when no one else is there, and ask a few questions and see what they hear. And to those of you who dont think anyone was buried there, just go take a look at the monument. Not only were people buried at Pt. Lookout, but their graves were moved 3 times with the final resting place being at the Monument. Over 3000 people died down there, some in horrible conditions, believe me, that place is haunted!

TheFragile6426 says:

November 1, 2009, 7:37 pm

i believe it all! i should go SOON!

John M. C arter says:

November 11, 2009, 5:23 pm

I use to work at point lookout for maintenance -Grounds keeper . The stories are real.i have seen some things that will make your hair stand on end ! For five seasonal years I worked under Ranger Donald Hammett . One time in late July, I was mowing with the deer 1050 around the back side of fort Lincoln & I kept getting the feeling that I was being watched , the thing was the picnic ground was closed on the lower section because we were expanding the area. I had made a few passes with the deer in the moat & I was coming up along the north side wall looking out towards the Potomac river . just at that time I had an urge to look up at the forts wall . I saw what looked to be a blue misty cloud moving the opposite way I was at the same slow speed. It dissipated at the back corners cannons plat form. At the time it wasn’t scary at all , But, I had a time when I was really rattled . I was in Hoffman’s camp loop digging a new ditch line on the old 1964 ford backhoe . At the time I wasn’t aware that I was digging where the original mass burial grounds ran cross wise through the one loop . I had been their for a while when I got blasted by an ill wind . It was like leaning over a large dead animal . But their wasn’t anything dead anywhere around. It got so bad I almost lost my lunch. I not a wispy person & I don’t scare easy. But that was really bad . It seemed the longer you stayed working their the more you noticed the weird stuff. I found out later from one of the rangers that that was one of the mass burial sites. the dead were buried in long pits 500 to 1000 feet long & three Men deep. I must have disturbed the dead . Even though all the dead were dug up after the war & moved to a Different spot were the monument sits now. They will always lay their. I can say that bad things went on there during the civil war. As far as soldiers being shot & let to rot were they lay that only happened in the Dead man line near where the prison wall was , if any confederate prisoner crossed into that area they were shot on site. Then left to lay as an example of what not to do.

Michelle says:

December 16, 2009, 2:02 pm

WOW! I love reading all the things that have happened here. My family and I used to go fishing at Point Lookout. We stayed the night on lawn chairs on the side of the road and fished all night. That was when you were allowed to do that, and many people did. I was too young to know about any of this paranormal stuff then but now I’m dying to go back. I wont go alone and I need someone who is willing to get the **** scared out of them because I’m sure we will see SOMETHING!

Angela says:

February 1, 2010, 11:57 pm

I Live in St. Mary’s almost all of my life and this whole point look out being haunted is a bunch of BS. I spent a lot of my time in point look out as a teenager, and lived in point look out for some time too. I have never seen anything weird or un-normal. It’s haunted b/c the people have chosen to make it haunted, hense the fake story tellers. I am a believer as my grandfather haunted my grandmother house, so I believe in ghosts. But NEVER not once in all the time I spent there, have I seen a ghost or anything weird~!

Joey says:

March 19, 2010, 4:55 am

i believe its true i lived in st marys county and been there. Never seen anything just felt the cold in the middle of summer. alot of my friends and even my brother, tell me simular stories. Nicole you are wrong i used to worship satan, and also you dont know what a ghost does or thinks. and ghosts are real. my brother wont step into the woods at a certian place in coltons point in st marys because him a friend and his girlfriend got attacked by one. not only that watch the travel channel.

joey says:

March 19, 2010, 4:58 am

hey bull hunter you need to hunt yourself. i lived in st marys county and the light is no longer in use shows how much you know.

inthistwilight says:

March 19, 2010, 7:52 pm

worshiping satan?weird. but im not relguis. any wasys i think ghost are real i been to point look out last week while the sun was comming up even then u can so just get the feeling something is there watching u. i love it!

Tory "Critter" Clemons says:

June 3, 2010, 1:39 pm

If anyone questions this Historic Haunted Place, just ask people like Laura Berg, Lori Mellot, Nancy Stallings, and Volunteer Park Ranger Bob Crickenberger. All these people have been involved in the History of Point Lookout since the early 1980s. I personally started in 1990 first with Lori Mellot, and Later Laura Berg doing Parnormal research. I’ve re-enacted The Civil War history of Point Lookout with Bob Crickenberger since the mid 1980s to late 1990s. Also one should know that the Famous Parnormal Investagator Hans Holzer also has investagated the Light House and the Grounds of the Point. Seeing and Experiencing IS Believing!! If one has interest, one should come to Point Lookout to visit. SGT Tory “Critter” Clemons.

Laura says:

July 30, 2010, 9:52 am

I dare anybody to go to point lookout, with a digital recorder, and sit there in your vehicle and ask if anyone is there. I have done this numerous times and have gotten tons of EVP’s. Go to the Point Lookout Website and check a few of them out. Please, if you dont believe, go do it yourself!

John M. carter says:

August 1, 2010, 11:56 pm

Yes the point is definitely a bit spooky , at night . Now if any of you want to Know the long rows or ditch marks running through Hoffman General the commander that ran the Union Base of Point look outs . I will compare it to a Nazi Death camp to get the tragic point across of how bad this place was. Hoffman or (Hoffmans) Camp loop are were some of the original mass burial ditches now just impressions in the ground are, the bodies were moved sometime after the civil war & relocated to the area by the monument. The discentary & yellow fever & rotten food , gang green, the inability to clean wounds poperly or remove Bullets leading to amputations , bad infections , Magots eating at festoring wounds on soldiers that were slowly dying from the lack of medical treatment or the right treatment lets say. Blindiness from the glare of the sun on the sand long periods out of a day , lack of shade to get out of the hot summer sun . No fresh drinking water . . raw sewage infecting the clean but not so clean water/ Milarea ran rampant through the prisoners from zero insect repelant . I was a mantenace person for the park fo five years . They moved the Bones But I found marbles that had onece been confederate soldires only form of enteranment . they carved their initials in the Glass. I found two with J & one with a W or an A . I gave one to Jim House & the other of the three to Joe Lynch relitive who’s ancester had served time in 1864 . I felt it meant more for Him to have it. I also found a spike from the Prison rail road. & some other stuf.. yes their were graves in Hoftmans & they extended into what is now lake canoye .

John M. carter says:

August 2, 2010, 12:12 am

Yes the point is definitely a bit spooky , at night . Hoffman the name of the General who ran the Union Base of Point look out . I will compare it to a Nazi Death camp to get the tragic point across of how bad this place was. Hoffman or (Hoff t mans)?? Camp loop are were some of the original mass burial ditches now just impressions in the ground are, the bodies were moved sometime after the civil war & relocated to the area by the monument. The horrible amount of sickness that spread from man to man & yellow fever & rotten food , gang green, the inability to clean wounds properly or remove lead Bullets leading to horrible amputations , These sights were Horrific as was the war – bad infections , Maggots eating at festering wounds on soldiers that were slowly dying from the lack of medical treatment or the right treatment lets say. Blindness from the glare of the sun on the sand long periods out of a day , lack of shade to get out of the hot summer sun . No fresh drinking water . . raw sewage infecting the clean but not so clean water/ Mil area ran rampant through the prisoners from zero insect replant . I was a maintenance person for the park for five years . They moved the Bones But I found marbles that had once been confederate soldiers only form of entertainment . they carved their initials in the Glass. I found two with J & one with a W or an A . I gave one to Jim House & the other of the three to Joe Lynch relative who’s ancestor had served time in 1864 . I felt it meant more for Him to have it. I also found a spike from the Prison rail road. & some other stuff.. yes their were graves in Hoffman & they extended into what is now lake Canoye

Kimberly says:

August 12, 2010, 12:42 am

The family and I finally got to visit and stay overnight. I recorded my first EVP ! I recorded off and on at the lighthouse, memorial, cemetary and campground. Nothing found on pictures but not all have been developed. We stayed in the Hoffman loop (on purpose) Had picked up something after midnight on my way back from the bathroom and past the small pox hospital area. Male voice clearly said “get help” My son and I also thought we heard someone running throught the woods that night. That’s all but it left me craving more. Heard some great ghost stories from the park ranger and others who work there. The people were very friendly and eager to answer my questions. The park has so much history. The museum, fort, cemetary & lighthouse are a must see. And don’t forget your fishing rods. My husband and son had a blast on the piers. There’s alot to do. Not much for hiking, though. One of the best trips this summer and can’t wait to go back.

ralahinn1 says:

September 17, 2010, 11:27 pm

I enlarged the area of the pic that” me” put up where he/she claimed to have captured a ghost a few years ago. In the original picture there is a bunch of orbs too. Here is a copy of the enlarged area

Amanda says:

October 2, 2010, 6:37 pm

Very scary camp ground. I went there about 2 years ago. I went to a ghost story telling and later that night me and my sister were sleeping in a tent. It was about 2:30 in the morning and we heard walking around the tent. There were lights outside the tent so if it was a person we would have seen shadows. No shadows were seen. We looked out and nobody was around.

Jenn says:

October 19, 2010, 4:21 pm

I use to go to Girl Scout camp @ Point Lookout, we did an overnight camp one time and we saw items floating in the lighthouse. Very spooky!

Raymond says:

October 28, 2010, 12:30 pm

But nobody was harmed so far, leave them alone. They are more pitying than scary


June 15, 2011, 12:27 am

my unle live not far form lighthoues he told me when he was 19 he saw lights go on and off but nobody was here and it was 10pm at night and he told me he seen a man floating in the air. he got the hell out of uncle is still scary and he will ever go near thair again

Kathy Skalby says:

September 2, 2011, 8:09 pm

I use to live not too far away from point lookout, and have traveled down there many times with my family. My experiences with the paranormal there was many!!!! I not only saw apparitions but also felt touches, and heard many voices down there. The haunting is not limited to just around the lighthouse, but all around the grounds, and the many acres to this property.There are other areas of haunting in St Mary’s County for which i have experienced. These would include Beachville Rd. and down in St Mary’s City by the college. If you don’t believe than your just not sensitive enough to this type of thing.

September 2, 2011

Renee says:

October 17, 2011, 10:51 am

I have lived in the area my whole life and have been to point lookout more times than I can keep track. This talk about ghost and all that non-sense is simply not true. My family and I used to routinely go out and Ghost hunt and nothing was ever found. Most of the people that “see the ghost’s” are always melodramatic people who like getting reactions out of others. As someone who was live on moll dyers run my whole life and never seen anything. I was also ticked after the blair witch project was released, and I constantly had a bunch of idiot teenagers in my woods “looking for her.” I can tell you this ghost stuff in the sense of “oh I saw a figure” and “my tape recorder picked something up..” seriously cut the ****.

vic says:

October 23, 2011, 12:21 am

I am not sure – I guess Renee must live near Moll Dyer St. Mary’s County. Now that story was a true one from what I was told from the 1600’s. Where the Duke and other family group near Leonardtown chased a woman from her little house outside of town with lighted torches, and then burned it down! They claimed she was a witch. And days later they found her in the woods frozen leaning on a rock. (this was in Feb. in the middle of winter) The rock today is at the old courthouse up in Leonardtown, MD right next to the first sheriff’s office. The kicker was that they said her handprints were inbedded into this large rock.
I’ve seen the rock, and there are indentions too.
the result- It is said that in the time of Feb. that while driving through Hwy 5 late at night, right passing the Moll Dyer Rd. you can hear a howling through the woods. I’ve seen the fog, late at night in Feb. around there. But no howling anywhere around.

Point Lookout – another story…all together.

vic says:

October 23, 2011, 12:33 am

Now, PLookout State Park was during the Civil War and area, where the soldiers from all over the country were sent that had been infected with Smallpox. They brought the bodies in and out the infirmary, during this time, mainly for treatment. Smallpox was most often fatal at that time.
The place that this was at, was at the current primitive campground.
I’ve have camped there twice near the water. Once with my husband, and once by myself (before I met my husband) at the Full Moon during the night. Yes BY MYSELF……and nothing happened.
There was a very bright full moom I might ad, so if there was something I would have picked it up. But,heck I have seen Orbs in my lifetime, MANY times, and I never saw anything – but I could feel it.
As far as the Lighthouse – well, remember the Exorcist movie – well how could we forget about that right? That movie had scenes at one point either in I or II, not sure which, where a room showed a bunch of flys in it? Well, this I believe is a connection to a evil spirit…whew! got through that one..
Anyway, the chilling things I most remember about the Lighthouse was that it had a room (downstairs near the kitchen area) that had a couple of windows on the outer wall, and there were lots of flys inside that room.
I took many photos when I went there with my husband once, and no orbs. And went there the other time when I was camping myself, and the Mid-Atlantic Paranormal’s were there and let me in the gate to take outside pictures. I’ve painted that particular building- getting it right is important. Anyway, the paranormals told me of the stories of what goes on. And why would THEY make this stuff up?
SPirits are simply in another dimension than we are, and I believe that they are all around us. Many are not aware and some people can sense it better than others.
Anyway, I challenge anyone to CAMP during FULL MOON at the campground by themselves, and then come back and post to this link and let us know what you find out! Hey, Renee give it a whirl!!

Brenda says:

November 11, 2012, 12:38 am

Hi All….I have investigated Point Lookout 2 times..this was a private investigation.
This lighthouse has so much history. Soldiers were held prisoner in the basements, on the outside grounds/other side the fence which is kept locked, where it is open for visitors..this area was used to treat the wounded soldiers.
I actually saw a soldier in the basement…we captured many evps, few orbs, I did go up into the light house…but captured no evidence.
There is actually a grave yard…but so far it has not been located. My Paranormal group is in Maryland* and we have investigated many historical sites , I have to say Point Lookout is one of my favorite places. Now close by is Fort Lincon..(sp?) So sightings of soldiers spirits can be seen in that entire area. Spirits seem to be more prominant with water& limestone…and I think one of the reasons why more sightings are known. Because the whole area is water…not to mention the obvious history!! Most of these soldiers killed so fast or they were wounded so bad that some went before they realized they were dead…Spirits tend to stay for a few reasons..1. They don’t know they died,2. They have unfinished business. While I do believe there are intelligent spirits still there..I also believe alot of the sightings are residual..your seeing the energy left behind by the spirit..they can actually relive the same event over and over..but if your getting some kind response to you or your questions..then thats intelligent…
You really should go here and make up your own mind.

Tim Burke says:

June 29, 2013, 5:54 pm

My Daughter and I camp ay Point lookout every summer….One trip in 2012 we were awoke by gun shots…We sat and heard shots from each end of the park…This lasted for several minutes….They seemed to be taking turns,,,first by the light house, then from up by the park entrance….There’s only one road in and out of the park…Seems very unlikely that anyone could get away with shooting in the park without alearting the Rangers who live in the park….Weird….I choose to believe we were hearing a civil war battle of ghosts….

Cindy K says:

August 10, 2013, 12:30 pm

My family and I camped a few years back at the Point Lookout campground. We pitched our tent on a site in the Loop D loop. Before going there, I had NEVER, ever heard about this place being haunted. So I went in totally oblivious to all the claims of the area being haunted. We toured the interesting onsite museum where I heard, for the first time, about the enormous number of Confederate soldiers who had been imprisoned there and the utter inhumane conditions under which they were forced to live. Some four thousand men died there. If malaria didn’t kill them in the summer, the freezing and flooding would surely get them. In Civil War times, this prison was well known for its harsh conditions. The first night, as I lay in my tent, which I shared with my husband who was sound asleep, I was reflecting on what I had learned earlier that day – about the immense suffering that took place at this prison. My heart was retching when I thought of the many southern mothers who knew their sons were imprisoned at one of the worst Confederate prisons. How awful that must have been – as a southern mother – to know your son was having to contend with such harsh, inhumane treatment – and there was nothing a mother could do to help her son. While resonating in deep thought about the plight of such mothers, some “one” began walking around our tent. It was a two legged walking sound, not a four legged animal like a deer, etc. I could vividly hear the crunching sound the footsteps made when making contact with the ground. I was quite startled so I woke up my husband; he heard the walking sounds and unzipped our tent window and shined his flashlight all about the campsite. He saw nothing and discounted the entire thing – he went back to sleep. I continued to lay there and “whatever” it was walking around our campsite near the tent began to bang on the tent. I was stricken with fear and while in hindsight I probably should have shaken my husband to wake him up, I didn’t think to do that. I was paralyzed with fear and just began “talking” in my mind to the thing that was hitting our tent and was just begging it to leave us alone. Soon, the banging stopped. The walking around sound stopped. After we left the campground, I went home and began researching about Point Lookout. It was only THEN that I learned about the allegations of this campground being HAUNTED. And, the kicker was that our tent was pitched in “Loop D” which was purported to be the most haunted camp sites in the park as it was the location of the hospital during the civil war. Had I known THAT, I may have still camped at the park but would have NOT chosen Loop D! No one can ever tell me what I experienced was not real or that it did not happen. I know what I heard and saw (the tent being banged upon). I honestly feel that it was my resonating with the utter suffering of the confederate prisoners and feeling their pain and their mothers’ pain that opened the door to inviting a civil war ghost visiting our campsite. I was not a believer in such things before going in; I am a believer now.

Sunora says:

June 18, 2014, 2:56 pm

In 1993 my in-laws took my husband to Look Point on a drive through the area. It was April and bezuiful Spring Day. As soon as we approached the Lighthouse I got an unsettling, nervous feeling. I was cold even on a warm day and felt a sense of dread. I knew NOTHING about the history of the area as it was my first visit to Southern MD. I told my husband that I watned to leave that there was something very wrong there and I didnt like the place because it felt very lonely and sad. We left shortly after and I didnt think much of the experience until the following October when the Travel Channel had a special on America’s Most Haunted Lighthouses. It named Point Lookout as the MOST haunted and after hearing the history I understood it was the solidiers emotions that I was picking up on. Have been back several times since and had an even more strange experience one Halloween.

Juanygirl says:

July 6, 2014, 7:54 pm

I went there in 2012 and I have to tell you, I felt this eerie feeling that I had never felt before. It came to me when I parked right at that circle in front of the lighthouse to take pictures. Felt As if someone or something was watching me from inside. My son who is autistic and emotionless most of the time, must have felt it as well. He asked me several times to drive off in an anxious tone. The second time I had the same feeling was when I visited ground zero last year. Therefore, I believe it’s haunted as well. True Story

Brittany says:

March 30, 2015, 6:46 pm

I’ve lived here for years and have been to point lookout multiple times. Whether it was to go swimming, go ghost hunting, I’ve even been here a few times with a Ouija board and have yet to have anything happen or felt or seen a strange presence.

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