|Annie Weekers, 1889 |
(c) Barnstable Folklore Archive
The story of Annie Weekers sustains to this day, and sightseers claim she passes them on the moorside tracks around the Light, hurrying to the Keepers' House with her head down, hidden in a black shawl, weeping.
Local mythology also speaks of the Grey Wanderer, an indistinct apparition said to appear when the mist is thickest at the Point. The name stems from the observation that this grey-faced figure, dressed in what appears to be a white shroud, or cloak of some kind, wanders repeatedly around and around the base of the light, in time - when the lighthouse was active - with the circular sweep of the lamp. Those who claim to have seen the Wanderer, describe a searching action, as if the creature roams a perpetual circle, looking for something on the ground.
In 1990, Dr Hazel Smythe took what she thought was a simple picture of the Lighthouse in fog - when she developed it, she felt sure she had also picked out the Grey Wanderer by the door to the light.
|The Grey Wanderer?|
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