The Pacific Northwest has long been a cozy home for a ghostly happenings. Maybe it’s the gloomy weather drawing forlorn spirits here and there, maybe Northwesterners are just extra sensitive to the paranormal. Either way, a great place to exercise your sense of the supernatural is Fort Casey in Whidbey Island, WA.
First erected in 1901, the fort is part of a trifecta – others include Fort Worden in Port Townsend and Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island. These fortresses were built to protect the Puget Sound from invasion by sea.
Now a state park, Fort Casey is open to visitors most of the year. There is a lighthouse where some have seen the barely perceptible figure of a woman leaning over the top railing; but the most enticing aspect is the series of maze-like underground tunnels and chambers. Down in these areas, reports of a prickly feeling on the arms of visitors and a strong sense of we-are-not-alone-ness are highly common. Some have even felt a physical touch to the hand or neck. Prone to shrugging off such claims, I ventured in to find that they were absolutely right. Although I didn’t feel any ghostly fingers gripping my limbs, I got the distinct feeling that I was being watched. Or disregarded…but either way, I felt that I was not alone.
PS: If you choose to visit, up the ante: the park has several campsites. Grab a tent and set up shop, if you want to see what might happen after nightfall. I highly suggest it.
Even if you don’t go in for the “haunted” stuff, Fort Casey is just a really killer place to explore.