Guarding the southern shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula stands Seul Choix lighthouse. Built between 1892 and 1895, it has been a beacon of hope for ships plying the dark waters for over a century. Seul Choix, meaning ‘only choice’ in French, was exactly that for sailors seeking protection from the dangers of Lake Michigan near the Straits of Mackinac.
Said to be haunted by the ghost of lighthouse keeper William Townshed, who died in an upstairs bedroom in 1910. There have been numerous shipwrecks in the area over the past few centuries. Could those sailors have found their way to dry land? Apparitions have been seen in windows and reflections in the kitchen cabinet glass. Even more curious, a mysterious form emanated out of a bathroom mirror upstairs during a recent ghost hunter investigation. What other apparitions may be lurking on this remote property?
Located on point on north side of Lake Michigan, 80 mile drive west of the Mackinac Bridge. Turning off US2 near the town of Gulliver, it’s about 8 miles to the lighthouse at the point. Visitors can explore the house, climb to the top of the lighthouse, and explore the grounds for a small fee. The staff is very knowledgeable and love to show off the historic buildings they have put so much effort into restoring. The lighthouse is open from around mid-May through October depending on Michigan’s unpredictable weather.
For more information on the history or the Seul Choix lighthouse and it’s ghostly residents, pick up a copy of Marilyn Fischer’s book Spirits at Seul Choix Pointe, available from Amazon or in the lighthouse gift shop. Check out the lighthouse’s website for the latest visitor info.