I love going to Heceta Head, and I’m wondering about the ghost stories, strange events referring to this wonderful spot that descends into the magnificent ocean. It seems some of the incidents published don’t add up. I’m curious of this 1894 Queen-Ann style house perched on this cliff. Documented encounters with this ghost that has apparently haunted this dwelling for many years. According to legend there was a light keepers wife who lost her only child on the property, a little girl. The child is rumored to be buried on the grounds in the thick vegetation, black berry bushes. Another account I read said the baby was accidentally dug up years ago. The little girl either drowned or was lost in the ocean, or had scarlet fever it’s suggested the mother then killed herself out of grief. Throwing herself onto the rocks from the path leading to the lighthouse. But then the names are mentioned Frank and Jenny DeRoy who came to the light house in the eighteen-nineties.
In another account it is listed that The only lightkeeper’s child to die at Heceta Head was a baby daughter of the first Head Keeper, Albert Peter Cornelius Hald. The Halds–were at Heceta from 1894 to 1899.
Notes * Movie filmed 1982 a CBS movie-of-the-week, The Fog, was filmed at Heceta House.
There’s a detailed account of all light keepers and their families … but nothing mentioned about the tragic story or any mention of any ghosts. It’s also rumored teenagers playing the ouijji board in the old house spelled out the name Rue and they thought it to be Jenny’s only daughter whose spirit haunts the house.
1980 when Life magazine included it in an article titled Terrifying Tales of 9 Haunted Houses
* These are my notes, need to research more….
I’m curious of this 1894 Queen-Ann style house perched on this cliff.