Palmetto Dunes has everything: beautiful beaches, challenging golf courses…and even our own ghost. Residents of the island have been telling the creepy tale of the “Blue Lady” for years. This ghostly apparition is said to haunt the outbuildings surrounding the Leamington Lighthouse located on the Arthur Hills Golf Course and is apparently not too fond of stormy weather.
Caroline Fripp and her father, Adam, tended the lighthouse in the late 1890s. In 1898, a major hurricane hit the island without warning. Legend has it, that night Caroline and Adam stayed in the lighthouse trying to keep the light bright for a ship that was dangerously close to the shore. Sadly, Adam dropped to the floor and suffered a heart attack. Caroline took her father to their nearby house and on his death bed he asked her to keep the light burning throughout the storm.
When Caroline returned to check on her father he had already passed. It’s been said that she paced back and forth between the lighthouse and the keepers house for several days wearing the same blue dress she had on during the storm and calling out for her deceased father. Some sources have said that Caroline died of shock a few years after her father’s death but others say she lived a long life warning others of high tides and storms and always wearing blue.
Today, the story lives on. Many have reported seeing the “Blue Lady” or feeling her presence on stormy nights. So beware, the next time you visit the Leamington Lighthouse, you might just meet the ghost of Caroline Fripp, a spirit that awakens with the sound of wind and rain!