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Haunted Bermuda: 5 Ghosts You Might Meet on the Island

What historic island destination would be complete without a supernatural presence from the past? Meet the island's long-dead pirates, captains, hotel keepers and other personalities and uncover some eerie intrigue.

Bermuda and the supernatural go way back. In the early 1600s, the first settlers were so terrified by demonic, high-pitched screeches and squeals that they nicknamed their new home "The Isle of Devils." Those screeches and squeals turned out to be the sounds of wild hogs. But still.

Bermuda has held onto its haunted reputation over the centuries, with numerous tales of ghouls and ghosts and mysterious bumps in the night. If you love haunted history, head to the Town of St. George, where four centuries’ worth of tales are waiting to be told. On select nights, the town’s long-dead inhabitants rise from the grave to tell those tales themselves as part of the fascinating and fun Haunted History Tour. As you’re guided through the narrow alleys and cobblestone streets of St. George’s, some of the town’s ghosts (as played by local actors in period garb and ghoulish makeup) emerge to give their accounts of Bermudian life in days gone by.

Here are five ghosts to keep an eye (and ear) out for when visiting the island.

1 Captain George Dew, the Musical Pirate

As a real-life pirate of the Caribbean, Captain George Dew spent his youth doing very bad things: looting, pillaging, smuggling and carousing. But by 1699, when he built his home in St. George's Parish, Dew had renounced his wicked ways and was thought of as an upstanding island citizen. His building, nicknamed the Old Rectory, is now a bed-and-breakfast and Bermuda National Trust property, and some say you can hear the Captain's ghost playing a gentle harpsichord there. 

2 Laura Cox, the Irate Gardener

Set amidst 15 acres of woodland gardens and ­citrus orchards in Devonshire Parish, the 200-year-old house on Orange Valley Road is a picture-perfect Bermuda sight. It's also well known as one of the most haunted houses on the island  rarely does a night go by here without at least a few unexplained bumps, door slams or eerie visions. One of the regular eerie visions is the ghost of Laura Cox, a former resident who died in 1861. An avid horticulturist, Cox reportedly points angrily at the spot where her beloved flower garden used to be. One of Cox's descendants, John Cox, is the current owner.

3 Old Morgan, the Cloudy Captain

You may hear locals refer to "Old Morgan" when a long, low-lying raincloud periodically hangs over Bermuda in the summertime. The superstition is that the raincloud isn't a raincloud at all; it's the seasonal spirit of a certain whaleboat captain by the name of Morgan. Smugglers ransacked his boats in 1775 and he won't rest until the criminals' descendants are brought to justice. So far, no one has come forward.

4 George the Ghost, the Fort St. Catherine Ghoul

Fort St. Catherine, constructed all the way back in 1614, is the oldest (and largest) fort on Bermuda. With all that history, you'd think there would be at least one or two ghosts residing within its walls – and you'd be right. Over the years, an apparition known only as George has been frequently seen and heard in the lower chambers of Fort St. Catherine. George was apparently such a nuisance that some Bermudians got fed up and performed an exorcism at the fort in the 1970s. It doesn't seem to have worked – visitors still report hearing spooky chanting emanating from the lower chambers.

5 Hugh Gray, the Spirit of the Beach

If you were a Bermudian ghost, where would you spend your time haunting? The beach, of course. The ghost of Hugh Gray is said to stalk the coastline near the western end of the island. Hugh is not a carefree spirit, however. The hotelier met a grisly end in the 1920s, when he was discovered deceased at the foot of a staircase in his cottage. Was he pushed? His still-wandering spirit suggests so. At least he can relax on that beautiful, pink-sand beach for all eternity.