Port Townsend, WA – Fort Worden ghosts, pt 2

The story so far:

In April 2003, I was at a conference at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, not far from Seattle, Washington. I’d heard the Fort Worden was haunted, and took this opportunity to investigate its ghosts. On the previous page of this report, I describe Fort Worden’s cemetery, a nearby wooded area, and the history of the haunted Guard House.

To read that report, see Fort Worden ghosts – part one.

My report continues here:

I took several rolls of film that night, in addition to some digital photos. Many of these photographs had extraordinarily large orbs in them:Fort Worden ghost photo
Multiple ghost orbs at the Fort Worden Guard House

While we would usually discount any photo with car lights in it, we have dozens of other photos taken at the same time from the same angle with the same car lights… and no orbs. These orbs are not caused by a “lens flare” or other reflection.

In one photo, a clear, brilliant blue ghostly figure was standing in front of me just outside the Guard House. I did not see this figure–or any other–when I took the photographs. I only knew that the “sparkles” were exceptional, and I was probably photographing other anomalies. As I expected, this ghost showed up on the negative and in the print. It is my only clear photograph of him.Fort Worden ghost photo - Man in blue
Blue figure outside the Fort Worden Guard HouseRead more about this photo at Fort Worden – the man in blue

The anomalies were so vivid, I looked for someone else to witness what was going on. Another conference guest, an artist named Z’anne, accompanied me back to the Guard House.

At first, there were no “sparkles” and nothing of note. Then, on impulse, Z’anne began talking to the ghost, encouraging him to appear. As if acting on command, the anomalies resumed.

Note:  Many ghost researchers believe that direct communication with the ghosts produces the best results.

Because the manifestations responded to our voices, we consider this an active haunting. That is, there is some entity–probably what most people would call a “ghost”–reacting to visitors. There may also be some residual energy at the Guard House as well.

It’s hard to explain how we can get bored with steady anomalies. However, it was a cold, windy night. After about ten minutes, we were eager to see what other phenomena we could find at this former military base.


Our next stop was the parade ground. Again, there was little activity at first, and then Z’anne addressed the ghosts and we saw very good sparkles. The Fort Worden parade ground doesn’t have the high energy of the Guard House, but still notably haunted. It’s probably residual energy, not an active haunting.
Routine “ghost orbs” at the parade ground


Finally, we paused at a dormitory that was being restored. In a couple of photos, we detected small, faint orbs. Like the parade ground, this is probably the result of residual energy, not an active haunting.Haunted Fort Worden dorm - ghost photos
A few normal “ghost orbs” in both photos

Note: Fort Worden is the location of a campsite, hostel and conference center near Seattle, Washington State. The park has specific hours when it is open, and you should not trespass on this property at night without specific permission of the Park Manager.

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  1. My Fort Worden ghost experience.
    We were staying in one of the officer’s quarters on 12/26/12 (11west), and I was sitting in the living room with my niece. We had two kids, Kenda 6, and Cole 4 staying with us. I was sitting with my eyes closed in a wing-back chair and felt a distinct poke in the side of my back. I immediately assumed that it was one of the kids sneaking up behind and playing with me as they have both done on numerous occasions. I ignored the poke (2-3 seconds) and there was another poke, slightly more insistent. I knew somehow that it was a child, a girl Olivia’s age. I turned my head slightly and i could see olivia’s reflection in a mirror where she was playing in the dinning room. I turned to Kenda and said, “Is that Cole?” I could tell she did not understand what I was asking (she could see there was nobody behind my chair). I immediately got up and looked behind my chair, nothing there, Cole was upstairs with his Dad. When i felt the poke, i just assumed that the finger had fit through some sort of gap between the back and the wings, because the location of the spot on my back, was closer to my spine than my side. When i inspected the back of the chair i found it to be solid, no gaps between the wings and the chair back and no way i could have been touched where I was, without it passing through the solid back of the chair. If you are interested i could send you an attached document with my full account as i recorded it the next day, I could also answer any questions you might have. I was not a believer, but I know what I experienced, and this incident, as subtle as it was, made a believer out of me.
    Bob Carrifee
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