Chacachacare is an island in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
This mysterious, uninhabited island, once the site of a colony of lepers run by a group of nuns, is only five miles off the northwest coast of Trinidad.The colony housed around 250 patients. They lived in several buildings scattered on the island and was forced to care for themselves other than aid of the nuns
The island was spotted by Christopher Columbus on his third New World voyage on 12 August 1498, and his little fleet spent the night anchored in Monkey Harbour. He named the island 'Port of Cats' because he heard roars of what he thought were wildcats. He had mistaken the call of howler monkeys for a "wildcat". The island later became a nuns quarters and a leper colony. In 1942, 1,000 U.S. Marines were stationed on Chacachacare and built barracks on the island. The island was abandoned by the 1980s, when the nuns left their quarters and when the last leper who was on the island died in 1984.The small former residences of the leper residents have been swallowed up or obscured by vegetation, and parts of the old rock road along the shore, as well as some piers and docks still remain.
There is said to be a ghost of a young nun who walks around at night with a lantern and haunts the former convent because she supposedly committed suicide. The one mentioned on GHI had her falling in love with a Venezuelan sailor. After their relationship was discovered, they were told to split up which led to her hanging herself over the altar in the chapel. Another version states the guy wasn't a sailor but a priest. A third one says she committed suicide after discovering she had become pregnant by a local fisherman.
"Went there on a university field trip and actually spent the night. You do hear strange noises at night, nothing you would expect from the known fauna there. One of my group members claimed hearing footsteps in the abandoned house we slept in while everyone was asleep. only eight of us were in that house."
By Nikoli F
"In the main abandoned doctors house there is indeed a ghosts one night while camping there we were all asleep but suddenly i woke up to see a man standing right in front of where we slept and as i opened my eyes yes i saw him and then he just vanished i remembered clearly that he was wearing a watch and after i remembered earlier we were playing hide and seek upstairs my uncle told me he saw the same man wearing a watch and said to him "ur it i caught u " and he said nothing and walked away he couldnt see his face though cause ut was pitch black its haunted belive me you can feel the heavy presence around u while ur there and oh theirs a cemetery up in the back of the house ".
By orneillia m
"I have had one experience when my friend wondered into the grave yard on his own for an unknown reason even up to now , returning hysterically running along side the cliff on the path to the cemetery claiming his glasses were taken from him by a woman that wore red lip stick , to my surprise while exploring the island , i came across the abandoned houses ,which are a beautiful part of history , i found a tube of red lipstick , and a box of matches ,the very next day .We found them laying in the very same spot, there is something spooky i must admit , even with a crew of 12 you can feel the intense aura in the buildings , it was said by folklore that the head nun was having an affair with the priest , and when it was exposed she hanged herself in the church , its beautiful during the day , not so sure about the night lol..By
The graveyard on the island was for nuns, mostly from France. The nuns cared for the people in the leper colony before the cause of leprosy was fully understood. They probably believed they were putting themselves at great risk for acquiring the disease themselves.
The nuns’ sleeping quarters are very creepy, set amongst the overgrown trees which even in bright daylight make the ruins gloomy and mysterious. It’s easy to see why the buildings became a subject for Ghost Hunters International, especially if you carefully make your way upstairs and see the bizarre person-shaped cutouts in the wooden walls (it’s believed these are where statues were fastened and it was just easier to take out the wall than detach the statue).
The Bolo Rocks are a series of rocks located at the southwestern point of Chacachacare. They were named after a slave named Bolo who worked for a whaling station on the island.
It seems like with every visit to Chacachacare you’re left with more questions and secrets, than answers. Not to say this place is ‘haunted’ or unexplainable, but rather there is so much history on this small island, it’s hardly likely you’ll get it all on one visit!
Witnesses have also reported hearing voices, noises and footsteps, seeing apparitions, shadows, being pushed, feeling cold spots.
Source: Virtual Museum of Trinidad and Tobago
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