Local Lore: The Mound House Ghost
Half an hour before dawn, the pale-gray eastern sky is reflected in the second-story windows of a stately house perched atop a hill, facing Estero Bay. The windows stare blankly, like vacant eyes, as a gentle, rosy blush tints the horizon. Gradually, daylight illumines the sky. A figure flickers past one of the windows, pauses facing the bay for a few moments, and then vanishes. The Mound House ghost has been lore for decades, ever since rumors flew of Native spirits angry at the disturbance to the site that had been a Calusa shell mound.