|Anastasia Island||The Lighthouse
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is definitely considered one of the most popular locations when it comes to the most haunted areas of the city. True ghost stories have been documented about this location in popular television shows like Ghost Hunters,and various other types of media all throughout history. Many lives have been lost in and around the area of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. These losses as well as a lot of unexplained phenomenon are the “fuel behind the fire” when it comes to paranormal activity in this location. The following represents some of the paranormal activity that is believed to occur at this location:
1. In the year of 1873, on the 10th day of July, there was a tragic accident that occurred while the lighthouse was being constructed. Five kids were riding along a type of cart that assisted in bringing in supplies. They fell in the water as a result of the cart breaking. A black girl that is believed to have been a servant, as well as two other girls drowned. Many stories circulate that these girls swing on the swing set on the grounds, can be heard playing and laughing, and can even be seen looking from the windows of the house on the grounds.
2. On Ghost Hunters, a shadow was documented on film moving on the top level of the stairs inside the lighthouse and even in front of the window in the lighthouse. It is believed that this is a spirit of a light keeper that tragically fell from the structure. In addition to this, a woman’s voice was also recorded in digital audio recordings that the TAPS Team took. The TAPS Team has determined that this area is definitely haunted and has returned to document even more occurrences.
3. Many different sounds have been heard in the Museum on the property. None of these sounds seem to be threatening. The employees have different stories when it comes to what they hear, but they are so used to the sounds that they simply overlook them most of the time
|Amelia Island||Old Jail
The Old Jail is one of the most exciting places if you are a ghost hunter at heart. This structure was constructed by the ever-popular Henry Flagler, and opened in the year of 1891. It was carefully built to resemble that of one of the fine hotels that are located along the Atlantic Coast in Florida. For approximately sixty years, prisoners – both male and female – were held here. Today, the Old Jail is open to the public. Transformed into a museum, guests to this structure can observe where prisoners were kept, the spooky “gallows” where many prisoners were put to death, and more! If you want to visit one of the most haunted places in St. Augustine, the Old Jail is a wonderful choice among many!
|On certain nights, ghostly figures will walk throughout the cemetery.|
|Anna Maria Island||
Bali Hai Beach Resort
Late nights on Anna Maria Island are eerie and still. The whistle of the wind, blowing sand and the occasional crashing of waves heard in the darkness of night make the perfect setting for a ghost story. A spirit is rumored to walk along the shoreline of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island ... the ghost of Bali Hai. An urban legend says a newlywed couple was staying at the Bali Hai Beach Resort, 6900 Gulf Drive N. The bride lost her husband to the sea, and now she can be seen walking the beach in her wedding gown. She only appears in August.
|Apalaicola||Gibson Inn HWY 98
|This place is haunted by a man who died there on hes stay wth anmona. He haunts the rooms there and the bar and dining room you hear footsteps late at night and no one there piano has started playing in the bar at night when its closed and no ones there. he apears to the workers there and guest he pull there blankets off them at night and moves your shoes and stuff in a neat place hes a good ghost doesn?t bother anyone but be careful not to trash he room 128 or hell destroy your things and hell mess wth you the whole stay.the workers there well tell you the stories and you always feel someone watching you at nigh.|
|Apopka||Orange Bom Trailloss
||A Native American warrior in loin cloth crosses the road after prey, looks at you, then disappears.|
|According to a local radio station that did a bit there lights were seen in the middle of the night, sounds, and temp. Changes were noticed. September 2004 update: The radio station was at the Plantation that year because they were having a haunted house there for Halloween. Workers there report hearing loud bangs in the attic where no one is allowed to go, and feeling someone brush up against you when you are alone.|
|Arcadia||Old Blue House in neighborhood||It is said to be haunted by a family of ghost that once lived there. When they were murdered and the house was burnt down soon afterwards. In the early 1800's. Spirits have been seen walking around and still living in the house after being rebuilt in the 1900's, over their graves.|
|Astor||Astor Campsites||Gobbler rd. - in Astor has known to have a glowing white male walking down the road very casual. In a blink of an eye he will disappear. Footsteps have been reported. This figure has been seen many times. it usually is spotted around 9:30 to 11:00.|
||Construction on the old courthouse was completed in 1909; there is now a newer, much larger courthouse across the street from the older structure, and the old courthouse now houses the Polk County Historical Museum and Genealogical Library. Although the 1909 courthouse was the third building to serve as the courthouse in Polk, it's only the second courthouse to have been built on that particular plot of land (the one before that was built in 1883). The boiler room is located in one of the four basements (it's the basement accessible by elevator only), and many years ago there was an explosion there, killing one male worker; staff, cleaning crews, and visitors have reported hearing screams of pain coming from that basement. The bodies of the Mann brothers, who were lynched by a mob for murdering Marshall Silas Campbell in the street outside the courthouse, were brought and displayed for several days in 1886 in the 1883 courthouse on the second floor the area of the old courthouse corresponds with the second floor rotunda of the 1909 courthouse - there is a feeling of sadness there, and apparitions have been seen on the spot where the bodies were laid out. Also, near the second floor bathrooms and on the third floor, the apparition of The Lady in White has been observed by many people - it isn't known who she is, and she could be one of several women who had strong ties to the building. Strange things have been observed in a room containing ancient Native American artifacts on the first floor, from cold spots to malfunctioning lights. In the actual 1909 courtroom, cold spots are felt and sometimes people feel something "brushing" against them - the exact cause isn't known because every trial from 1909 until the new courthouse was completed in 1987 was held there, but it's believed it might be Judge Chillingsworth, who was murdered along with his wife in West Palm Beach and whose gangster killers were tried in that courtroom.|
|Bartow||Stanford Inn Bed & Breakfast
|Haunted by a noisy ghost, the current owners and employees have experienced what they believe to be the spirit of the former inn owner, Lee Meriwether. This house is most popularly known as the mortuary/house in the film "My Girl". However, this house has no basement. Footsteps have been heard on the stairs when no one was around. Doors close by unseen hands.|
|Black Creek||Black Creek Cemetery||Had an old church next to the cemetery that was built in the 1800's. It is said that a young girl and her little brother were walking home one night in the early 1900's. They decided to cut across the cemetery. A bear chased them into the churches' bell tower were they were killed. It was said that you could go to the church at the stroke of twelve midnight and here the little children screaming. You can also here the bear with them as the church bell would ring. Now there is a new church built and the old bell tower has been relocated.
|Blackrock||Twin Ponds||Twin ponds joined together a large tree resides in the middle of the joining of the ponds. A glowing sword is seen in the top of the tree where it was struck by lightning many years ago. It is said that if you turn your back on the sword you'll die a horrible death later that year.|
|Boca Raton||Florida Atlantic University||Humanities Bldg - has a ghost that has been spotted by employees on night shifts. She was seen at the top of the amphitheatre crying, when approached, she vanished. When locking building up at night, one person started on the third floor, checking & locking all the classroom doors. When he got to the second floor, he radioed in that there was someone on the third floor running through the halls slamming the doors. He and another unit went to the third floors from opposite ends and found all the doors locked, nothing out of place, and no one in the building.|
|Boca Raton||Boca Raton Inlet||During cold nights warm spots felt though an area and orbs sometimes appear during cloudy nights. A young lady was said to be buried in this Park. No body was ever found. Also an image of a person sometimes seen through out the park. After the park being searched nobody would be there.|
|Boca Raton||The Hole||There was a girl raped and killed there in the late 1960's. People have seen her walking around in the parking lot crying for help. She is wearing a dress.|
|Bowling Green||Hardee Correctional Facility||Reports of hearing voices & feelings of someone walking behind you.|
|Boynton Beach||Holiday Inn||The Holiday Inn on Congress Avenue is said to be haunted by spirits. Many people who have stayed in the hotel, have said to have seen apparitions of human figures roaming through the hallways. This Holiday Inn is said to be built on top of an old Indian Burial Ground.
|Bradenton||1700-1800 blocks of Manatee Ave||Back in 1992 during the Early morning hours between 0200 - 0400 I was working in patrol for a local law enforcement agency. While driving in the 1700 - 1800 block of manatee ave. East I observed an old Man sitting in a high back wooden rocking chair right next to the roadway.
The old Man was facing the roadway on the North side smiling and he was rocking in the chair. The figure was wearing all Black clothing with a tall Black hat that appeared to be from the Early 1900's or late 1800's.
The figure's face was a pale white. I observed the figure for perhaps 2-3 seconds as I was driving West bound on manatee ave east. I immediately did a u-turn driving over the median in the Center of the roadway now heading east bound however the figure was nowhere to be seen.
I continued to drive back and forth by the area for several minutes trying to explain what I had observed as some other object that I had mistaken for the figure of an old Man in a rocking chair but there was no other explaination.
I know the area where I observed this is an old historic area of Bradenton and not to Many years before the area had been cleared of several old homes and old Oak trees to Widen manatee ave from a narrow two Lane road to the four and six Lane divided highway that it is today.
I remember there was a protest from residents about clearing out the Many old historic Oak trees in the area to Widen the roadway. This is the first time I have ever documented this incident and I was curious if anyone else has ever observed a similar figure in that area since the widening of manatee ave east
Manasota Memorial Park
While late night driving decided to stop by my fathers grave at manasota memorial Park located behind biglots Oneco at about 2 am went to the older side across the Street drove by the above ground grave area heard a voice say hey you come here went back around with wife driving didn't say anything to her and shrugged it off as if I was hearing things second time around heard it again stopped, and looked around no one there as I was leaving said something to my wife at that time she repeated what I heard and spooked both of us out.
City Walk Apts
The drifting spirit of a young man has been spotted on multiple occasions playing guitar in various bradenton locations. So far, all of the sightings have occured on sundays between 9pm and 2am. There are reports of the figure being seen in the following locations: The intersection of 14th street west and 21st avenue west, under the 2013 building staircase in City Walk Apartments.
Rogers Road Cemetery
South-east of Willow, FL
|On Coquina Beach, at the very southern tip of the island before the Longboat Key bridge, there is a span of public beach where there once was a hotel but now it is a picnic area. On the beach, a male figure in black clothing walks from the picnic area to the shoreline and vanishes. This particular area has a lot of wandering spirits at night, but this male ghost has been seen in daylight and looks totally out of place.|
|Fogartyville cemetery is a nice old cemetery in a nice part of town. It is large and old, and creepy at night. It seems to have more fog than the surrounding neighborhood, but perhaps that's my imagination. Just west of the cemetery is the other cemetery. It has been utterly neglected, while the main cemetery has been well maintained. There have been some efforts the last few years to rehab it, and I believe that the dirt road that passes between the nice cemetery and a small house and into the other cemetery has a gate now. It is a very eerie place.
There was many years ago a slab with a crypt top. The crypt box had apparently cracked and allowed rain and natural water into the crypt with the coffin. The coffin was a nice watertight high-end job. The coffin acted as a bobber and lifted the crypt top a couple of inches up. If you knew how to do it, you could stand by one corner of the top, and step on the corner, and "grave-water" would squirt out the other corner on an unsuspecting victim.
Palm View Cemetery
|I don't know much about this cemetery, but I am fascinated by the fact that it is surrounded by The Palm View Elementary School playground. Young children play tetherball, with gravestones just behind them behind a chain-link fence.
I have seen many churches with small cemeteries out back, but not gradeschools. I included photos of this.
Location of school (which cemetery touches).
|Brandon||Brandon Place||A girl who has been nicknamed Matilda but whose real name is possibly Susan haunts this place. This place used to be a funeral home, which explains the hauntings of the young girl in blue.|
|Brevard County||Merritt island||crooked mile road- 18th century haunting of church in grave yard, hands have been known to come out of graves to those who have entered the grave yard, and people still maker rituals to their beloveds. One person actually reported a hallucination but actually saw somebody their family knew as a mentally ill person who was after their family for a long time.|
|Brooksville||OLD Courthouse building||The old court house building is haunted by an escaped criminal that ran from the jail on the second floor, as he ran a bailiff went to scare him with his gun, but he pulled the trigger on accident. so now you can see a large blood spot on the wall and floor where he was shot.|
John May bought the property in 1855. In 1856 he donated 15 acres to the county as a county seat. Mr. May lived in the house with his wife, Marena, and their daughter. After their deaths (his wife during child birth and his daughter at age 3) he remained for awhile and remarried, but eventually moved. The house was sold to Dr. Sheldon Stringer, who added on a room for his patients and added a special exit out of that room so the patients would not disturb his family. Jessie May was the daughter of John and Marena May. She was born in the house which is now the Hernando Heritage Museum. She also died there, when she was about 3 1/2 years old. Numerous people over the years have heard her crying for her mother. The docents have noticed that toys on display in the dining room area have been moved into the foyer or placed in different positions in front of the fireplace. On more than one occasion toys have been rearranged by a volunteer to be displayed on the floor in front of one of the fireplaces. This is done right before the museum doors are locked for the night. When the volunteer returns the next morning, the toys are arranged in a different way from how they had left them! Now, docents think that perhaps Jessie doesn't always like the way they are arranged, and fixes them to her liking! Right before one Mother's Day Tea the docents had displayed two teacups on the small table in front of the wood mantle. The next day there were three cups , and the day after there was four. The cups had been moved from the china cabinet to the table and no one knew by whom! Both Jessie and her mother are buried on the grounds of the museum, however there are no markers to indicate where. Jessie was the daughter of John and Marena May. She died when she was about 3 and a half years old. One day recently, a volunteer came in about 7:30 in the morning, long before the museum was to open at the noon hour. She heard loud noises in the attic. The strange thing was this volunteer knew nobody else was in the house! She suspects that Jessie was upset to be disturbed so early. Also, sometimes on windy days, you can hear a faint, sad voice calling "Mommy....Mommy". It may be the wind whistling through the rafters. Or, it could be poor Jessie, calling for her lost mother.
|Brooksville||The Brooksville Nursing Manor||Once when one of the patients were badly sick and about to die, one of the nurses reported seeing a woman coming down the hallway going into the patients room but when they got there the patient had died and there was no sign of the woman they had seen in the hallway.|
|Brooksville||Spring Hill Cemetery||The Spring Hill Cemetery, is located off of Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville. It is an old black cemetery with the earliest "known" burial starting in the late 1800's. At dusk you can see what seems to be a man hanging from a tree limb. Also, groups of spirits can be seen standing together around the headstones of family plots. One report states that an infant?s cry can be heard during certain times of the night.|
|Brooksville||The Weeks House||There is a house in Brooksville that has been featured in the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times, among others, about this house that is a family home built in the early part of the 1900s. The story goes that if you drive by late at night (before the current owners moved in) you would see a candle passing by the windows on the second floor. Doors being slammed and whispers are also very common.|
|Cocoa Village||The Cocoa Village Playhouse
||The playhouse is haunted buy a former handyman. He is harmless. He can be heard around the building, opening and closing doors and footsteps.|
|Carol City||Subway Restaurant||Strange vibes of someone's presence about to run into you (attacking). The doorknob to the back door moves like someone is trying to open the door. Dust fell from the ceiling as if someone were walking up there.|
|Cassadaga||Cassadaga Hotel||There are several spirits who reside there. Known to be a mischievous one named Arthur, Gentleman Jack, a cigar smoking ladies man; 2 little girls named Sarah and Katlin. The hotel rents rooms out and has resident psychics available daily.|
|Cassadaga||Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp
Tourists Drawn To Spiritualist Community
They arrive daily – sometimes by the busload. They are the bereaved seeking comfort, paranormal enthusiasts, and the curious. They are tourists, and they come to consult one of the more than 50 mediums, psychics, and healers. Where they come to is Cassadaga – home of the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp – the oldest active religious community in the southeastern United States.
Cassadaga is one of those quaint little Central Florida towns that you might just drive through on the way to somewhere else with hardly a glance. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and thus provides a step back in time. It is filled with residents that don't look any different from you or me. There is nothing scary or spooky about Cassadaga.
Cassadaga was founded in 1894 by spiritualists who were looking for a warm weather retreat from the harsh New York winters.
Today, Church members occupy fifty-seven acres of land that is collectively owned. Defined by its folklore, this religious group is really not very different from other religious groups. They believe in God and the Golden Rule. They are different only in their belief that they can communicate with the dead.
Readings by the Camp's certified mediums are intended to give you insight into your life or perhaps let you commune with the dearly departed. Other services include psychics, palm and card readers, tarot readings, and handwriting analysis.
If ghostly gatherings and "reading" retreats are your thing Cassadaga Hotel is located in the center of the spiritualist community. Or, if you would rather put a bit of distance between you and and you'd like to spend some time in Cassadaga, thethe spiritualists, there are two nearby bed & breakfasts — The Ann Stevens House, just blocks from the center of Cassadaga, and Cabin On The Lake, two miles from the town.
DirectionsThe Camp is located just off I-4 between Orlando and Daytona Beach approximately 30 to 45 minutes from the major attractions.
|Cedar Key||The whole Island||There are a lot of presences here; just about every business in town has more than one ghost. Some are from the Seminole war.|
|Cedar Key||Island Hotel & Restaurant||This old building dates back to 1859. It is notorious for haunted occurrences. There is the story of the small black boy, about nine years old who died before the end of the Civil War.
"The way the story goes--this small boy was hired by the manager of the general store and post office to sweep-up and help around the property. Apparently the manager spotted the little boy putting something in his pocket and thinking he had witnessed the boy pilfering something, chased him out the back door. The boy was never seen or heard from again. About a year later, while cleaning out the basement water cistern, a five-foot deep 2,500 gallon cement tank, in preparation for liming (lime was painted in cistern tanks to help keep the water from souring), the workers discovered the skeletal remains of a child. It is said the boy climbed into the cistern to hide from the manager, where he drowned. The basement is accessible through a trap door in the very back of the hotel. It is dark (some say as dark as the inside of a black cat) and eerie, with uneven floors and low beam supports. Down in that basement it is said that the ghost of that scared little boy hides. . . ."
|Chiefland||Antioch Cemetery||One of the hauntings is a small boy that likes to play hide and seek around the headstones. We have named him Josh. The other haunting is an unknown presence that more or less watches over the cemetery. One person reported to me that he had dreams of a tall dark figure and that coyotes surrounded his house that same night.|
|Chiefland||Isaac P. Hardee Cemetery||This is the final resting place of a local tycoon named Isaac Primus Hardee, who was a wealthy land owner in Chiefland back in the 1800s. His slaves are also buried here with him. Many of the slaves are buried in what appears to be unmarked and potentially mass graves. We cannot confirm this so don't spread this knowledge as fact. The cemetery is located on a dirt road that runs directly next to the old Hardee house. The house is a two story, 1800s style house with an upstairs front balcony.|
|Chumuckla||Coon Hill Cemetery|| if you walk on the high wide brick wall around the cemetery that before making it half way you will be pushed off by unseen hands. Many voices can be heard within the cemetery and several murders have occurred on that same spot. It is very desolated and far out in the woods. Very hard to find. Many pictures have floated about locally of ghosts within the cemetery. Several have proved to be hoaxes while others (Some very old) seem to prove not to be a hoax. Reports of a thick fog seeming to cover the ground only inches high and every time a small child can be heard singing. - February 2004 update/correction: Fprmerly posted as being in Jay, FL, You go to Chumuckla Highway off Highway 90. There is a Tom Thumb and Waffle house on that corner. Take Chumuckla Highway down about 5 - 8 miles, You'll see another Tom thumb on your left, which is also the road for Chumuckla Elementary (Highway 182), Take that left. Go to the very end of that road, you'll come to a stop sign, this road is called, Chumuckla Spring Road. Take Right. Stay On this road, you'll go over two narrow bridges. You'll come to another stop sign, take a right. Follow this road down, you'll see a house which has a fork in the road, take LEFT fork. The road will be the Second dirt road on your left. Go to the VERY END, the cemetery is at the end. You can see the cemetery when you round the last corner of this dirt road. The wall is NOT very high, and it IS a smaller cemetery.
As far as history goes, this place has got some. There are two senators buried at Coon Hill: Edward V. McCaskill, (3-11-1837 to 3-4-1919), member of house of representatives and the Senate and Sergeant Company F Florida Infantry, Confederate. #2 is Neill McMillan (10-23-1806 to 3-20-1874), state senator in 1850. Also, there are many graves who died around 1900. Also buried there, Rev. Samuel C. Johnson was Coon Hill Baptist minister in the 1870's. A few others are Alan McCaskill, the namesake of McCaskill Mill Creek, James Jefferson McCaskill ( son of Edward V. McCaskill) erected the mill, Edward son of J.J. McCaskill ran post office in front of house, Henry Clay (H.C.) McDavid (4-26-1845 to2-16-1933), was postmaster at Chumuckla and started the Coon Hill Burial Association in 1891. He also raised 5 of Margaret Savell's children. The first grave is dated 1836 according to Doris Enfinger who cataloged the cemetery in 1965. The cemetery has also unfortunately been vandalized over the years by inconsiderate, immature kids who have nothing better to do.
|Clearwater||Eisenhower Elementary School||In 2000 Eisenhower Elementary School was to undergo massive renovations to its interior. Once the plans were announced night custodians would hear strange bangings and often see a small boy in a baseball uniform run by. The occurrences became worse and many custodians would not work the night shift. A tape recorder was left on all one night. The sounds of a recently deceased teacher talking to a recently deceased student were heard. This is the boy in the baseball uniform who had died after being hit by a car in front of the school while on his way home. The image of the first principal of the school was observed numerous times and her distinctive perfume could be smelled. Once the renovations started the strange occurrences ceased once and for all.|
|Clearwater||The Royalty Theater
|The theater is said to have been haunted by 3 different spirits. The first was an aged man with a goatee dressed is a blue coat and a fisherman's hat. The owner himself reported sightings of "The Captain" as many at the theater refer to him. The second is a previous manager of the old theater. It is said that this spirit, Bill, was robbed and killed in the balcony by drunken tourists because he was believed to be a homosexual. The third is a young girl, believed to be between the ages of 9 and 12. She has been described as a friendly spirit who watches over the theater and all within it. There have been numerous reports of alarms going off in the middle of the night when no one had come near the theater at all, chandeliers swinging during and after performances, and "mists" or "orbs" showing up in random pictures taken at the theater.|
|Coral Springs||Blockbuster Video||The Blockbuster on Atlantic Blvd. and Coral Ridge Drive. Haunted by a little boy, employees have seen him in the backroom. Tapes are often rearranged just after being organized, after hours.|
|Coral Springs||Coral Springs Medical Center||
A nurse that used to work in the hospital had a deadly incident and was hospitalized with in the hospital and later died in it. Now she has been seen in the halls just in front of the main elevators for visitors and at night she often opens the doors for people when they are walking towards it without them pushing the button.
|Coral Springs||Coral Square Mall||Around midnight you can hear shouting and moaning around where Burdines when the lights are all out. Other employees have reported seeing things move fast in the dark. And some sightings of a small boy have been seen.|
|Crestview||Cobb Cemetery||On a normal basis, this cemetery is haunted by a ghost that walks among the grave at about 1:24 A.M. AS the story goes this ghost is a man late 80's ; retired officer looking for his wife. He appears mostly in Feb.|
|Crestview||Jameson Inn||In the year of 2000, a new hotel was built next to Cracker Barrel off of Interstate 10 in Crestview. Within a year, strange happenings were going on. An apparition of a man was seen walking through the hallways of the second floor and frequently hanging around the elevator. Employees that work there claim that the man haunts room 208. There have been complaints from guests that have stayed in the room, about strange smells, sudden cold spots.|
|Dabson Park||Webber College||Girls Dorm. - Many girls and employees have seen a dark shadow in the second floor of the dorm building.|
|Davie||Broward Community College||Central - Two years ago, a guy went psycho and shot his ex-girlfriend in the back of the head between classes. He then killed himself. Both died between Building 5 and another building. Students exiting their night classes report seeing white figures and strange smells from that corner. Also, a permanent blood stain still remains on the ground.|
|Davie||Waffle House||Two employees were shot and killed in the freezer by a crazed former employee, early in the morning at around 4:00. Since the murders, employees and diners have reported a "creepy feeling around the place" and employees have sensed a presence while there without customers, during opening and closing. Blood stains can still be seen on the floor of the cooler, although covered with boxes.|
|Daytona||Daytona Playhouse||Two people haunt the playhouse. Their names are unknown but we know it is a man and woman. The man died fighting a war in Spain and when the woman could wait no longer for him to return, she committed suicide. She was pregnant. She dove into the Halifax River killing her and her unborn child.|
|Daytona / Orlando||Highway between Daytona-Orlando||Main highway that links Daytona with Orlando. A phantom car has been spotted, driving erratically and without lights, along a lonely stretch of this road.|
|Daytona Beach||Auditorium Blvd||Near Ocean Center & Pinewood Cemetery - Several pictures have been taken in the area. One is at a house on Hollywood of a woman. Another is of a man seen standing near a fence on Auditorium. There used to be houses there until the 1970's, and his girlfriend murdered a man while she collected his checks.|
|Daytona Beach||Northeast side of the Orange Avenue Bridge||At the bridge approach. A dark-haired woman in a night robe has been reported. There have been reports of flying objects such as chairs in the area, even when there is no wind. There is reputable documentation of occurrences.|
|DeFuniak Springs||Sunbright Manor||Old Victorian boarding house has been reported haunted for years. Doors open and shut by themselves, and visitors see odd things. No one owns it for long.|
|DeFuniak Springs||Emergency Operations Center||Ghost of a small girl wanders the Emergency Operations Center. The girl (Sally May) keeps E-911 Operators alert on the Midnight shift. Locals say she died a violent death in the 1920's on the location the building now stands.|
|Deltona||Pineridge High school||There is a ghost who sometimes is seen by the janitors. The reason behind it is that a man was caught in the gears of the clock tower.|
|Dunnellon||Tiger Trl./High School Rd||Reports of seeing 3 kids that had died at the intersection around 3 in the morning.|
|East Milton||HWY 90||There are a row of white houses off the side of Highway 90 that is haunted. Witnesses have gotten pictures of orbs and facial images in the background. In The bathroom, after the room was steamed up from the hot shower, different words written on the mirror would appear.|
|Eustis||Bay Street Theatre||The Bay street Theatre was once the State theatre of Florida but sadly is now a mere echo of it's former glory. Theatrical productions still thrive, as do the encounters with the supernatural. Screams have been heard in the upstairs costume and prop rooms, orbs have been witnessed, presences felt. A man was seen hanging by his neck from a whole in the balcony ceiling. On several occasions during technical rehearsals the switch board on the same balcony operated unmanned, randomly turning lights on and once the main spotlight dimmed and pulsed slowly to a heartbeat rhythm. And was unaffected but peoples attempts to fix it. The area under the stage known as "the hole" has marked temperature variations and few people will go down there because of the sense of a presence. Nearly everyone who has worked there has some kind of experience, there are simply too many to list.|
|Eustis||S.R. 44||Cemetery - There has been reported sightings of a female figure wearing a lace outfit walking down the side street of the cemetery. No one is quite sure who the spirit is, or what she wants, but if you do see her, it will be late at night. Many people have stopped thinking it is a real woman who may need help, but when you stop, all you hear is crying off in the distance, and they say that you can see her lying over a tombstone, where she is reportedly crying!|
|Fernandina||Fort Clinch||Fort Clinch is an old Union Civil War fort that was never finished due to of lack of funding from the government. During construction, the fort was ambushed quite a few times by Confederate troops. Several of the Union men died in the process. One incident included a man who was shot after promising his wife in a letter that he would not die until seeing her again. He is said to haunt the fort today. Re-enactors that volunteer at the fort often see his ghost in the courtyard along with several of his comrades. Perhaps he is searching for his wife? Fort Clinch Experience|
|Fernandina||Wiccademous Grave||The story is told that a young teenage girl was accused of practicing witch craft and was questioned, but the towns people did not believe her so she was hung on September 12th in the 1600's....The grave is located On a narrow path right across from Fernandina Beach High School when you get on the path you walk straight to a large oak tree the ground shakes and a loud booming noise is the be heard it is the spirit of Wiccademous telling you to LEAVE her grave and let her rest in peace...Sometimes if your lucky she want even let you reach to the grave before she starts acting up if that happens you are in trouble you may have walked away with a part of her spirit with you it has been told that you will have dreams of Wiccademous for 2 nights then you will actually see her at her grave if you visit after the 2 nights. - May 2004 addition - If people want to check that out, they may want to be aware that the police do happen by there every so often. Bewarned, you may get arrested for trespassing, so you may want to try to get permission first. The supposed booming noises more than likely come from a drainage pipe that runs underneath the ground. If you tread hard enough, the sound hits the pipe and reverberates back.|
|Fernandina Beach||Amelia Island||A lighthouse on the main beach is said to be haunted by its former caretaker and his young bride. She allegedly died tragically and he killed himself at the top of the lighthouse. When people visit putrid smells appear, the radio is turned on every night and a door is constantly unlocked.|
|Floral City||Cabin Clutter Antiques||Collectibles - For many years, through multiple ownerships, there have been reports of the ghost of an old woman who makes her residence on the third floor (the attic) of this antique and collectible shop. Most appearances have located her in the attic, but on at least one occasion there was a report of someone seeing the apparition on the first floor. Most sightings describe her sitting in an old rocking chair in the attic. The most recent paranormal experience in this shop took place on December 12, 2003.|
|Fort Myers||Fort Myers National Bank / Near Haunted Train Tracks||
Employee's have reported to have seen a man running in the upstairs main hall. During office hours, he moves things from desks.
|Fort Myers||Near Fort Myers there are railroad tracks it is said that children playing on the tracks were killed and now when you pass if you stop or pause to long on the railroad tracks you can hear children talking and cries and see little hand prints on your window after....|
|Fort Pierce||Battered Womens Shelter||STRONG feeling of being watched all the time, unsetteling feeling when alone. Frequent noises and sounds of footsteps running up and down stairs almost nightly. Reports of phantom scratches appearing on residents. Windows opening on their own, even after they where sealed shut.|
|Ft.Pierce||The Boston House||Is rumored to be haunted by a woman looking for her family that had been missing for years. It is said that she still looks out of the top window hoping to find her family. It's now a lawyer’s office and papers or personal belongings become missing or moved around.|
|Fort Pierce||Chinese Buffet||This restaurant was closed down for selling cats and dogs as a meal. Before so, finding them enclosed in a locked freezer in the burnt kitchen, which killed three. People have spotted cats and dogs chasing former employees who lost lives in the fire, included the cook.|
|Ft. Pierce||The Hilltop House Restaurant||Reported loud knocks when alone, chills. Eyes have been seen staring from the woods.|
|Fort Walton Beach||Brooks Bridge||On the third Wed. of every month a pack of wolves can be seen darting across the water at 12:00 am sharp Many photographers have tried taking pictures but only blurs come out Many locals have seen the wolves.|
|Fort Lauderdale||Art Institute
Sunrise Hall Dormitory
|A long time ago the dorms used to be a house of ill repute. There were said to be lots of murders in that house. Later it burned down to nothing. Time passed and a hotel was built there and it eventually became the A.I. dorms. There have been numerous reports from the second floor that the sound of moans come from the third floor around 1am. The sound of metal pipes being dropped and rolling across the floor can be heard in the ceiling. And the sound of high heels walking around the second floor hallway, if you wait 10 minutes the noise comes back again but it sounds more like running.|
|Fort Lauderdale||Las Olas||River walk - Oldest hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, supposedly been there since the early 1900(s) and was recently made in the last thirty years a Museum. Been known to be the most active around the hours of late, between 11:00pm and 3:00am. Countless spirits haunt the establishment, as most popular apparitions making appearances seem to be; a man seemingly in his mid-40's wearing a duster pacing the downstairs area. A younger man, whom is in no terms of the word 'shy' as he will in static motion creepily advance to the front door, press palm and face against the glass and scare the passerby if they're caught staring and a little girl with shoulder-length curly hair, wearing a ruffled dress around the ages of 5-7, looking sullenly out the window. Several more can be seen upstairs as well as looming in the hallways, nevertheless, their presence is very clear and realistic like. Some cold spots and overwhelming energies, though experiences vary with the person.|
|Fort Meyers||National Bank||
The employee's have reported to have seen a man running in the upstairs main hall. During office hours, he moves things from desks. This is located near the haunted railroad tracks.
|Fort Meade||County Line Rd||Heard Bridge Rd near old Mt. Pisgah - In the 1950s and 60s, ghost lights were seen in this beautiful quiet country area. Not sure if they are still seen. Some said the lights were phosphorus from nearby mines, but there were no mines then. Some have spoke of lights (phosphorus) following them at dusk.|
|Fort Pierce||The Boston House||Is rumored to be haunted by a woman looking for her family that had been missing for years. It is said that she still looks out of the top window hoping to find her family. It's now a lawyer's office and papers or personal belongings become missing or moved around.|
|Fort Pierce||The Hilltop House Restaurant||Reported loud knocks when alone, chills. Eyes have been seen staring from the woods. - - November 2003 Update - has been torn down|
|Fort Pierce||Indian River Community College||There have been sightings of a tall male figure in the theatre. This figure appears pale blue and has been seen in the broom closet on the left side of the stage. He has also been seen in the light and sound room. Sometimes the figure dances and waves, but mostly just watches people silently. Cold chills have been reported as well as soft gusts of wind.|
|Flagler||Coast||Palm Coast High School - It is said that the high school is haunted by a young man by the name of Jonathan Ritchie it is known that he can be seen by the girls locker room relieving himself around each class period. He died a few years back leaving the high school homecoming football with his ex-girlfriend Katie Murray when they got in a car accident and he passed away. It is said that around these times a strange odor and misty film is to be coated around the locker room. Katie was the only survivor of the accident but mysteriously disappeared.|
|Frostproof||Bereha||If you sit at the four way stop sign on Bereha road a light will float up to your car, it's called the ghost light. You have to park and sit for awhile.|
The current building was a former record studio and before that housed Goodwill. Rumor has it that someone died in the building when it was Goodwill. Employees have reported hearing a female calling out to them after closing and all doors are locked. Shadows have been seen on the walls. Knocking has been heard at the rear loading dock doorway early in the morning only to have no one at the door.
Directions- Corner of 34th Street & Archer Road.
The Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville is one of the largest cemeteries in the city. It also holds a special burial site for former patients of the Sunland Gainesville Hospital. Right next to Evergreen is another cemetery called Pine Grove Cemetery. The graves in there are very old and we believe it may be an African-American cemetery. It is quite possible that some of the graves in there are those of former slaves. Both of these cemeteries are great places to go any night with a digital camera. Only, don't be startled if you see a deer or two in there.
Directions- If you are in Gainesville and are familiar you should have no problem. Heading West from University Avenue you need to take State Road 24 (local SE 11th Street). Approximately 1.2 miles from University you will get to SE 4th Street. Take a left (right if you are heading East) at the gas station on the corner of SE 11th Street & SE 4th Street. About a half mile down that road takes you right to Evergreen which will be on your right. A little further down the road you will find Pine Grove Cemetery also on your right. Be careful about Pine Grove at Night. There is a sign posted that says people aren't allowed in there after closing hours, but the gate is hardly ever locked. There is also a way into the cemetery from the back of Evergreen.
|Gainesville||13th Street Wal-Mart||A woman has been seen and felt by those of developed psychic sense. She is harmless and from observations made she was employed here up until three days before her passing. Roughly a month after, employees have seen and felt her presence, in particular, Infants and Girls wear. In other parts of the store, Jewelry, Crafts and Domestics, conversations and cold spots have been experienced when no one is around. Best times have been between the hours of 3:00 AM - 7:00 AM.|
|Gainesville||The Purple Porpoise||The Purple Porpoise has been a Gainesville institution for years and is about the close it's doors but the problem will probably go to the new owners. This is a college town and in the '60s a female student was brutally attacked and killed in the upstairs bathroom. To this day her ghost AND the violent ghost (more like an imprint) of her killer haunt the cramped hallway and restroom. She emits a feeling of hopelessness and fear while he is pure evil. Men are usually safe but numerous females have been attacked.|
|Gainesville||The University of Florida
|A girl committed suicide here by jumping off Beatty Towers into the street. People who have lived in the towers have often seen a ghostly figure walking through the halls and in some of the rooms. Strange noises have also been heard throughout Beatty Towers, along with things being moved around in the rooms. This girl's dorm has been around for years, and it is rumored that she was pregnant at the time of her suicide. Tom Petty, who is from Gainesville, sings about her in his song "American Girl."|
|Gainesville||The University of Florida
Thomas Hall Dormitory
|with its red brick surface and gothic gargoyles at the entrances, is one of the oldest buildings on campus, dating back to the early 1900s. The building used to be used for classrooms and residents have been known to hear ceaseless banging coming from the radiators/heaters during the months when they aren't in use. The presence of an old employee is thought to haunt the building.|
|Gainesville||Steak and Shake on 13th Street||Five people were murdered in the wee hours of the morning inside the walk-in freezer by a disgruntled employee. Current employees will not stay in there alone anytime of day or night.|
|Gainesville||Sweet Water Bed and Breakfast Inn||There are two parts of this Bed and Breakfast. The pink house and the blue house. It used to be an old plantation of the family. Many people claim that the old blue house attic rooms have a spirit. Many claimed to be sleeping and have a heavy feeling on their chest. Also, the maids that clean the rooms experienced an old bureau having its door open and close. There is a scary feeling in those rooms. Even the owners claim to have seen an image in the window of the third floor.|
|Gainesville||University of Florida
|Norman Hall, now the College of Education, used to be the P.K. Young School. It is haunted by children who died in an elevator accident many years ago. People have heard the children running and laughing on the third floor during all times but mostly at night. The elevator that they died in is still there.|
South On I-75
|Employees have reported to hear a voice from the back of the huge antique store call them by name, usually when they're opening or closing the store. Also, in one of the upstairs showrooms (right corner of the building facing I-75) is a antique dresser. A little girl, in period clothing, has been seen playing in the room around the dresser. She is usually only seen by psychics or those with honed psychic senses but others have reported a coldness or presence in the room. - December 2003 Update: The store is closing it's doors in the new year, 2004, right after the holidays. Whether it will open under new owners, remains to be seen.|
|Gainesville||Mt. Pleasant Cemetery||
This cemetery is really odd. Much of the grounds are kept up very well, while the very back of the cemetery looks like a Vietnamese jungle. There are some graves in the very back that are so overgrown it is really a shame. If you visit this place, you will actually feel as if you are in 2 different cemeteries. However, you can usually have some luck getting orbs here, especially around those back graves that I mentioned.
Directions- Get on 441 (13th Street in Gainesville). Drive North of University Avenue and continue until you get to the Wal-Mart which will be on your right. Now keep an eye out for the Bank of America building also on your right, which is pretty large (about 10 stories high). The stoplight at NW 29th Street is where you need to turn right. This is tricky, there are actually two drive ways. One leading into the bank parking lot and the other leading into the cemetery. At first, the one leading into the cemetery doesn't look more than a sidewalk, but trust me it is a drive way.
|Gainesville||Goodys at Butler Plaza||
The witching hour, is it really at midnight? Well, if you're a customer at the Gainesville Goodys, it may be 3:00 am. That's when the manager has been woken up on several mornings with a phone call saying the store's alarm has been triggered. Every time, there is no sign of entry. Employees have claimed to hear the sound of change being counted in the office, when no one else was there. Cleaning the store at closing time has often times proven frivolous when the opening crew comes in to find it disheveled again. This noisy ghost seems to focus mainly on store employees rather than customers.
Directions- Located in Butler Plaza off Archer Road. Not far from I-75.
|Graceville||bridge||On hwy 2 there's an old bridge that you can pull up to an stop in front of put in park they say that the girl who died there will drive you across.|
|Green Cove Springs||St. Jon's Landing Apartments||Various apartments are haunted in this complex. Originally built as military housing back in the thirties and has a cemetery on site in the middle of the complexes grounds. When the military base closed in Green Cove Springs, the housing was sold to a private owner and over the years became slum until 1997. Then a new owner took over the apartment complex and began restoring the buildings back to their original glory. There have been many sightings of apparitions, shadows and electrical charges in the air. Tenants report voices, doors opening and closing, and footsteps up stairs and through out the apartments.|
|Hialeah||Hialeah High School||The bathroom near the auditorium: A couple of years ago, a freshmen had gone to the bathroom during her 3rd period class. A couple of boys raped her and banged her up so bad that she bled to death in the bath room and no one found out until after school hours when a janitor was went to clean the bathroom. Now, she haunts that bathroom and can not leave until the five boys who raped her die. Students have seen her sitting in the corner of the bathroom, on top of her own blood, rocking front and back chanting "when will they die...".|
|Hialeah||Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School||In Hialeah Miami lakes High school's little theater (place were drama students have class) their has been sightings of a ghost nick named Fred, some times music can be heard, and light tend to turn on and off.|
|Holiday||Lakeview Rodeo||Ever since the Lakeview rodeo burned down in may of this year there have been sights of a young man standing in the middle of the sight.|
|Hollywood||Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Condominiums||Hollybrook is a retirement community. LATE at night on certain nights, as you're leaving this community, if you're driving over the speed limit (15mph), as you are approaching a stop sign, an old lady, almost glowing, appears on the left hand side of the road wearing a flowing pink night gown and motions you to slow down. As you pass her, she stares at you in disgust. You can watch her disappear in your rear view mirror.|
|Hollywood||Hollywood Beach Resort Hotel||Many orbs have been photographed on the 7th floor, noises of voices and more. This hotel opened in 1926 and was a favorite place to Al Capone. The hotel became a hospital, a bible college and now a hotel again.|
|Homestead||South Dade High School||In the auditorium, only if there are just a couple people lights will start to go on and off. You will also see a figure of a boy and girl on stage. There is also a faint sound of music.|
|Holmes||Poncedeleon / Euchee Valley||Euchee Valley Presbyterian Cemetery - A shadowy figure appears and comes after any one in the graveyard at that time.|
|Jacksonville||Greenbriar Light AKA Ghost Light Road||Traveling slowly down Greenbriar Road late at night may be hazardous to your mental health if the Greenbriar Light decides to follow you. Motorists say this mysterious ball of light appears from out of nowhere and bobs along behind their cars, sometimes hovering over them, but never passing on the road. Reports were so numerous that the Sheriff's Department dispatched scientists to investigate the mysterious luminescence. No explanation could be found. However, locals connect the light to the untimely death of a young man on a motorcycle, decapitated when his bike hit a cable in the road. Supposedly the Greenbriar Light is the solitary beacon of his motorcycle, searching the road endlessly for... its missing parts.|
|Jacksonville||Homestead Restaurant||ghost of Alpha Paynter is seen by the fireplace.|
|Jacksonville||neighborhood||the house is haunted by a little boy. Sometimes residents would get locked out of house and food/cloths stolen. Sometimes residents would hear footsteps in attic.|
|Jacksonville||Orange Park - The Sports Authority||The phone extension in the Footwear department will ring. This is not an outside phone line. Other times, the store alarm will sound. The manager on duty and the police will be called to the store. This happens often and it is usually due to the motion sensor from over in the Footwear /Team Sports area. The police will search the store and find all is secure. Other times, we will leave the store neat and tidy and return the next morning to find an entire shelf of sport bags from the Team Sports area all over the floor.|
|JENSEN BEACH||F.I.T. LEACH MANSION||THE OLD LEACH MANSION ON INDIAN RIVER DRIVE IN JENSEN BEACH IS HAUNTED. WHEN YOU ENTER YOU GET THE STRANGE FEELING AND CHILLS IT FEELS LIKE SOMEONE IS RIGHT BEHIND YOU. YOU CAN HEAR STRANGE NOISES COMING FROM THE OTHER FLOORS. WHEN YOUR IN THE DOWNSTAIRS BAR IT GETS VERY COLD, AND WHEN YOU CROSS THROUGH THE DOUBLE DOORS IT FEELS LIKE YOU ARE ENTERING INTO ANOTHER WORLD.|
|Jupiter||Jupiter Lighthouse||Employees have reported strange noises and cold spots inside this lighthouse. Visitors claim to feel someone's hands upon their shoulders, only to find no one there.|
|Kennedy Space Center||Apollo 1 Launch Complex 34||The old abandoned Launch Pad of the Apollo missions is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the three astronauts that lost their lives in a tragic fire. When you are on the pad you get a weird feeling, then at night when you enter some of the abandoned buildings, if you're quiet you can hear screams of panic and distress. NASA, at one time, let visitors tour the facility, but due to 'strange occurrences' they no longer include the Apollo Launch Pad on the tour.|
|Key West||Artist House B&B||The home of Robert Eugene Otto is haunted by two spirits one is a malevolent spirit of Eugene?s doll Robert who was put in the attic by his wife just mainly an evil presence is felt in the attic.? Also Eugene?s wife?s spirit is believed to be trapped in the Turret room where Robert was kept.? The house is now a hotel or B&B.? Robert is displayed at a museum in Key West|
|Key West||Cemetery behind St. Paul's Church||Haunted by several. First, by the ghost of a man who almost single handedly drove the pirates out of Key West. Very angry spirit. When there is no wind, there is said to be seen whirlwinds through a tree next to his grave. Also, he has attacked several visitors to the cemetery. The Ghost Tour does not bring tours into the cemetery any more because of him. The second haunting is a group of children who died in a fire across a small alleyway from the cemetery. The fire was started by the pastor of the church to kill his wife, who was having an affair with the deacon. He started the fire while a Sunday school class was taking place, killing all in there. If you go into the cemetery and sit quietly in the corner where they are buried, you can faintly hear the sounds of children playing. Smoking in the cemetery upsets the children.|
|Key West||Monroe County||Fort Zachary Taylor - Is haunted by the spirit (seen by several workers and confirmed during a tour when his relatives were present and showed a picture) of a man named Wendall who died in Civil War days of Yellow Fever. Anomalies have been caught on film.|
|Key West||Fort Zachary Taylor||Is haunted by the spirit (seen by several workers and confirmed during a tour when his relatives were present and showed a picture) of a man named Wendell who died in Civil War days of Yellow Fever. Anomalies have been caught on film|
|Key West||Ocean Key House Resort||Third Floor Suite facing Duval Street - Cold spots during the day. At night, sounds of keys and objects moved around on dresser, sound of sighing, and feeling of someone sitting down on the bed while you're in it! Day or night, upon returning to the room, the lights and curtains are never in the condition in which you left them.|
|Key West||The Hemingway House||Many people have witnessed Ernest Hemingway waving from his studio window. and lights on and sounds of a typewriter being used after the tours are over and the house is unoccupied.|
|Kissimmee||Big Bamboo Lounge||Ladies bathroom toilets flush by its self you have a feeling that their is some one else in the bathroom with you but no one else is there also the employees could be alone working and thing move by its self chairs glasses and lights.|
|Kissimmee||Celevration||Apparition of a man that was shot many years ago has been reported.|
|Kissimmee||Dead Man's Oak||There is an oak tree south of Kissimmee where a headless horseman has been seen on many occasions. The legend behind the haunting is the horseman was beheaded beneath the tree by Spaniards, some say for stealing the horse.|
|Lady Lake||Rolling Acres Road||Loud roars, yells, and screams in the surrounding woods throughout the whole road. A very bright, white, flowing entity walks up and down the road. Said to be a woman by the name of Julia that was murdered by an unidentified man while waiting for her soon-to-be husband. A man that was not permitted to see the woman because her parents despised him.|
|Lake City||Olustee Battle Field||Orbs and figures can be seen late at night or when the re-enactment comes orbs and figures with the actors. Sometimes voices can be herd.|
|Lake Wales||Spook Hill
Indian Legend Adds "Spook" to Phenomenon
This isn't your typical pay-at-the-gate attraction. In fact, there is no admission charge — it's free! Some might not even call it an attraction, but don't say that to the locals of Lake Wales, Florida. Spook Hill is proudly recognized by the town.
The "thrill" of the attraction is your vehicle seems to coast uphill. Is it a weird phenomenon, optical illusion or the unrest of spooky spirits? Well, the legend is that it's spooky spirits.
History of the LegendAfter the Seminoles left the Cherokee nation, they settled in Central Florida. One legendary chief, Cufcowellax, settled on the lake which is now known as Lake Wales. It was close to Iron Mountain, which as the highest point in Florida, was sacred to the Indians' Sun God.
After several years living in peace, a bull alligator began harassing the tribe and soon began nightly raids on the village, causing fear among the tribe.The brave chief set out to conquer the evil spirt. When he did, the tribe noticed a small lake had formed near the big one. They named it Lake Ticowa.
Eventually, the Indians lost their camping grounds to the encroaching white settlers. Circuit riders carrying mail between the coasts used the old trial around Lake Ticowa until they noticed their horses laboring downhill. It was those circuit riders that first called the place Spook Hill.
As the area developed and the citrus industry crew, the hills around Lake Ticowa were covered with citrus groves. As workers would drive their wagons around the lake, they would find their mule teams struggling downhill with a load.
The road was paved years later and residents found their cars would roll uphill by themselves. Word spread and others came to test this phenomenon. Soon it became a major attraction for visitors.
A sign was erected that states, "Many years ago an Indian village on Lake Wales was plagued by raids of a huge gator. The Chief, a great warrior, killed the gator in a battle that created a small lake. The chief was buried on the north side. Pioneer mail riders first discovered their horses laboring down hill, thus naming it "Spook Hill." When the road was paved, cars coasted up hill. Is this the gator seeking revenge, or the chief still trying to protect his land?"
Spook Hill Then and NowI remember visiting Spook Hill when I was a kid. It was a big deal then. That was a long time ago, before theme parks lured tourists away from this Central Florida area, that also boasts the singing Bok Tower and its beautiful gardens. Back then, orange groves lined each side of the street and cars full of families would line up awaiting their turn at the white line.
The orange groves are now gone. We were the only car to approach the white line on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It seems that children, not cars, now take turns at Spook Hill. An elementary school is located on one side of the attraction. Backyards of houses crowd the spirit of the hill on the other side, but the legend lives on.
A sign bearing the Legend of Spook Hill still stands sentry over the area. The white line, although faded, marks the spot on the one-way street you should stop and take your vehicle out of gear. Then, it happens... your vehicle begins to roll... uphill! I'm convinced. It's got to be the spirits!
DirectionsSpook Hill is located on Dr. J A Wiltshire Avenue East, Lake Wales.
From Orlando: Take I-4 West to Hwy. 27 South. Turn left onto Hwy 17/North Scenic Highway. Turn left onto Dr. J A Wiltshire Avenue East. Turn left at deadend. The attraction sign is on your right across the street from Spook Hill Elementary.
From Tampa: Take Hwy. 60 East to South Buck Moore Road and turn left. Turn left onto CR 17A/Burns Road. Turn left at the signs just past Bok Tower. Follow the signs to attraction.
|Lake Worth||Lake Worth Playhouse||Lucien Oakley helped build the Lake Worth Playhouse, he also died there.|
|Lake Worth||West Palm Beach
Lake Worth 8 Cinemas
|Cold spots can be felt in the auditorium, there is sometimes an occasional, brief breeze, and the temperature of the auditorium is always colder than the rest of the building, regardless of what the thermostat is set at. There is also a knocking sound that can occasionally be heard coming from one of the doors leading from the hallway while movies are playing and whenever a children's movie is run in that auditorium, the projector will either stop during the middle of the show several times, or the film would get jammed in the machine.|
|Lakeland||Florida Southern College||Strange noises - cleaning staff reported feeling things touching them and breathing on them they will now only clean during the day. It also has tunnels below the school, some of which they haven't been able to open. Lots of suicides happened in the freshmen women's dorms|
|Lantana||Red Lion Pub||There are three ghosts in this pub: a male, a blonde female, and a brunette female. The story says that before the pub was built, the blonde woman lived in that area. The man was in love with her, but their relationship was ruined by the brunette woman. Today, bottles and other objects fly towards brunettes and sometimes they feel a hand hitting their head. Blonde women feel their hair and face being gently stroked.|
|Leesburg||Wal-Mart||Merchandise falling off shelves for no reason. One witnesses has felt cold spots and heard footsteps behind them but no one was there and lights in bathrooms turning off when by themselves.|
|Leesburg||Warren W. Willis UM||This is a United Methodist summer camp for kids from grades 4-12 that was built in the mid 1940's. There are two cabins know to be haunted on this site. North Boys cabin 5 is said to have things be moved from one place to another. Suitcases will end up on the other side of the cabin. Campers will be pushed out of bunks. In Girls cabin 41A, strange things happen in the bathroom at night. Lights flicker. One of the toilets will flush during the night. It's not really a spooky place. Very enjoyable to be there. The ghosts like to play jokes.|
|Lehigh acres||An old ware house||It now you hear doors slam in the opposite room cables slam up and down really fast. and in the shed a couple of black men where tortured and killed in there and hung on the roof you can still hear slamming on the roof from there bodies. Its located at the end of 10th street by 7/11 when you get to the end of the street you will see an old twisted fence just take that dirt rode and there u are. It is abandoned - May 2004 correction: the directions were wrong. It is at the end of SW 10th Street, not W 10th Street.|
|Long Boat key||Old Ritz Carlton||In the early 1920's, John Ringling of circus fame purchased considerable acreage on the south end of the island. Ringling constructed a golf course He also began construction of a luxurious hotel, the Ritz-Carlton on New Pass. The hotel was never completed. The story goes that a worker brought his young son to the job site one day and showed him around. the worker got distracted or called to do something and had to leave his son for a while. some how the young boy fell down the unfinished elevator shaft and was killed. the site was abandoned after and the hotel was never completed. currently a shopping center and a chart house resturant are on the site. staff at the chart house often report seeing a small boy playing in the mens room with a ball or in the seating area after close. often times a faint scream is heard.|
|Longwood||The Old Longwood Hotel||Now converted to an office building but has not been changed due to its an historic place. Lights go on and off in different offices and footsteps are heard but no ones there elevator opens and runs by its self. Cold spots and shuffling sounds were heard on the 3rd floor. 230am the police responded to check out a possible burglary there and the 1st officer there saw some one in a window, they set up a perimeter around the building. They went in and did a room-to-room search and found nothing. Most of the Veteran officers say its haunted.|
|Marco Island||Old Marco Inn||
The original building in this inn is the focus of the hauntings. Voices and footsteps have been heard. Several people have accounts of feeling cold drafts and having chairs move on their own.
|Maitland||Enzian Theater||While watching films guests have seen a disembodied head of a woman in the north corner of the room. The head will appear suddenly and float from one corner to the next screaming emphatically only to disappear in the next-door restaurant named Nicole St. Pierre. For reasons unknown, the head is present only on moonless nights at 1:00AM.|
Is haunted by a woman. There is an old foundation of a large home near it. The story is that on this girl's wedding day it was cold so she had a fire in the fireplace in her bedroom. She walked by it in her gown and the trailer of her dress caught fire. The girl panicked and ran through the house catching fire to the home in her distress. She ran out of the house across her yard over to the middle of the bridge and jumped in. According to local legend they never found her body. Many people say that they have seen a fiery apparition run to the old bridge and jump in to the river below.
Another story is that she was dancing with her new husband no where near the bridge, but still tragically died from her dress fire. However, the bridge was her special place that she visited often.
Directions: Highway 67 in Marianna Florida. Approximately .4 miles from Florida Caverns State Park. Turn left at the convenience store and it will be about 1 mile on the left on a dirt road.
|Melbourne||The Henegar Center||This is another story of a haunted theater. Legend has it that all theaters are haunted. The ghost in this story is Jonathan. He is your typical 'noisy ghost' who likes to make himself known. A lot of times, things are never where you left them in this theater. The balcony seems to be Jonathan's favorite place.|
|Miami||Sunset Senior High School||The school started to be built during the 1800's, but the construction was stopped for no specific reason. Then the building was restarted during 1971 by Alma Mater. This school has many hauntings that would take hours to explain, but here are a few - One time a girl walked into the girls’ bathroom and saw another girl with blood on her face and a knife in her hands. Another time the security cameras caught a young man walking in a graduation Cap & Gown in the auditorium at around 10:40pm. These are just some of the stories that have happened during the 24 years of Miami Sunset Sr. High School so when you visit Sunset remember that you're not alone...someone might be behind you or watching you.|
|Miami||Southwest Miami High School Library||According to the librarians many who have worked there for several years books are constantly rearranged after organized and lights flicker|
|Miami Springs||Curtis Mansion||When Miami was a growing city this man- Glenn H. Curtis build his mansion on Deer Run. He loved kids so much, he turned half of the mansion into a daycare, but when he found out his wife had an abortion he got mad and his wife -as for revenge- burned the house down with Glenn Curtis inside. There have been reports of lights going on and off also of ghosts playing tennis and some screaming at night.|
|Miami||Southwest Miami High School Auditorium||Sometimes the TV is turned on by themselves, music can be heard, a guy and a girl whispering. Supposedly a janitor died in there, and an old drama club president while fixing lights on the catwalk and were never found until the next day.|
|Micanopy||The Herlong Mansion||Rumors of hauntings have existed about this mansion for decades and has even become part of local legend around Gainesville. The story goes that a woman named Inez Herlong died the same day she inherited the mansion from a violent epileptic seizure. She had five remaining siblings that had always fought for ownership of the mansion they grew up in. Today, it is a bed and breakfast, and the ghost of Inez Herlong is said to walk the halls. However, there are others who counter this claim, saying this is all a hoax to lure attention and business to the place. We at Florida Ghost have not investigated the Herlong Mansion, so we have no story to report. Of course, we will write updates as we receive them and/or if we make a visit to the haunted mansion.|
|Monticello||John Denham House Bed & Breakfast||Known for it's lavishly furnished rooms, this Bed & Breakfast dates back to 1872. Reportedly, the Blue Room is the center of the haunted activity. This Inn has been investigated numerous times and is featured here in USA Today.|
|Monticello||The Palmer House Antique Store||
This house was built at the turn of the 20th Century by a Dr. Palmer Senior. His office was conveniently located by his house. Today, it has been utilized as an antique store. At night, they say the dead come alive.
Dr. Palmer was the local mortician who rumors say would experiment on the bodies before they were buried. He also believed bodies should be buried with their blood, so he kept the drained blood from the bodies in a bucket. Once the casket was laid in the ground, his assistant would dump the bucket into the grave before it was covered up. One night during an argument, the assistant threw a bucket of blood at the doctor, leaving a stain on the wall. Through many attempts, the stain could not be removed. Finally, the wall was completely replaced.
|Monticello||The Old Hanging Tree||
This was Florida Justice back in the day, public hangings. Everyone knew where the local hanging tree would have bodies displayed as warnings of what will happen to you when you break the law. With so many deaths, one could only assume that the area is haunted. Located near the old courthouse, this oak tree is a spectacle on the local ghost tours.
Directions: Located at the intersection of Highway 90 & Highway 19.
|Monticello||The Opera House||
This old opera house, built in 1890 is reputably haunted.
Directions: Located at Courthouse Square & Highway 90.
|Mount Dora||Zellie's Pub||
This former package store dates back quite a ways. Nowadays, people experience supernatural occurrences in this pub. Workers have claimed to have mysterious activities happen to them while cleaning the bathroom. One person has even been "pushed" up against the wall. Another account is that of a full beer mug that slid the full length of the bar with the help of no one. Lights flicker at random and sometimes the power is drained.
This story is more common than it should be. The restaurant, located on 951, was robbed in the middle of the night. Three employees were strangled and had their throats slit in the walk in freezer in 1995. Two people have been convicted and sentenced for this crime awaiting execution. Since then, reports of strange occurrences in or around this freezer have been reported.
|Naples||The Witches Brew||The Witch's Brew is a nightclub. There are reports of a dark shadowlike figure has been seen and lights that flicker on and off. Some DJs have come back to find all the cables to his music equipment rearranged and unplugged|
|Ormond Beach||Tomoka Lights||This tale could be subtitled "Death Rides in Your Car" because many have said that if you go looking for the Ormond Lights you might not come back! If you go north on Beach Street in Ormond Beach towards Tomoka State Park any night after midnight, you might possibly see the Ormond Lights. The lights may be seen especially well if there are no headlights from other cars on the road. They may be seen flickering in amongst the giant moss-draped oak trees along the roadway all the way to High Bridge. Some say the lights are just swamp gas, or phosphorous lights from algae growth, but others say the lights are from a more unearthly source.
The most popular story is the tale of the Native American warrior who was determined to visit the princess of a neighboring chief. His father had forbidden him to leave the tribal camp, but he went out into the darkness with his lighter knot torch in search of his princess. It is said that he became lost in the vast wilderness, and never found her, and never returned. It is his ghost that one sees wandering in the oak forests of the Ormond Beach area.
Over the years many people have died in automobile accidents while they were looking for the Ormond Lights. If you go to look for them, watch out for lights that may suddenly appear!!
|Orange Lake||Wayside Antiques||
Wayside Antiques is also located at the I-75 exit at Orange Lake. It is actually facing the highway on the South-Bound side. It's been closed for sometime and we have yet to go there, but have researched the place. Apparently there are reports that former employees would here their name called out from the back of the store while they were the only ones in the building. From the exterior, it looks like a large red barn. As we further our attempts to investigate this place, we will update this section.
Directions- Get off I-75 at the Orange Lake exit. Go west and almost immediately you will see a sign for Wayside on your right. However, the driveway to the place will be blocked by a locked gate. Since it has been closed, you will need special permission to enter.
|Okeechobee||The Old Bank||In the 1920s, a notorious group of bank robbers known as the Ashley Gang ravaged many of South Florida's banks. Though most of the Ashley Gang had been caught, one got away, essentially disappearing with another nasty old lady. While the bank was still in operation, the main safe failed to work, so the bank owner purchased a new one, replacing the old one. Rumor has it, that either that old lady, or the missing Ashley member was actually buried in that safe. Some believe the safe is still in the old building behind a wall that appears red when photos are taken of it. A local resident, named Angela, obtained permission to enter the old bank building and was granted a key. She felt all sorts of eerie vibes from the building.|
|Ocala||Silver Lake Lodge||Silver Lake Lodge is a former hotel that has been closed for just over 20 years. It once housed 200 rooms. Like most large buildings left standing after vacancy, vandals have left their mark. Strange occurrences have happened here during different investigations, such as doors that are closed one minute then open the next. Some have claimed to try and open a door that is locked without success, and a moment later try again only to find that the door is no longer locked. This place is heavily trafficked by local police who make it clear to "Stay Out!"|
|Ocala||Ritz Historical Inn||If you liked to party during alcohol prohibition, this was the place to be in Ocala. Rich clients would frequent this establishment often and drink freely thanks to underground suppliers. At one such party, a random fire occurred- the cause unknown. As you may have guessed, people died in the fire. Stories of today report sounds of the people who attended that last party.|
|Ocklawaha||Ma Barker's House||Ma Barker was a notorious gangster back in the 1920's & 1930's. She and her 'boys' robbed banks all over the country. Evading police & FBI for over a decade, eventually their run of crime was brought to an end after a foiled attempt to obtain ransom money for the kidnapping of a wealthy whiskey distiller. Her gang (family) had to split up to ensure greater success at running from the law. She & her son Freddy ended up in Ocklawaha, Florida about 20 miles south of Ocala. On January 16, 1935, their spree was over as they were killed in a shootout at their house with the FBI. Some say, the house is haunted by the spirits of the gangsters who took their last breath in the house. Every January, the town hosts a reenactment of the shootout.|
|Oldsmar||Suncoast Allstar Gym||
In the year of 2000 employees heard sounds of gym equipment being used. No one was in the gym but employees. When one of the employees went to look who was there he could find no one. but there was signs of trampoline being used recently.
|Orlando||Disney World Pirates of the Caribbean||
The spirit of "George" a worker who died there when a beam fell on him during construction still haunts the attraction. At the beginning of the day and at the end of the day attraction workers must come on the PA system and tell George good morning and good night. If not the attraction has been know to shut itself down adding more work before the workers came go home for the night.
March 2004 Addition: When the ride was being built in the early 70's (it opened Dec. 15, 1973) , George was a welder who clearly, welded different parts of the scenes on the attraction together. One particular area on the ride, called the "burning city", required George to climb up quite high above the ground. George lost his balance, and fell to his death. If you talk to any of the employees at pirates, they will either know of someone who has had an incident with George, or there is a chance they too have had one themselves.
|Orlando||Evans High School||The drama students and teacher have reported strange howling sounds, lights going on and off, and even people being locked in rooms (mainly the green room woman's restroom, and the costume room). - March 2005 Correction: The current auditorium is haunted by a man that hung himself in the gym back in the 60's. The door on the costume room does not lock and there is no ladies restroom in the green room, because there is no green room. What can be heard is noises of something moving on the catwalk above the stage and the lights around the stage will come on and go off with out anyone working them. As a former Drama student and graduate of Evan's, as well as many of the students have experienced the guy from the gym in the auditorium. He has never tried to harm anyone or scare anyone at all. It is believed he just wanders around the school and doesn't want to leave, you can feel him in different parts of the school.|
|Orlando||Little Econ River||Every October 13th a spirit of Christopher Klink appears under the bridge on Old Econ Rd. A light will flash under the bridge highlighting Killer Klink's tag which is written under the bridge. (Dated October 13, 1987.) It will get extremely cold, and the river will then flow the other direction. You will then see an image of Klink hanging from the bridge, and suddenly disappear. Then the water will start flowing back in its original direction|
Just as Sunland Tallahassee, the Orlando Center began as a Tuberculosis quarantine, also named W. T. Edwards. However, it was started much earlier than the Tallahassee branch, sometime in the mid 1940's. It closed in 1963 and re-opened in 1965 as the Sunland Training Center of Orlando for mentally & physically handicapped children and adults.
In 1967, the Orlando Center donated 18 handicapped children to the Sunland Training Center of Tallahassee as they were the first of Tallahassee's patients. The Orlando Center suffered severe scrutiny for claims of abuse by former employees & patient family members. While the Sunland Training Centers were under fire, plans to close the institutions arose. In 1983, Orlando & Tallahassee had lost a Sunland Training Center.
The structure in Orlando remained until 1997. It was torn down because a teenager (Kevin Murdock) fell down an elevator shaft. He didn't die, however it took his friends 3 hours to return with help. The grounds today have been transformed into a playground. However, just because the building is gone, it doesn't mean the spirits are gone as well.
Located at Silver Star & Hiawassee Road
|Oviedo||Ghost Light Road "The Oviedo Lights"||On Snow Hill Road near Oviedo and Chuluota, Florida, locals know about the Oviedo Light, also called the Chuluota Light. It the typical story of a ghost light, greenish hazy blob of light that rises up and fades away, except in some reports where it has been alleged to have chased people.|
|Palatka||San Mateo First Church of the Nazarene||
The ghost of an old man who used to attend the church has been seen shuffling up the aisle, just the same as he always did when he was alive. In the nursery, there have been accounts of the ghost of a pilgrim times woman screams. It sounds like she in sheer terror. You can only see her shadow, but you can tell by the way her shadow's dress is shaped that she is from at least the 1800s.
|Palm Beach||Flagler Mansion||There is said to be ghosts all throughout the many rooms of the Henry Flagler Museum and mansion.|
|Panama City||Confetti's Nightclub/Eatery||Shadowy figures are not a rare occurrence when it comes to ghost hunting. They are actually notorious, especially in Hollywood's portrayal of the supernatural and paranormal occurrences. Some people think shadowy figures are evil, possibly even demons. In the movie "Ghost", starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, demons were portrayed as shadowy figures, waiting for wicked people to take to hell when the die. This club is norotious for entertaining shadow figures. Several patrons have complained that objects have been thrown at them. People in the restrooms have often said that they were in there alone and other toilets would flush, followed by their stall doors being violently shaken.|
|Panama City Beach||Holiday Inn||If you are a resident of Florida, you know how we Floridians dress. T-shirts, shorts, sunglasses are all a necessary part of our wardrobe. The spirit that haunts this hotel is totally decked out in Florida attire. He has been spotted in a bedroom somewhere near the top of this hotel. Though, he is not wearing sunglasses, he does have them by a string around his neck. He's also wearing shorts and a t-shirt (usually white). People have claimed to hear him speak to them, as well as the tv and radio alarm clocks turning on without explanation. As with most hauntings, there is a specific time this resident ghost likes to appear, usually around 4:00 am.|
|Pensacola||St. Michael's Cemetery||
This is a large cemetery that was started when Pensacola was settled. This cemetery contains famous people and people that helped to shape Florida in history, politics, and commerce. People say they have seen lights circling gravestones. They have also heard voices inside the cemetery at night.
Directions: Located on the corner of Alcaniz and Garden Streets, in the northern section of the historical district of Pensacola, Florida.
There is a story about the light house on the navy base (NAS) being haunted by the former keeper. People have felt cold spots while touring the light house.
|Pensacola||House on Alcaniz Street||
The Gray House on Alcaniz Street, which faces the Dorr House across Seville Square is said to be haunted. The ghost of a sea captain named Thomas Moristo who lived there in the 1700s is believed to still reside there. When the home is vacant, a man has been seen peering through the windows. Many people who have lived there have reported that they will turn on the stove, go upstairs, then come down and find the stove turned off. On one incidence, a resident was painting the house and left the paint inside the front foyer. The next morning he found all the paint had been moved outside. - The house was once in a bad fire, and it is believed the ghost does these things attempting to prevent another fire. Many people have become too frightened and refused to live in this house, and some residences have claimed to see apparitions of the old man while inside the house.
There is a floor-to-ceiling mirror in the 'Formal' sitting room... when a female visitor stands in its sights, if they have on a short skirt, they report feeling a 'tugging' as if someone is trying to make the skirt longer. Many visitors and guides have reported smelling Roses (fresh cut) at intervals followed by an EXTREMELY COLD spot. Roses were Mrs. Dorr's favorite flower. Visitors have reported hearing soft crying coming from the sick room/sewing room. A word of warning to all who visit, MIND YOUR MANNERS... Mrs. Dorr doesn't allow rudeness and has been known to 'make sure' the perpetrator doesn't stay or wants to leave posthaste. This ex-Docent has seen first hand that Mrs. Dorr is still the 'LADY' of the house.
Directions: 311South Adams Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502.
|Perry||Haunted House||There was a family that lived in this house back in the early 1900's and they often had bad fight's that resulted in her death. For years, no one lived in the old house. It has only recently been renovated, and several different families have lived in it off & on because a female spirit still stands her ground. Everyone that has ever lived in it has had problems with fighting. If you have a fight she will haunt you till you move, although she has never hurt anyone. Wanting only to let them know that there will be no more fighting in her once owned home. She will turn lights on and off and turn on the water and plug up the sinks to let them over flow, and she move object's around in the day while no-one is home. Families don't stay living there long|
|Ponce de Leon||Corinth Church||Ask anyone who lives in Ponce de Leon about the Corinth Church & they'll tell you of haunted legends. It all started in the 1960s. A young boy was brutally murdered by an escaped convict hiding out in the church. He was all alone at the time. Since then, there have been reports of bloody handprints appearing on the walls of the church. One wall in particular is the left hand wall as you are entering from the side door. Some say that if you are quiet, you can hear scratching on the wall. Others have reported feeling cold spots throughout the church.|
|Port Charlotte||Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens||Usually, a cemetery haunting deals with the cemetery itself. In this case, it deals with a specific location on the outskirts of the cemetery. There was an old shack located at the edge of the cemetery and is the oldest house in Port Charlotte. The initial occupants were a farmer and his wife, whom he later murdered. Since then, the shack has deteriorated and the county has officially condemned it. It is said, that near that section of the cemetery, you can experience cold spots, putrid smells, unexplained sounds and even see the apparition of a woman. Neighbors have been bothered by a now local phenomenon known as the "Killer Bee Phenomenon". The entire area is plagued by the sounds of swarms of bees, even though there are no swarms of bees found anywhere.|
|Quincy||Quincy Leaf Theater||
Numerous spirits haunt this building in downtown Quincy. There are several in the balcony and upstairs area, some in the backstage area, and some on the main floor in the seating area. None seem to be malevolent as there are many theatre productions that go off without a hitch.
|Rockledge||Ashley's Restaurant||Playful ghosts are often a joy to have around. Many who claim to have a playful ghost say they don't want to get rid of them. This ghost likes to play jokes on people by hiding keys and other valuables. They are always found, but in places they shouldn't be. Locals claim this restaurant is built on top of a former train station. The story is that the station caught fire years back. Also, the train tracks next to the restaurant supposedly claimed the life of a young woman who was hit by an oncoming train. Other locals claim further that the site is a former Indian burial ground.|
|Riviera Beach||Suncoast High School||In the schools auditorium there is said to be a phantom ghost on top of the rafters that frequently makes noise and startles the drama students. The ghost is speculated to be the ghost of a boy who was buried on the schools campus|
|Safety Harbor||Safety Harbor Spa Resort||Several housekeepers tell of hearing their name called from the woman's bath area of the spa-and nobody is there. During a renovation in the mid-90's, the front desk would receive phone calls from empty guestrooms in the dead of night. When security would investigate, they could hear voices in the totally empty building.|
|Sanford||New Tribes Mission||Former hotel is now home to missionaries from New Tribes Mission. In the East Wing there have been disturbances of many kinds including poltergeist activity and cold spots. To date there has been no formal paranormal investigation due to fear of bad press, but an informal check shows that something is going on there.|
Some say this old cemetery is haunted. It's located down a dirt road past Page Jackson Cemetery. The marble sign at the entrance of the cemetery is worn and "Shiloh" can barely be made out. People have claimed to see and photograph a woman in the cemetery.
Local Resident: "Let me tell you a little I know about Shiloh Cemetery. I used to live directly behind Shiloh cemetery and we moved from the home several months after moving in. At first I didn't know there was a cemetery behind these new homes, but it became apparent very soon after we settled in. Strange noises could be heard sometimes early evening, but usually late at night, starting around 10-11pm. Also strange and eerie glows could be seen from the cemetery and at times it sounded like we could hear these hollow sounding moans coming from within Shiloh. It was very unnerving and when we asked about the cemetery were told that it was established back in the early 1870's when Sanford was founded and that there were many restless spirits there that walked the cemetery at night. I've also heard rumor that there have been Satanic rituals performed in both Shiloh and Page Jackson Cemeteries and even graves disturbed, markers overturned and moved about. Some by human intervention and some by the spirits that reside there. I've never researched the history of any of the cemeteries, nor do I want to even go there. But since I overheard...talking about it, I thought you'd just like to know some of what goes on in there after dark."
Directions: Head North on 17-92 (French Avenue in Sanford) coming from Longwood. In Sanford, turn left at the Intersection of 17-92 & H. E. Thomas Parkway. Approximately 1-2 miles down the road you will see two different cemeteries on both sides of the road. Turn left on the first asphalt driveway. You will pass a couple of houses on your right. You will pass a sign for Page Jackson Cemetery then the road turns to dirt. This dirt road goes through Page Jackson Cemetery. Once inside, the road forks, take the fork LEFT to get to Shiloh Cemetery.
Ringling School of Art and Design
The Old Women's Dormitory
|Once upon a time, a young girl who liked wearing her blue high heels lived in the Bay Haven Hotel in Sarasota. Her name was Mary. Mary hanged herself in one of the stairwells of the two-story building that is now the Keating Center on the Ringling School of Art and Design campus, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Since the discovery of Mary's body, her ghost has become an added feature of the Keating Center, which houses freshman dorm rooms on the second floor and administrative offices on the first. Mary is believed to have died during the hotel's heyday in the '20s, but her body wasn't found until the hotel had closed and reopened as the School of Fine and Applied Art of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in 1931. She has been observed walking the corridors (out of the corner of the eye, turning a times, a resident would enter her room and her paintbrushes would be slowly swirling in the water of the rinse cups as if someone had just spun them around and let go.|
|Sarasota||Timberchase Apartments||In 1992 a young woman was stabbed to death in her apartment on N. Briggs (Timberchase). A neighbor who lived directly across from the victim was leaving and noticed her friend's front door slightly opened. The neighbor thought her friend accidentally left her door open so she went over to confirm. She found her friend on the floor stabbed multiple times. To this day there is not a suspect. Reports of eerie feelings & apparitions of a young woman.|
|Sarasota||Ringling Towers||Built in the early 1900 this hotel housed the richest of the rich, presidents, movie stars. After it's demise[date unknown]satanic worship and black masses were known to be held there. The stairs still had red carpet on them but no railings. The top penthouse floors have various cold spots. freezing room temp. in the summer. Feelings of being watched. in the lobby there is a very evil feeling. ** Has been torn down **|
|Sarasota||Palms of Sarasota||There's an abandoned Mental Hospital in Sarasota near the Interstate, there at night you can hear people swimming in the pool but the pool is filled in with rocks, you also hear screaming and sometimes laughter, sometimes people even see shadows and strange things show up when you take pictures. - December 2003 update: The Palms of Sarasota was bulldozed Nothing but a few sewage drains remain on the property.|
|Sebring||Harder Hall||Harder hall is a large hotel that was first built in the 1920's. It has changed hands many times, and every owner has died under extremely strange circumstances, most of the time, right in the hotel. There have been many accidents in the hotel, and all of which had at least 1 fatality. Some of the accidents include: fire, flood, floor collapse, innumerable suicides, murders, and others. Witnesses see lights inside and hear music. Most anyone can see the people peering out from the windows, and/or see the multitude of people roaming around in the courtyard, searching for something.
Update: It is currently undergoing renovation and there are rumors of it becoming a museum.
|Shalimar||End of Garnier's Bayou||Many Indians Used to live in this area. Some nights on full moons shadows of Indians appear in the fog over the swampy land. Sometime depicting scenes of Indians being slaughtered by white men taking there land|
Casa Blanca Inn at 24 Avenida Menendez
|This beautifully restored Inn is known to be haunted by an elderly lady that once owned it during the 1920's. She too ran it as in Inn. The lady was a key player in helping booze smugglers during the prohibition by going up on the widow's walk of the building and waving a lantern back and forth. This was to let smugglers know the coast was clear and since the house is located right on the bay front, this was most useful. People have claimed to still see the lantern light from atop the house to this day, especially those out at sea and in the harbor. She has also been known to appear inside of the Inn. Guests have reported seeing an apparition in the hallways and stairway, feeling cold spots, and complaining about items disappearing from their rooms and reappearing later on in strange places. The lady is buried in the nearby Huguenot Cemetery.|
Castillo de San Marcos
The Castillo de San Marcos site is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. It is located in the city of St. Augustine, Florida. Construction was begun in 1672 by the Spanish when Florida was a Spanish territory. During the twenty year period of British possession from 1763 until 1784, the fort was renamed Fort St. Mark , and after Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821 the fort was again renamed Fort Marion, in honor of revolutionary war hero Francis Marion. In 1942 the original name, Castillo de San Marcos, was restored by Congress. The fort was also subject to a paranormal investigation by the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures in 2009.
The Old City Gate
Visitors to historic St. Augustine, Florida, can still see evidence that the ancient Spanish city was once surrounded by strong walls. The city was nearly 150 years old when the Spanish military and local residents finally
Flagler College Ponce de Leon Hall
|Once Ponce de Leon Hotel, this place has numerous ghost stories, most of which are in Ponce de Leon hall, the girls' dormitory. One such story is how the mistress of Henry Flagler haunts the 4th floor where she hung herself. The room is boarded up, but some students venture up to peek in the keyhole still. Also believed, When Flagler died; his funeral was held in the front hall of the college (the one with the tile floor). They had all the windows open so his spirit could "fly away" instead of being trapped in the hall forever. As a janitor was passing by during the funeral, he noticed that all the windows and doors were open, so he closed them. People felt a big gust of wind, supposedly Flagler's spirit. It had not made it in time, all the windows and doors where shut. It is said that his spirit hit a window and bounced back and landed in one of the tiles. So to this day, if you are on a certain tile to the left of the doors and towards the back of the hall, there is the face of Henry Flagler.|
The Huguenot Cemetery
The Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida located across from the historic City Gate was a Protestant burial ground between the years 1821 and 1884. The Spanish colonial city of St. Augustine, along with the entire Florida Territory became defacto American possessions after the 1819 signing of the Adams-Onis Treaty. The actual physical occupation of the city and Florida territory occurred in 1821.
Prior to American occupation the Spanish city of St. Augustine was predominately Catholic and the only burial ground within the city, the Tolomato cemetery, was reserved for Catholics. Recognizing a need for a formal Protestant burial ground an area just outside the city gate was chosen by the new American administration in St. Augustine. The first burials occurred in 1821 just prior to a yellow fever epidemic which claimed the lives of a large numbers of the city's inhabitants.
The cemetery until title to the cemetery property was acquired by the Rev. Thomas Alexander, who then turned over it to the Presbyterian Church in 1832, burials continued until 1884 when both Huguenot and Tolomato cemeteries were closed. The cemetery is believed to hold at least 436 burials according to city records. The cemetery although named "Huguenot Cemetery" isn't believed to contain any members of the Huguenots, a French Protestant sect started in the 16th century in France.
Ghosts: The cemetery is reputed to be haunted by a variety of and is one of the ghost stops on the city's flourishing ghost tour industry along with the neighboring Tolomato Cemetery. One of the alleged ghosts is that of a specter named Elizabeth. According to the various themes of her origin, she has been described as the daughter of a Spanish era guard at the City Gate who would often visit him and greet people entering the city or she is the ghost of a thirteen or fourteen-year-old girl who died in the 1821 yellow fever epidemic either at the City Gate or was left at the entrance of the cemetery.
Tolomato Cemetery is a Catholic cemetery located on Cordova Street in St. Augustine, Florida. The cemetery was the former site of "Tolomato", a village of Guale Indian converts to Christianity and the Franciscan monks who ministered to them. The site of the village and Franciscan mission was is noted on a 1737 map of St. Augustine. A cemetery for the inhabitants of the village was also located on the grounds, with a portion of this cemetery set aside for former American black slaves, who had converted to Catholicism after escaping bondage in the Carolinas.
The location of Tolomato was just outside the city across from the Rosario Line, a defensive line constructed in the First Spanish Period, which consisted of an earthen embankment planted with cactus and a type of yucca plant known as Spanish daggers.
When Britain gained control of St. Augustine in 1763 most of the Spanish population of 3,100 left for Cuba along with many of the Native American converts to Christianity, including the monks and inhabitants of Tolomato. The British occupants being primarily Protestant had no need of the wooden Catholic church on the site and tore it down for firewood, leaving the coquina bell tower intact.
When, in 1777 the residents of Andrew Turnbull's colony of New Smyrna decided to flee the dismal conditions en masse, they walked 70 miles north on the King's Road to St. Augustine. These refugees, indentured servants from the Mediterranean, a majority from the island of Minorca, were granted refuge by the British governor Patrick Tonyn.
The spiritual leader of theses refugees collectively known as the Minorcans, Father Pedro Camps, petitioned the governor for permission to use the old mission and village of Tolomato for his constituents who were mostly Catholic. The petition was granted and the grounds became the prime burial ground for the Minorcan colonists.
The cemetery continued to be used as a Catholic cemetery by the Minorcans' descendants as well as other Catholics throughout the various changes of regime in St. Augustine from British back to Spanish in 1783, to American control in 1821. The cemetery was officially closed in 1884 along with the nearby Huguenot Cemetery, but received two more, unauthorized, burials: those of Catalina Usina Llambias, who died in 1886, and Robert Sabate, who died in 1892. In both cases, the family of the deceased were fined $25.00 for violating the law.
The first Bishop of St. Augustine, Augustin Verot, who died in 1876, is interred in the mortuary chapel at the back of the cemetery. Father Camps, who died in 1790, was originally buried at Tolomato, then re-interred 10 years later at the newly-built cathedral. Félix Varela, a Cuban priest and social reformer, was buried at Tolomato for 60 years until his remains were disinterred and taken back to Cuba.
An historically significant early burial is that of America's first black general, Jorge Biassou. A leader of the Haitian slave uprising in 1791, Biassou became, in the twists and turns of international politics, a Spanish general. He was sent to St. Augustine in 1796, as the second highest-paid official of the colony, and stayed until his death in 1801. His funeral was held in the Catholic Cathedral downtown, and he was buried in Tolomato in a grave that is now unmarked. In recent years the cemetery has become a place of pilgrimage for members of the Haitian-American Historical Society and many Haitian diplomats, including Ambassador Raymond Joseph (donor of a bench in front of the chapel in Biassou's memory), who have worked to gain public recognition for our first black general. On June 27, 2011, a historic marker was finally unveiled, a couple of blocks away at 42 St. George Street, on the home site of General Biassou.
Also buried within the cemetery are a number of Confederate soldiers, including some members of the St. Augustine Blues, the local militia unit which took possession of the St. Francis Barracks and the Castillo de San Marcos for the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War.
|The infantryman Jose Tovar lived on this corner in 1763. The original site and size of his house remained unchanged during the British period, when John Johnson, a Scottish merchant, lived here. After the Spanish returned in 1784, Jose Coruna, a Canary Islander with his family, and Tomas Caraballo, and assistant surgeon, occupied the house. Geronimo Alvarez, who lived next door in the Gonzaliz-Alvarez House, purchased the property in 1791. It remained in his family until 1871. A later occupant was Civil War General Martin D. Hardin, USA. The Tovar House has been owned by the St. Augustine Historical Society since 1918.
Casa de la Paz - Haunted Bed and Breakfast
|From innkeepers Sherri and Marshall Crews: J. Duncan Puller was the original owner of Casa de la Paz when it was completed in 1915 as a private residence. When the inn was renovated in the 1980s, an open house was held upon its completion. During this celebration, the new owner was standing on the stairs, going on at length about
the house, how beautiful it had become again, all the hard work put into its restoration, etc.
A guest at the open house noticed a young woman wearing a long, narrow skirt, a traveling jacket and a wide-brimmed hat and carrying a small suitcase on the stairs behind the host. She appeared to be trying to get around him and down the stairs, but he was paying no attention to her. The guest, feeling that this was very rude, approached the owner after his speech and told him how she felt. In reply he said, "Oh, you saw her too!"
He proceeded to tell the story of the young lady. She had come to the home many years ago on her honeymoon as a guest of the Pullers. On their last day in St. Augustine, an especially pretty day, the young husband decided to take a boat out for a day of fishing. He told his bride to pack and wait for him at the house because he did not know exactly when he would return.
During the day a terrible storm came up, the boat capsized, and he never returned to her. She was so distraught that she stayed in St. Augustine and grieved herself to death. Her spirit has never left the house, waiting for his return.
During the time the inn was used as apartments, some tenants reported hearing a knock on the door and a voice saying, "Is it time to leave yet?" Others heard a door shut and saw a figure walking down the hall. Many people have come and gone through the house, yet her soul remains in limbo, waiting for her husband to return. She's often seen at the top of the stairs with her bag packed, ready to depart.
You know she's around when you feel that odd feeling that someone is behind you or feel a cold air pocket when you walk up or down the stairs.
|St. Cloud||Hunter Arms Hotel||
This hotel believed to be haunted by 'Vivian.' If you ask the owner of the hotel, she could probably tell you more about Vivian. Guests staying in it have reported strange noises, sudden coldness, and doors slamming and water turning on, if my memory recalls correctly.
|St. Cloud||The Old Cannery||
This old cannery was used during W.W.II. The building was burned down a number of years ago and sat empty for quite some time. Recently, a group of school kids started restoring it into a museum. Strange noises and sightings have been reported.
|St. Cloud||Narcoossee||It is said that at the end of Jones Road there is a haunted creek. A little boy died in it several years ago. He was swinging on a rope attached to a tree that hung over the creek. The rope broke, and the boy feel on some rocks in the middle of the creek and died. If you go to the creek you can hear the little boy. He's very angry and doesn't like people to come back there. The creek is in the middle of woods so it's usually always dark|
|St. Leo||St. Leo's College||A young lady has been witnessed walking through walls.|
|St. Petersburg||Fort Desoto State Park||Voices can be heard around the old fort at night. Also footsteps can be heard in the southern most powder room.|
|St. Petersburg||Don Cesar Beach Resort/Spa
When Thomas Rowe built the Don Cesar in 1925, he included a replica of a fountain where he used to meet his love, a young European woman named Lucinda. He met her while a student in Europe, but her parents forbade the relationship. He returned to America, but never forget her. He often wrote letters to her, but they were returned to him unopened. Upon her death, he received a letter from her, indicating that she had never forgotten him either.
The Haunting: The fountain was taken down in a renovation, but guests still report seeing the young couple walking hand in hand on the same spot.
|Florida Sunshine Skyway Bridge||This bridge was the scene of a tragic accident during the early 1980's. The bridge was struck by a boat and collapsed, killing a great deal of people. The ghost that haunts the bridge seems to be unrelated to the accident. She is a hitchhiker (young blonde female) that will climb into peoples' cars at the bottom of the bridge. By the time the unlucky individual gets to the other side, the hitchhiker is gone. Also, There is a woman dressed in a t-shirt & jeans that appears usually around 12am at the top of the bridge and hitches a ride with oncoming cars. One semi truck had his story printed in the paper where he said he picked up a young woman, dripping wet and she told him to drop her off on other side of bridge but as soon as he got there, she was gone. There were many sightings of this woman on the bridge who locals believe was a suicide victim, one of many jumpers on the bridge. The Skyway Bridge is 200 feet tall and connects St. Petersburg to Sarasota|
|Royal Palms Apartments||Residents have reported feeling a tugging on their pillow- a very hard tugging. Some say it felt like the pillow would come out from underneath their head. People have seen a man standing by their beds, being paralyzed, as well as strange incidents with water coming from no where.|
|St. Petersburg High School||This school is said to be haunted by students that have had some tragic death while attending the school. Teachers and students have said to hear strange noises and sightings of strange movements on the third floor of the main buildings. Some of the late night workers have even said to have seen hauntings in the auditorium where the old gym use to be.|
|Vinoy Hotel||A Major league ball player stated that he was visited at night by a spirit that; While asleep in his room, someone pressed on his back and awakened him. At which time he looked at a man in a top hat and long coat standing beside his bed. When he refocused his vision, the man was still there. He rolled over to turn on the over head light, and when he turned around, the man was gone. He stated this actually happened and has several major league ballplayers say the same thing happened to them while staying at the Vinoy hotel.|
Tuberculosis, a disease of the lungs, was for the longest time considered “incurable”. Those in society that fell to the illness were “quarantined” from everyone else as to not spread it widely. One such place where these patients were sent was the W. T. Edwards Tuberculosis Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. This hospital was opened in 1952. Some patients recovered and went on to lead normal, healthy lives while others succumbed to the disease. For many, this would be their last home on this earth.
With the advancement of modern medicine, the hospital slowly became insignificant and eventually closed. Seized by new owners, the hospital underwent several renovations, including the addition of facilities to aid the handicapped both mentally & physically. The hospital changed its name to The Sunland Training Center and was to be a caring place for disabled children & adults. On March 14, 1967, the first patients arrived at Sunland on an old Military bus. Most of the patients were under the age of twelve and were transported on hospital gurneys.
Throughout the years, rumor surfaced of inhospitable treatment of the residents of Sunland. This was common among all the Sunland Training Centers throughout the state of Florida. After several lawsuits, the hospital decided to close. Many of the patients were transported to other Sunland Training Centers around the state. In December of 1983, The Sunland Training Center of Tallahassee was officially closed. Later, further investigations would prove that the inhospitable treatment given to the patients was mainly “neglect” rather than outright abuse. The center became overcrowded for the limited staff to attend.
Now, Sunland Tallahassee still stands over 20 years since the close, at the corner of Blair Stone & Phillips Road, just across the street from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). It is currently owned by the State of Florida Department of Children & Family Services. There have been a few bids on the property over the years (the latest one around $4 Million), however all have fallen through. The wrecking ball will have to wait on The Sunland Center of Tallahassee, at least a little while longer.
Update March 2006 - Sunland has been bought and the property is to become condominiums.
Warning- Sunland is off-limits to persons without permission. You can be arrested for entering through the fence. However, if you do go, you should know of the dangers that are inside:
|Tallahassee||Old City Cemetery||
Old City Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Tallahassee. It was established in 1829 by the Territorial Legislative Council and acquired by the city in 1840. The ground was laid out in its system of squares and lots in 1841 when a violent yellow fever epidemic swept the city and regulations were required to assure order and sanitation to protect the public.
When the cemetery was established, it was located outside the City boundaries on the far side of a 200-foot-wide clearing that surrounded the town to protect it from Indian attacks. Today, Old City Cemetery is one of Tallahassee's most distinctive historic sites. It is the final resting place for many of the men and women who contributed to the development of Tallahassee and the state of Florida. Because it was Tallahassee's only public burying ground (nearby St. John's Episcopal Cemetery was established for its congregation in 1840), Old City Cemetery represents a cross-section of Tallahassee's people during the 19th century -- slaves and planters, governors and store clerks, veterans of wars and victims of yellow fever are all buried here.
The most visited grave in this old cemetery is one that has a towering obelisk tomb that houses the earthly remains of Elizabeth (Bessie) Budd Graham who died in 1889 at the age of 23. Bessie was known as a "white witch" that reportedly concocted a spell to ensnare a very rich man into marrying her. Bessie's impressive monument and elaborate epitaph has been the subject of conversation for more then a century , as does her grave! Bessie's is the only grave in the cemetery facing west....it is the usual custom for graves to face east!
|Tallahassee||Florida State University||Some say it is haunted by teenage cadets of the famed West Florida Cadet Battalion. They still drill on the ROTC parade ground on the campus where they once drilled during the Civil War. There have been numerous reports of electricity going off in individual rooms during showers. When the person gets out of the shower to investigate, the lights mysteriously turn back on and the mirror appears fogged up with the letters "TB" drawn out on it. Another incident involves a nude, hairy figure appearing next to women walking on the outskirts of campus in the late evening hours, usually just before midnight.|
|Tallahassee||Florida State University- Cawthon Hall Dormitory||According to a story reported in the University newspaper (The Florida Flambeau) during the summer of 1971, numerous students have related encounters over the years with a poltergeist in the old dormitory. According to the report, several years prior to the University's becoming co-ed in 1949, a female student was sunbathing on a balcony on the roof of the shadowy gothic building. As is typical in Florida, a sudden and particularly violent thunderstorm arose to the east of the building, and welled up ominously over the campus. Although the sky directly above the dormitory was blue, a freak lightning bolt snaked across the sky, curling over the building's turrets striking the sunbathing female student, killing her instantly. Since that time, subsequent occupants of the room she occupied have reported mysterious object movements, unexplained sounds in the room at night, and at times an overwhelming sense of another individual present in the room. Sometimes students would find that common items, such as stacks of books or pictures, would be moved around during the day, with no apparent rhyme or reason, other than perhaps a restless spirit seeking to maintain her link with the world of the living.|
|Tallahassee||Jefferson Correctional Institution||Inmates and guards all report late at night you can see in the dorms kids playing and, one night a girl thought that the officer was tapping her to get up and then when she looked up there was no one there this went on for a month or so. She later found out that it happened to others in the dorm as well. Another inmate also saw a big 8 foot angel in dorm G. Officers said they heard keys hit the bars in lock up when there was no one there and a little girl haunts lock up. Crows sit outside. There are reports of a man on a horse outside at night. The prison was built on a graveyard.|
|Tallahassee||Tallahassee Community College||The land that TCC is built on , was originally a CEMETERY. All but 3 graves were moved. No family/next of kin could be located as to what to do with the remains. They just built over them. Many years later the owners of the airstrip SOLD the property to TCC and construction underwent. When they began bulldozing the area that is NOW the LIBRARY they discovered the 3 remaining graves/coffins.
1) During a night class at the school the students and professor witnessed a SHADOW on the wall appearing to be of someone walking around the room .Yet, the entire class was seated and the professor was no where near the shadow.
2) 2 night janitors that had had stepped out for a break ( I can't remember where at the school but the article listed EXACT location ) the began to get the feeling as if someone was watching them, and then a garbage can lid began hovering in mid air in front of them. There was more to that one , but I just can't remember. They MAY have heard a voice too.
3) Also , noted in another article in the paper as well as rumored by the students was an elevator ( in the office or library ) that seems to run by itself. Some swear they hear/see a women, or smell perfume."
|Tallahassee||Leon County Jail||The new Leon County Jail was constructed in the early 1990's. It was built on the same location that the old jail was built. (Ted Bundy was housed there for some time.) According to locals, the site it is built on is an air field. Corrections officers and medical staff claim to have seen a woman in period clothing walking the halls crying late at night in the medical department. Also shadows can be seen and there exists an overwhelming feeling of not being alone.|
|Tallahassee||The Lively Building||The Lively Building, located at the SW corner of Monroe Street and College Avenue, this used to be the location of The Leon Bar. It operated from 1892 to 1904, and was a gathering spot for the roughest sort of people. Many shootings occurred there, as well as murders. The City passed an ordinance in 1904 that outlawed the sale of alcohol within the city limits, effectively putting The Leon out of business. Today, there is rumor that some of the "Crackers" (slang for the cowboys who frequented the bar, so named for the whips they used to corral the cattle) are still hanging around the corner whereThe Leon was once located.|
|Tallahassee||Oak Lawn Cemetery||A man by the last name of Phillips built a 20ft Mausoleum for himself so that he could go there to die. He also placed a Cherry Wood coffin in it and gave a friend a key to close it up after he died. People have reported feeling eerie feelings after leaving this site.|
|Tampa||Velda Mound Park||
This is an old Indian village. Sometimes at night, you can see visions of Indians keeping warm by a fire, but in a split second, they're gone. There is sometimes said that there is a white wolf that glows that can be seen there, and neighbors often say that they can hear it howling throughout the night.
|Tampa||Britton Cinema||Doors in the ladies room are reported to shut and lock and toilets flush when no one is in the restroom is in there (except for the frightened customer). Also, multiple ghosts have been reported by managers past in the upstairs theaters that used to be one large balcony. Voices have been heard in the hall near auditorium #5 late at night when no one was in the building. An usher once heard someone call his name in auditorium #3 late at night when no one was around. And, last, an assistant manager once told me she had been followed up the hall by a shadow figure on the wall that was not hers.|
|Tampa||Howard W. Blake High School||
Auditorium - Years ago a teacher died in the auditorium (area 1) of a heart attack during a pep rally. A cold spot can be felt while walking into the auditorium for every pep rally.
|Tampa||Falk Theater||Believed to be haunted by Bessie Snavely. In her time, it was the Park Theatre. Bessie Snavely was an actress whose dressing room was on the third floor of this theatre. She hung herself there|
|Tampa||Old Tampa Theater||It is an old theater that is very intricately detailed inside and has a particularly haunted look to it anyway. A young man in the 1940's started working there, his job running the projector. He loved his job and continued to work there until his death. Now employees have said that they occasionally hear footsteps and chains in deserted hallways behind the stage and have spotted someone in the projecting room even though there was no one up there at the time. Also reports of smell rancid smells, such as vomit and garbage, drafts of icy air, reports of something grabbing workers by the neck.|
|Tampa||University of Tampa||This place used to be a hotel over a hundred years ago. Theodore Roosevelt even stayed in it once. The second floor is blocked off and said to be unsafe because of age. Tour guides report seeing apparitions from the windows outside.|
|Tampa||Myrtle Hill Cemetery||
This cemetery is featured in a book called Florida's Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore. The author of the book personally investigated this cemetery and referenced other paranormal investigations that have taken place here. The mausoleum is the focus of the investigation in this book. Supposedly the mausoleum is haunted by a girl named Stephanie who was killed in a car accident. While investigating this mausoleum, they got many EVP, some threatening and have experienced other strange phenomena. Plus they report that local police officers have experienced strange occurrences in this cemetery. We have collected most of our EVP from in and around this mausoleum. Also the old part of the cemetery is fairly active as well.
Directions: From I-75 heading South exit at Fowler Avenue. Take a right and follow Fowler Avenue to 56th Street. Get into the left turning lane and take a left. You will see a CVS pharmacy on your right. Follow 56th street all the way to the cemetery. You will see it off to your right along with two side road. Take the second side road past the plaza on the right and turn into the main gate of the cemetery.
|Titusville||Emma Parrish Theater||Another theater haunting is not a big surprise at all. Even more common is that this haunting is in the attic. Objects have been seen moving by themselves, accompanied by a horrible smell and cold spots. If you aren't familiar with these symptoms, the bad smell is usually evident of a malicious haunting, though no claims to such have been made|
|Treasure Island||John's Pass Bridge||Supposedly haunted by the spirits of two farmers who were pro-union during the Civil War. They were murdered by local rebel militiamen and buried on the south end at the mouth of the pass. On nights of the new moon, some have seen the two walking near the bridge or even silently sailing by in their boat trying to return home, some say the rotten stench of decaying flesh accompanies the apparitions.|
|Umatilla||Stanna's Restaurant||In the early 1900's, a young woman hanged herself on the third floor above the restaurant. Several workers and customers have had experiences with her ghost. People have claimed to see shadows of her in a long dress and wicker baskets falling off the women's bathroom wall. Several customers have complained of cold spots and strange laughing accompanied by piano playing|
The Umatilla Cemetery is located just outside of the city of Umatilla. Many people have heard strange noises and sometimes what sounds like the faint sound of a woman screaming. Other times you will hear what sounds like a woman's voice calling for help. Many orb and mist pictures have been taken in that cemetery. Sometimes you just plain get an eerie feeling when in the Umatilla Cemetery. There are four cemeteries that are either in or around the city of Umatilla. The cemetery is on either side of the street but most of the activity seems to come from the older section in the back. The newer section of the cemetery is on a hill that goes down to a lake the older section where most of the activity is reported is surrounded by orange groves on all three side of it.
NOTE: It is not a good idea for inexperienced ghost hunters or kids looking for a cheap thrill to go there at night. The spirit(s) here are not benevolent, and it could be dangerous. You should have experience and have permission to be in there after hours but even then it is advised to be cautious. Energy levels are usually high in this cemetery, we highly recommend it!
Directions: From I-75 exit at #354, which is US-27. Head East towards Ocala/Silver Springs. Continue on US-27 and merge right as it junctions with Highway 441 and 301. Continue on this road for about 18 miles. Take a left on County Road 42 and remain on this road for 14 miles. Turn right on County Road 450 and drive for 6 miles. Turn right on Wilson Parrish Road and drive for 1 mile. Turn right on Golden Gem Drive and the cemetery is right there on both sides of the road. The old part will be on your right where the orange trees are. The newer part will be on the left, and there should be a big flagpole there that is usually lit at night. You will have to adjust your drive according from which part of the state you are coming.
|Venice||Pelican Alley Restaurant||Believed to be haunted by the previous owner, staff members hear foot steps, feel odd presences, watch the door open and close by itself and thing move around by themselves.|
|West Palm Beach||Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery||Strange fogs have been reported, described as looking like individual strands of something moving within the fog. Appearing and disappearing. The mist seems to form in to something, very dense. You could see it moving all different directions. Noticeable temperature change, uneasy feelings, and feelings of felt like someone was right behind you are evident. Then it feels like whatever it this is trying to grab your arm.|
|West Palm Beach||Palm Beach Atlantic University||The library, built many years ago is claimed to be haunted by an old janitor. He worked there for many years and then mysteriously disappeared. He is claimed to be heard rummaging through the old janitors closet that has been locked up ever since the day of his odd disappearance.|
The cemetery lies right in the middle of a neighborhood. It is neat to drive through though. You do get a feeling when you're there that you are not alone. We got a few good pictures to share with you, and when we get more, we'll share them as well.
Directions- Wacahoota Cemetery is located on the east side and adjacent to SR 121, .4 mile South of the Levy County/Alachua County Line.
|Winter Haven||JPV Woods||Every 13th of August it is said that when you go into the woods and walk along the old dirt trail, about 11:30 to 12:30 you can hear children screaming and crying for help and the little hairs on the back of your neck will rise without intention.|
|Winter Haven||Scotty's Distribution Center||There was said to be a man of Brian Foreman who once worked there as a forklift driver. Workers say that his head was completely amputated by a forklift because of the mistake done by a trainee. The trainee continued to work there but mysteriously disappeared. It is said that you can see a headless man driving a forklift every 4th of March.|
Located on SR 64, this condemned school building has been known to have sounds of children playing in it when no one is in it. People have also been spotted in the windows.
|Winter Springs||Tuskawilla Country Club||Every Last Friday of the month, there is a young male, about 22 years old who can be seen cleaning the bar table. No one knows who he could have been, or why he was there. But there have been witnesses that say he tries to attack the people that see him|