Haunted Florida

 

Coral Gables - Biltmore Hotel - unexplained noises and lights are seen here. Here is a history on that Biltmore hotel.  It was served at a hotel in the early twenties and then they used it as a hospital during WWII and  many people died in that place.  In 1968 they chose to turn it back into a hotel and in 1983 they spent over 55 million to restore the hotel.
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
Sarasota - The Old Women's Dormitory -  building at the Ringling School of Art and Design  has been haunted for decades by a ghost named Mary. It used to be a hotel in the 20s and she committed suicide in the stairwell between the second and third floors. It is now an unused fire escape.  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.
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.
Jacksonville - Carriage House Apartments -  apartment 40 is haunted by previous residents, it is no longer is use as an apartment due to numerous complaints.
Jacksonville - Homestead Restaurant -  ghost of Alpha Paynter is seen by the fireplace.
Miami - Hirschfield Theater - footsteps and other unexplained events are common here.
St. Augustine - Abbot Mansion -  haunted by 2 spirits, Miss Lucy and The Captain.
West Palm Beach - Burger King - a young man haunts this store.  He has been seen by numerous employees.
Orlando - Zuma Beach night club - an old woman ghost has been seen by the stage. When she comes it gets real cold.
Daytona Beach - Northeast side of the Orange Avenue Bridge - at the bridge approach.  A dark-haired woman in a nightrobe 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.
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 an old dormitory. According to the report, several years prior to the University's becoming coed 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 a 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.
Anastasia Island - The Lighthouse -  near St. Augustine,  3 known spirits: one of a small girl who was hit by a train and killed there around 1900; one of a man who hung himself (when, not known), and one unidentified spirit in the basement of the keeper's house. During the 1980's, when the keeper's house was being restored, workers spent the nights in the place to protect it from vandals. They would wake up in the middle of the night to see a small girl in old-fashioned clothes watching them. She would then vanish. The workers would also sense things during their work and would look up to see an apparition of a man hanging from a rafter. The spirit in the cellar has never been seen, but workers at the lighthouse all report an uneasy feeling when they're down there alone, especially at closing time when the place is very quiet.  There have also been stories of footsteps on the lighthouse stairs when there's no one around. The guides there are very open about the ghosts. There are many good reasons for the lighthouse and keeper's house to be haunted: the man who hung himself, the little girl who was killed by the train, a lightkeeper who fell to his death while painting the former lighthouse (very close to the newer one), and 13 executed pirates who were buried behind the lighthouse. Also, there has been some form of a lighthouse on the site since Ponce De Leon in the 1500's.
St Petersburg - Don Cesar Resort - Reported sightings of the now deceased owner.
Orlando - Belleveiw  Mental Hospital - Belleveiw was an old Mental hospital in the Pine Hills section of Town. Many reports of poltergeist activity voices and screams. Now it is closed, awaiting repairs or demolition.
Rockledge - Ashley's restaurant - has a ghost that will often "play" with employees and guests. The building is right on the railroad tracks it's rumored that a woman was killed by a train there.
St. Augustine - Flagler College -  once Ponce de Leon Hotel, 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 hanged herself.  The room is boarded up, but some students venture up to peek in the keyhole still.
On I-75, South of Gainesville - Wayside Antiques -  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 usally only seen by psychics or those with honed psychic senses but others have reported a coldness or presense in the room.
Orlando - Sunnyland Hospital -  It used to be a hospital for people with T.B, back when there was no immunization, and people would go crazy. Then it became a hospital for mentally insane people or retarted people that families didn't want to take care of. It was closed down several years ago (at least 15) . The place has had all the windows and doors busted out, but beds still remain made with hospital paraphenalia lying around. The weirdest thing is that the third floor has always remained locked and noone has ever been able to get in there. If you go to the hospital late at night you can here shuffling and whispering coming from up there. And the sound of things being dropped .
Melbourne - Miquels Mexican Restaurant - was once Doc Sloan's House.  Doc Sloan was a bootlegger during prohibition and the rich guy in town.  He built a fancy Mediterranean style house on what was then the edge of town.  His three year old daughter caught herself on fire and died on the second floor of the structure.  Since that time people have heard a child screaming, sometimes a child  crying and many times things move about with no explanation.
Tallahassee - The old mental hospital -  is rumored to be hanuted.  Apparantly, many of the residents were not treated properly and some even died.  Although the hospital has been closed for years, curious ones who drive by claim to see lights on inside and people looking out the windows then disappear.
Micanopy - The Herlong Mansion - Inez was the oldest of 6 siblings.  They fought for 20 some odd years over the house after their mother passed away.  The day Inez took possession of the house she had a diabetic seizure (I think) and died in her childhood bedroom.  That room remains haunted.  The Herlong Mansion is now a bed & breakfast and has been investigated by professional ghost hunters.
Panama City - Confetti's a Nightclub/Eatery - Objects moving and a smoky apparition have been observed by the staff here.
Brooksville - The Brooksville Heritage Museum -  People have seen and heard things unexplained things in that mansion that is now a museum.
Pensacola - Light House -  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.
Oviedo-The Celery Fields of Chapman Road
There have been numerous sightings of children walking through the tall grass and wondering around on the streets of the neighborhood that now stands where the field had been.
 Miami Beach-Colony Theater
 Footsteps and ghost has been seen back stage and other unexplained events.
Palatka-San Mateo First Church of the Nazarene
The ghost of an old man who used to attend the church shuffling up the aisle, just the same as he always did when he was alive. In the nursery the ghost of a pilgrim times woman, (you can only see her shadow, but you can tell by the way her shadow's dress is shaped) screams. It sounds like she in sheer terror.
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.
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.
Melbourne-The Henegar Center
Rumored to be haunted by "Jonathan", who makes noises, moves props and can be seen in the balcony sometimes.
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.
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.
Safety Harbor-The 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.
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
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.
Orlando-Disney World-
There is known to be a tan figure walking down the streets in front of the castle.
Treasure Island-
The bridge at John's Pass is reported to be 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.
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.
Ocala-Ritz Historical Inn-
Rich socialite from NY would spend summers here and would have parties during prohibition. During one such party, a fire started (reason unknown) and several people died including the woman and her 2 dogs. To this day you can here the sounds of that party in her room and also the sounds of people running into the hall and down the stairwell trying to escape the fire.
Oveido-The Oveido Lights-
These eerie lights can be seen from a bridge where a young man killed himself after he lost his love. It is well know to native Ovedians. And has been seen by many, many people. The mans ghost has also been seen in the area below the bridge.
Palm Beach Island-
This is called the witches road, numerous reports of peoples electronics in there cars messing while on this road
Marianna- Bellamy Bridge-
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 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. I have been there several times and have heard many people say that they have seen a fiery apparition run to the old bridge and jump in to the river below!!!
Downtown St Petersburg-
There is a ghost that haunts an old turn-of-the-century theatre named "Puckets". The theatre is now a private store of some sort that sells mannequins and garment racks. Employees have seen apparitions and have felt a presence, which they say is very positive. Also, in the theatre part, apparitions can be seen on stage.
Deltona-Pineridge Highschool-
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.
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....
Williston-
A small haunted cemetery that is very old inside the Williston area.  A historian going there to do research felt "a very alarming wave of panic while in the cemetery." She fled and never returned.
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.
Milligan-Cobb's Cemetery -
When a closed can of beer is placed beside a certain tombstone in the cemetery and left for about 15 min.  It will be empty and still closed when you return. There are extremely eerie feelings and noises as soon as you pass through the gates
Winter Park-Rollins College-Ann Russel Theater-
Ghost of Anne Russel comes out sometimes during rehearsals. She has been seen sitting in prop rocking chair.
Miami-Deer Run-"Curtis Mansion"-
There are reports of lights going on and off, door opening, and sightings of ghosts of visitors, children, and a man.
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.
Silver Springs - Silver Springs "Bridal Chamber" -  There is a place in Silver Springs known as the bridal chamber where two ghosts are seen.  A long time ago, a young girl and a young man who lived in that area fell in love.  The man took the girl out on a boat over Silver Springs and proposed to her and gave her a gold necklace as a token of his promise to her.  She wanted to marry the man, but her father would not allow it.  Her father had the man sent away on a sea voyage.  While he was away, the young girl sank into a deep depression and became deathly ill.  She wanted to end her life, so she took a boat out onto Silver Springs over the spot where her love had proposed to her, and jumped in the water.  A little while after that, her love returned from his sea voyage.  He wanted to see and became very perplexed that he could not find her.  In desperation, he went out to the spot where he proposed.  When he looked into the water, he saw his love's life body, still grasping the golden necklace he had given her. He felt that he could not live with out her, so he dove in and held her body as he drowned.  These ghosts are usually seen in the water, still in their eternal embrace.
Winter Park - Alabama Hotel - Built when Winter Park was founded, several guests were murdered on opening night. They have been seen walking the halls and blamed for murders that occurred in the fifties. It has been abandoned until 1998, when it was converted into a personal mansion.
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.
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.
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.
Gainesville - Beatty Towers at 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."
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.
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?
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.
St. Petersburg - The Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa -
The Don CeSar Resort was once the private residence of Thomas Rowe.  He had studied in London during his youth and fell in love with a girl named Lucinda.  Her parents sent her away however, so when Thomas returned home, he never saw her again. He built the castle to look like the one where they met.  His ghost can be seen walking hand-in-hand with a beautiful dark-haired woman along the shore.
Tallahassee - Oshman's Supersports -
It is believed that a ghost haunts this building.  There have been numerous unusual occurrences such as motion sensors going off when no one is around, shoe boxes being thrown to the ground, and other flying objects during non business hours.
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.  He is a hitchhiker 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.
Amelia Island - Old Jail -
Luc Simone Aury was the bastard son of a pirate named Luis Aury.  He was a renowned scoundrel and wanted for many crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery to name a few.  Upon his capture, Aury was sentenced to hang in the gallows behind the jail.  As word spread, a huge crowd gathered to witness the execution of this famous criminal.  The night before the hanging however,  Aury managed to slit his own throat in effort to deprive the city of his humiliating spectacle.  A surgeon was summoned to crudely stitch him up just enough to keep him alive until  the execution.  With his collar buttoned to hide the wound, he was drug up the steps on his appointed day.   When the trap was sprung, the stitches ripped open, nearly decapitating him.  Blood spewed into and all over the crowd.  Women fainted, men screamed, and children were trampled as the crowd fled in terror.  Aury can be heard moaning where the old gallows used to be.  On rare occasions, his ghost will appear with a gaping slash across his neck covered in blood.
St.Augustine - Casa Monica Hotel –
There are many employees that can recall hearing strange noises, almost as though someone is trying to say words but the wind carries their voice off into the distance.
Tarpon Springs-Former winter home of Al Capone-
The "Manors"-Known for hundreds of sightings.  Screams in the dead of night.  Faces appearing in windows.  Also known for women in white, on roof looking over the edge.
St.Pete-
In the early 1980's one day during rush hour traffic the old skyway broke in the middle and crumbled into the water along with cars and a large bus carrying passengers, everyone unfortunately died, but a few years later they built a new bridge and decided to keep what was left of the old one as a fishing pier, if your on the pier late at night you can hear people screaming and frantic car horns. Also this is unrelated to that incident but on the new bridge you can see a lady ghost hitch hiking down the bridge at night.
St. Augustine-Casablanca 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.
St. Petersburg - Haslam's Book Store 2025 Central Ave.
A book-store since 1933. Apparition seen, books moved, employees feeling someone else is there after closing.
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.
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.
St. Augustine- The old Jail-
This jail was built at the turn of the century by Henry Flagler because the jail across from his magnificent hotel was offensive to his "newport clientele" It is located north of the old town on San Marco. Tour guides and tourists alike have experienced the sound of shuffling feet, the smell of putrid unwashed bodies and sanitary facilities(a bucket for 4 prisoners), cold spots and even a shadow entity of an extremely large man- sheriff Perry ( the first sheriff) was over 6'5" tall. Students have even seen a man in a "funky plaid suit" in the main cell block.
Anna Maria Island - Bali Hai
Every year, around early August, a shadowy figure walks the beach of the Bali Hai hotel. You can usually see them out of the corner of your eye and when you glance in her direction, she will disappear.
Orlando -  Evans High School
The current auditorium of Evans High school is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young
Native-American boy called coyote Boy.  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).
Sebring - Kenilworth Lodge
The stairs definitely have an eerie feeling to them. Many guests have reported doors opening and closing on their own accord.
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.
West Palm Beach - St. Juliana Catholic School
The walls rattle during school and especially at night.
St. Augustine - Casablanca Bed and Breakfast
Some have witnessed a light of a lantern flashing in the night
Ft. Pierce – The Hilltop House Restaurant
Reported loud knocks when alone, chills. Eyes have been seen staring from the woods.
Winter Garden - Dead Man’s Tree
A figure of a man can be seen hanging from the tree occupancies by a chill in the air.
St. Leo - St. Leo’s College
A young lady has been witnessed walking through walls.
St Augustine - St. Francis Inn
There has been reports of doors slamming ,lights flickering, and once a man woke up and found himself wedged under a bed, the fire department had to be called to free him. The incident is blamed on a ghost of a servant girl.
Orange City - Natures garden
One day a face appeared in the window and seamed as if he was in agonizing pain and screaming.
Pine Island - Capt n' Cons
There is a lot of strange occurrences, such as, the dumpster lid slamming up and down, as well as sightings, voices, and loss of breath.
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.
Tallahassee - The head master's building at Florida State University
An apparition of a young woman is said to be seen walking around the halls at night
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.
Maitland - Enzian Theatre
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 unkown, the head is present only on moonless nights at 1:00AM.
Merritt Island -   Crooked Mile Cemetery
In a neighborhood built on ancient Indian burial grounds.  I think the oldest tombstone dates back to the late 1800's.  You can feel the presence of some unknown thing following you.
 
 
 
 





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