5 Most Haunted Places in Florida

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Florida is a pretty great place. It’s sun. It’s sand. It’s no wonder that people like to live
there, and maybe there are some that continue to live there, even after the living part
of their life is over. Let’s take a look at five creepy and maybe
haunted places in Florida. Pinewood Cemetery began as a simple, one-acre
plot where early south Floridians buried their dead. Officially, 200 souls were said to be interred,
but local knowledge claims that many more unknowns are entombed on the grounds. As one might expect, there are plenty of tragic
tales to be found among the tombstones, like that of Dora Suggs. Dora left her home and two children one December
day in 1905, never to be seen alive again. She was found, raped and beaten to death,
in an area known as the Devil’s Den. A man named Edward Brown was convicted of
her murder and hanged in 1906. Residents living around the cemetery report
shadows and dark figures moving about at night. It can be a creepy, yet beautiful place. The Cuban Club in Tampa Bay was built in the
early 1900s as a gathering place for the Cuban community, and it became just that. Yet with 100 years of history under its roof,
there have been some dark moments as well. In the 1920s, an actor was performing at the
club when, distraught over something, he committed suicide on stage. With a death so dramatic and tragic, it’s
no wonder that his spirit is said to linger. Another story is that of two Cuban Club board
members who found themselves locked in a heated argument. So heated in fact, that one board member pulled
out a pistol and shot the other in the face. The murdered man still haunts the club, perhaps
out of shock and disbelief over his violent and sudden death. Other ghosts, such as a beautiful woman in
a white dress and red heels (because there’s always a woman in a white dress) and a child
playing near the pool, have been reported as well, making the Cuban Club one of the
most haunted places in Florida. The Riddle House in West Palm Beach is the
kind of place where you’d expect to find hauntings. I mean, the place was a funeral home for a
time. Yet this building’s past is dark, even by
funeral home standards. The Riddle House was built in 1905 as a home
for the overseers of the nearby Woodlawn Cemetery. Grave robbing was a common thing back then,
so the residents of the Riddle House were there to keep an eye out for shenanigans. One of the cemetery workers, a man named Buck,
was killed during a fight in town. Ever the dedicated employee, his ghost is
seen walking the cemetery grounds and around the Riddle House. Another employee hanged himself in the attic. It was said that the employee had been experiencing
financial troubles and, desperate and despairing, decided to end it all. His death began a series of frightening happenings,
including voices in the attic and a torso that hangs from the ceiling. People sometimes think it’s a mannequin,
but are shocked to learn there are no mannequins in the attic. The horror of Fort Matanzas begins long before
any buildings were even built. Around 1565, French Huguenots set out on a
mission to attack a nearby Spanish settlement. A storm shipwrecked the 245 Huguenots on the
beach of what would become Fort Matanzas. Discovered by the Spanish, the stranded and
starving men were given a choice: surrender, give up their Protestant faith and convert
to Catholicism, or die. The men surrendered, but refused to convert,
so the Spanish slaughtered all of them. Eventually, a wooden, then a stone fort, was
constructed near the site of the massacre on what is today known as Rattlesnake Island. You can visit the fort as it’s now a national
monument, but you either have to swim or take the ferry. Locals talk about strange lights floating
around the fort at night. The sand of the island near the place of the
Huguenots’ massacre turns blood red for no rational reason. And apparitions of soldiers in their uniforms
are said to wander the fort’s grounds, perhaps a few of the doomed Huguenots who lost their
lives so many years ago. The aptly named Old Jail in St. Augustine
was home to the worst of the worst during its working life from 1891-1953. Men and women prisoners were incarcerated
there, with the sheriff and his family living just across the hall from the cells. For some, the Old Jail wasn’t just a place
to be held, it was their last stop as they met the end of a rope on the jail’s gallows. Conditions at the jail were notoriously harsh. Prisoners were crammed into the small cells,
often without plumbing. And you worked, and worked hard, while you
were locked up. Men worked in the fields and the women cooked
and cleaned, becoming something like prison maids during their stay. It’s estimated that a prisoner’s life
expectancy in the Old Jail was around two years. Whether it was disease, violence or execution,
a lot of people met their end there. Many of them unknown to this day. One of the most infamous guests of the Old
Jail was a man named Sim Jackson. He was hanged in 1908 for murdering his wife. He nearly cut the poor woman’s head off
with a straight razor. With people like Sim in the Old Jail’s history,
it’s no wonder that ghosts are doomed to remain in this hell on Earth. Tourists can visit the jail, and visitors
have reported seeing shadows move in the corners. Some have even said they’ve been grabbed
by unseen hands to the point they’ve been left with bruises. There is also The Crawler, a terrifying apparition
that crawls along the floors, stalking the living.

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