In honor of this year’s Halloween, we introduce you to the oldest European occupied city in the United States, St. Augustine Florida. First established in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menedez de Aviles, St. Augustine served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. Despite wars, hurricanes and even pirates, St. Augustine continued to grow and thrive. Today, St. Augustine remains strong and maintains a sense of pride in its past and future. A major tourist destination, the city is also to a wide variety of sites and attractions ranging from arts and culture to historic sites, events, annual festivals, food and much more.
This time of the year is a fun time to visit a city with such a long and sordid past. From its cemeteries to the Old Jail and even the Lighthouse, there are dozens of supposedly haunted hot spots in St. Augustine. From the spirits at the gallows to the floating orbs in the old jail, take a look at some of the most haunted places to visit on your next spooky trip to St. Augustine.
- The Old Jail – Listed on the Florida and National Register of Historic Places, the Old Jail is one of the most well known haunted hot spots in St. Augustine. Built in 1891, the spirits of inmates treated inhumanely are said to still haunt the jail, including the spirits of those hanged from its gallows.
- Castillo de San Marcos –Center of defense for many battles, this one of a kind structure built in the 1600’s stands today still guarding the coast from invasion. Reportedly very haunted, people come throughout the year to get a peak at one of the Spanish Soldiers said to still stand guard looking over the sea.
- Huguenot Cemetery – Located outside the Old City Gate, this cemetery opened in 1821 and is known as one of the major burial sites for those who died from a yellow fever epidemic which swept throughout the city. Closed to burials in 1884, the spirits of those who died too young are still seen roaming the grounds.
- St. Augustine Lighthouse – Built in the 1600’s by the Spanish settlers, it was replaced in 1874 due to damage from erosion and weather. Today, this historic landmark is one of the most popular historic and ghostly sites in America. Featured on ghost shows in the past, the ghost of the keeper is said to still roam the lighthouse.
Any time of the year is the right time for some haunted hot spots in St. Augustine. Get out and enjoy the uniqueness that it is St. Augustine on your vacation.
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