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The Old Jail In St Augustine Is One Of The Most Haunted Locations In St Augustine Florida
Eight men were hung from the gallows here at the old jail over the years and anywhere that you have violent deaths you will have ghosts and other forms of paranormal activity. The old jail is visited by thousands of people each year and many of these people tell of strange things going on inside the old jail.
Henry Flagler built the jail for St Johns County in 1891. There was no air conditioning or fans in those early days of the jail and the conditions inside the jail were notoriously inhumane. Prisoners were beaten and there was a special section for prisoners who were problems. There is a graveyard on the premises and you can even pay an extra fee and spend the night in the old jail.
Many paranormal investigators who have spent the night in the old jail say that the old jail is a hot bed of paranormal activity and that you see ghosts, orbs, and hear loud banging, whispering and other sounds during the night in the old jail. A mans voice is often reported begging for help and no one has ever been able to discover who the man is.
If your interested in ghosts and you visit St Augustine Florida be sure to go to the old jail and go on a tour of the old jail. Most people who visit the jail say that they feel like they are being watched inside the old jail and some people have even reported that something or someone touched them in the old jail.
St Augustine Florida
St Augustine Florida is considered by many people to be one of if not the most haunted city in the United States. I know the world is filled with skeptics but I have been to St Augustine many times and I have encountered ghosts and paranormal activity at the St Augustine Lighthouse and at our Lady Of La Leche the little chapel on what is known as America's most sacred acre. People can choose to believe what they want to believe but I know that St Augustine Florida is one of the most haunted places I have ever been in the United States. If you want a truly paranormal experience go to St Augustine and go on the St Augustine Ghost Walk.
I just simply love to walk around the old part of St Augustine at night. I like to walk along the waterfront and when I do I see and hear all kinds of paranormal activity. St Augustine Florida is one of the most haunted places I have ever seen in the United States. Take a walk through the old part of St Augustine just after a thunderstorm at night and you are likely to see and hear all kinds of things. It was in St Augustine Florida that I saw a ghost cat and it was truly one of the most amazing things I ever saw.
Our Lady of La Leche Church St Augustine
This area is often referred to as “America’s Most Sacred Acre.” Commonly referred to as the chapel of Our Lady of La Leche, the Spanish style chapel invites you to spend some time in prayerful reflection.
And around the grounds are buried many Catholic Nuns and Catholic Brothers who served over the years on the mission grounds. It was here on these grounds where the first catholic mass ever said in the America's was said Sept. 8, 1565.
Many people over the years tell of seeing a Nun in Black Habit kneeling inside the chapel at the altar. Many who have walked in and set down have noticed a Nun dressed in a Black Habit kneeling at the front of the chapel. If you approach her or attempt to speak to her she vanishes at once. The same people often see the same Nun walking on the Mission grounds.
Many other people have reported seeing the Virgin Mary kneeling in the front of the little chapel located there on America's Most Sacred Acre. I've seen her myself kneeling there in the front of the little chapel and it was truly one of the most amazing things I ever saw.
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America's Most Sacred Acre Is One Of St Augustine's Most Haunted Locations
The Catholic Chapel and Church located on the grounds of America's Most Sacred Acre is said to be one of the most haunted places in St Augustine Florida and quite possibly one of the most haunted locations in the United States.
It was right here on these grounds where the first Catholic Mass ever said in America was performed.
It is also here on these grounds where the ghost of a nun who has come to be known as the Grey Nun is most often seen. She is seen walking around under the large cross, on the walk way up to the little chapel, in front of the little chapel and inside the little chapel. Many people over the years have told of walking into the little chapel and an older lady wearing the clothes of a nun will be setting near the front of the church. Sometimes she is seen kneeling near the front of the little chapel.
Other people have told of hearing the beautiful voice of a Spanish lady singing hymns inside the little chapel. Some people have even gone into the gift shop and asked if they could purchase a copy of the music and singing playing inside the chapel. There is no music or singing being played in the little chapel. There is no sound system inside the little chapel.
Some people who have taken photos inside the little chapel have caught photos of some of the most unusual orbs ever captured. In some photos you can even see the outline of a nun. Who she is no one knows but there are several nuns buried on the grounds to the left of the little chapel if you are standing in front of it.
Mass is sometimes said inside the little chapel and groups often say the rosary inside the little chapel. Most of the time you are welcome to join in if you happen to be there when there is a service going on.
It is also here on these grounds where some people have seen the ghost of a large Irish Wolfhound. The dog will be seen running along on the grounds and then all at once it will be gone.
The 208' cross marks the celebration of the first Mass in the United States
Old City Gates St Augustine Florida
St Augustine Florida Is America's Oldest City
You may not know it but St Augustine Florida is the oldest city in America. There were earlier settlements but they failed and were abandoned. Castillo de San Marcos, or “The Old Fort” as it is known to the locals is said to be one of if not the most haunted locations in the city of St Augustine. Believe it or not but it took 23 years to complete the building of the Spanish Fort.
The first stone laid in the old fort was in 1672 and it was not long before it had its first fatalities. Three Spanish soldiers were hung after they deserted in December of 1672. They had killed a Spanish officer when they deserted and this sealed their fate. They were hanged by the neck until dead and then their bodies were hung from the city gates for seven days as a warning to any other soldiers thinking of desertion. Over the many years since then many people have claimed to smell a strong smell of decay near the old city gates and some people have reported seeing bodies hanging there on the old city gates.
The Little Girl Ghost Dressed In White At The Old City Gates
It is at the old city gates where one of the most famous ghosts is seen. She is a little girl dressed in a white dress and she also has white ribbons and white flowers in her hair. People often see the little girl setting up on the old city gates and when someone walks near to her or tries to speak to her she vanishes. People have been seeing this little girl ghost since the early 1820's. No one knows who she is but many people have reported seeing her over the many years that have passed since the first sightings were reported in 1823.
Orbs Are Often Photographed Near The Old City Gates
People in the area of the old city gates at night often get great photos of orbs if they shoot in the direction of the old city gates. People also see a Confederate soldier riding a horse in this area at either just after sundown or just after sunrise. He appears briefly and then he and the horse he is riding are gone. This is most likely a residual haunting.
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The Old Lighthouse Is One Of St Augustine's Most Haunted Places
Popular T.V. Shows like Ghost Hunters have done shows and documented the paranormal activity and ghosts that are often seen in the old lighthouse. There is a swing set on the grounds of the lighthouse and the ghosts of several little girl ghosts are often seen playing on the swing set. It is a known fact that there was an accident way back in July of 1873 and three little girls drowned that July day in 1873. Most people believe that it is the ghosts of these little girls that play on the swing set.
There have been several people who have fallen to their deaths from the top or near the top of the lighthouse. Many people have seen shadow figures near the top of the stairs and people who have observed the shadow figures say that they fly straight out through the wall at the top of the stairs inside the lighthouse.
Other people tell of hearing a small barking dog inside the lighthouse and many people have claimed to hear the crying sobs of a woman coming from near the bottom of the stairs inside the lighthouse. Screams have been heard coming from up near the top of the lighthouse but the source of those screams can never be discovered.
Light House From The Water Side View
St. Augustine, Florida-the oldest city in America
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Outside View Of The Old Spanish Fort
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Far Left Side Of The Old Spanish Fort
Castillo de San Marcos also known as Fort Panorama
St Augustine America's Oldest City
Castillo de San Marcos
A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. The Castillo de San Marcos is a Spanish built fort located in the city of St. Augustine, Florida. It was known as Fort Marion from 1821 until 1942, and Fort St. Mark from 1763 until 1784 while under British control.
The Fort came back into Union hands on March 11, 1862 after the USS WABASH, a Union gunboat, took the city and Fort without firing a shot when it found that Confederate forces had evacuated the area and the local authorities were willing to surrender to preserve the town.
During this Second American Period, Fort Marion was mostly used as a military prison. In the 1870s seventy-four Indians from the Great Plains-- Kiowa, Cheyenne, Comanche, and Arapaho-- captured in the west during America's push toward her "Manifest Destiny", were imprisoned in Fort Marion for three years. Ten years later Apache were also captured and brought east. This time, most of the men, including Geronimo, were imprisoned at Castillo de San Marcos in Pensacola, and the women and children were sent on to Fort Marion.
Over the years the ghosts of Plains Indians have been seen both in the Fort and the ghost of one Plains Brave who escaped from his cell in the Fort and ran to the top of the Forts wall has been seen many times over the years. The brave who escaped was killed when he jumped to his death into 2 foot of water. He is seen as he jumps to his death over and over.
During the Spanish American War in 1898, almost 200 court-martialed deserters from the American Army were imprisoned within its walls. With the end of the 19th century, however, the Fort finally completed its long tour of duty. It was removed from the rolls of active bases in 1900, after serving under five flags over 205 years. Fort Marion was named a National Monument in 1924. In 1933 it was transferred from the War Department to the National Park Service, and in 1942, Congress restored the name "Castillo de San Marcos" in honor of its long Spanish heritage.
The city of St. Augustine was founded in 1565. Over the next one hundred years, the city was defended by nine wooden forts. Following the 1668 attack of the English pirate Robert Searle, it was decided by the Queen Regent of Spain, Mariana, that a masonry fortification be constructed to protect the city. In October 1672 construction began on the fort that would become the Castillo de San Marcos.
In 1900, the fort was taken off of the active duty rolls after 205 years of service, under five different flags. In 1924, the fort was designated a National Monument and in 1933 it was transferred to the National Park Service from the War Department. In 1942, in honor of its Spanish heritage the name of the fort was changed back to the Castillo de San Marcos. As an historic property of the National Park Service, the National Monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The fort is co-managed with Fort Matanzas National Monument. In 1975, the Castillo was designated an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In January, 1861, Florida seceded from the United States in the opening months of the American Civil War. Union troops had withdrawn from the fort, leaving only one man behind as caretaker of the fort. In January 1861, Confederate troops marched on the fort. The Union soldier manning the fort refused to surrender it unless he was given a receipt for it from the Confederacy. He was given the receipt and the fort was taken by the Confederacy without a shot. Most of the artillery in the fort was then sent to other forts, leaving the fort nearly defenseless.
Since being transferred to the Park Service, the Castillo has been a tourist attraction occupying 2.5 acres (101,000 m²) in downtown St. Augustine.
St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish in 1565, and is the oldest city in the present-day United States of America. The first Christian worship service held in a permanent settlement in the current United States was a Catholic Mass celebrated in St. Augustine. A few settlements were founded prior to St. Augustine but all failed, including the original Pensacola colony in West Florida, founded by Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559, with the area abandoned in 1561 due to hurricanes, famine and warring tribes, and Fort Caroline in what is today Jacksonville, Florida in 1564. The city was founded by the Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés on September 8, 1565. Menéndez first sighted land on August 28, the feast day of Augustine of Hippo, and consequently named the settlement San Agustín. Martin de Arguelles was born here one year later in 1566, the first child of European ancestry to be born in what is now the United States. This came 21 years before the English settlement at Roanoke Island in Virginia Colony, and 42 years before the successful settlements of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Jamestown, Virginia. In all the territory under the jurisdiction of the United States, only settlements in Puerto Rico are older than St. Augustine, with the oldest being San Juan, founded in 1512.
St Augustine also claims to be the most haunted city in North America and with everything that has gone on over the years there you can see why there would be lots of restless ghosts running around St Augustine.