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Witch's Castle (Witches Wall) in Palm Beach, Florida

Updated on December 24, 2016

Life in the Palm Beaches: Folklore, History, and Tourism

Country Club Rd, the spooky location of Witch's Castle in Palm Beach, Florida
Country Club Rd, the spooky location of Witch's Castle in Palm Beach, Florida | Source

The Witch's Castle, Also Called The Witch's Wall

When I was growing up in Palm Beach County in the 1970’s, everybody knew what the “Witch’s Castle” was. It was a stretch of spooky road carved out of a hill on the north end of the island of Palm Beach. The road was always very dark except for the one street light across from the cage in the wall. It was a common place where teenage boys would take their dates and scare the girl into his arms.

As he approaches the area, the teenage boy begins to tell his date the story of Witch’s Castle. “There’s a really rich guy that lives in the house above the dungeon. He keeps his crazy mother down in that dungeon. The only thing of value she has is a window in the wall with bars on it”, he tells her. As he slowly drives the car around the hairpin curve before the spooky road, he starts messing with the gas pedal, and says, “Oh no; I think we’re running out of gas!” When he arrives at the cage in the wall, he abruptly stops the car and screams! This is the way a Palm Beach County boy gets a girl in his arms!

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There are many versions of the old story. Another version reads, “Legend has it that a witch lived in a house above the coral and kidnapped the children of the island. The children would be locked in a cage in the rock until they were dead. The witch would then stuff the corpses into the holes in the coral, and the child’s soul would be forever trapped in the cage. If a passing traveler touches the cage, one of the souls is set free, but the witch must rise again and hunt to replace the lost soul”, claims mgerstenblatt at ask.metafilter.com.

The best part of the thrill is that it is free!

What's the Real Story?

I suppose you want me to tell you the real story behind the wall. Well, if you really want to know what is in that dungeon, go see for yourself...if you are brave enough.

A markerCountry Club Rd, Palm Beach, FL -
Country Club Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480, USA
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Palm Beach Town Hall

Be sure to visit the Town Hall in Palm Beach for more information on the local lore.
Be sure to visit the Town Hall in Palm Beach for more information on the local lore. | Source

Growing up in Palm Beach County, Florida

In 1972 my father built us a house in Lake Worth, Florida. I turned 5 years old in that town when we lived in a three bedroom duplex temporarily while my dad finished building our home. We lived out by the Florida Turnpike which was considered way out in the boon docks at the time.

There were no beggars on the streets. The crime rate was low. I remember, however, waiting in line for gasoline when the country had a severe oil shortage; so I am told. Regardless, it was a wonderful and safe place to live.

From the time I was 6 years old, nearly every Saturday I would ride my bike about 2 miles to the closest Pizzeria for a slice and a coke. We went outside to play and were told to be home at 6:00pm for supper. Of course, we did have to tell our parents where we were going.

We would walk home from the bus stop in groups, pairs, or alone. We felt safe. There was never a thought about guns in school. We had some rough gangs, but they settled things with their fists.

The neighborhood would have holiday parties and parades. One parade in particular stands out since I won the best decorated bike contest. It was a July 4th neighborhood parade and contest. My bike was decked out in streamers and playing cards. I sported a dark blue leotard, red shorts, and my white go-go boots that I wore for baton twirling performances. Add face paint, and the blue crown with silver stars that my Mom made, and I was ready to compete!

I sure do miss those days.

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      Cameron gange 12 months ago

      It's at country club road. Under the golf course

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      Jeff Q 15 months ago

      Arabian Rd is not the correct location . Its actually on Country Club Rd

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      D.Horne 15 months ago

      I was born in WPB and grew up in Jupiter...I don't remember hearing anything about it...in the 50's and 60's....is the wall still there? I feel like I missed something!

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      HinkOfLyrule 17 months ago

      ACTUALLY- it's LOCATED at the south-west bottom of Country Club Rd.

      Don't drive that far north.

      Heading up (north) Slope Trail make a left and you will see the wall.

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      Rooftop Voter 18 months ago

      Have lived on Singer Island since 1954 and I learned of this scary place in Palm Beach about a year later. Years later when I had a car, I would spook the dates the same way! Memories.

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      Jonathan L 18 months ago

      I just passed this wall today with my friends in the car and one of them told me they had heard about the wall and if I touched it a witch was gonna search for a new soul... Blah blah blah. I obviously didn't really believe the story so I told my friend to pull over and got out of the car and climbed over to the hole, I smacked on the cage about 50 times to make my friends laugh and they all got out of the car to join me ( except my friend who told me about the myth) I invited my friends to touch the gate with me when I realized that the gates lock and hinge had rusted off so I pulled the door open and got inside and closed the door as a gag my friends took a picture of me and when I got home I looked at it again and it looks like a transparent face just to the side of me! I am not lying and it kinda creeped me out!

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      cccarvin 21 months ago

      The map is indeed incorrect as it indicates the coral passageway on Arabian rd by the inlet and Annie Egelstons old dock. The 'witches wall' is natural coral and is on the west side of the island on Country Club Rd. If you drive around the island, either ocean rd and return the lake rd or reverse then you will pass through.

      As a resident living on Eden for decades I was there often (even arrested there) yet 'we' didn't hear much about the story's that abound since.

      I'm unable to post a photo here but I have a few pictures of the rock everyone enjoys driving through.

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      Anna 2 years ago

      I've drove past this wall for years! Well, now I have a story to spook people with!

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      Mmargie1966 2 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      There is a map on the hub.

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      vizca 2 years ago

      Ah yes the Witches Wall. many memories going there at night. i was told that the house use to be an insane asylum and one patient code name the Witch. escaped and they never found the body till they looked the in tunnel. and found the rotting corpse. then we would say witch come out, and the light in the cage of the rock would LIGHT UP u would be cursed for life. good childhood memories

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      Cynthia 2 years ago

      Lived to the north of it for a least a decade. Drove through it daily. After moving just south of it, I climbed on top to see a weird water company/town building, so I can understand the story. However, I have never heard the story. Perhaps, it's because it was just part of my childhood to drive through it and any lore was dismissed.

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      danny 2 years ago

      Where exactly is this wall located I want to see it

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      Tenno 2 years ago

      born and raised in west palm, my friends and I have many stories of witches rock, we thought we started the name in the late 90s:) we also would go every weekend to the "haunted beach" east end of Mediterranean there is a few long spooky passages out to the beach, late at night with a full moon was always a great time. Now with more police and kids being malicious this nighttime fun is all over. It was so much fun while it lasted. I've always loved the history and allure of palm beach.

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      Zach 2 years ago

      just fyi, the map you have is wrong. The house isn't on Arabian. That is far too north. It's right at S turn after the flager bridge.

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      kiss62177 2 years ago

      What about the twin houses on the island. That is an intinteresting one too

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      Beatrice 2 years ago

      Palm Beach is an Island and the wall could be a freak of nature. It's weirdness makes you wonder how such a wall of rocks could accumulate or form together like that. Everybody have their own story. Mine is; Mother Nature. All the sand blown in from Africa settled on the Island long ago and man cut through it and made a road. It is a wonder for the eyes to see.

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      Tom stark 3 years ago

      I was looking for an article about this to show my daughter and look who wrote it! Great job Margie!

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you kindly for your comment, and happy new year to you too! Stay warm!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I love a good mystery and when my imagination gets to run wild but it was your wonderful writing which made all of this happen - thank you for this amazing journey and happy holidays to you and happy new year as well - snowed in today at lake erie time ontario canada 9:38am

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      No relation.

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      Uturnhubpages 5 years ago

      Sullivan. Any relation to Randy or Cindy of Ole Orlavista and Altamonte Fl?

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I like that lore too, BrendaC! I just love the spooky stories...especially during the month of October! Thanks so much for sharing your version of the wall!

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      BrendaC 5 years ago

      The story I heard of this wall is totally different. I was born and raised in West Palm Beach and my whole family has always had an interest in the strange. I remember as a little girl my parents telling visitors about this wall. Basically it was a young woman of an affluant family that was in love with a man they did not like. She apparently made a pact with the Devil to be able to turn into a fox. She used a tunnel that went from the house to a hole in that wall to secretly meet with her young man. The parents found out and barred the hole. In a rage she murdered them and when she was arrested, she was placed on House Arrest. She tried to escape as a fox, but died in the attempt. They say you can see her glowing green eyes from the barred tunnel at night.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      The witch's wall sounds intriguing, and your childhood sounds idyllic. So living near the wall obviously wasn't too dangerous…

      Fun hub!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Wow. I need to go see this place. BTW, I have white go-go boots, too! lol. Voted up!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, summerberrie! It was a bunch of fun growing up there.

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      This must be a fun road to take people on Halloween or during a full moon. I can see were it would make a fun date. Thanks for sharing this neat tidbit. Voted up and interesting!

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Well, I'm intrigued and unfortunately unlikely to ever find out the truth behind the mystery, not being much of a traveler.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this.

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      Yonder Moon 5 years ago

      Wow it sounds so exciting!