Category: Florida

Volunteers to Restore Century-Old African-Amer…

A Safety Harbor woman is a on a mission to honor her
family’s legacy and help others re-connect with lost loved ones.

  • Community to restore century old Whispering
    Souls African 
    American Cemetery
  • Team of volunteers working to mark graves,
    find loved ones
  • Over 130 people buried there, only 20 graves
    marked

Jacqueline Hayes along with community friends and
volunteers have been working to restore a more than a century old cemetery that
they’ve named “Whispering Souls African American Cemetery.” 

Continue
reading at Spectrum News 9.

New Largo haunted house comes alive for a scar…

New Largo haunted house comes alive for a scary-good cause:

With red tide’s arrival to Pinellas County’s coastline this year, the toxic algae bloom is having a strange effect on residents and visitors – it turns them into zombies and other deranged creatures.

This is the storyline that weaves its way through the first Scarehouse Pinellas, a 10,000-square-foot haunted house in Largo. Proceeds from the haunted house, which runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during October, will benefit SPCA Tampa Bay.

myhauntedsalem: St. Augustine Lighthouse Flori…

myhauntedsalem:

St. Augustine Lighthouse
Florida

Throughout the years, many ghost facts have been established about the St. Augustine Lighthouse that sits on the Atlantic Coast. When it comes to haunted places in Florida, this particular lighthouse is considered to be one of the most popular. The main reason for this is the location. This structure is located in what is referred to as the “Nation’s Oldest City” or the “Ancient City” . St. Augustine is a location with a violent and extensive past. Due to the age of the city itself, there are many ghost facts surrounding many of the historical buildings and locations throughout the area. All in all, the city as a whole is considered to be the most haunted out of all haunted places in Florida.

The lighthouse in St. Augustine is considered to be one of the tallest among lighthouses located throughout the United States. It is one hundred sixty five feet past sea level and contains an amazing two hundred nineteen steps that visitors must climb in order to reach the observation deck that oversees the Ancient City. The land that the lighthouse rests upon has had a sea guiding structure on it since the early 1500s. However, the lighthouse that currently stands has only been on the property since the 15th day of October 1874. Prior to this, the lighthouse that guided the sea ships in the Atlantic Ocean was only forty feet tall and was constructed of wood, contained only a lamp, and displayed a large number of flags.

In order to understand the ghost facts associated with the St. Augustine Lighthouse, it is important to gain an understanding of the history of the location. By knowing a bit of the history of the area, you will be better able to appreciate and understand why this is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Florida. Despite the fact that the current lighthouse was finished in the year of 1874, the actual construction originated in the year of 1871. Shortly after the completion of the lighthouse, work started on a home that would serve as a residence for the lightkeepers and their families. This was designed to house up to three individual families. This structure was designed using Victorian architecture and was completed within the year of 1876. It was common for a head keeper to oversee the structure and operation and for that keeper to have up to two additional assistants to assist in the responsibilities. In the year of 1955, lightkeepers were no longer necessary – only lamplighters were required. These individuals did not live on the grounds.

The ocean is often associated with many tragedies. This is particularly true of the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical storms and hurricanes throughout the years have caused many ships and liners to sink and many to lose their lives. In addition to this, many ships have been unable to withstand the harsh waves and currents of the open waters. As a result, many water vessels have collapsed under pressure and have sunk into the dark depths of the Atlantic Ocean. One of the ghost facts associated with the St. Augustine Lighthouse is that it appears – throughout history – that the light emitted from the tower not only attracts the living, but also the souls of those that lose their lives at sea. For well over one hundred fifty years, many ghostly tales have been told about these lost souls by those that worked at and lived around the St. Augustine Lighthouse. These stories have contributed to its reputation as one of the most haunted places in Florida.

The next story associated with this haunted Florida lighthouse surrounds a little girl dressed in clothing that is appropriate to the era of the early Twentieth Century. Upon investigating deaths that occurred in the late 1900s, it was found that a small girl was killed by a train that often ran near the grounds of the lighthouse during the time period. The documentation surrounding this child’s death is not at all specific enough to give a set age, but the individuals that have claimed to have seen her spirit tell that she looks as if she is ten to eleven years of age. Many witnesses to this real ghost claim that she is often seen walking around the structure that the lightkeepers resided in as well as the tower itself – just behind the bushes. Paranormal investigators feel that this young girl could be a residual haunting, or a recording of past events that occurred during her lifetime. She is believed to be connected to the St. Augustine Lighthouse in some way or another.

When researching ghost facts associated with this haunted lighthouse, there is another story associated with children. While there are many different versions of the story, the most basic story is that in the 1870s, when the current lighthouse was being constructed, two children of a lightkeeper as well as another girl that may have been the daughter or a maid or slave were playing on a railcar that was used to bring construction supplies in from the ships on the ocean. Unfortunately, the railcar crashed into the violent ocean. It is believed that the African American child was able to successfully escape the violent sea, but that the other two girls were not successful and died. Since then, many reports have been made of a small girl lingering in and around the lightkeeper home, as well as the tower itself. Today, many still claim to see this young girl staring out of the window of the lightkeeper residence.

While the stories of children spirits are the most commonly expressed ghost facts associated with the St. Augustine Lighthouse, several other spirits are believed to haunt the grounds as well. One tale involves a man who lost a large fortune in the stock market crash that occurred in the year of 1929. It is believed that he was so shaken over his financial loss that he took his own life by hanging himself. However, it is important to understand that no documentation actually supports this claim

Palm Trees & Paranormal Activity: Florida’s Mo…

While some are strong believers and others slightly
skeptical, there are a few known homes in Florida that have experienced a
“haunting” series of unexplained events. Whether these homes are
being plagued by paranormal activity, or are just victims of old legends and
tall tales, their stories are truly appreciated during the approaching Halloween
holiday.

In Marianna Florida, lives a haunted landmark with quite
a history. Visitors of The Russ House have seen ghostlike
figures show up in their photographs, floating objects drift down hallways and
have even heard cries for help echoing throughout the home. The home’s original
owner supposedly committed suicide just after the stock market crashed in 1929.
Since the home is built upon an old civil war battlefield, it is also thought
to be haunted by ghosts of deceased soldiers. Either way, this southern charmer
seems to be haunted by spooky spirits. 

To
learn about more haunted homes in Florida, visit the Tampa Patch for this full
article.

Homeless woman charged with desecrating graves…

Homeless woman charged with desecrating graves at Seffner, FL cemetery:

A church employee spotted Channon Clarkson, 35, roaming around the Unity African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The employee said Clarkson pulled two headstones up from the ground and removed engraved templates from several grave sites.

Deputies found several items in her purse that she removed from other grave stones, including angels and flower holders.

Deputies were able to have a discussion with Clarkson, the pastor, and church leadership, determining that this was not a hate crime. Deputies believe Clarkson suffers from mental illness.

Click here for the full article by Spectrum News.

Rabid otters, flying fish, brain-eating amoeba…

Many people know that Florida is one of the more
dangerous places to live in terms of intense tropical weather. We’re one of the
world’s most hurricane-vulnerable regions (80 indirect storm deaths in 2017),
and often noted as the lightning capital of the United States (six deaths so
far this year).

And while relatively rare, it probably won’t be a
surprise that Florida leads the nation in fatal alligator encounters (25
documented since 1948), and leads the world in shark attacks (31 in 2017, but
the last fatality was 2010).

Sharp-toothed predators and monster storms aside, there
are a number of ways natural Florida might kill you that are less obvious and
less common. While not impossible, the chances you’ll die by from any of these
are extremely slim.

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here to continue reading this article by the Tampa Bay Times.

Lake Worth falsely sends out ‘zombie’ alert du…

Lake Worth falsely sends out ‘zombie’ alert during power outage:

The message was sent during a power outage at about 1:45 a.m., but it also warned of “zombie alert for Lake Worth and Terminus,” potentially referencing the city in the zombie TV show “The Walking Dead.”

“There are now far less than seven-thousand-three-hundred-eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity,” the notice said.

The Oviedo Lights

On the road between Chuluota and Snow Hill, at the bridge crossing the Econlockhatchee River you can see a ghost light that some claim has been known to chase cars. This phenomenon has been seen for at least fifty years and is called the Oviedo or Chuluota light, although Oviedo is a good distance away; it’s the largest community in the area. Since the 1950s high school kids from all over the county have driven out to the bridge over the Econ just to check out the lights. The lights are not always seen and seem to favor the warm months. This is one phenomenon that I have seen which to me looked like a very faint glowing ball of fog rising up from the swamp.

Usually there is only a single ball of light, but on rare occasions as many as five lights have been observed at the same time. Some witnesses have reported lights that look like the headlights of a car or lights that come down the road and then just stop and hang in midair. Several people claim that the light will chase after a car. It was thought that the Oviedo Lights were caused by swamp gas. If not for the strange behavior of the lights, the swamp gas theory would seem likely since the lights are seen mainly in the warmer months when vegetation decomposes and releases bio-gasses. These gasses under certain conditions can ignite to produce a glowing effect that rises with the warm air. With all the new development in the area, the lights are now being seen by a brand new audience of newcomers. People are now proposing that something other than decaying bio-mass is causing the strange lights.

Continue reading at Weird Florida.

For more information about the Oviedo Lights, click here to read the Orlando Sentinel’s coverage of this phenomenon. 

Bartow FL Police: Vandal dug up veteran’s grav…

Bartow FL Police: Vandal dug up veteran’s grave, took clothes off the body:

“They removed the clothes that he was buried in. There were the under garments, the pants and the body wrap outside of the casket when we got there.”

Divers Find ‘Unprecedented’ Native American Bu…

Divers Find ‘Unprecedented’ Native American Burial Site off the Coast of Florida:

The ancient resting place serves as a reminder the
stretched Florida peninsula wasn’t always as it is today. Millennia ago in a
cooler climate, Native Americans lived and died on a broader, greater landmass,
before rising seas swept their homes into history.

About 7,000 years later, inundated evidence of their
long-ago culture has been spotted some 275 metres (900 ft) off the Florida
coastline of Manasota Key.

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