Top 10 Most Haunted Places In Florida
By Space Coast Daily // May 13, 2018
Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
Gangster Thomas Walsh was murdered at the Biltmore over a gambling dispute. Now, every once in a while a guest will claim to have seen him standing beside their bed in the hotel room, drenched in his own blood.
Blue Anchor Pub, Delray Beach
The Blue Anchor Pub built in London in the 1840’s during Jack The Ripper times, then razed but its facade and rich wood interior features were disassembled and shipped to New York City. According to current pub owner Peggy Snyder, the facade was shipped to Delray Beach in 1996, along with the ghost of Bertha Starkey.
“The story is that Bertha, in fact, was caught with a lover when her husband came home unexpected[ly] off a ship; and then he assassin[ated] her”, Snyder said.
Mark Snyder says they normally hear the ghost around 10 o’clock since that’s the time of day when Bertha’s murder took place. Employees say after the pub closes they hear her footsteps and “spine-chilling wails.”
Casablanca’s ghost is believed to be a young mother who drowned her baby and committed suicide in one of the hotel’s bathtubs. Guests occasionally report sounds of a baby crying from their bathroom, as well as unexplained and unattributable messes.
East Martello Fort, Key West
A haunted doll, Robert is a doll exhibited at the East Martello Museum that was once owned by painter and author Robert Eugene Otto.
Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville
Established in 1880, this 167 acre cemetery is one of Florida’s oldest and largest. According to local folklore, a british ghost hunter awoke a spirit known to inhabit the closest dead body, and rise up from the ground.
Hamburger Mary’s, Orlando
Patrons and employees of the restaurant claim to have witnessed a young girl dressed in Victorian clothing tapping on the windows.
Koreshan State Park, Estero
The ghost of Cyrus Teed and his followers are said to haunt this state park and museum, waiting for their leader to resurrect. In 1869, the Chicago doctor changed his name to Koresh and developed a new religion in which he was the Messiah. In 1894 Teed brought his followers here and built a commune, the Koreshan Unity. Teed died in 1908, and his followers waited for him to resurrect. After 3 weeks, the health department forced them to dispose of the body. It was placed in a mausoleum on the beach, but washed out to sea during a hurricane years later. The last Koreshan died in 1982, and many say their spirits are still here watching over their land. Witnesses have reported shadow people who disappear on the trails, unexplained voices in the buildings, and floating orbs of light.
Plaza Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach
In 2013, a strange entity was captured on a closed circuit security camera on the premises. After that appearance, the entity has become known for showing up in the shower with female guests.
A few employees are convinced it is the spirit of a man who died in Room 1111 several years ago.
Stiltsville, Key Biscayne
This luster of stilt houses was a popular hangout for wealthy folks looking to misbehave. Gambling and drinking took place in the community before it was destroyed beyond repair by a hurricane in 1965. The last seven houses can only be seen from a distance, and are maintained and protected by the National Park Service
Yamato Colony, Boca Raton
The Yamato colony was an attempt at a Japanese farming colony early in the 20th century. For multiple reasons the colony did not succeed. The last member to remain, George Morikami, continued to farm in Delray Beach and donated his land; it became a park in memory of the colony and continues to educate the community about the Yamato Colony.