St. Augustine

A postcard manufactured by Curt Teich & Co. depicting haunted Charlotte Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest European settlement in the United States.  The city was first established by Juan Menendez de Aviles in 1513 and served as a center of Spanish power for over 200 years.

The original settlers of St. Augustine encountered several hardships, including famine, wars and the occasional hurricane.  After the British raided the city in 1763, Spanish fortunes further declined and the city was eventually sold to the Americans.

As one of the most historic areas in the country, St. Augustine has developed a colorful tradition of ghosts. Old buildings like the Casablanca Inn and St. Francis Inn on Charlotte Street have made the city a favorite destination of paranormal enthusiasts.

At the Casablanca Inn, a ghostly lady is often seen waving a lantern back and forth to notify smugglers at sea that Federal Agents were in town.  The St. Francis Inn is home to an African slave spirit named Lily, who is often seen by visitors roaming the hallways dressed in all-white.

Today St. Augustine is preserved in its original 16th century setting as a Spanish colonial town.  Several historic sites and ghost tours are open year-round for curious visitors interested in its strange history.

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