For our last Spooky Saturday of Blogtober, we will talk about the Winchester House……..
The Winchester House: There are lots of stories surrounding this house that can never be completed. Sarah Winhester, heir to Winchester firearms, bought this large house and began renovations immediately. Legand has it that work continued 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and only stopped after her death. The reasons she insisted on this continuous work being done on the house differ. The most popular store is that the ghost of people killed by a Winchester firearm would show up and need somewhere to live, so she was building them rooms.
In the early 1900s, Robert the Doll was made by a servant and gifted to Eugene Otto. Eugene and the doll were initially inseprable and said to have a freinship that would last a lifetime. It wasn’t long before things got strange, and it was thought the doll was cursed with Vodoo by the servant who made it.
The parents were awakened one night to Eugene screaming and the sounds of furniture moving, only to find the boy curled up on his bed and Robert sitting at his feet. On other occasions, they would pass the boys’ room and hear him talk to the doll and hear the doll respond in a different voice. They soon locked the doll in the attic but would see him in the window of the upstairs bedroom.
After Eugeen passed away, the new owners of the house had a 10-year-old child who was excited to find Robert. Unfortunately, Roberts reign of terror continued. Robert The Doll now lives in a glass case at East Martello Museum.
Are you familar with this story? We watched the Child’s Play movies growing up, but I never knew they were inspired by this story? Now I want to visit the museum, how about you?
In August, my husband and I were on our way home from a trip to Georgia (visiting family). We decided to make a bit of a date day on the drive home. We stopped through St. Augustine and visited the lighthouse since neither of us had done that before.
We were immediately delighted by the landscape and were soon intrigued by how much history this site holds. The property is beautiful, the keepers’ house was special, and the lighthouse was magnifcent. Every where you turn was another piece of history with great explanations and stories. As we were leaving, I was reviewing their brochure and noticed they had ghost tours. Soooooooooo, today’s spooky tale is from their website…….
In 1871, Hezekiah Pittee was brought in to oversee the construction of the new/replacement lighthouse. He moved down from Maine with his wife and three daughters. His daughters made friends with the other workers’ children very quickly and then turned the construction site into their personal playground. Onsite, there was a little railway and cart used for moving construction supplies. The railway ended at the water and had a board at the end to stop it. The three girls turned this railway and cart into their own personal rollercoaster.
On July 10, 1873, the three girls and a friend took a ride on the cart, but the stop board was not in place. They were dumpped into the water, and the cart landed over them, trapping them in the water. All but one of the girls died. After this tragic accident, there have been many strange occurences at the lighthouse. Girls giggling, apparitions, sitings of a young girl in Victorian Age clothing, EMF readings, shoelaces being tied to the staircase, and much more.
Have you been to the St. Augustine Lighthouse? Did you experience anything spooky? What about the ghost tour? Please share your experience or favorite ghost story in the comments.
For this weeks spooky Saturday I thought I would focus on somewhere I have been………… The Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach, Fl.
The Palace Saloon is the oldest bar in Florida! It was built in 1878 and then became a bar in the early 1900s. While a few ghosts are rumored to roam here, the most well-known is Uncle Charlie. Charlie lived in the building for over 50 years and served as a bartender. It is said that he still plays piano sometimes.
Welcome to day 1 of Blogtober! I figured the best way to start this off was with a story about a local haunted house.
The May-Stinger House, located in Brooksville, is thought to be one of the most haunted houses in Florida. It was originally built in 1855 for John May and wife Marena then sold to Dr. Sheldon Stringer. After passing hands a few more times it was left abandoned. Finally, it was bought and then sold to The Hernando Historical Association.
This house is believed to have at least 11 ghosts. Including 3-year-old Jessie Mae. Jessie Mae’s mother, Marena, died during childbirth. Unfortunately, Jessie Mae’s cause of death is unknown.
A quick Google search revealed tales of seeing a baby crawling in the house, a child laughing, the sounds of a ball bouncing and much more, all thought to be little Jessie Mae.
This house is not only haunted by those that have died there but also by ghosts that are attached to the historical items displayed here.
This museum is open for visits and offers ghost tours. I have not been yet but hope to visit soon. If you have visited or have other stories related to this house, please share in the comments.
Did you grow up with ghost stories? Do you have a favorite? I would love to hear them.
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