Sometimes buildings carry superstitions as well as history. If you are interested in mysterious stories in the area that are said to be haunted, this list is for you.
Many places in Jacksonville have reported strange paranormal activity or unexplained, creepy events.
Here are some of these places below:
TacoLu Baja Mexicans
The TacoLu building is 81 years old. Believe it or not, staff at this popular Jacksonville taco joint have claimed that the ghost of Alpha Paynter has haunted the place.
Alpha Paynter once ran a guesthouse in the cabin that is now TacoLu. She is actually buried behind the building. Her ghost is said to have popped up near the limestone fireplace in the center of the main dining room and other parts of the restaurant. Paynter has reportedly been seen so many times that the building is now listed in The national register of haunted places.
The lifeguard station in Jacksonville Beach
The Jacksonville Beach lifeguard station is considered one of the most haunted places in northeast Florida. It was shown on the television show “Local Haunts”. The show host reported that unexplained shadows were caught on camera.
Thirty three stars
Thirty-three Stars was a Jacksonville Beach fashion boutique that is now permanently closed. Many said it was haunted and featured on Local Haunts. The store was built in the 1950s right next to Ginger’s Place, a bar that is reportedly haunted as well. When Thirty Three Star was renovating in 2011, the owner and crew said they would clean an area, turn around, and then find a dime where they had just cleaned. Customers also reported finding pennies out of nowhere in the past.
This is the oldest fully functioning cemetery in Jacksonville, with burial sites dating back to 1881. The cemetery has over 70,000 burials. When the cemetery first opened, remains were transported there from Old Town Cemetery and another downtown area near State Street. At one point, Evergreen Cemetery had a train depot for visitors out of town. There were also vaults in which corpses transported were stored for burial. Evergreen is said to be haunted by several ghosts, notably the “Lady in Violet”, a man in old-fashioned clothing near an unmarked mausoleum, and the ghost of a woman near the “Ugly Angel” tombstone.
Carriage House Apartments
This location is also listed on the National Directory of Haunted Places. This Arlington apartment complex is said to be home to extreme poltergeist activity. A man named Billie Boyd ran the complex for more than two decades before he died in 1987. It is said that he raided the complex’s front office. According to a rumored legend, so many strange events took place in Apartment 40 that management decided to stop the rental and convert it into a storage room. Scary paranormal activity is believed to be taking place in Apartment 40. Witnesses who stayed in this room describe strange occurrences like the throwing, blood dripping walls and the smell of rotten meat. Although you can no longer rent the device, renters say they sometimes hear whispers or strange noises from the room nearby. A cat lives in the apartment and people say that if seen, it will go up in thin air. Apartment 40 was the location of a murder in 2000. The murder took place on February 1, 2000. A 27-year-old named Tracy Moss held a plastic bag over his wife’s head until she suffocated. That morning, he suffocated his girlfriend in a nearby apartment. His girlfriend raised his son, who was 2 years old at the time. Later that afternoon, Tracy called his boss over to his parked car, shook his hand, and shot him in the side. An off duty detective spotted Tracy driving his car over the Dames Point Bridge on the north side. Five police cars surrounded his car. Moss eventually shot himself in the face with his shotgun. Nobody could ever figure out a motive for the murders.
The Florida Theater
The Florida Theater in downtown Jacksonville has been around since 1927. Visitors to the theater have reported some strange happenings. It was shown on Local Haunts and the host said cameras picked up movement on the balcony and heard the sound of chairs creaking. Others report that a former organist who previously worked in the theater but later killed himself is pursuing it.
Ginger’s Place, next to the former thirty-three-star hotel in Jacksonville Beach, was built sometime around 1950. The previous owner was a burlesque dancer named Darlene Edith Payson, also known as Ginger. The bar was also featured on “Local Haunts”. On the show, the producer said he heard a mysterious voice while recording on Ginger’s Place. He said the voice said, “We can’t talk to you.”
Some people believe that Ginger haunted the place himself.
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