#TravelTuesday – Ghosts and Gravestones

St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied city in the United States; founded in 1565 and partying the night away ever since! With all the amazing history, fine food, good drinks, and fun people located in a relatively small space, it’s no wonder that the spirits aren’t anxious to depart.

If you wander the city streets long enough, you’re bound to run into one of the many tour operators who are eager to share their experience with the great beyond with you and your party; for a small fee, of course. However, when you choose which tour to take, it always helps to go with one that is award winning.

Voted Best Ghost Tour by Best of St. Augustine in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015, Ghosts & Gravestones provides tourgoers with a chance to visit some of the most haunted areas of the city.

After boarding at the (un)welcome center on 27 Marco Avenue, the trolley first stops at the historic Tolomato Cemetery, where spirits are sometimes seen rising from the grave.

 

 

 

The tour circles the old city, taking you to the Old Drug Store and Potter’s Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors for a unique retelling of the famed pirate Andrew Ranson’s gruesome execution and then continuing to the town’s most haunted building, the “Old Jail,” for an up close and personal encounter.

 

The Old Drug Store is also quite the place, with bottles of every description lining the cases, and a feeling or forboding filling the room. There, you learn the secrets to hauntings that have plagued the Old Drug Store from the time it first opened in 1887. It also acts as the gateway to the wax museum!

 

 

Listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places, the Old Jail has been the site of countless supernatural occurrences. Many criminals met their maker here. A shiv in the back or a hangman’s noose ended numerous lives. Visitors to the Old Jail have experienced cold spots, strange odors, loud banging noises, orbs of light and even apparitions. In our experience, it is best to explore the jail by daylight as well as darkness in order to get a real feel for the place.

 

 

If you have an hour and a half to “kill,” be sure to join the trolley of the doomed for a scary, fun, and informative “frightseeing” tour you will never forget. All of the stories told are well researched. The Tour is rated PG-13. An adult must accompany children under the age of 12. Comfortable shoes are recommended so that you don’t become dead on your feet during the brief walking portion.

 

Next week, we continue our exploration of St. Augustine with a review of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.