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Legends, Myths, Ghosts, Scary Stories, Monsters and Folklore in Florida
The phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; and spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; and the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur), are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); and the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
State Parks, State Forests, Nature Reserves, National Parks, National Forests and Refuges in Florida
The 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; and the 220 square mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Canaveral, where you may see grazing manatees and sea turtles as well as space launches, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
The United States of America has been the most culturally influential country in the world for generations. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Santa Fe, Fairbanks, Savannah, Houston, Atlantic City, Chicago, Honolulu, St Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Skagway, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Corpus Christi, Anchorage, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Dallas, Juneau, Boston, New Orleans, New York, Albuquerque, Washington DC, San Diego, Las Vegas, Sitka, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Lake Tahoe you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include Mount Rushmore, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Adirondacks, the wild west town of Tombstone, Yellowstone National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the California coastline, Niagara Falls, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Appalachians, Yosemite National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Florida Keys, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Glacier Bay National Park, rodeos, Route 66, Mount Rainier National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Bryce Canyon, the Ozarks and the Disney resorts. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.
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