Friday, February 24, 2012

Spirited St. Augustine--A Photo Tour

I've been quite distracted lately writing an article for a publication and with life in general. So, I've not had as much time to publish here. I've been reading alot about Florida recently and just received a great little book on St. Augustine, David W. Whitehead's CryptoQuest Field Guide to Haunted St. Augustine. It's a handy little book describing the city's hauntings street by street. Here is a handful of highlights.

Old City Gates
North End of St. George Street

City Gates around the time of the Civil War. These gates still stand, though
now in a traffic island. They remain from a reconstruction of the city
walls in 1808. A legend tells of a young girl, the daughter of a guard who waved at those
entering the city. After her death from Yellow Fever in 1821, her spirit has been spotted
and is still seen to this day. Photograph by Samuel Cooley, courtesy of the Library of
Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Huguenot Cemetery
San Marco Avenue

The Huguenot Cemetery is considered one of the more paranormally
active locations in the city. Situated just across the street from the Old
Gates, the Huguenot Cemetery served as the city's Protestant cemetery
for the bulk of the nineteenth century. Whitehead reports that numerous
apparitions and orbs have been observed throughout the grounds. Photo,
2011, by Ebyabe, courtesy of Wikipedia. 

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
14 St. George Street

Built in the early 18th century, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is the oldest in
the city, but not the nation. This ancient building plays host to soldiers from the
Spanish era who once had a barracks on the property. Whitehead states that some
feel nausea on the second floor. Photo, 2007, by Shreeg88. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Oldest Drugstore
31 Orange Street

Constructed as a pharmacy in 1739, this building has housed
a pharmacy ever since. It is currently a museum housing artifacts
from its history and a few lingering spirits. Whitehead states that
this building sits upon a Native American burial ground that extends
along Orange Street as far as Ann O'Malley's Pub at number 23. Photo
2007, by Jim Moore.

Avero House or
St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
41 St. George Street

In a city settled by so many groups of people, we find a shrine
dedicated to Greeks who arrived in the city in 1768. Within this
shrine is the Byzantine chapel dedicated to St. Photios. Whitehead
mentions that he was physically attacked by a spirit here while trying
to take a photograph. Photo, 2010, by Cliff1066.
Avero House. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed 24
     February 2012.
Cox, Dale. "Old City Gates and Walls--St. Augustine, Florida." 2011.
Huguenot Cemetery. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 
     Accessed 24 February 2012.
"Old Drug Store." The 1 March 2010.
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.
     Accessed 24 February 2012.
Whitehead, David W. CryptoQuest Field Guide to Haunted
     St. Augustine. Published by David W. Whitehead, 2008.

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