Ghosts and St. Augustine, Florida apparently go hand in hand. Who knew?
The popularity of ghost tours in historic cities is a growing tourist industry and Chris and I have never done a ghost tour when we visited any of the places that offered them.
Aaron and Erin gifted the family a fun night of pub crawl, lights, history and ghost tour all wrapped up into one adventure. Aaron had booked through St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours. We had a great tour guide, Kyle, who gave us a lot of great historical background as well as the ghostly gouge.
The night was a brief look into the ghostly history of St. Augustine and apparently ghosts like to frequent a lot of the bars these days. Now the buildings may not have always been pubs but since it was a pub crawl the ghosts that Kyle told us about were frequent visitors at the various pubs we went into.
My favorite one had to be Scarlett O’Hara’s where the ghost of George Coolee is reported to reside. The story of George is that he built a house for his fiancee. Unfortunately she left him before the house was finished. Several weeks later George got into an altercation with the new beau downtown. Mysteriously later that week George was found drowned in his bathtub. Hmmmm……
While we did not see George both Aaron and Erin tried out the nasty looking bathtub. The warnings were posted that George was a very proper gentleman and did not like rudeness at all and would make his presence known if he was offended. I guess we did not offend.
St. Augustine is known for its Christmas celebration these days and features Night of Lights. Everywhere you look there are beautiful lights and it was fun to be able to walk around and see some of those during our walking tour as well.
While I did not expect to see any ghosts I really did have a great time with the family hearing some great stories and seeing some beautiful lights. When I got back and looked at pictures on my phone I found this one.
I think a ghost hijacked my phone and took a picture, what about you?
Have you ever taken a ghost tour? Do you believe in ghosts? Let me know in the comments and remember that every comment this month means a 50 cent donation to our Comments for a Cause – Dementia Society of America.