Fort Pickens

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This Civil War fort was also used later as a prison for Apache chief Geronimo and his braves. The spirits of Native Americans have been both seen and heard here by several witnesses.

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Address:
Fort Pickens
Santa Rosa Island, FL
United States

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GPS:
30.32820629999999, -87.29256809999998
County:
Escambia County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
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  1. I’ve gone into some of the outer lying batterys if they are open which Is rare but still possible. I have heard voices and seen lights and have also been tapped on the shoulder when I’m alone. I have lived in this area my whole life and love it experiences are scarce but the fort is still great.

  2. There are the old Apache souls still there, they were said to be kept prisoners, but they weren’t. The Apache’s that are still there are there to still remember their past. The same reason we go to see it. I have personally seen the Apache’s dancing around their campfire and having a good time. They celebrated the corn festival every year and they sometimes are seen to do this dance. It is a rare but amazing sight to see if you are lucky enough to catch even a short sight of it.

  3. I visited the fort in July 2014. I never saw or heard anything but I had a very sensitive feeling all over my skin like energy running through my body. I’ve never felt anything like that before. I do believe there are spirits there.

  4. Our family went there to take pictures and my daughter and I went exploring. I was sitting in one of the windows taking a picture and someone breathed heavily in my ear. It was very loud and I asked my daughter if she heard anything and she said no. Pretty neat experience. Would love to do more investigating at night.

  5. I have been there many times and am sensitive to spirits but only felt something once while in one of the main batterys I kept getting tapped on the shoulder and saw an apparition far a way but could make out exactly what he looked like

  6. I’m more of a skeptic but I have a photo I snapped
    of where one of the soldiers during the Civil War
    was to have been killed by a tumbling cannon.
    When you look very well at the photo, it looks as
    if there is the out line of someone sitting on the steps
    leaning with his back against the wall.
    Otherwise, nothing much experience out here but good fishing.

  7. I once stayed there when I was younger. I’ve always been able to sense things and I remember being there walking around an outer wall and feeling followed and watched. I told my mom and we ended up leaving the site. Every time I return I always feel something. Like I’m being watched or followed but no one is ever around. It could just be me, but these feelings are always really intense.

  8. Bob the builder  |  

    Been there plenty of times over the 12 years i have lived here. Never have seen or felt anything. All these people are crazy and just want to believe in it.

  9. I was here yesterday. My husband went in one of the very dark corridors. I just went in a few steps. All of the sudden I saw this form, kind of transparent. At first I thought it was my husband’s shadow and then when he moved the form was still there. I could see it cleare then. It appeared to be the shape of a girl and definitely I could see the very long silky black hair. I yelled at my husband and took off running. Then a few steps from there I read the marker were it said Apache Indians were kept prisoners here. I had no idea of this as I had never been here and didn’t know any of the history of this place. I am convinced I saw the ghost of an Apache.

  10. I had something follow me home. As soon as we pulled around the curb I got an overwhelming sense that I shouldn’t go in there. I told my husband immediately it’s haunted. We forged on. During the walk through I couldn’t focus on the history I felt wierd, just off balance mentally. Walking up the tight stairs was hard for me I had to force my body to go. There is a hole in the wall, I just stared at it. I think something hides its there. My husband was scratched multiple times. I felt pulled to a specific place twice. The first time when our daughter found me she screamed monster. The second time I knew I shouldn’t go into this specific cave, went anyway. Something followed me home. I couldn’t get warm had chills constantly (it was summer in florida) I didnt feel comfortable in my bedroom. Felt like I was being watched, it tried to jump make multiple times. It took a while of being afraid before I got mad and drove into from my house. I learned listen to your instincts because my body warned mass not tonly go into. I did intent anyway.

    • Guess I can’t spell lol. The last part of the paragraph is that it tried to jump me. It took a while of me being scared and randomly angry. To get mad at the spirit and drive it from my house. Whatever it was made me very uncomfortable. I learned to listen to my instincts because my body warned me not to go in but I did anyway.

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