The Bridal Chamber

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The Bridal Chamber Spring is believed by many to be haunted by the ghosts of two star-crossed lovers. Rich boy Claire Douglas and poor girl Bernice Mayo declared their love for each other here, but when Claire’s father found out, he sent his son to Europe to get him away from Bernice.
Bernice eventually died of a broken heart, and her body was lowered into the spring as she had requested. When Claire came back and looked for her at the spring, he found only her dead body, which was trapped in the rocks by her necklace. He dove in and tried to free her but drowned in her lifeless arms, and folks say the embracing lovers can still be seen in the spring.

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Geographic Information

Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs, FL
United States

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29.215932658953612, -82.05295908457629
Marion County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Ocala, FL (5.6 mi.)
Silver Springs Shores, FL (7.9 mi.)
Belleview, FL (11.1 mi.)
Reddick, FL (13.6 mi.)
Citra, FL (14.0 mi.)
McIntosh, FL (19.0 mi.)
The Villages, FL (20.3 mi.)
Lady Lake, FL (22.1 mi.)
Morriston, FL (23.6 mi.)
Micanopy, FL (24.2 mi.)


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