Haunted Places in Williston Highlands, Florida



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    Kosicki House

    Archer, Florida

    13.2 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The old-fashioned mansion dates back to 1893, and is believed to be haunted by the spirit of Cora Wood. Local lore states that her ghost, dressed in white, has returned to the house to search for her lost children. Submitted by Callum Swift


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    Wacahoota Cemetery

    Micanopy, Florida

    13.5 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Not much detail, except that more than a few people say there are strange phenomena here.


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    Wayside Antiques / Antique Emporium

    Reddick, Florida

    18.1 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This place is usually referenced as "Wayside Antiques" but today it is called "Antique Emporium", off exit 368 on Interstate 75 in Reddick. Look for the large red barn-like building. Employees back in the day swore that they would hear their names being called from the back of ...


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    Herlong Mansion Bed & Breakfast

    Micanopy, Florida

    19.5 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Originally built in 1845, the Helong Mansion is now a stylish bed and breakfast. Some believe the ghost of Inez Herlong still haunts the place, but details are sketchy.


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    Tiger Trail

    Dunnellon, Florida

    19.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    "Tiger Trail" is the local name for SW 180th Avenue in Dunnellon, FL. It was the location where part of the 2001 film "Jeepers Creepers" was filmed. And maybe for good reason... there are local claims that the ghosts of three children killed at the intersection of Tiger ...


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    Chief Theater

    Chiefland, Florida

    21.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Two ghosts, one is supposedly a little girl from the time when there was a General Store/Post Office on the location. The second is supposedly a man named Tom. The story is that while it was a movie theater (segregated) the blacks were in the balcony and whites were down ...


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    Goody's / Trader Joe's

    Gainesville, Florida

    21.8 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Once a "Goody's", as of late 2012 this store is now a Trader Joe's, in Butler Plaza. During its Goody's days, employees were constantly harassed by a ghost that would rearrange things to his or her own whims, and set off alarms in the middle of the night. ...


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    Crispers Restaurant

    Gainesville, Florida

    22.2 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    In earlier days this building was a record studio and a Goodwill - now it's a Crispers restaurant. Locals believe someone died in the Goodwill store long ago, and that person's spirit still haunts the place. Shadows and knocking sounds have been experienced after closing time, as well ...


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    Hardee Cemetery

    Chiefland, Florida

    22.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Hardee Cemetery, or Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery, is supposedly haunted, but details are few and far between. It's the final resting place of Isaac P. Hardee (1817-1879), and, allegedly, many of his slaves. The house, called "Pine Hill," still stands nearby, though it has been moved from its original ...


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    Steak and Shake

    Gainesville, Florida

    23.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    There's a story that five people were murdered inside the walk-in freezer at this Steak and Shake, but so far no evidence for this has yet to be found. Still, modern employees often refuse to spend any time in or around the freezer, even in daylight.


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    Riverside Drive

    Yankeetown, Florida

    24 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    I have heard many ghost stories about some of the houses on Riverside Dr. The one I know happened was the old house across from Izaac Walton Lodge. Yankeetown is called an "original cracker town" and the houses by the river still had the slave quarter houses standing. My ...


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    Gainesville Cemetery / Pine Grove Cemetery

    Gainesville, Florida

    24.2 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Two cemeteries side-by-side, supposedly great spots to hang out at night with a digital camera to capture some ghostly apparitions.


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    Beaty Towers

    Gainesville, Florida

    24.2 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Local legend has it that a girl committed suicide in the 1960s by jumping from the Beaty Towers, but no records of any such incident exists. Locals go even farther to say that Tom Petty (who was resident in Gainesville at around this time) wrote the song "American Girl" ...


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    Norman Hall - University of Florida

    Gainesville, Florida

    24.4 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Norman Hall (originally known as P. K. Yonge Laboratory School) is an historic academic building on the eastern campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It was designed by architect Rudolph Weaver in the Collegiate Gothic style, and built in 1932. It originally housed the university's research and ...


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    Thomas Hall - University of Florida

    Gainesville, Florida

    24.5 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Thomas Hall, built in 1905, is a historic building located in Murphree Area on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, United States. The building is named for William Reuben Thomas, the Gainesville mayor and businessman responsible for bringing the University of Florida to Gainesville. Architect William Augustus ...


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    Antioch Cemetery

    Chiefland, Florida

    24.5 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Reports of the spirit of a small boy playing amongst the gravestones (some call him Josh), along with vague stories of other ghostly encounters. Other websites place this in Chiefland but it is more accurately placed in Levy, FL (just southwest of Chiefland).


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    Purple Porpoise / Gator City Grille

    Gainesville, Florida

    24.6 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The Purple Porpoise was a Gainesville institution for years, until it shut down in 2002. According to some, a female student was brutally murdered in the upstairs bathroom of this building in the 1960s, and her spirit (and possibly that of her killer) still remains in the tiny upstairs ...


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    Site of the Rosewood Massacre

    Cedar Key, Florida

    24.6 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    In 1923, white woman Fannie Taylor lied and said she had been assaulted by an African-American man. She lied because she didn’t want her husband to know she was actually beaten by her white lover. But Fannie’s maid Sarah Carrier witnessed the incident and knew the truth. As a result ...


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    Hippodrome State Theater

    Gainesville, Florida

    25 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    So the story goes, the historic theatre is haunted by the apparition of a woman in a beautiful white dress. The theatre building was originally the country courthouse, and during this time, a man went on trial for a murder he didn't commit. His wife, who had evidence to ...


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    Old Gilchrist County Jail

    Trenton, Florida

    25.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Old Gilchrist County Jail has been open since 1928 and closed since 1968. Its a 2 story building with 3 cells downstairs and 5 upstairs. It has been visited by many a paranormal persons investigating the activity. It is most definitely haunted. There have been ...


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    Sweetwater Branch Inn

    Gainesville, Florida

    25.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The Sweetwater Branch Inn has several buildings, but the blue one in particular seems to have the most paranormal activity - particularly in the attic rooms. Guests sometimes complain of a "heavy feeling" on their chest while sleeping up there. Occasionally the bureau door will open and close ...


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    Walmart on 13th Street

    Gainesville, Florida

    26.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Until January 2013 there was a Walmart on 13th Street, in Gainesville. It's now shut down (Walmart moved to a larger facility) but we don't know if anyone told the resident ghost that! A female spirit, possibly an ex-employee, is said to have haunted certain areas of the ...


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    Mount Pleasant Cemetery

    Gainesville, Florida

    26.5 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The back part of this cemetery has been left to ruin, and supposedly its in that area that ghost hunters have the most success capturing orbs on their digital cameras.


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    Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

    Gainesville, Florida

    26.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This state park features a natural sinkhole, 120 feet deep and 500 feet wide. It was originally called the "Devil's Millhopper" because bones and fossils were found at the bottom, and it resembled a "millhopper" funnel used in grist mills at the time. Locals thought the devil used ...


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    720 SE Osceola Ave.

    Ocala, Florida

    26.8 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    I worked as a counselor at this facility for several years, and have too many stories and accounts about all the paranormal activity in this building. It was built sometime in the early 1900's and transported to Florida from some other state. My boss told me that the original owner ...


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    Muse Cafe

    Ocala, Florida

    26.9 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The 1888 mansion and restaurant is haunted by the apparition of a woman in an old-fashioned dress, who has been known to appear on the grand staircase. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Seven Sisters Inn

    Ocala, Florida

    27.1 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Ghost Hunters has featured this inn on the TV show, and it is said to have several spirits. Apparitions of a man, woman, and child have been seen, and the woman has been reported to check out guests in the bathroom. She wears white and has the ability to pass ...


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    Ritz Historical Inn

    Ocala, Florida

    27.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Built in 1925, the Ritz Historical Inn was said to have experienced a fire in its early days which killed several guests. Their ghosts apparently still haunt the premises. The building was handed over in 2010 to Volunteers of America, and plans are underway to convert the building to housing ...


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    The Bridal Chamber

    Silver Springs, Florida

    30.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    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 ...


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    Alachua Sports Pub and Grill

    Alachua, Florida

    31.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This local establishment has served the community for a long period of time, and was formerly a funeral parlour before its conversion to a bar and grill. Staff have reported that a mischievous spirit haunts the kitchen and main dining room, who has been known to throw pots and ...


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    Plantation Inn

    Crystal River, Florida

    32 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This replica plantation house now serves as an resort and golf course, but is supposedly haunted by a young girl heard calling for her mother. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Newnansville Cemetery

    Alachua, Florida

    32.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Vague reports have been made about "ghostly figures" walking through the cemetery at night. Newnansville, once a county seat, no longer truly exists - it was long ago swallowed up by the town of Alachua.


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    Island Hotel and Restaurant

    Cedar Key, Florida

    32.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL


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    Cedar Key - Shell Mound

    Cedar Key, Florida

    32.9 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This shell mound, created by local Native Americans over about 1,000 years, is now part of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. There is a nature trail surrounding the mound called "Shell Mound Trail." Locals believe the area around the shell mound is haunted by the ghost of Annie Simpson ...


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    Grady House Bed and Breakfast

    High Springs, Florida

    34 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    An apparition of a lady in an old-fashioned nightgown has been seen, bringing with her the scent of flowers, lilacs or orange blossoms. The Red Room is the spot where the ghost most often materializes. She also likes to move the chess pieces on a board set up in the ...


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    Headless Pirate of Seahorse Key

    Cedar Key, Florida

    35.4 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The ghost of a headless pirate riding a palomino is said to haunt this area at night. He is said to be Pierre LeBlanc, was pirate who was working for the notorious Jean LaFitte. LaFitte left LeBlanc with a palomino and some supplies and charged him with guarding his treasure ...


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    Silver Lake Lodge / Panorama Inn

    Ocala, Florida

    36.2 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This place no longer exists, but at one time it was a huge hotel with about 200 rooms. It was the Panorama Inn, then the Silver Lake Lodge, then it was left to ruin in the 1980s for about twenty years before finally being demolished around 2006. Before ...


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    Fort Cooper State Park

    Inverness, Florida

    39 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This state park was once home to Fort Cooper during the Second Seminole War. Nothing of the fort remains apart from some archaeological finds, but at least one staff member thinks the spirit of an Indian chief still lingers. There aren't many sightings - most people just "feel" ...


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    Putnam Lodge Hotel and Spa

    Cross City, Florida

    41.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The historic lodge and hotel was frequented by Al Capone, who had his own room on the upper floor equipped with a ladder for a hasty exit if needed. Guests nowadays staying in the vicinity of the room claim to have heard arguing voices, disembodied footsteps and felt an ...


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    Fort White Cemetery

    Fort White, Florida

    41.9 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Not to be confused with New Grove Cemetery, the Fort White Cemetery is a really old cemetery where most of the gravestones are unreadable or have been buried by leaves or dirt. It is definitely spooky and creepy there, it is really overgrown and goes back into the woods ...


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    Ma Barker's House

    Williston Highlands, Florida

    42.1 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Ma Barker - once Public Enemy #1 - met her end along with her son Freddy at this lakefront house in Ocklawaha, FL. The town does a re-enactment of the shootout (which consumed more than 2,000 bullets) every January. Some say the Barkers' spirits still haunt the place. The ...


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    Sumter County Service Center

    Wildwood, Florida

    45.6 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    It begins with loud banging which echoes throughout the main hallway a few times every night. Sometimes after the banging you'll find the men's handicapped bathroom stall locked. Second floor in the hr offices there's one hallway that smells like death for about 20 ft and then it's back ...


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    Rolling Acres Road

    Lady Lake, Florida

    47.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Those traveling this road claim to often hear screams and roars from the surrounding forests throughout the length of Rolling Acres Road. A few have seen a bright white ghostly figure walking up and down the road. Locals refer to her as "Julia".


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    Walmart

    Leesburg, Florida

    51.8 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Various claims of footsteps, lights turning on and off, and merchandise flying off the shelves (literally).


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    Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp

    Fruitland Park, Florida

    52.9 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Two cabins are alleged to be haunted: North Boys Cabin 5 - items are moved inside the cabin, particularly suitcases. Girls Cabin 41A - lights turn on and off, bathroom flushes on its own. No one feels threatened by these spirits - they just seem to be playful.


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    Spring Hill Cemetery

    Brooksville, Florida

    54.7 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    The Spring Hill Cemetery, is located off of Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville. It is an old black cemetery with the earliest "known" burial starting in the late 1800's. At dusk you can see what seems to be a man hanging from a tree limb. Also, groups of spirits can ...


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    The Old Weeks House

    Brooksville, Florida

    54.9 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    An old house with quite a lot of colorful "history"... Among other things, locals say that when the house was unoccupied, strange candle lights would appear in the windows, moving slowly from side to side. Check out these snippets from a 2006 article by the Tampa Bay Times: Local ...


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    Hernando County Court House

    Brooksville, Florida

    55.1 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Built in 1913, this court house is alleged to be haunted by the ghost of a criminal who tried to escape from the second floor. Some say blood stains still appear where he was shot by the bailiff... but we're not so sure.


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    May-Stringer House

    Brooksville, Florida

    55.1 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    Now a "Heritage Museum," the May-Stringer House dates back to the 1850s. The ghost of a girl named Jessie who died in the house at just 3 years of age is said to still be felt from time to time, rearranging toys and teacups to suit her whims. ...


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    Frank Saxon House

    Brooksville, Florida

    55.3 miles from Williston Highlands, FL

    This 1870's manor house is in a state of disrepair nowadays, and local residents are running ghost tours of the very haunted property to raise funds to restore it. Rumoured to be haunted by a spectral groom and bride, visitors have also reported the apparition of a little girl ...


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