Haunted Places in Zolfo Springs, Florida



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    Popash School

    Zolfo Springs, Florida

    This eerie abandoned school building stood on the outskirts of Wauchula for years and years before it was finally demolished in 2008. Before it was torn down it was a favorite place for ghost hunters, as the sounds of children playing were constantly heard in the area, even when ...


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    Bloody Bucket Bridge

    Wauchula, Florida

    3.3 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This spooky story starts more than a century ago with a slave midwife who was concerned that parents were having more babies than they could support. She is said to have smothered many babies and buried their bodies near the bridge. After many babies were killed, the midwife began to ...


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    Ghost Lights of Heard Bridge Road

    Wauchula, Florida

    6.5 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    People have been reporting ghost lights since the 1950s on Heard Bridge Road in Fort Meade, as well as on Keller road, past Disong. We've marked the Keller Road location on the map below.


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    Hardee Correctional Institution

    Bowling Green, Florida

    14.8 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    There are vague reports of "voices" and a feeling like someone's walking just behind you at this correctional institution... though I'd venture to say its not uncommon to experience either in a high security prison!


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    Ghost Lights of Bereah Road

    Fort Meade, Florida

    14.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    You may have to wait for a while, but supposedly if you hang about at night near the four-way stop of W. Bereah Road and County Line Road in Frostproof, you'll see some eerie "Ghost Lights" approach your car.


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    The Fisherwoman of Lake Arcola

    Avon Park, Florida

    18.2 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Lake Arcola is no more - it dried up decades ago and is now mostly open fields with some water and a few small structures. And that's what makes it so weird that drivers on North Buckingham Road, which skirts the western edge of what used to be Lake ...


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    The Mailman of Avon Park

    Avon Park, Florida

    19.3 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    There have been persistent claims of seeing a ghostly mailman walking the streets near the intersection of Main Street and Lake Avenue, especially on foggy mornings. He disappears the moment you try to contact him.


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    Old Blue House

    Arcadia, Florida

    19.6 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Numerous paranormal websites claim there's an "Old Blue House" in Arcadia, FL where an entire family haunts the place. They supposedly were murdered in the house more than a century ago (though some reports say a new house has been rebuilt over this one). We've been told this house has ...


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    Old Opera House

    Arcadia, Florida

    19.6 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Now a museum, with an antique shop as well, the Old Opera House in Arcadia has a number of weird goings-on. One worker tells of hearing the distinctive noise of a crowd in the old auditorium, but of course when she went to investigate, there was no one there. ...


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    Plaza Hotel

    Arcadia, Florida

    19.7 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    The restaurant on the ground floor of this 1925 building is supposedly haunted. Staff have reported the apparition of an African American woman in a white apron in the kitchen and dining room, as well as a pair of ghostly men who have been arguing after the establishment has ...


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    Harder Hall

    Sebring, Florida

    20.2 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Built in the 1920s, urban legend states that every owner of this hotel has died under "strange circumstances" - often within the limits of the property. And we wouldn't want the facts to get in the way of a good story. Other ghost stories abound of former visitors ...


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    Kenilworth Lodge

    Sebring, Florida

    21.8 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    There are a number of ghost stories surrounding this building, which dates back to 1916. Eerie feelings are reported on the staircase, and doors have been seen opening and closing entirely on their own. One guest heard voices outside his door throughout the night, and when he complained ...


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    Central Fire Station

    Sebring, Florida

    21.8 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Forrest Howard, Sebring's fire chief in the 1940s and 1950s, is said to still roam the halls of his favorite fire station. Modern day firefighters swear they see him in the bunk area, and they occasionally smell faint scents of his much-beloved cigars.


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    Arbuckle Creek Bridge

    Lorida, Florida

    26.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Legend has it that an old woman, one who was knowledgable with potions and healing, used to live nearby, and her spirit still haunts the bridge. So the tales say, the woman was hired to make a love potion, for which her payment was to be the client's first-born child. ...


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    The Stanford Inn

    Bartow, Florida

    27.8 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    A "noisy" apparition, believed to be a former owner named Lee Meriwether, is said to inhabit this quaint modern-day bed and breakfast. Doors also allegedly close on their own, and disembodied footsteps can be heard on the staircase. The Stanford Inn was featured the 1991 film "My Girl," starring Dan ...


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    Old Polk County Courthouse

    Bartow, Florida

    28 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    The Old Polk County Courthouse in Bartow was built in 1909 on the foundations of the original courthouse, which dated back to the early 1880s. There are many claims here, including: - Screams from the basement (supposedly from a worker killed in an explosion on the site) - Apparitions appearing on ...


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    Webber International University - Camilla Hall

    Babson Park, Florida

    28.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Camilla Hall, one of the girls-only dormitories at Webber International University, supposedly has a shadowy figure haunting the second floor.


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    Rogers Cemetery / Antioch Cemetery

    Zolfo Springs, Florida

    30.3 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL


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    Spook Hill

    Lake Wales, Florida

    31.7 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Spook Hill is a gravity hill (an optical illusion where cars appear to roll up the spooky hill) in Lake Wales, Florida. Spook Hill is located on the Lake Wales Ridge, a geologically significant range of sand and limestone hills, which were islands from two to three million years ago, when ...


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    JPV Woods

    Winter Haven, Florida

    36.1 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Locals say if you go on the old dirt trail around midnight of August 13th, every year, you'll hear children screaming and crying for help.


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    Scotty's Distribution Center

    Winter Haven, Florida

    37.5 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    No longer a Scotty's Distribution Center, but back in the day there was supposedly the ghost of a forklift driver that would continually haunt this area - particularly on the 4th of March.


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    Florida Southern College

    Lakeland, Florida

    38.1 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Vague tales from the night staff saying "eerie presences" touched or breathed on them.


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    Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

    Lakeland, Florida

    38.3 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Florida Southern College's chapel, one of the campus's famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, may be home to the ghost of Wright himself. Rumor has it that the chapel's choir screen was installed incorrectly, and Wright's apparition has been seen in the chapel, poring over the improperly placed choir screen.


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    Restlawn Memorial Gardens

    Port Charlotte, Florida

    39.1 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    There is (or was) supposedly an old worn-down shack on the premises of this cemetery where people experienced cold spots, bad smells, and ghostly visions of a woman. There is also a peculiar phenomenon in the immediately-surrounding area that locals call the "Killer Bee Phenomenon"... people continually hear the ...


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    Sandlin House

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    41.8 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    The Sandlin House has been advertised for sale for $1.59 million, and the ghost is included. The remodeled Victorian-style house is around 120 years old and is haunted by the spirit of then-owner James Sandlin's 14-year-old daughter Mary Leah, who in 1909 was ironing on the front porch and died ...


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    James McCabe Theatre

    Valrico, Florida

    42.2 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Reports say that paranormal groups have offered ghost tours as fund-raisers here. The 1915 building, once the Valrico Civic Center and then a woman’s club, is rumored to have more than a few haunts. Witnesses have seen apparitions and heard strange sounds, and experienced other odd occurrences.


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    Center Place

    Brandon, Florida

    42.5 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    A spirit called (for some reason) "Matilda" is said to haunt this building. She was seen by at least one witness, and others claim to have either felt her presence or actually seen paintings and other objects move without explanation. Allegedly at one point local news reporters came ...


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    Indian Spring Cemetery

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    43.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area - there's even a former Governor of Florida buried here, named Albert Gilchrist (d. 1926). Lots of activity is reported, including ghost lights, disembodied noises that sound like screaming and moaning, and shadow figures.


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    Braden Castle

    Bradenton, Florida

    45 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This mid-1800s castle-like structure, now protected ruins, has had a long history of being haunted due to its years as a dilapidated, abandoned building. One amusing story centers on three men who set to explore the haunted site. They went through some harrowing scares before they were brave enough to ...


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    Timber Chase Apartments

    Sarasota, Florida

    45.4 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Supposedly the site of a 1992 stabbing murder, the ghost of the young female victim is said to still haunt the premises.


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    Manatee Avenue

    Bradenton, Florida

    45.8 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    A single claim here dates back to 1992, from a law enforcement officer who was patrolling the 1700-1800 block of Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. He claimed to see a Victorian-era man in all black clothing, with a very pale, white face for about 2-3 seconds, who then disappeared and ...


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    Manasota Memorial Park

    Bradenton, Florida

    46.4 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    A man and his wife claim to have heard a disembodied voice say "Hey you! Come here!" twice during a late-night visit to a family member's grave.


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    Ringling School of Art and Design

    Sarasota, Florida

    47 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Once the "Bay Haven Hotel," the Keating Center building of Ringling School of Art and Design is believed to be the "haunt" of a young girl who hanged herself there years ago. She appears walking down the hallways of the building. Some art students say she swishes their ...


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    Palm View Cemetery

    Palmetto, Florida

    47 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This is listed on several paranormal websites as a "haunted location," but without a single story to back it up. If you happen to know of anything odd that's happened here, please let us know. Otherwise, as far as we're concerned, it's just a normal graveyard!


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    City Walk Condominiums

    Bradenton, Florida

    47.2 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Formerly known as Cedar Tree Village Apartments - now known as City Walk Condominiums. A spirit of a young man playing guitar has apparently been seen all over the Bradenton area. One sighting was allegedly under the 2013 building staircase here. (No staircase can be seen via ...


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    Belle Haven Inn

    Sarasota, Florida

    47.3 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Orbs and full body apparitions have been reported here. One report says that flashes (on cameras) routinely fail while investigating this location.


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    Manatee Playhouse

    Bradenton, Florida

    47.3 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This old 1920's era playhouse is rumoured to be haunted by the apparition of a young girl. Staff also claim to have heard running footsteps in the hallways after dark. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Hampton Inn and Suites

    Bradenton, Florida

    47.5 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This 1920's style hotel was recently refurbished, which appears to have stirred up a whole lot of paranormal activity. Workers renovating the building reported that their tools would go missing, and that they would occasionally catch of a mysterious woman in a white dress on the seventh floor, who ...


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    Ringling Towers

    Nokomis, Florida

    47.7 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    No longer around (it was demolished in 1998), this old-school monster of a hotel was left to rot for many, many years in downtown Sarasota. It was a popular haunt for ghost hunters, who swore there were evil presences residing there.


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    Harlee House

    Palmetto, Florida

    48.2 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    When a young family from Palmetto bought and restored the historic Harllee house on the Manatee River they were excited to renovate itl. Ironically, the original owner saw its potential all along. The new buyers found a love letter in one of the closets, only it was from Mrs. Harllee ...


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  • Florida's Haunted Hospitality
    Michelle Davidson
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    Pelican Alley Restaurant

    Nokomis, Florida

    48.5 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This restaurant is said to be haunted by an earlier owner. Footsteps are heard late at night, doors open and close on their own and objects move without anyone touching them.


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    Madira Bickel Mound

    Terra Ceia, Florida

    49.1 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This state park was the first Native American location to be designated a "State Archaeological Site" in all of Florida. Occupation here goes back to around the 1st century AD. The mound itself is about 20 feet high and as wide as 170 feet, made of shells, sand and general ...


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    Fogartyville Cemetery

    Bradenton, Florida

    49.5 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Some folks say there's a generally "creepy" feel to this cemetery, and maybe a bit more fog there than is usual or to be expected. Judge for yourself. There's also this, from HauntedFlorida.com: There was many years ago a slab with a crypt top. The crypt box had apparently ...


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    Chart House

    Longboat Key, Florida

    49.6 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This haunting is most often referenced as the "Old Ritz Carlton" haunting, but that's misleading, because there never was a Ritz-Carlton here. One was begun in the early 20th century but was never completed. During its initial construction, so the story goes, a worker's child fell down an ...


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    Myrtle Hill Cemetery

    Tampa, Florida

    50.1 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    The mausoleum here is supposedly haunted by a girl named Stephanie, who was killed in a car crash.


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    Bigelow-Helms Mansion

    Tampa, Florida

    50.5 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    This home dates to the early 1900s and is known as the "Bigelow-Helms Mansion", though lately it is used as office space for various businesses. People often claimed they heard screams and yelling from the building at odd hours of the night, and in general just got really weird vibes from ...


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    Gaspar's Grotto

    Tampa, Florida

    50.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Haunted bars are a dime a dozen, but how many of them actually provide photographic proof that they're haunted? Gaspar's Grotto does - they proudly display two photos on their wall that may show the ghost of ... someone. No one's really sure what it shows, really, or if there's ...


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    Carmine's

    Tampa, Florida

    50.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    At least one waitress at Carmine's Restaurant in Tampa is convinced the place is haunted, according to Kim Cool in her book "Ghost Stories of Tampa Bay." She swears she hears ghostly footsteps on the second floor, and every time someone goes up to investigate, no one is there.


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    L'Unione Italiana - The Italian Club

    Tampa, Florida

    50.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    In this building, over a century old, folks say a ghost named Virginia sometimes makes an appearance on the front staircase. Reports say Virginia was once a member of the cleaning staff.


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    Ybor City Museum

    Tampa, Florida

    50.9 miles from Zolfo Springs, FL

    Kim Cool mentions this haunting briefly in her book, "Ghost Stories of Tampa Bay." The claim revolves around the Ybor City Museum gift shop, and a particular book that frequently moves to different places around the shelves, and sometimes even flies violently to the floor when no one is ...


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