Coombs House Inn

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The 1905 building, once a private home, is said to be haunted by original owners Mr. and Mrs. James N. Coombs. In 1911, after the shock of a damaging fire in their home, the Coombses moved to a hotel until the house could be repaired. But Mrs. Coombs was very upset and had taken to her bed; she died 10 days later at the hotel, many say a result of a broken heart. Three weeks later Mr. Coombs died as well, and they are buried side by side in the Chestnut Street Cemetery across the street from their beloved home. Witnesses say the two still reside, in spirit, in their house. The apparitions have been seen, footsteps and noises have been heard, and doors open and close by themselves.

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80 6th St
Apalachicola, FL 32320
United States

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29.725560268747795, -84.98665961624283
Franklin County, Florida
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  1. Betty & Bob Owens  |  

    11/22/14, Coombs Inn B&B, Apalachicola, FL. We awoke during the night to loud tapping on our headboard. I woke up first, then my husband and I grabbed the headboard as if that would stop the noise. The tapping went on for approx. 20 seconds then suddenly stopped. As we began to drift back to sleep, clearly, someone or something caressed my hair! We were never scared and we never felt unsafe. We both thought we had experienced something very special. We stayed in room 5 in the main house but the next time we visit we will request room 8 as that was the Coombs’ personal bedroom.

  2. Our Team has had the pleasure of investigating this location many times. Without a doubt it is active in both the Coombs and the Marks House. We have captured EVPs and have had objects tossed across the room check out our web site for audio and video of what we have captured. A very difficult location to get in to investigate due to the volume of rentals.

  3. My family and I stayed in the main house in Room 6 on the second floor. We had all settled into bed, when we heard what sounded like footsteps above our room. The sound was quite distinct, and sounded much like hard soles of a shoe walking on a wood floor. We only heard them briefly. Initially, I jokingly quipped about the footsteps being from ghosts that were upstairs, and my husband assured me that it must have been from a guest in a room above us.

    When we mentioned our experience the next day to one of the ladies who works at the inn, she told is that while there was a third level, the Inn was a certified haunted site, and that there was not a guest room above our room, and that in fact, there was no room at all above Room 6. Intrigued, we were determined to investigate, and went up to the third floor, which only extends above half of the house, and with the low ceilings, appears to be more an attic space. There was one guest room, and an office at the end of the short hallway. While we did not see inside the office, we were fairly certain the office likely did not extend all the way over to the other side of the house, so indeed, there was no room above Room 6. As for the source of the sound of footsteps we heard above our room, it remains a mystery, but I’ve learned not to joke about the presence of ghosts!

    Our stay was very pleasant and the food was delicious, the decor and the interior of the house was beautiful, and it was delightful to chat with the other guests. I recommend the Coombs House Inn to all who seek lodgings in Apalachicola, FL.

  4. My husband and I stopped here unexpectedly as we drove from pensacola to Orlando. We chose this hotel because it was recommended in our travel book and had a good review on breakfast, we had NO idea this place was hunted or i would definetly had chosen an other hotel. We were given room 8 because it had a king size bed and we were travelling with our Baby. As we got ready to go to bed, we closed all shades bit one was damaged and even asi tried to fix it it remained open. I decided to sleep on that side because our daugther would anyway wake up early because of the jetlag, so i let my husband sleep on the other darker side. As we woke up the next mornig the shade was completely closed! I thought was weird and asked my husband if he had fixed it. He said no… as we were checkig out i asked if the room had an electric shade, at that point they told us the story of the house. It is an amazing hotel, and though i felt safe at every second and my baby slept good, I dont know if i could stay here again… even my husband who doesnt believe in this things, was surprised and the experience gave him shivers…

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