Ma Barker's House

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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 house – still kept as it was in the 1930s – went up for auction in a much-advertised event in late 2012, but no one met the minimum bid of $1 million.

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    Geographic Information

    SE 132nd Terrace
    Ocklawaha, FL
    United States

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    29.04139414928762, -81.93323743347713
    Marion County, Florida
    Nearest Towns:
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    Wildwood, FL (13.7 mi.)
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    1. Kate Ma Barker was my grandfathers cousin and every year on her death anniversary we would visit the home and at night on a full moon u can see kate on her back porch just standing there.

    2. Who do I call if I want to buy this house? My boyfriend and I live in the area and we are trying to buy a house together and this one sounds perfect for us.

    3. I never got email on the questions i asked yesterday. Maybe someone could tell me on this website. Comment Below and please tell me, the price estimation on the house, if the house is up for sale and the phone number of who i can call to get a tour of this house before we buy it.

    4. We dont really care about what happened 100 years ago. We just want a place where we can have the beach in the backyard. We want a place to raise our daughter, some place quite and nice. We dont believe any of these ghost stories, its probably an urban legend like the rest of them. So whenever some one could respond would be great.

      • Hi Ella, This property was last auctioned by Sotheby’s with a minimum bid of $1 million. The state is considering buying it for $899k and adding $100k to address the deferred maintenance issues. I do have other beach properties available well under the $1M mark and far superior properties available for $1M. If you would like to contact me. 352-362-9222
        Allison Penny

    5. Just last weekend we took a ride out there and well let’s just say Snuck onto the property, because we didn’t know if we were allow to look around, well we snapped pictures and wow what I found was a white female shadow in the window and a males fave in the door and also found a males face and clearing wearing a vest with a white shirt in another window. I would love to have been able to get inside. I hope whom ever purchased this property does good things with it like a bed and breakfast and keep all the original furnature that is in there! It was amazing to see.
      Respectfully, Michelle Tangaro, citrus Speings, Florida

    6. For more information, visit or Google (Retired NY) Officer Don Weiss’ ghost story that was published in late October. Please see the video and decide for yourself.

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