New River Inn

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The New River Inn (built in 1905) now houses the Old Fort Lauderdale History Museum, but visitors still report seeing apparitions in the historic building. The first is that of a man in an old-fashioned rancher’s outfit, who paces the first floor and the front porch but vanishes when approached. The second spirit is that of former owner P.N Bryan, who still guard the museum at night. He can be seen glaring down at people from the second floor of the building. The other spirit reported here is that of a young girl in turn-of-the-century attire. She often plays in the building or talks to people before disappearing, and is regarded as one of the friendlier entities of the building.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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229 South West Second Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL
United States

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26.11913056984889, -80.14587199684684
Broward County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Fort Lauderdale, FL (0.3 mi.)
Boulevard Gardens, FL (2.1 mi.)
Franklin Park, FL (2.1 mi.)
Washington Park, FL (2.4 mi.)
Lazy Lake, FL (2.6 mi.)
Roosevelt Gardens, FL (2.6 mi.)
Wilton Manors, FL (2.9 mi.)
Melrose Park, FL (3.0 mi.)
Broward Estates, FL (3.0 mi.)
Rock Island, FL (3.1 mi.)


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  1. I worked here in the early 1990s when it was the Discovery Center. We did camp-overs for school groups on occasion. Staff would sleep in various rooms and one night I slept in a room on the third floor. The last room on the south west side, closer to the river. We called it the color room because it was decorated in primary colors with a childrens theme. I was under my sleeping bag and woke to see a small pair of feet in old-fashioned shoes standing next to me. I was too afraid to look beyond the feet. I thought I may have imagined but I knew I didn’t.

  2. I was a Docent there for a time & the place puts out some seriously creepy ‘vibes’. Opening/Closing time really set a lot of people on edge. There was an entity who enjoyed pinching females rears & jamming the main bathroom door shut (mostly on just female docents). It wasn’t unusual for staff to get called back in the dead of night by the cops due to the alarm being set off on a regular basis. It’s been over a decade since I’ve been there, so I couldn’t tell you what the current atmosphere is like.

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