The Hermitage

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This home, built around 1900, was a former nudist colony–but don’t worry, we aren’t dealing with a naked ghost here. Rumor has it that original builder, Swedish immigrant Carl Johanson, had a mother who was a healer. The mother used folk remedies and a mystical holy lead. When she passed away, she was buried far away on the mainland, without her holy lead, which was still in the home. Folks say her ghost appears in the home, at the top of the stairs or in a bedroom, perhaps looking for her sacred tool.

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6660 Manasota Key Rd
Englewood, FL 34223
United States

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26.962002776219233, -82.38392382860184
Sarasota County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Englewood, FL (1.9 mi.)
Manasota Key, FL (3.2 mi.)
Grove City, FL (4.8 mi.)
South Venice, FL (6.8 mi.)
Plantation, FL (7.4 mi.)
Venice Gardens, FL (7.8 mi.)
Rotonda, FL (7.9 mi.)
Warm Mineral Springs, FL (10.2 mi.)
Venice, FL (10.5 mi.)
North Port, FL (10.7 mi.)

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