Haunted Places in Raiford, Florida



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    Olustee Battle Field

    Raiford, Florida

    13.9 miles from Raiford, FL

    Civil War reenactors claim to occasionally capture strange orbs in photographs, almost like they are soldiers' spirits interacting with the reenactments.


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    Newnansville Cemetery

    Alachua, Florida

    23 miles from Raiford, FL

    Vague reports have been made about "ghostly figures" walking through the cemetery at night. Newnansville, once a county seat, no longer truly exists - it was long ago swallowed up by the town of Alachua.


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    Alachua Sports Pub and Grill

    Alachua, Florida

    24.3 miles from Raiford, FL

    This local establishment has served the community for a long period of time, and was formerly a funeral parlour before its conversion to a bar and grill. Staff have reported that a mischievous spirit haunts the kitchen and main dining room, who has been known to throw pots and ...


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    Hotel Blanche

    Lake City, Florida

    25.5 miles from Raiford, FL

    Gangster Al Capone was among the guests to stay at this one-time luxury hotel. These days, it is inhabited by businesses on the ground floor and office space on the second, but the third floor remains empty--except for the hotel's haunts. Witnesses here have described disembodied footsteps and voices, the ...


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    Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

    Gainesville, Florida

    26.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    This state park features a natural sinkhole, 120 feet deep and 500 feet wide. It was originally called the "Devil's Millhopper" because bones and fossils were found at the bottom, and it resembled a "millhopper" funnel used in grist mills at the time. Locals thought the devil used ...


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    Grady House Bed and Breakfast

    High Springs, Florida

    27.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    An apparition of a lady in an old-fashioned nightgown has been seen, bringing with her the scent of flowers, lilacs or orange blossoms. The Red Room is the spot where the ghost most often materializes. She also likes to move the chess pieces on a board set up in the ...


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    Mount Pleasant Cemetery

    Gainesville, Florida

    27.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    The back part of this cemetery has been left to ruin, and supposedly its in that area that ghost hunters have the most success capturing orbs on their digital cameras.


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    Walmart on 13th Street

    Gainesville, Florida

    27.4 miles from Raiford, FL

    Until January 2013 there was a Walmart on 13th Street, in Gainesville. It's now shut down (Walmart moved to a larger facility) but we don't know if anyone told the resident ghost that! A female spirit, possibly an ex-employee, is said to have haunted certain areas of the ...


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    Sweetwater Branch Inn

    Gainesville, Florida

    28.9 miles from Raiford, FL

    The Sweetwater Branch Inn has several buildings, but the blue one in particular seems to have the most paranormal activity - particularly in the attic rooms. Guests sometimes complain of a "heavy feeling" on their chest while sleeping up there. Occasionally the bureau door will open and close ...


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    Hippodrome State Theater

    Gainesville, Florida

    29.1 miles from Raiford, FL

    So the story goes, the historic theatre is haunted by the apparition of a woman in a beautiful white dress. The theatre building was originally the country courthouse, and during this time, a man went on trial for a murder he didn't commit. His wife, who had evidence to ...


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    Purple Porpoise / Gator City Grille

    Gainesville, Florida

    29.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    The Purple Porpoise was a Gainesville institution for years, until it shut down in 2002. According to some, a female student was brutally murdered in the upstairs bathroom of this building in the 1960s, and her spirit (and possibly that of her killer) still remains in the tiny upstairs ...


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    Thomas Hall - University of Florida

    Gainesville, Florida

    29.3 miles from Raiford, FL

    Thomas Hall, built in 1905, is a historic building located in Murphree Area on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, United States. The building is named for William Reuben Thomas, the Gainesville mayor and businessman responsible for bringing the University of Florida to Gainesville. Architect William Augustus ...


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    Norman Hall - University of Florida

    Gainesville, Florida

    29.5 miles from Raiford, FL

    Norman Hall (originally known as P. K. Yonge Laboratory School) is an historic academic building on the eastern campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It was designed by architect Rudolph Weaver in the Collegiate Gothic style, and built in 1932. It originally housed the university's research and ...


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    Beaty Towers

    Gainesville, Florida

    29.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    Local legend has it that a girl committed suicide in the 1960s by jumping from the Beaty Towers, but no records of any such incident exists. Locals go even farther to say that Tom Petty (who was resident in Gainesville at around this time) wrote the song "American Girl" ...


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    Steak and Shake

    Gainesville, Florida

    30.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    There's a story that five people were murdered inside the walk-in freezer at this Steak and Shake, but so far no evidence for this has yet to be found. Still, modern employees often refuse to spend any time in or around the freezer, even in daylight.


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    Gainesville Cemetery / Pine Grove Cemetery

    Gainesville, Florida

    30.4 miles from Raiford, FL

    Two cemeteries side-by-side, supposedly great spots to hang out at night with a digital camera to capture some ghostly apparitions.


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    Crispers Restaurant

    Gainesville, Florida

    31.3 miles from Raiford, FL

    In earlier days this building was a record studio and a Goodwill - now it's a Crispers restaurant. Locals believe someone died in the Goodwill store long ago, and that person's spirit still haunts the place. Shadows and knocking sounds have been experienced after closing time, as well ...


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    Goody's / Trader Joe's

    Gainesville, Florida

    31.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    Once a "Goody's", as of late 2012 this store is now a Trader Joe's, in Butler Plaza. During its Goody's days, employees were constantly harassed by a ghost that would rearrange things to his or her own whims, and set off alarms in the middle of the night. ...


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    St. John's Landing Apartments

    Green Cove Springs, Florida

    32.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    These apartments date back to the 1930s, when they served as military housing. For a long period they were run down, until in 1997 they were purchased and renovated. A small cemetery is on site, which may be partially to blame for the numerous ghosts and shadows seen ...


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    Fort White Cemetery

    Fort White, Florida

    33.1 miles from Raiford, FL

    Not to be confused with New Grove Cemetery, the Fort White Cemetery is a really old cemetery where most of the gravestones are unreadable or have been buried by leaves or dirt. It is definitely spooky and creepy there, it is really overgrown and goes back into the woods ...


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    Old Clay County Jail

    Green Cove Springs, Florida

    33.4 miles from Raiford, FL

    This is one of the oldest jails in Florida (though it hasn't been used as a jail since 1972). At least five hangings took place on the front steps of this jail, and it is believed that some of the unusual activity that takes place there now may be ...


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    River Park Inn

    Green Cove Springs, Florida

    33.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    This nineteenth century bed and breakfast inn was built in 1880, and appears to be popular with the spirit set. At least three ghosts are known to haunt the inn according to staff and guests, and paranormal investigators have been called to the building on several occasions. The most ...


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    Greenbriar Road Ghost Lights

    Jacksonville, Florida

    34.9 miles from Raiford, FL

    Drive slowly down this road late at night and you might run across the "Greenbriar Lights" - balls of light that come out of nowhere and follow motorists around. Supposedly the local police received so many calls about these strange lights that they hired a scientist to investigate the ...


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    Anne Lytle School - The Devil's School

    Jacksonville, Florida

    37.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    Many spooky legends have been told as to why this old school building now stands unused, including that of a cannibal principal who ate the students, a 1960s furnace explosion that killed many, or the killing spree of an unhappy janitor. This dilapidated building is dangerous, structurally, and is surrounded ...


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    San Marco Theatre

    Jacksonville, Florida

    38.5 miles from Raiford, FL

    At this art deco movie theater, folks say the ghost of a former manager sometimes pays a visit. Rumor has it that the manager died in the office, and his apparition has been seen in the room late at night.


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    Theatre Jacksonville

    Jacksonville, Florida

    38.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    Also known as the Little Theatre, the 1938 art deco structure is said to be haunted. The lobby stairwell is home to a mysterious shadow that seems to be of a man wearing a bowler hat.


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    Herlong Mansion Bed & Breakfast

    Micanopy, Florida

    38.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    Originally built in 1845, the Helong Mansion is now a stylish bed and breakfast. Some believe the ghost of Inez Herlong still haunts the place, but details are sketchy.


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    Florida Theatre

    Jacksonville, Florida

    39.1 miles from Raiford, FL

    Elvis Presley performed in this historic theater in 1956, and although it closed in 1980, it re-opened in 1983. Reports say a strange, unexplained humming noise has been noted in the building, and at least one apparition has been caught on camera, sitting in balcony seat E2, section 500, waving.


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    Old St. Luke's Hospital

    Jacksonville, Florida

    39.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    Now an office for the Arthritis Foundation, this 1878 hospital building originally erected to treat those with tuberculosis has seen its share of tragedy. Rumor has it that it once even housed a coffin factory. Witnesses say that ghostly patients and nurses may be seen walking the halls here.


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    Kosicki House

    Archer, Florida

    40.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    The old-fashioned mansion dates back to 1893, and is believed to be haunted by the spirit of Cora Wood. Local lore states that her ghost, dressed in white, has returned to the house to search for her lost children. Submitted by Callum Swift


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    Wacahoota Cemetery

    Micanopy, Florida

    40.6 miles from Raiford, FL

    Not much detail, except that more than a few people say there are strange phenomena here.


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    Carriage House Apartments - Chelsea Courtyards

    Jacksonville, Florida

    42.4 miles from Raiford, FL

    Now called Chelsea Courtyards, the Carriage House Apartments are known to ghost enthusiasts for its Apartment 40. Some say that since no one has been able to cohabitate with the ghost, the apartment was used for storage for many years. Witnesses describe poltergeist activity such as things being thrown, as ...


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    Sanksville Cemetery

    St. Augustine, Florida

    43.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    The story of this haunted cemetery is told in "Ancient City Hauntings," by Dave Lapham - but we don't currently have any more details on the nature of the ghost(s) there. If you know anything please let us know via the comments below!


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    Wayside Antiques / Antique Emporium

    Reddick, Florida

    45.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    This place is usually referenced as "Wayside Antiques" but today it is called "Antique Emporium", off exit 368 on Interstate 75 in Reddick. Look for the large red barn-like building. Employees back in the day swore that they would hear their names being called from the back of ...


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    Dames Point Bridge

    Jacksonville, Florida

    46.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    Its actual name is the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge, and it seems to be a popular place for ghosts. The 1988 structure is said to be haunted by an African-American woman whose apparition is seen walking along the bridge. Reports say she died when she was thrown over the bridge ...


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    Old Gilchrist County Jail

    Trenton, Florida

    46.8 miles from Raiford, FL

    Old Gilchrist County Jail has been open since 1928 and closed since 1968. Its a 2 story building with 3 cells downstairs and 5 upstairs. It has been visited by many a paranormal persons investigating the activity. It is most definitely haunted. There have been ...


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    Church of the Nazarene

    Raiford, Florida

    50 miles from Raiford, FL

    There are accounts of an "old man" ghost haunting the church. He's been seen walking up and down the main aisle. Other accounts of a woman screaming in the nursery.


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    Girvin Road Hitchhiker

    Jacksonville, Florida

    50.1 miles from Raiford, FL

    A ghostly girl wearing glasses has been known to appear along Girvin Road after midnight, motioning for passersby to stop their cars. She disappears as soon as the driver looks away.


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    Homestead Restaurant / Taco Lulu

    Jacksonville Beach, Florida

    51.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    Once a Jacksonville institution, the Homestead Restaurant is today no more - replaced by a "Taco Lu". But there were plenty of ghostly claims at the location, including a mysterious "Lady in White" who walked the premises. No word on whether the taco place continues to experience these ...


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    Ginger's Place

    Jacksonville Beach, Florida

    52.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    This 1950's style restaurant and bar is haunted by a former owner who didn't believe in ghosts, who still manages the establishment as if she never left. Some wonder if she even knows she dead. Current staff and diners have reported money that appears from nowhere, a shadowy apparition, ...


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    33 Star Rock and Roll Boutique

    Jacksonville Beach, Florida

    52.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    Formerly a 1950's grocery store, this building now serves as a musical boutique store, and is rumoured to be haunted. Both of the two spirits that haunt this location date back to mid twentieth century, and are believed to be a former store manager and a female cashier. Visitors ...


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    Old Hamilton County Jail

    Jasper, Florida

    52.8 miles from Raiford, FL

    The 1893 jail, used until the late 20th century and now a museum, is home to a haunt in a hurry. Witnesses have heard the sound of running footsteps here. Reports say that hangings may once have taken place within the building.


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    Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station

    Jacksonville Beach, Florida

    53 miles from Raiford, FL

    This building dates back to the war, although the principle of lifesaving in the locality dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. The lifeguard station was used to treat patients of ocean-related accidents, and is rumoured to be haunted by a ghostly drowning victim and a lifesaver ...


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    Casa Marina Hotel

    Jacksonville Beach, Florida

    53 miles from Raiford, FL

    This historic 1925 hotel was turned into an apartment building in 1983, stood abandoned from 1987 to 1991, and then was turned BACK into a hotel. It is said that ghostly shuffling can be heard coming from a vacant upstairs suite, and a portly figure has been known to apparate ...


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    King House

    Jacksonville, Florida

    53.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    King House is a historic building used by the Mayport Cats Program, a group that assists feral cats. It is said to be haunted by many ghosts, including that of a sailor. Records say the land was once a Spanish burial ground and the building was once a boardinghouse for ...


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    Thomson Tabby House Ruins

    Jacksonville, Florida

    53.7 miles from Raiford, FL

    Referred to today as the "Thomson Tabby House" or just the "Tabby Ruins," this structure was begun by Charles Thomson in 1854, but was never completed. It is called the "Tabby" house because of its construction - tabby is like a kind of concrete made out of sand, oyster ...


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    Old Red Eyes - Kingsley Plantation

    Jacksonville, Florida

    54.3 miles from Raiford, FL

    According to local legend, an angry red-eyed ghost lurks here, a remnant of the area's past. The plantation was built in 1813 by Zephaniah Kingsley and grew cotton, sugar cane, citrus and corn. Kingsley had 60 African slaves, one of whom, named Ana, he took for a wife. Kingley moved ...


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    Chief Theater

    Chiefland, Florida

    55 miles from Raiford, FL

    Two ghosts, one is supposedly a little girl from the time when there was a General Store/Post Office on the location. The second is supposedly a man named Tom. The story is that while it was a movie theater (segregated) the blacks were in the balcony and whites were down ...


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    Heritage Baptist Church

    St. Augustine, Florida

    55.2 miles from Raiford, FL

    Ghosts that have been reported at this church include the spirits of a former pastor and a deceased churchgoer, and a ghostly angel statue that appears and disappears in the cemetery.


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    Hardee Cemetery

    Chiefland, Florida

    55.4 miles from Raiford, FL

    Hardee Cemetery, or Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery, is supposedly haunted, but details are few and far between. It's the final resting place of Isaac P. Hardee (1817-1879), and, allegedly, many of his slaves. The house, called "Pine Hill," still stands nearby, though it has been moved from its original ...


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