Florida’s St. Augustine is ‘the nation’s oldest city.’ The city itself dates all the way back to 1565. There are stretches of beautiful beaches, restaurants, outdoor experiences, history as far as the eye can see and a famous Inn that continues to tell the city’s history through its apparitions. Part of the city’s centuries old-history is their ghoulish and ghostly hauntings. Some head to this northern Floridian city for beaches and flip-flop filled vacations while others come for the peculiar, the possible and the paranormal activities.
St. Francis Inn dates back to St. Augustine’s Spanish colonial period in 1791.
A member of the National Register of Historic Places, St. Francis Inn has architecture inspired by the times and a history that spans that of the city and the military arena. Due to the threat of impending invasion that was ordered by the King of Spain, structures built at the time needed to be able to withstand a possible onslaught. The Inn stands on the street and is situated so that the front entrance and courtyard are blocked for safety. Over the years, the name has shifted many times (The Teahan House, The Hudson House, The Valencia Annex, The Amity Apartments, The Salt Air Apartments, The Palms and The Graham House and known historically as the ‘Garcia-Drummett House’) but was officially changed in the mid-1900s.
The most haunted room at the Inn is Lily’s room. Lily’s apparition has been regularly spotted performing harmless mischievous pranks throughout. Over the years both she and her lover have been the focus of the paranormal activity at the Inn. Whether flickering lights, changing radio stations or knocking objects off of shelves, it’s possible that Lily never really left the Inn.
Come for the fireplaces, stay for the ghost stories. The St. Francis Inn is filled with spooky goings on and paranormal activity. Legend has it that the hauntings are affiliated with a secret love affair that was discovered by a strict family member. After the lovers were forbidden to see each other in life, the male lover killed himself. Performing harmless mischievous acts of good-natured pranks, the two are known to roam the halls of the St. Francis Inn.