"The general character of the phenomena is nearly always the same, and it appears incredible that such coincidental happenings could possibly have taken place in all ages and in all parts of the world, had there not been some genuine manifestations behind these reports. " H. Carrington (The Story of the Poltergeist Down the Centuries, 1953)
The Casablanca Inn in
haunted St. Augustine, Florida
is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in the “Ancient City”. St. Augustine is often referred to as the “Nation’s Oldest City”. Due to the fact that it was the first city in the United States, this city has a long and rich history. Due to the history of the area, there are several documented cases of hauntings and paranormal activity throughout the area. It is not unusual to capture ghost videos, ghost pictures, and other types of unexplained phenomenon. Here, you will learn about one of the most elegant of places in the city that is considered to be haunted – the Casablanca Inn in
haunted St. Augustine.
The Casablanca Inn was constructed in the year of 1914. The original architectural design reflected the “Revival” style of the Mediterranean. Originally, this inn was called the “Matanzas Hotel”. This was largely due to the fact that the splendid building overlooks the beautiful, tropical Matanzas Bay. Several travelers and locals alike would reside at the Matanzas Hotel while it was opened for business. Eventually, the structure would come to be known as the “Bayfront Boarding House”. Several children resided at the structure during this time. This organization soon tapered off and made way for yet another change, this one resulting in the opening of the inn – the “Casablanca Inn”.
The lady that owned and operated the boarding house was the same woman who owned and operated the Casablanca Inn when it opened. Unfortunately, the lady who owned the structure began to experience financial difficulties. This occurred at the same time in which bootleggers were bringing in various types of alcohol from the ocean, into the city. There were law enforcement agents that would often visit the Casablanca in order to uncover the bootleggers of the time. This is when the lady developed an idea in which she believed would resolve her financial problems, and it did.
She had two sole responsibilities when it came to the bootlegging industry that was occurring at the time. The first was to notify the individuals bringing in the alcohol that agents were there to research the industry. The second responsibility was to provide the customers that she had with the alcohol that they desired. She became so good at both of these responsibilities that she ended up making a lot of money. The bootleggers came to respect her as a valuable source and she was well rewarded for the contributions that she made to their illegal business endeavors.
It is believed that the elderly lady who served as the “eyes” and “ears” of the individuals in the alcohol business would go to the second floor and wave her lantern back and forth towards the ocean when it was not safe for the bootleggers to come onshore. To date, several individuals traveling the seas, or walking nearby are said to have witnessed a light waving back and forth as to warn not to come too close. This is still observed despite the fact that this lady is buried away at the popular and
haunted Huguenot Cemetery
in historical downtown St. Augustine.