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Discover the haunts of northern Florida in this series dedicated to uncovering the uncanny in the Sunshine State. Explore abandoned hospitals, ancient springs, and modern apartment complexes from Ocala to Jacksonville, from Lake City to Tallahassee. Encounter playful spirits and frightening specters and learn their tales of lost love, of lives cut tragically short and souls lingering through eternity. And unearth stories of darker phenomena that are yet to be explained. . . . Plus, take an exciting tour through ...
Discover the haunts of northern Florida in this series dedicated to uncovering the uncanny in the Sunshine State. Explore abandoned hospitals, ancient springs, and modern apartment complexes from Ocala to Jacksonville, from Lake City to Tallahassee. Encounter playful spirits and frightening specters and learn their tales of lost love, of lives cut tragically short and souls lingering through eternity. And unearth stories of darker phenomena that are yet to be explained. . . . Plus, take an exciting tour through ancient St. Augustine, America's oldest city-and perhaps its most haunted, too. Meet the ghosts of Spanish soldiers in a centuries-old fort; watch for the light of a widow on the roof of a quaint inn; and feel the presence of Henry Flagler (and his unhappy lovers) in the school that bears his name.
|Introduction: More Legends and Beliefs||xiii|
|1||The May-Stringer House Brooksville: Don't Make Jessie May Mad||1|
|2||Silver Springs Ocala: A Watery Tomb ... An Eternal Love||9|
|3||The Herlong Mansion Micanopy: Inez||14|
|4||Hotel Blanche Lake City: So Much Unhappiness ... So Much Unrest||22|
|5||School Four Jacksonville: Jacksonville's Haunted School of Yesteryear||28|
|6||Carriage House Apartments Jacksonville: What's Going on in Apartment 40?"||35|
|7||Homestead Restaurant Jacksonville: Some Ghosts Just Like to Hang Around||43|
|8||The Casa Marina Hotel Jacksonville: Haunted Hollywood's Summer Home||51|
|9||Mayport Village Mayport: A Gaggle of Ghosts in an Ancient Fishing Village||59|
|10||Sunland Hospital North Tallahassee: The Walls Still Scream at Sunland!||66|
|11||The City of St. Augustine: America's Oldest and Most Haunted City||79|
|12||Castillo de San Marcos: An Eerie Glow and the Scent of Orange Blossoms||85|
|13||The Old Spanish Hospital: Old Soldiers Never Die||94|
|14||Flagler College: The Lady in Blue||100|
|15||Casa Monica Hotel: Strange Whispers||109|
|16||St. Francis Inn: Miss Lily and her Soldier Lover||114|
|17||Casa de la Paz: The Waiting Bride||118|
|18||Casablanca Inn: A Light in the Window||124|
|19||Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille: Catalina's Still Here||128|
|20||The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind: The Little Boy with Blond Hair||133|
|21||Huguenot Cemetery: St. Augustine's Most Haunted Graveyard||137|
|22||The Old Jail: Dexter||142|
|23||The St. Augustine Lighthouse: The Enchanted Lighthouse||145|
|Appendix A||Tools of the Modern Ghost Hunter||158|
|Appendix B||Glossary and Terminology||165|
|Appendix C||Ghost Research Organizations||174|
|Appendix D||Ghost Tours||176|
Posted April 23, 2011
This is a great book! I've been a part of ghost related research for over 30 years, starting with the New York University group back in the 60s. I have been living in Jacksonville, Florida since the early 1980s and know of many of the locations spoken of in Mr. Jenkins' book on north Florida haunted places. I know for a fact that the author did his research because I had the pleasure of meeting him at an interview in Jax back in 2007. He knows his subject, and has related things only a real ghost hunter would know, not only because of his writing, but because of is photos and video presentations he shows. I also had the opportunity to join him and a ghost research group from Daytona while investigating the Casa marina Hotel, and School four. He knows his stuff.
I love his books, and his last one from Pinapple press about bigfoots and flying saucers. It's a fun and weird book.
Posted February 28, 2011
This is one of the books in which the author gathered information from dubious sources and did not bother to check his facts. I attended Flagler College and every story he told about the school "spirits" was completely wrong. It is as though he interviewed someone who decided to feed him a ration of baloney and he swallowed it hook, line and sinker. In his chapter on Flagler, he accused Henry Flagler of being a womanizer even though the only times he was known to have taken a mistress was when Ida Alice became hopelessly insane. The spirit of the woman who allegedly hanged herself on the fourth floor was the mistress of another man, not of Henry Flagler. The author then says the ghost most often seen at Flagler is the "Blue Lady," but this isn't true either, the most often seen and talked about ghost is the "Lady in White," the name generally given to the ghost of Ida Alice Flagler.
The author also includes a chapter on the Casa Monica Hotel, but, apparently, he did not interview anyone who worked in the building when it was serving as the St. Johns County Courthouse, when most of the ghostly activity was reported. I worked in the courthouse and I was very disappointed the author did such a poor job on this chapter.
After the book was published, I heard from various sources that in addition to failing to research the locations in his book, the author made a lot of false claims about himself, as well. Specifically, on the back cover of the book, he claims to be a "mental health counselor," yet, I have heard that he is not licensed by the State of Florida as a counselor. This is something the publisher should have checked before putting it on the back of a book.
Posted June 27, 2008
Some people think Dr. Jenkins is one of those wacky Ghost buster want-a-bes, but he¿s not. He is a part of the UKs psychic organization, and he teaches folklore. But, he¿s a down-to-earth licensed psychologist and addictions specialist, so he no nut job like many of these people turn out to be. I heard him lecture at the Blanche Hotel in Lake City early this year, so I know how he speaks. He also de-bunked a phony psychic want-a-be named Sheila V. out of Orlando, so I know he doesn¿t believe every story that come along. Overall, this is a pretty damn good book, and it entertains. Try watching Haunted Histories on the History Channel...his stuff is a lot like that, only in book form. JenniferWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2008
Having been a ghost hunter for many years, I can usually tell from a book whether or not the author is writing from actual experience or word of mouth. Obviously, this author, however well-versed he may be, did not actally experience any of the hauntings he wrote about and took much of his information from other sources. I doubt very much if much of this book is valid and would hesitate to recommend it. It sounds more like fiction than fact.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2005
I though the first volume was great, and this one follows the same tradition. North Florida and St. Augustine are covered in this book, and the legends are fun and new. This book, like the first is more like a tour guide than just a book on ghost stories...It makes you want to go there. Also, these two books have a lot extra in the back. Subjects like 'Tools of the Ghost Hunter' and 'Ghost Tours and Walks' offer a grand departure from the run-of-the-mill book on ghosts and hauntings. Great stuff!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.