The St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, Florida is an old building in an even older town. The city itself dates back to 1565 and is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the United States. The Inn dates back to 1791 when it was first built as a private residence.
Tolomato Cemetery received its fun name from the Native American village upon which it was built. These Native Americans were a small group of the Guale tribe who had converted to Catholicism and lived in Tolomato village with Franciscan monks who had established a mission there.
The city fathers could not have picked a better location for Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine. Located just outside the massive city gates at a diagonal from the ancient Castillo de San Marcos, the old burying ground is within view of beautiful Matanzas Bay. Dressed in lacy spanish moss and velvety green lawn, bedecked by weathered headstones, the cemetery is the proud grande dame of Avenida Menendez.
The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida is a destination worth visiting, ghosts or no ghosts. It is the icing on the cake for a visitor interested in the paranormal, that this ancient (for our country, at least) fort seems to house multiple hauntings. The first block was laid for this venerable old edifice in 1672 as protection against pirates and other sea-born threats to the Spanish colonial town of St. Augustine. It took 23 years for the fort to be completed, and in that time many of the workers employed in its construction perished from tropical heat and diseases, not to mention violence. It was during the Spanish rule that the Castillo obtained its first ghostly duo.