Haunted Locations in South Florida


South Florida and West Palm Beach have many locations where ghost hunters can find their prey. From an old funeral parlor to an ancient English pub, there's no shortage of apparitions that will give you goose bumps and send you running.

The Riddle House

The Riddle House was built in the 1905 by Henry Flagler's employees for use by "The Gatekeeper," who was the overseer of Woodlawn Cemetery, which was across the street. It also served as a funeral parlor for the dead before they were laid to rest in the cemetery. Constructed of reclaimed wood, the house was brightly painted and subsequently given the moniker, "The Painted Lady." One of the cemetery workers, a man nicknamed "Buck," was killed in town one night during a drunken brawl. Buck was reported to have roamed the grounds and porch of the house long after his own demise.

In 1920, it was taken over by a man by the name of Karl Riddle. During his ownership, one of his employees, named Joseph, hanged himself by the roof rafters. From notations in Karl Riddle's diary, his family had difficulties keeping employees. Between ghostly apparitions and hearing the sounds of chains, no one wanted to remain on staff. After Karl Riddle died, the city of West Palm Beach donated the house to John Riddle, the nephew of Karl. In 1995, the house was moved to Yesteryear Village, a historic village in remembrance of times past in West Palm Beach. During reconstruction of the house in its new location, workers reported that their tools were thrown asunder, and windows from the top floor would break instantaneously. Work was delayed for six months because no construction crew could be convinced to enter the house.

You can visit the Riddle House on its current site at the South Florida Fairgrounds Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. As seen on the Travel Channel TV show, "Ghost Adventures," one walk through the house is enough to give your spine chills.

King Cromartie House

The King Cromartie House was built by builder Edwin King in 1907 using salvaged ship timbers. It now stands as a museum of the time at its location at 229 SW Second Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the Historic Village. Visitors to the museum who don't even have any idea of the long history of the place have reported seeing ghostly manifestations that could be the ghost of Edwin King's wife, Louise King-Cromartie. Others have noticed movement in the upstairs window, including the image of Louise herself standing at the window as if she longs to leave but can't.

The Blue Anchor British Pub

The Blue Anchor British Pub was unfortunately, the scene of a grisly murder over 100 years ago. Situated on what used to be a lonely highway road at 804 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach. Back then, Bertha Starkey was a lonely sailor's wife. Left by herself for long months at a time, Bertha sought warmth and comfort in the arms of another man while her husband fought for live and sustenance at sea. One rainy evening, Bertha's husband arrived back home to find the house empty. A neighbor reported that Bertha could be found at the Blue Anchor Pub. As he came through the doors, he found Bertha sitting in a corner in the arms of her lover. Enraged, the sailor went back home in the rain and grabbed a hatchet from the kitchen. He returned to the pub and proceeded to hack Bertha to death in front of everyone. The sailor finished out his years in prison, but the ghost of Bertha Starkey sill haunts the wooden floorboards of the pub. At night, employees at the pub can hear footsteps creaking on the floorboards overhead.

South Florida has a long history of maritime tales and wanderings. If you're looking for a good ghost story, you're sure to find one here.

Kate Supine writes from sunny South Florida, where it still gets dark at night. Be sure to leave a comment below if you visit any of these ghostly locations so she knows you made it out alive.