Haunts and Houses on the Wild Rose Haunted Garden Hop

A WWII Vintage Romance in Beautiful St. Augustine, Florida

Haunts and Houses

I like old places. They have history, character, and maybe a ghost or two. When I took the tour of the famous Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida, where my latest novel is set, I was hoping for more than a lecture on art and architecture. I wanted some stories of former residents who had moved on from this world, but lingered in spirit. Sadly, the serious minded guide, who knew tons about the history of the building, was mum on the subject of ghosts.

Ghost don’t bother me since I live in a haunted house. In the ten years we’ve owned the old place, we’ve had our share of experiences. Finding all the kitchen cabinets standing open in the morning is a common occurrence. We simply shut the doors and make coffee. Toys that turn on and play by themselves – old news. Sighting the four feet tall black mass that moves down the stairs and across the living room is so common it’s like putting on socks.

Our exterminator got a scare one day last fall. He was upstairs in my son’s room after the kids left for school. He came down to me and reported that one of the kids was skipping. The wayward child was hiding out and playing with cars.  I smiled and said, “That’s the ghost.” The man turned the color of a ghost pumpkin and mumbled, “I hate these old houses.” He still refuses to climb the stairs without an escort.

Generally, our ghost behaves himself. We’ve had a few incidents of items flying across the room and nights when he tries to wake us up continuously. We can live with that. I like the character, the chance for adventure, and the great ghost stories. Leave a comment about your favorite ghost story or a haunted house in your area for a chance to win a copy of my latest novel, Ellen Takes Troy, and a $10 Amazon gift card.

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23 thoughts on “Haunts and Houses on the Wild Rose Haunted Garden Hop

  1. Beckey

    I don’t have to go far for a haunt house experiance.. My house is haunted by possible two children who passed away under what the experts say the influenza out break back in the 1920’s. You can hear them running thru the house laughing, and they have a habit of playing tricks on us by moving stuff and turning lights on, I go on with the silly things they do annoying at times…

    Thanks for the great post
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    Happy Halloween

    1. admin Post author

      We’re having a paranormal group in soon to see what we have exactly. It should be interesting. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Jackie Wisherd

    I guess living in an old house with a ghost would make you a believer but I would have moved out after the first incident. I don’t blame your exterminator for not having an escort.

  3. Christine Elaine Black

    The theater in my city is haunted by a prior owner and he comes out on opening night if the show will be successful. I’ve never seen him but he has a facebook page. Seriously! I’ll send the link to you privately. Great post.

  4. Jane Squires

    I don’t believe you only have three comments – I swear I have ghosts lately. Seems things fly out of refrigerator and fall on me – not really but things are spooky sometimes. House I rent is not level.
    Please enter me to win.

  5. Karen Michelle Nutt

    My parent’s house has a few ghosts that visit from time to time. A little girl with long blonde hair is the only consistent haunt and all in the family and few friends have seen her. A woman ghost, who wore a long dress and her hair in a bun, would wake up my father if he overslept for work. There’s another presence that likes to slam doors and window. Must be to drafty for them. lol

    Love reading about ghost stories.

  6. mary

    I too have stories of ghosts. In college, we named our extra roommate Elmer Aand
    d more than once had to ask him to stop hiding or throwing things like my hairbrush or our keys. My current home has a ghost that slinks between two room just throwing a shadow. Once, however, he ran into me with a whoosh of air. To my husbands dismay I simply asked him to watch where he was going.

    1. admin Post author

      We talk to our ghost sometimes too. When he’s being particularly pesky, we have to admonish him. Like a child, he goes away and sulks.

  7. JanD

    I don’t think I can handle living in a house with a resident ghost. I’ll drop by for a visit but not staying the night.
    bituin76 hotmail dot com

  8. ash krafton

    We live in a peaceful house (rats!) but I come from a line of sensitive…glad to say my daughter has shown the talent when she ended up adopting a ghostly orphan in Gettysburg last year.

    Chip off the old block. :)

    Cheers, Ash


  9. Kathryn Knight

    Ohhh I have shivers. Ghost stories are what I write (combined of course with romance :) ) Happy Halloween! kathrynknightbooks at comcast.net

  10. LaVerne Clark

    Eeeeee!! That is seriously scary May! If I came o visit, you’d have to hold my hand I think. I’m such a wuss – but then I love to hear these stories too :)
    Happy Halloween.

    clarksnelson at clear.net.nz

  11. Crystal Craig

    The only haunted place I’ve heard of that’s near where I live now is a hotel somewhere in Lexington, KY. I don’t really know much about it, but people have said that they hear children laughing sometimes and other random people talking.

    Where I used to live, my grandparents’ house was actually haunted, by them. When my grandparents died, my aunt got the house and my cousins would tell me of hearing a rocking chair in the attic and smelling cigar smoke. One of my cousins said that sometimes she would feel her bed sink in on one side and she thought she saw my grandpa sitting there when it would happen.

    I have never experienced any of these things for myself, but I didn’t stay there anymore once my grandparents died so I wouldn’t know if they were telling the truth or not, haha. :)

  12. Dawna Newman

    I don’t have a ghost experience or story but I did have something happen while playing with an Ouija Board once. Never touched one after that.


  13. Tricia Schneider

    That’s incredible! I love hearing stories like this! I have a ghost, too (maybe more than one). The very first week we moved into our house, my husband and I began hearing footsteps and other odd, unexplainable noises. Rather than scare us, it intrigued us. We both lived in haunted houses before, so it’s kind of comforting to know there’s something here, too. And my 2 year-old has recently told me about a man she keeps seeing in my bedroom. I can’t see him. She says he walks from my bedroom into my closet. He’s been quiet with the footsteps lately, but I guess he’s still here! Your book looks great! I’d love to read it! My husband is a WWII re-enactor. We love both ghosts and history in our house! A great combination! :)

  14. Jenny

    There is a bar downtown that everyone says is haunted and I think that is why it does such good business. I’ve never seen anything creepy there, but I’ve heard about strange noises and things moving on their own.

    Jyl22075 at gmail dot com

  15. Hywela Lyn

    Hi May. Fellow Blog Hopper stopping by to say ‘Hi and Happy Halloween. I enjoyed your post. I’ve had a couple of ghostly encounters myself, but I don’t think I’d like to live in a haunted house.


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