St. Augustine, Florida is home to many paranormal locations, most likely due to its extremely bloody and gruesome history. The Spanish originally landed in St. Augustine and slaughtered many Native Americans in order to develop a settlement. One of the most well known is St. Johns County Jail, also known simply as the “Old Jail” because of it’s historical status. Even in it’s prime, this jail was known for its extreme brutality towards its prisoners. Prisoners were given little to no food and forced to work long hours during the day, and when they finally went to sleep it was generally on an incect ridden bed of moss. Prisoners put on death row were forced to watch as their gallows were built. Citizens who watched these public hangings say some of the men hanged for more than 10 minutes as their face slowly turned pale and they died.
It is said that this is one of the most haunted places in the city of St. Augustine. Patrons of the tourist attraction have reported extremely rancor smells in certain rooms or cells. Voices of the prisoners can be heard hundreds of years later as well as cold fingers running down their backs. Reports of people being pushed out of rooms and even down stairwells are not uncommon and some patrons even recall seeing full intelligent apparitions where the entities interact with the living, some friendly and some not so much.
Many believe that these are a hoax but history of this haunted location proves otherwise. The occurrences have even drawn the attention of paranormal investigators like TAPS and the Northern Florida Paranormal Group. More information can be found here and tours are even offered here.