Ripley's Believe It or Not! - St. Augustine FL Real Haunted Places
- 19 San Marco Ave.
- St. Augustine, FL
- (904) 824-1606
This Ripley's Believe It or Not! is housed inside an 1880s castle that was originally built by Standard Oil partner William G. Warden. It was later a hotel, owned by author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (“The Yearling”) and her husband Norton Baskin, before it became the chain museum. Some believe the place is haunted because of the many strange collectibles that are kept here, but the history of the castle also adds to the hauntings. Local legend says that Ruth Hopkins Pickering and Betty Neville Richeson, who perished in a 1944 fire here, were actually murdered first; their bodies were then burned by their assailant to cover his tracks. Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure tells of the sightings of both ghosts, seen peering out the windows of their rooms. Mr. Ripley passed away in 1949 and visited the hotel frequently before it became one of his museums.
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Sitting outside of it now!
I was reading an article about hauntings in Florida and I happen to be sitting in the parking lot of ripley's museum right now! Lol I have been in the museum twice over the weekend, and haven't seen anything out of the ordinary. I am going on the haunted train your tonight though. Here's to hoping we catch something! :) Posted 3/14/16
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