Tovar House/Gonzalez-Alvarez House - Real St. Augustine Haunt
- 14 St. Francis St.
- St. Augustine, FL
- (904) 824-2872
The infantryman Jose Tovar lived on this corner in 1763. The original site and size of his house remained unchanged during the British period, when John Johnson, a Scottish merchant, lived here. After the Spanish returned in 1784, Jose Coruna, a Canary Islander with his family, and Tomas Caraballo, and assistant surgeon, occupied the house. Geronimo Alvarez, who lived next door in the Gonzaliz-Alvarez House, purchased the property in 1791. It remained in his family until 1871. A later occupant was Civil War General Martin D. Hardin, USA. The Tovar House has been owned by the St. Augustine Historical Society since 1918 and has been nicknamed "The Oldest House," in America's "Oldest City," although reports show that neither of these names are actually true.
Reports have said the building is haunted by a shadowy male figure, strange lights have been seen, objects have moved by themselves and animals have been known to become agitated while in the building.
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Man In White
I recently visited this home with my family, in late July. As we walked around the yard outside the only entrance to this home, my dad spotted a man in billowy white clothing standing in the rear white window. He said "theres people inside, there must be something to look at up there." We walked into the house and up the stairs, expecting to see the people whom my dad had seen in the window, but to our surprise there was no one in the house, and had not been since we had arrived. Posted 7/23/19
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