Northeast Florida is a popular destination for ghost hunters.
With St. Augustine being the oldest city in America, rumors of hauntings and apparitions run rampant throughout the area.
Jacksonville, being less than an hour from historic St. Augustine, is not immune from these legends either.
Let’s take a look at five places in Jacksonville that are rumored to be haunted – and the reasoning behind their hauntings.
Popular eatery TacoLu’s current location has a lifespan that goes far beyond its current tenant.
Before it was home to TacoLu, the building housed another popular local eatery, The Homestead. The restaurant was launched by Alpha Paynter, who had originally built the structure in the ‘30s as a boarding house.
Paynter became well-known for her restaurant’s amazing quality and had a successful career before selling the restaurant and retiring in 1961. She passed away one year later.
Following her death, legends began spreading of ghost sightings inside of the building. While no firm evidence exists (because, you know, ghosts), it’s believed that the ghost is Miss Poynter, keeping watch over her property from the afterlife.
We’d like to imagine she’s proud that the building has lived on to become another popular Jax Beach restaurant. After all, it would probably be pretty boring to haunt an empty building.