I love old cities and towns for their wonderful stories and quaint shops. I had the opportunity to visit the lovely little city of St. Augustine for my 41st birthday. To be perfectly honest I had no idea that it was considered the oldest city in the United States. All I had ever heard about this city was how beautiful it was and that it had a haunted lighthouse. I’ll explain a little more about the lighthouse in a subsequent paragraph. A friend of mine wanted to spend the weekend in the quaint little city, and since my birthday fell on the weekend, we made it a nice little celebration.
From the moment we drove into this city, I was in love with it. I don’t know everything there is to know about this city because it has an extensive history. What I can tell you is when it was founded and by whom. St. Augustine was founded by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles from Spain in 1565. Now that is truly an old city. This beautiful city was governed by Spain, then by Britain, and finally by the United States in the early 1800s.
There are many historical landmarks to visit while in St. Augustine and my favorite was the amazing lighthouse. I am one of those people who is fascinated with the paranormal. Yes, you read that right. I think I’ve watched every episode of “Ghost Hunters” from the first episode till its last. “Ghost Hunters” aired an episode on the St. Augustine Lighthouse in 2005. It was incredible. I was at the edge of my seat for the entire episode. They caught a shadow figure staring down at them from the stairway above. They heard disembodied voices, footsteps, etc. If you have ever watched this show, you know that they air whatever they catch on camera or audio recorders to prove that it happened. There are 219 spiraled steps to the top. I tried to walk them all, but I stopped about half way up. My bad knee wouldn’t let me go further. Another interesting fact about this lighthouse is that it is still a working lighthouse. Continue reading “St. Augustine and The Haunted Lighthouse”