Naples, FL is full of sunshine, beaches, shopping, and outdoor halloween activities, but when the sun goes down, there are a few places where the living aren’t the only visitors. Some local places have hidden histories and rumors of tragic events that still linger.
If you’d like to do a little paranormal investigation, leave the safety of your comfortable vacation rental home and check out these haunted locations in Naples.
Address: 137 12th Ave. South Naples
Known as the oldest house in Naples, The Palm Cottage was built in 1895 by a founding resident, Walter N. Haldeman. It’s now a museum run and under the preservation of the Naples Historical Society. It was constructed of tabby mortar, which is handmade concrete that consists of sand, shells, and water. It is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. During renovations it is said that tools would be mysteriously moved and cold spots would chill workers in various locations throughout the home. Docent-guided tours are given every Tuesday – Saturday afternoon.
Address: #117 near 3845 Tollgate Boulevard off Interstate 75 in Naples
Known for feeding thousands of hungry travelers and locals, this Cracker Barrel has a gruesome and tragic past. Murders of innocent employees rocked the small community back in 1995 and though the locals want to put the past behind them, it seems that certain spirits have other ideas. Items that move on their own, a freezer door that opens on its own, and a general feeling of despair occasionally remind the current employees what happened so many years ago.
Address: 3800 Corkscrew Rd., State Highway 41, Estero (20 miles from Naples)
A self-proclaimed messiah, religious cult, and commune built in 1894 are all ingredients to a recipe of fear. This park has a torrid past that includes a new religion and followers that were so dedicated to their leader that they kept his body on display after his death, awaiting his resurrection. Visitors have reported seeing shadow people, voices, and unexplained orbs.
Not a location, but rather a Naples paranormal investigation group. This group is located in South Florida and investigates paranormal activity throughout the state. They specialize in collecting evidence of the supernatural and helping those who are troubled by uneasy spirits.
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