A Trip to St. Augustine
The following photos were taken during a recent trip to St. Augustine, Florida. Owl did a book signing at the local Barnes & Noble, where he got together with several other horror writers. After the signing, they all visited the old lighthouse, and took a “ghost tour” of the ancient city. St. Augustine is a wonderful old city, and it is especially spooky at night.
Horror writers Robert W. Walker, Garrett Peck, Judi Rohrig, and Owl’s wife, Nancy, on top of the old lighthouse in St. Augustine.
One of the old cisterns in the basement of the lighthouse keeper’s home. Some believe that the peeling paint looks like the old keeper.
The old drugstore sits on the site of an Indian burial ground. (Someone is just asking for trouble).
The headstone of Seminole chief Tolomato sits inside the drugstore. The inscription on the wooden sign reads,
“NOTIS. This werry elaborte pile is ereckted in memery of Tolomato a Seminole Ingine cheef whoos wigwarm stuud on this spot and sirroundings. Wee cherris his memery as he was a good harted cheef. He wood knot take yoour skalp without you begged him to do so or pade him sum munny. He always akted more like a Christsun gentle man than a savage Ingine. Let him R.I.P.”
Members of the “ghost tour” listen to guide Melissa as she tells the story behind one of St. Augustine’s many “haunted houses.”
Ghost tour guide, Melissa, entertains the audience with tales of hauntings and things that go bump in the night.
Three photos (1) (2) (3) taken of the Tolomato cemetery at night. All three photos were taken at the same time, with the same camera settings and flash. The first two photos show what appears to be a mysterious fog, yet no fog appears in the third photo. There was no fog to be seen at the time the photos were taken, but Owl and several of the other writers did smell a horrible odor of death coming from within the cemetery. The odor was experienced at the same time the two photos with the fog were being taken. Ghostly encounter, or just a trick of the lighting? You be the judge. (note — the photos were taken in the middle of the film roll, not near the end. Also, the images are much clearer in the original photos).
The Tolomato Cemetery during the daytime.
A real ghost? Sorry, it’s just Nancy Goingback standing on the porch of St. Augustine’s favorite haunted houses.
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