I have no idea why I'm on a haunted college kick lately, but Florida is stuffed with them. And, if you ask me, so far there is none other more beautiful (and apparently haunted) than Flagler college in St. Augustine. I mean, just look at it. This is only one room in the college.
If you're like me and never heard of Flagler college until right now, we'll go over the history. For everyone else bare with me.
Why is Flagler College considered to be so haunted?
Established in 1968 by a man named Lawrence Lewis Jr., Flagler College is billed as a "private liberal arts college in St. Augustine, Florida'. There is even a sister campus in Tallahassee, Florida.
For a short time back in 2014, Flagler College earned eighth place on the U.S. News & World Report college survey list of best colleges in the South. However, scandal broke when the Vice President of enrollment management bowed out of his job when caught altering test scores since 2004. Even still, Flagler college is widely recognized for the beauty of the campus and academics.
And also the ghosts, of course.
Before Flagler College was Flagler college, Henry Flagler, the Founder of Standard Oil and "father of South Florida"—called it home during the winter. When Mrs. Flagler fell ill, Henry took her to Florida on doctor's orders, and once she died in 1881, he stayed.
Flagler created a winter resort, a paradise, and spared no expense. (He even got his friend Thomas Edison to light the place). In 1888 the Ponce de Leon Hotel opened, and became an instant success. But during WWII the hotel became a Coast Guard training center, and then closed for good in 1967 before it became of what is now Flagler College.
With a hotel this busy and with so many different lives, there are bound to be ghosts left behind. Along with a lady all in black who stands at the edges of students' beds, many reports are about Mr. Flagler himself. (Room 300 in Ponce Hall seems especially active). There are stories of lights going out, banging, all kinds of activity. There's also the ghost of a little boy, Flagler's second wife, Ida, and his mistress, walking around.
Can you take a ghost tour of Flagler College?
While there are many notable ghost tours around St. Augustine, so far I cannot find any offerings from tour companies or Flagler College itself. The official website does offer historical tours, where you can visit and learn about the incredible architecture, but ghost tours are a no. I suggest giving the college a call for yourself and continue to check the website. When one's available. I'll be the first one there. My only question is: Who's coming with me?