Is this the most haunted island in all of Florida?

Evie M.

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I’ve said it before, but I think it’s time to reiterate this statement: Florida is truly a state of “mosts”. The most famous, the most beautiful, and of course, what I’m interested in, the most haunted. Florida also has an exceptional number of islands. Of course, I’ve never been in a state that has islands before so I have nothing really to base this on (I lived on a cruise ship as a performer and went to plenty of islands, but this doesn’t count, does it?)

A cool tidbit: Florida has over 4500 islands for tourists and locals alike to choose from. Wow. I had no idea there were that many, did you? Even if you’re not a Florida native, many of us have heard of the famed Florida Keys, widely considered one of the most sought-after vacationing paradises in the country, if not the world.

And Cedar Key would have to be one of the most beautiful and precious of them all. The town of Cedar Key is on Way Key, one of the islands in Levy County, Florida. Cedar Key has quite the history, with evidence showing Native American artifacts showing life here, believed to be the Timucua Tribe. A huge 28-foot pile of shellfish, known as the Shell Mound Archeological Site is a feature of Cedar Key as well, though the only digging done was back in 1959.

In 1840, Cedar Key started life as a shipping port for different woods, such as cedar, cypress, and pine. Exports also included rosin and turpentine, an important job that provided wood for pencils to suppliers in the North.

Today, guests who visit Cedar Key can enjoy fresh seafood, wildlife, and scenic strolls while learning about the rich history of the town. It’s also known as “Florida’s Clam capital”, which I love.

But not as much as learning about the many, many ghosts that haunt this place. As usual, I was feeding my curiosity/obsession with haunted history around Florida and came across the name Cedar Key on theshadowlands.net when searching for haunted locations in Florida and where. There was only one sentence listed under Cedar Key: “the whole island”.

Got it. The entire island is covered in ghosts. Naturally, that was enough to make me go on reading, and I’m glad I did, because this island is crazy. As I searched, the main ghost story that I noticed coming from Cedar Key would be the tragic tale of the “Kissing Ghost” of the Cedar Key Inn, that has over 13 ghosts (allegedly) haunting it. Geez!

Runner ups include an ancient curse and a ghost who rules an entire island. And you best believe I’ll be researching and writing about every single one of them.

But for now, is it safe to assume that Cedar Key could be the most haunted Island in all of Florida? Or do you believe they are all just stories? Let me know what you think in the comments. I personally can’t wait to go on a spooky vacation out to Cedar Key. My only question is: Who’s coming with me?

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