Even after I have moved and gone away from Florida, I will forever continue to speak about what a truly unique state this is. Even the most mundane places have some kind of story attached to them, and they really are never what you might expect. Florida is so full of surprises, the most boring place you can imagine to go, say, a pharmacy, could have one heck of a (possible) haunted past.
Such is the case with this Melbourne, Florida CVS. At first glance it is nothing more than a chain pharmacy, but wait until you hear this story.
In my head, I’m going to pretend that you’ve been with me from the very start, and are now asking, “but Evie, you’ve already written about a haunted CVS in Orlando. What makes this one so special?”
Let me tell you, friends, that this story is simply different from the others, even if there’s only one other haunted CVS in the state (that I’m aware of so far). There’s something so much more sinister about this story. So, let’s get started.
Once called “Crane Creek”, Melbourne (named after Melbourne, Australia local Cornthwaite John Hector), the city has been around a long time, with around 70 people living in Melbourne by 1885, only a few short years after its establishment in 1880.
Today, Melbourne is like any other town in Florida, historical yet modern, with many staples of everyday life for human convenience. Like multiple CVS pharmacies to choose from. The one we’re interested in, is at 19. E. New Haven Avenue, and was once the site of a Mexican restaurant called Miquel’s, which has since closed. Before Miquel’s was Miquel’s, though, it was the home of “Doc” Sloan, also known as William Prescott Sloan, a bootlegger. Sadly, his toddler-daughter, according to legend, played with matches one night during a party and caught on fire, passing away from the severe burns. Stories and apparent eyewitness reports say the ghost of the little girl never left, traveling over to Miquel’s.
Customers and employees alike have reported the sounds of “a child crying and sometimes screaming,” along with “the moving of items in the restaurant with no explanation how or who moved it.”
Perfect. I mean no insult to the restaurant, but with a reputation like that, it’s clear to me why people might have eventually been to afraid to eat. I don’t care how good the Mexican food is, and I’m Mexican. If this restaurant was still open, I’d be way too afraid of choking on my Menudo because I jumped out of fear.
We’re going to pull another Randy Jackson and say, “it’s a no from me, dawg.” Let’s hope it’s all just a tale, because I really don’t do well with ghost stories involving kids.
With Miquel’s long gone, though, does this mean the ghosts are, too? Well, if you ask me, if the ghost is willing to stay after their home is turned into a Mexican restaurant, I bet they wouldn’t mind living in a CVS, either.
Have you been to this restaurant or heard the stories of the hauntings? Have you heard about the CVS now being haunted? Let me know in the comments.
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