The Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley tour was the coolest tour we took in St. Augustine, Florida. They have even been featured on the Travel and Discovery Channels. We met on Granada Street to board the decorated trolley for a night full of adventure and ghost tales. Alexa was our guide for the evening and she did an excellent job on our ghost tour.
We began our tour driving down various streets of the historic downtown with Alexa telling us stories of strange and paranormal happenings around the St. Augustine area, “we don’t know why these strange things happen here; but they do.”
Our first stop was to the lighthouse on Anastasia Island, built in 1874. Though we did not go in, we took pictures in some haunted areas where ghosts have been spotted and EVP activity has been recorded. The lighthouse looked lovely in the full moon light and added an extra flair for our tour. In order to capture orbs in our pictures, Alexa told us to take them in the 3-5 burst mode with flash on for best results. Several people in our group were lucky enough to capture some in their pictures.
We circled around the Fort, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, which is the oldest masonry fort in the United States, and Alexa told us about the famous cannon mishap there. I will not spoil it for you, but it was my favorite story of the evening.
Our last stop was a walking trip through the dark and eerie Old Jail that has been included in many ghost filmings in the past. The jail was completed in 1891 and housed prisoners for 60 years. Only 8 hangings are recorded taking place there, but it is believed that many more occurred in their gallows under the command of Sheriff Joe Perry. Inmate Charlie Powell gave us his firsthand account of one death and the jail’s horrific living conditions.
The tour was rated PG so it was not too scary but it was great fun. Tickets for the ghosts and gravestones trolley tour are $26 for adults and $14 for children and lasts about 100 minutes. My family thought the tour was cheesy but incredibly entertaining. I appreciated that Old Town Trolley hosted us.
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