The Haunting of the Original Ripley’s Believe it or Not! – St. Augustine

Even with all the weird, crazy, and outlandish stuff at Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Saint Augustine, the most interesting and bizarre thing may be the building itself.

Before the Ripley heirs acquired the building known as Warden Castle, the building was sold to wealthy hotelier Norton Baskin and his wife, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. In 1941 The couple renovated Warden Castle and converted it into a lavish hotel.

Tragedy struck the hotel in April 1944 when, as it is believed, a carelessly discarded cigarette started a fire in which 2 women perished.

In the years since the fire, mysterious figures have appeared in windows, and there are many claims of sightings of a ghostly appearance of a woman on the fourth floor.

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