Read Haunted Monticello Florida during the day, especially if you're afraid of things that go bump in the night. Filled with true ghost stories and tales of paranormal encounters, this book by Betty Davis and the Big Bend Ghost Trackers is thoroughly researched and includes legends, tales, and personal stories of the supernatural.
As professional ghost hunters, the Big Bend Ghost Trackers have had numerous contacts with the spirit world, and have a particular affinity for the county seat of Jefferson County. Named by ABC News as "the South's most haunted small town," Monticello has the distinction of having one in every three of its historic buildings designated as haunted.
After several years of conducting on-site research, and supplying tales for the Monticello ghost tours, Davis and her colleagues decided to put the information into book form. The result is a collection of true ghost stories and paranormal investigations along with photos of the haunted sites.
The book begins with some Florida history and an overview of Jefferson County. It gives insight into this very “Southern” Northwest Florida county along with some fun facts like why it is known as the “Keystone County,” and that descendants of Thomas Jefferson once lived in the town of Monticello.
Chapters include the Old Hanging Tree, the Jefferson County Courthouse, and the John Denham House, voted in 2003 by USA Today as the third most haunted bed and breakfast in the country. One of the town’s most famous residents, John Henry Perkins, can still be found in the Perkins Opera House – more than 80 years after his death.
As you read the book, here are a few things to note.
* If you are a bride in need of a wedding gown, don’t buy Pricilla’s. She won’t let you wear it.
* Be careful if you walk down Dogwood Street. Chances are you won’t be alone.
* And if you need a doctor, stop by the Palmer House. The doctor is always in.
Haunted Monticello Florida tells these tales and many more. There are also explanations of earth energies, cold spots, how ghosts can attach themselves to solid objects, and why spirits often inhabit certain locations.
Because they are professional paranormal investigators, Davis and her team have included some dos and don’ts for those interested in finding ghosts. Their best advice is don’t; at least not without a trained professional medium or paranormal expert.
If ever there was a book that covers both the history and spirit(s) of a town,Haunted Monticello Florida is that book. With 112 pages, 28 black and white photos, a bibliography, and over 20 tales, it is a spook festival of haunts and happenings.
Don’t read it alone.
By Betty Davis & the Big Bend Ghost Trackers
Haunted America, A Division of the History Press, 2011, $19.99
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