Phantom History

Phantom History

Hauntings can occur anywhere, from cemeteries to modern-day structures. Through storytelling and interviews with experts, it is the goal of this podcast to share the stories behind those hauntings and uncover the truth about the lives and legacies of those who came before us, and those who somehow still linger. Are you an investigator or do you have a historic location you'd like us to check out? Let us know at podcast@phantomhistory.com.

Episodes

September 28, 2022 18 min

The Hacienda Hotel in New Port Richey, Fla., is a Mediterranean-style pink hotel dating back to 1927. While the venue has been recently renovated and returned to its former glory and is again welcoming guests, the hotel long sat dormant and was the site of break ins and alleged paranormal sightings.

With the hotel now restored and open again, Historian Bob Langford and hotel public relations manager Dylan Gamez share their stories o...

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Poasttown Elementary School was built in the 1930s and served as a place of education until the year 2000. It’s a building in rural Ohio that is now known more for the sightings of apparitions and spirits within its walls than it is for exams and PTA meetings. The reasons behind those hauntings could be linked to two separate train accidents in 1891 and 1910 that claimed lives and turned the land upon with the school sits into a te...

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As Indianapolis' longest-running bar, the Slippery Noodle is the site of some of the best live Blues music in the country. The bar originally opened its doors in 1850 but has had many names, several owners and plenty of mystery surrounding it since then. It has served as an Inn, a restaurant, a brothel and even as a stop on the Underground Railroad during and shortly after the American Civil War. Its storied history has led to ...

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August 16, 2022 21 min

As the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine has a reputation for also being one of its most haunted. In this dive into the history of the city that has been alive for more than 500 years, Phantom History talks to a historian and tour guide who not only tells the fabled history of this town, but has her own experiences to share as well. From its impressive fort, Castillo de san Marcos, to its Old School House and City Gates, St. ...

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August 2, 2022 22 min

The Sorrel-Weed House is one of the first massive mansions to be built in Savannah, Georgia, and its sprawling 16,000 square foot presence overlooks one of the oldest squares in the city. But there's more to this building than just its impending size. Its history of tragedy, death, illnesses and suicide make it one of the most haunted destinations in the United States.
Aubrey Northrop, a tour guide at the mansion, shares the his...

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The Starling Magickal Occult Shop at 1022 Royal Street in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter is the home to the city's oldest all practice occult shop. But there is much more to the building than a shop. It's the home to Priestess Claudia Williams, who welcomes spirits into the building and often assists in guiding them into the light. 
In this episode, paranormal investigator Michael Bill, who works closly with Wi...

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July 5, 2022 17 min

Bobby Mackey's Music World has been dubbed America's most haunted honkytonk. The building dates back to the early 20th century and has been a home to a number of failed businesses before boots scooted across its dance floor. The unique building has ties to the mob, a murder, alleged suicides and even rumored satanic rituals. Employees and visitors alike have reported apparitions, strange sounds and unexplainable phenomena i...

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June 21, 2022 17 min
Asylums were big business in the 19th and 20th century. Those who were deemed mentally deficient, whether they were or not, or infected with an incurable disease often found themselves placed into institutions for the insane where experimental treatments were conducted in hopes of curing their particular ailment. With little or no oversight, staff were free to do as they wanted with these so-called patients and many perished at the...
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July 23, 2020 23 min

The current St. Augustine Lighthouse has stood on Anastasia Island since the 1870s, but there was a lighthouse prior to the current structure that eventually fell into the Atlantic Ocean. For centuries, Florida's oldest city has had some kind of light tower and those that lived and worked on the grounds are said to still roam them. Phantom History gets those stories and experiences directly from tour guide Kelcie Lloyd, who has...

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June 14, 2020 17 min

In the 1870s, the United States Government commissioned 10 structures to serve as safe havens for shipwreck survivors along Florida's Atlantic Coast. Today, only one of those buildings still stands and now serves as a museum. But the Keepers of the Martin County House of Refuge aren't certain that they are alone in the building after hours. Different smells permeate various rooms, a cold spot rests under the stairwell and b...

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May 23, 2020 21 min

A historic restaurant and inn in South St. Louis, Missouri was once the home of an iconic family known for bringing lager beer to the Midwest. But the Lemp family's home, while iconic and beautiful, has a tragic past. Four members of the family committed suicide and a mysterious "missing" family member is said to still wander the halls. Learn about the history of the Lemp Mansion and its paranormal guests in this episod...

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May 5, 2020 17 min

On the South Florida Fairgrounds sets a village that transports visitors back in time. A collection of relocated and reassembled buildings make up Yesteryear Village, offering a glimpse of what life looked like prior to 1940. But it may not only be the buildings that were transported to this outdoor history museum. Stories of the spirits of those who used to call those buildings home have been reported since the first building was ...

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September 29, 2019 17 min

Before it was a museum dedicated to the railroad magnate and a part of the massive University of Tampa campus, the building that houses relics of Tampa's past was the largest hotel in the area, serving the elite of America's Northeast during the winter months. Some of those visitors from the past are said to still roam the halls and those who have spotted some strange things are more than willing to share their stories in t...

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September 1, 2019 24 min

For more than nine decades the Tampa Theatre has operated non-stop, meaning the ornate downtown theater has seen more than its fare share of patrons. But theater marketing director Jill Watecki and Jeremy Reddig of Genesis Paranormal Services is convinced some of those patrons and past employees have never left.

Part two of this story discusses several entities spotted within the building, including the Woman in White, the Man in th...

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August 18, 2019 23 min

The Tampa Theatre has been in continuous operation since it first opened its doors in 1926. Since then, countless patrons and employees have walked through its ornate lobby and enjoyed the unique "Atmospheric" architecture within. According to Tampa Theatre Marketing Director Jill Watecki and Genesis Paranormal Services director Jeremy Reddick, some of those patrons and employees may just still be lingering within the theat...

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July 29, 2019 16 min

It was like every other night. Quiet. That was until they heard one sound that at any other time wouldn't spark that much interest. But after 2 a.m., the sound of a solitary key striking the string inside of an old piano would catch anyone off guard. It was especially surprising to both since they were the only two left in the business and neither one was near the piano. 

For Stone Soup Company owner Ilya Goldberg, the piano is ...

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June 30, 2019 19 min

For 17 years the Shriver family owned and operated the Don Vicente Hotel in Tampa's historic district. But the building did much more than entertain out of town guests. It also had a handful of spirits that would make themselves known in a variety of ways. In this episode I talk to Tessa Cramer, who ran the hotel with other members of her family. She shares her personal encounters and talks about the history of the building whi...

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June 16, 2019 14 min

For nearly a century the Vinoy Resort and Golf Club has overlooked the shores of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg. But shortly after it began accepting guests from all over the world, the resort has been home to "The Lady in White." She's seen throughout the massive building, and she may not be alone. This episode discusses the history behind the landmark hotel and probes why it may have so many lingering spirits wi...

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June 9, 2019 15 min

The peaceful, waterfront Philippe Park just north of St. Petersburg, Florida is home to a massive temple mound placed there centuries ago by a native American tribe called the Tocobaga. That mound, many believe, maintains the heavy spiritual activity that so many report.

Phantom History takes a dive into the history of the park and speaks with two paranormal investigators who share what they've discovered and experienced during ...

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Years after he moved out of the childhood home where he would see doors open on their own, hear footsteps on the second floor and see glowing eyes in the basement, John moved into his own home within the city limits. It didn't take him long to discover, however, that another spirit had already staked claim to the house. This one was more mischievous than scary. At least it was, until things got a little out of hand during a par...

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