Sunday, May 19, 2013
Haunted Port Charlotte, Florida - Restlawn Cemetery
A friend at work told me about this Port Charlotte legend. He claims to have visited the cemetery after dark and experienced hearing strange sounds. Now that I've lived in Charlotte County for over three years, I've become more and more intrigued by the local mythology.
The first house ever built in Port Charlotte is located adjacent to the cemetery. The house is said to have been owned by a farmer who murdered his wife. After the structure fell into a state of disrepair the county decided to condemn the old shack. Since that time many have reported hearing eerie noises coming from the area that the house is located in. Also a ghostly figure has been spotted roaming around the cemetery late at night. Also the sound of swarms of bees has plagued neighbors around the area for years.
"Scary Stuff happening out there. We went out there last winter and heard screams coming from the far side of the cemetery. We then saw a figure looking at us from behind a tree."
According to Haunted Florida:
Usually, a cemetery haunting deals with the cemetery itself. In this case, it deals with a specific location on the outskirts of the cemetery. There was an old shack located at the edge of the cemetery and is the oldest house in Port Charlotte. The initial occupants were a farmer and his wife, whom he later murdered. Since then, the shack has deteriorated and the county has officially condemned it. It is said, that near that section of the cemetery, you can experience cold spots, putrid smells, unexplained sounds and even see the apparition of a woman. Neighbors have been bothered by a now local phenomenon known as the "Killer Bee Phenomenon". The entire area is plagued by the sounds of swarms of bees, even though there are no swarms of bees found anywhere.
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