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St. Augustine, Florida, America's ancient city. Just hearing the name takes me on a trip through time, wondering what the Native Americans thought as increasing numbers of 16th century Spaniards arrived in ships; what it was like as Spain struggled with France and England for control of Florida; and how the city has changed since becoming a part of the United States in 1821.

A Collection of Varied Home Styles
A stroll through modern St.

Augustine reveals a variety of architectural styles in homes and other structures. You'll see influences from all of the town's past residents, including those built with what I always think of as the St. Augustine's "signature" material, coquina stone. Made from shell fragments that have hardened together, coquina was used to construct a great number of homes and buildings, including a massive 18th century fort, the Castillo de San Marcos.

The entire city is a wonderful blend of styles and cultures. You'll see Spanish and English Colonial designs, homes and other buildings with Moorish influences, Victorian elements, and other styles that have been popular during St. Augustine's long existence.

I adore the town. Its unique charm draws me in every time I visit, making it difficult to leave. There are many people who believe a great number of former residents felt the same way, and that even death couldn't draw them away from St.

Augustine.

Famous Hauntings
Perhaps the town's long history has helped foster the idea that it's full of haunted houses. Or perhaps the stories are true. Here's a short sample that describes just a few of St. Augustine's most popular ghost stories.

Catalina - Not Enough Time
In 1763, the British gained control of St.

Augustine, forcing ten-year-old Catalina's Spanish family to leave their home along Matanzas Bay and move to Cuba. Twenty years later Spain regained control. A grown-up Catalina returned with her husband and petitioned the government for possession of the family's home. She was successful, but died just six years later, giving her little time to enjoy the old home place.

In 1887, the house burned when a devastating fire swept through St. Augustine's bay area. It was rebuilt soon afterwards to resemble the original structure.

In recent years, Catalina's home has housed a series of restaurants. Former owners and employees have become accustomed to seeing the fleeting glimpse of a young woman dressed in white, passing by them on the second floor or appearing as a reflection in a mirror. She comes and goes, and no one is sure exactly who she is, but many believe it's Catalina, who has decided she won't be driven from her home again.

The Hostess of the Casablanca Inn
During America's prohibition period, rumrunners from the Caribbean cruised the shores of Florida looking for places to sell their bootleg liquor. What's now the Casablanca Inn was at that time a bayfront boarding house operated by a local widow.

It didn't take the widow long to discover she could make extra money by working with the bootleggers to provide liquor to her guests and St. Augustine locals. Her business became even more profitable when federal agents began staying at the boarding house.

If revenuers were in town when a delivery was planned, the woman waited until dark and climbed to the widow's walk on her roof, where she swung a lantern back and forth, signaling the bootleggers to cruise on by.

Today, shrimpers and other fisherman passing through the inlet often see a light swinging back and forth from the top of the Inn. Guests staying at the Casa de La Paz next door have been awakened by a light shining in their window. The former owner may still be trying to signal her suppliers that it isn't safe to set shore.

Ghost Tours
Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you'll enjoy the walking tour provided by Ghost Tours of St.

Augustine. Storytellers dressed in period costumes spend an hour and a half walking with you through the oldest parts of town, talking about the history of St. Augustine and the much-reported ghost sightings and haunted houses.

You'll see homes and other structures from every period of the town's long history. It's an educational and entertaining tour that you shouldn't miss, and if you keep your eyes open you might even see something that can't quite be explained.

Say Hello to Elizabeth
When you're entering the city gates keep your eyes open for a teenage girl named Elizabeth. Buried nearby, she is one of the victims of a 1821 yellow fever epidemic. Say Hi if you see her, and don't be afraid, she's just there to welcome you to her home town.

Photos of St. Augustine
See a , with unexplained images. Are they ghosts? You decide.