South Florida and West Palm Beach have many locations where ghost hunters can find their prey. From an old funeral parlor to an ancient English pub, there’s no shortage of apparitions that will give you goose bumps and send you running.
The Riddle House
The Riddle House was built in the 1905 by Henry Flagler’s employees for use by “The Gatekeeper,” who was the overseer of Woodlawn Cemetery, which was across the street. It also served as a funeral parlor for the dead before they were laid to rest in the cemetery. Constructed of reclaimed wood, the house was brightly painted and subsequently given the moniker, “The Painted Lady.” One of the cemetery workers, a man nicknamed “Buck,” was killed in town one night during a drunken brawl. Buck was reported to have roamed the grounds and porch of the house long after his own demise.
In 1920, it was taken over by a man by the name of Karl Riddle. During his ownership, one of his employees, named Joseph, hanged himself by the roof rafters. From notations in Karl Riddle’s diary, his family had difficulties keeping employees. Between ghostly apparitions and hearing the sounds of chains, no one wanted to remain on staff. After Karl Riddle died, the city of West Palm Beach donated the house to John Riddle, the nephew of Karl. In 1995, the house was moved to Yesteryear Village, a historic village in remembrance of times past in West Palm Beach. During reconstruction of the house in its new location, workers reported that their tools were thrown asunder, and windows from the top floor would break instantaneously. Work was delayed for six months because no construction crew could be convinced to enter the house.
You can visit the Riddle House on its current site at the South Florida Fairgrounds Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. As seen on the Travel Channel TV show, “Ghost Adventures,” one walk through the house is enough to give your spine chills.