Florida Has ‘The Most Haunted Restaurant in America’
Florida has no shortage of ghost stories and haunted buildings. The haunted shores of Tampa Bay, to St. Augustine having the most haunted lighthouse in the country. The Sunshine State is home to hundreds of different haunted legends, but one particular place stands out. Over 800,000 search results exist for this restaurant and it is said to be the most haunted restaurant in America.
Ashley’s Tavern in Rockledge, Florida is considered to be the most haunted restaurant in America according to SmokyMountains.com. Customers share their own paranormal experiences with each other online and we’re here to shine the light on some of the best.
Ashley’s Tavern may be known for its many ghostly stories, but one particular story has customers at the edge of their seats. Ashley’s Tavern (previously known as Jack’s Tavern) was originally built by Jack Allen. The body of Ethel Allen was said to be brutally murdered within the walls of the tavern. Her body was found in the Indian River after being mutilated and burned.
Ethel was 19 years old and her murder went unsolved leaving her spirit to haunt the walls of the tavern. Legend has it that Ethel was involved with a crowd of gangsters so it’s possible an ex-boyfriend was jealous and took his rage out on Ethel.
Sightings of Ethel Since Her Murder
There have been many sightings of Ethel since the 1930s. One of the most notable was when a staff member noticed boots and socks under the stall next to her that resembled the attire of the 1930s. The staff member left her stall to check out the one next to her, but the feet had vanished. Even though Ethel’s killer was never found, the killer’s presence is felt throughout the entire restaurant. Ethel is one of many ghosts that haunt the tavern.
You can catch Steve Kurtzke, a paranormal investigator, at Ashely’s Tavern on Mondays between 5:30 – 9:00 PM for a look inside the hauntings of Ashely’s Tavern. The restaurant serves American style food from burgers, nachos, and wings to calamari and other seafood. If you’re into paranormal activities, grab a burger and some fries and soak in the spirits of the tavern.
The paranormal activity from Ashley’s Tavern draws in customers from across the country who share their stories here.