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Cypress Gardens | Photo © Nomeus, www.flurbex.com

Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens Cypress Gardens opened on January 2, 1936, as a botanical garden planted by Dick Pope Sr. and his wife Julie, billed as Florida’s first commercial tourist theme park. It became...

Barefield House | Photo © Bullet 2021, www.abandonedfl.com

Barefield House

Minnie Barefield The Barefield/Holy Family/Schoelles House located in Apalachicola was built in 1907 by lumberman Charles Dobson for his mistress Minnie Barefield, a mixed-race woman who owned a...

Disston Sugar Mill | Photo © 2021 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Disston Sugar Mill

Hamilton Disston, c.1870 Hamilton Disston was an industrialist and lesser-known figure in Florida’s history who purchased four million acres of Florida land in 1881. His land purchase and...

Kellogg Mansion | Photo © 2021 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Kellogg Mansion

Edward Frischkorn W. K. Kellogg Although the Kellogg Mansion is well known to have been owned by W. K. Kellogg, founder of the Kellogg Cereal Company, he was actually not the first owner nor would he...

Stivender House | Photo by William Powell, 2020

Dr. Arthur A. Stivender House

  The Stivender family home, date unknown Arthur Abrehart Stivender was born on June 8, 1842, in Barbour County, Alabama to Duncan Wright Stivender and Margaret Gillie Ann Lee. After her husband died...

Bin Laden Mansion | Photo © 2009 Nomeus, www.flurbex.com

Bin Laden Mansion

  Pratt House, date unknown. Photo via Change.org Commonly referred to as the Bin Laden Mansion for its connection to Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks on the World...

American Legion Building | Photo © 2018 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

American Legion Building

  The American Legion is a United States war veterans’ organization established in Paris, France, March 15, 1919, by a thousand officers and men, delegates from all the units of the American...

Ormond Beach Mansion | Photo © 2020 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Ormond Beach Mansion

  Looking down at the courtyard from the second floor bedroom Located on the shores of the Atlantic in Ormond Beach, this four-bedroom and four-bathroom mansion has been owned by a wealthy physician...

Orlando Sun Resort | Photo © 2021 James Gilliland

Orlando Sun Resort

Inside the Orlando Sun Resort on Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. Photo courtesy of James Gilliland The Orlando Sun Resort and Convention Center first opened in 1972 as the Hyatt Orlando Resort. The resort...

William Camp House | Photo © 2020 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

William Camp House

William Nelson Camp Born September 17, 1847, William Nelson Camp was an innovator and a brilliant businessman having many timber interests in Virginia and even having built a hydroelectric power...

Brooksville Headless Brontosaurus | Photo © 2020 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Brooksville Headless Brontosaurus

Located in Brooksville, the unfinished sculpture of a brontosaurus was the work of August Herwede who lived in the house on the property behind the dinosaur. August was born September 21, 1886, and...

Surfside Hotel | Photo © 2011 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Surfside Hotel

Located in Daytona Beach, the Surfside Hotel was built in 1974 and owned by Bray & Gillespie Inc., a Daytona Beach real-estate company that at one time owned dozens of beachside hotels, including...

Lee County Mansion | Photo © 2015 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Lee County Mansion

The mansion was built in the 2000s and last sold in 2002, featuring 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a three-car garage. This mansion in Lee County was a victim of the subprime mortgage crisis, a...

Leeds Tunnel. Source: Flickr "jcw1967"

Ybor Tunnels

The Ybor City smuggling tunnels are perhaps one of the greatest urban legends in Tampa, miles of tunnels underneath the city are rumored to have been used during the prohibition era to move liquor...

Kenilworth Lodge | Photo © Sergio Alejandro, www.sergioisevil.co

Kenilworth Lodge

  George Eugene Sebring The Kenilworth Lodge is a historic hotel built by George Eugene Sebring in the town of Sebring, Florida, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 15...

George Moody House | Photo © 2018 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

George Moody House

  George Moody, center in the white shirt, relaxes on a porch along with other businessmen in Bunnel, c. mid-1910s. Courtesy of the Flagler County Historical Society George Moody came to Florida from...

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