Sometimes what you really need on Halloween is a good hard spooking.
Greater Jacksonvillagers™ usually need look no father than the nearest live oak tree.
Any druid can tell you that – because they live so long and they’re sturdy – live oaks have been pressed into service to dispense summary justice for centuries.
And only sometimes in service of the law.
Get to know the darker side of the Fairchild Oak
One of Florida’s most famous haunted live oaks is right here in GreaterJax™.
For over 400 years, visitors have traveled to what is now Ormond Beach to see the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest living oak trees in the southeastern United States.
Now the crown jewel of Bulow Creek State Park, in all that time, the Fairchild Oak has been witness to the kind of history that creates righteous haunts.
The Haunt Oak
In Florida ghost lore, the Fairchild Oak is also known as the Haunt Oak.
According to the best research available, the Haunt Oak’s body count stands at two.
One is a hanged man about whom almost nothing else is known.
The others is one Norman Harwood, former property owner, who committed suicide under the oak in the 1870s.
It’s certain that Harwood’s body was buried near the Haunt Oak in a coquina vault that was later used as a pen for a pet alligator.
Creepy and just funny enough to warrant a trip to Ormond Beach.
And admission to the park is free.
Bulow Creek State Park
- Open 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
- Admission: FREE
- 3351 Old Dixie Highway
- Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
Other famous Florida haunted oak trees
As always, ask locals for directions.
- Deadman’s Oak, Kissimmee, Fla. – In some ways even sexier than the Haunted Oak because its legend involnes a headless horseman, cattle rustling, murder and mayhem. Ten miles south of Kissimmee/St. Cloud.
- The Devil’s Tree, Oak Hammock Park, Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Serial killer sexually molests and murders two teenage girls, then buries them beneath the oak. Visitors can still hear the girls’ screams on the right moonlit nights.
- Ghost Oak, Fernandina Beach, Fla. – Invisible unless you approach with a shovel the better to take its pirate booty.
Other haunted oaks
For your consideration and further research, you’ll find more haunted oaks in:
- Winter Garden
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