Fort Pickens – Gulf Islands National Seashore

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Fort Pickens – Gulf Islands National Seashore | Named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens (1739-1817), Fort Pickens is located on Pensacola Beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Designed by French engineer Simon Bernard and completed in 1834 with a total of 21.5 million bricks, Fort Pickens was later used as a prison for legendary Apache Chief Geronimo (1829-1909) and his confederates (whose arrival here created somewhat of a sideshow spectacle among the local citizenry). Visitors have reported spotting mysterious lights, hearing footsteps and viewing the ghosts of soldiers, as well as the spirit of Geronimo wandering around Fort Pickens. Other alleged haunted sites in Pensacola include Saenger Theatre, The Gray House, Seville Quarter, St. John’s Cemetery and Pensacola Lighthouse (considered one of the most haunted lighthouses in the United States).

WHERE: 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563 | WHO: (850) 934-2600

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