The Ghosts of Scarlett O’Hara’s

70 Hypolita Street, St. Augustine, FL

You’ll find more than Gone with the Wind memorabilia in St. Augustine’s “Ghost Bar.” Listed in the National Directory of Haunted Places, this restaurant has a resident poltergeist.

Scarlett O' Hara's, one of the most haunted restaurants in St. Augustine where ghosts are seen.

Did You Know?

  • It was built in 1870 as a private residence.
  • The owner was murdered in his bathtub.
  • It’s allegedly haunted.

Is Scarlett O’Hara’s Haunted?

Known as the “Ghost Bar,” the upstairs pub is aptly named for the restaurant’s residing specter. This apparition is so beloved that the establishment hangs his stocking during Christmas.

Employees claim that he triggers the burglar alarms, moves chairs, startles guests, and lights candles. Visitors allege that they can feel his fingers faintly tap upon their shoulders. He’s even infamous for fiddling with the thermostat.

Who’s this playful poltergeist?

The Ghost of Mr. Colee

Built 1870, George Colee commissioned the establishment for his fiancée. He was infatuated with a whimsically doting woman who was his soon-to-be bride. The residence was her wedding gift. Yet George discovered that Marina had forsaken him for another man – a soldier stationed at Fort Marion. It was a sordid affair, scandalizing St. Augustine.

George met a different woman soon after, though their affections were short-lived. He showered her with the spoils of marriage, moving her into the house on Hypolita Street. Yet, without warning, George was found lifeless in his bathtub.

Foul play was expected, and George’s death was sensationalized. Some thought that his first fiancée was involved with his untimely end, yet they lacked evidence. Others suggested suicide, though this, too, was unlikely.

Victims of premature death often linger near locations that they loved. Murder victims are particularly prominent for poltergeist sightings. Does George Colee frequent his former residence? Is this an attempt to explain the crime committed against him?

Haunting Scarlett O’Hara’s

Guests of the Ghost Bar have heard the sounds of splashing water and low groans. Those sensitive to spiritual energies believe that George is playing a monologue of his last moments alive.

Perhaps George Colee is having a bit of fun?

Paranormal Activity

George isn’t the only poltergeist on the property. Another male presence has been spotted on the first floor. He pulls out a barstool, sits, then vanishes. Is this specter looking to order spirits?

We may never know who – or how many – haunt Scarlett O’Hara’s, but we know they’re having a good time.

The History of Scarlett O’Hara’s

This two-story, wooden structure has been entertaining guests for decades. Two nineteenth-century homes link together to create one establishment, bonded by a wide, first-floor porch.

The first was built for George Colee and Marina, a capricious wife-to-be who abandoned him for another man. The second was built by a retired lighthouse keeper. Both were built fourteen years after the Civil War, perhaps manifesting residual energies from post-war phantoms.

This off-kilter property has been described as “beach shack Victorian” or “Jimmy-Buffet’s Inception-style fever dream.” It’s certainly a sight for the eyes – and the spirits.

Gastronomic Ghosts

Although George Colee passed away shortly after moving in, his relatives inhabited the residence until 1955. The building was boarded for twenty years after their tenure. It now operates as a restaurant, specializing in southern cuisine.

Their liquors aren’t the only spirits around: the “Ghost Bar” keeps their bottles behind ropes to deter playful poltergeists. Bottles would inexplicably fall from shelves, justifying the additional precautions.

Sounds like they offer dinner and a show at Scarlett O’Hara’s!

Visiting Scarlett O’Hara’s

Listed in the National Directory of Haunted Places, Scarlett O’Hara’s will feed your ghastly appetite! Make sure to visit the Ghost Bar upstairs for a drink, but don’t forget to raise a glass to George. After all, it’s the site of his untimely death.

With its vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, and Gone with the Wind memorabilia, you’re sure to be entertained. Let us know if you encounter any paranormal activity.

Our St. Augustine Ghost Tours

Are you visiting St. Augustine? Spending an evening in search of the ghosts which haunt St. Augustine is a great time. Join us on a Ghost Tour for a spooky night of fun!

Get to know St. Augustine's Most Haunted Places

Castillo de San Marcos, one of the most haunted places in St. Augustine.
Castillo de San Marcos

St. Augustine's famous haunted Fort

Tolomato Cemetery, which is said to be haunted by pirates, sailors, and soldiers, in St. Augustine..
Tolomato Cemetery

One of St. Augustine's haunted cemeteries

The St. Augustine Lighthouse, at night, said to be haunted by sailors and keepers of the lighthouse.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse

The famous haunted Lighthouse