O.C. White’s has a History dating back to 1790, originally constructed by Don Miguel Ysnardy a prominent St. Augustinian.The building is associated with significant aspects of the history of St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city.
Mrs. Worth we believe haunts O.C. White’s. The building is also known in town as The Worth Mansion. Mrs. Worth lived here in the late 1800’s. We have copies of letters (courtesy of the Historical Library on Aviles Street) she wrote to her husband General Worth (Fort Worth, Texas-he’s famous). The day we found the letters we also found this picture of Mrs. Worth with her son-in-law Colonel T. Sprague. Mrs. Worth passed away we presume in the home and The Worth Mansion passed down to her son-in-law as her daughter by law wasn’t allowed to acquire property because she was a woman.
There are so many stories to tell but one more infamous story would be a picture that is in the St. Augustine Library. One day when OC himself was washing his hands in the men’s bathroom, looked up in the mirror to see a man standing behind him with what he said was a tall top hat. He said excuse me and got out of the way and the man vanished. The doors are pretty heavy in the men’s bathroom so there is no way that fast someone could disappear. For years we all thought it was an Abe Lincoln hat. When we showed him the picture he shouted, “That’s him! That’s him in the tall top hat!” Well that’s a bowler hat we told him but nevertheless it is Colonel T. Sprague Mrs. Worth’s son-in-law.
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