Mrs. Worth we believe haunts this restaurant. It is known in town as The Worth Mansion. She lived here in the late 1800s and 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.
When our family first bought the building in the 1990s one night very late after the building was locked up we heard outside the office (used to be located in the back of the 2nd floor large party dining) footsteps walking across the second floor dining room and a man and woman having a conversation. The door opened to the balcony and shut. Immediately we opened the office door and thought surely someone got in. The balcony door was locked. We unlocked it then looked and no one was on it. Then searched the entire building and all doors and windows were locked. Little did we know that was only the start of it.
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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