The Haunted Avera-Clarke House Bed and Breakfast
The Avera-Clarke House was built in 1890 by Judge Thomas Clarke, a civil war veteran, who fought in the Battle for Atlanta. After the Civil War ended, he studied law in Georgia, came to Monticello in the late 1800s to open a law practice, was a signer on the Second Florida Constitution, and founded the Farmers and Merchants Bank. (FMB is still thriving and one of the oldest independent banks in Florida.) His son, S.D.Clarke, also became a Judge and was the last Clarke to occupy the House. S.D. Clarke was President of the Florida Senate for many years during the mid 1900s and ran the "Pork Chop" Gang in Florida politics.
The Avera-Clarke's Cottage, reputed to be the oldest structure in Jefferson County (Circa 1821) was moved to their property in January 2006, where it was fully restored. The "Greenhouse" as it was known before its arrival here, was originally located one block southeast of the Courthouse and was the home of one of the first postmasters in Jefferson County. The Greenhouse was scheduled to be torn down before its rescue, but they were able to preserve the 900 sq ft freestanding structure that features a sitting room, dining table and chairs, queen size bed, full kitchen and a full bath and half.
Monticello is "the Most Haunted Small Town in America" (by ABC News in 2003) complete with ghost tours and documented photo sightings. It's no wonder ghosts feel right at home in Monticello. The antebellum homes and oak-draped streets must feel pleasantly familiar to the Civil War soldiers and ghostly gentlefolk rumored to linger here.
The experiences that occur at this quaint bed and breakfast are said to be peaceful and eclectic. One of the original historical inhabitants, Mr. Thomas Clarke, apparently has not left his home. It is said that his ghost is often seen roaming the house and appears particularly often to gusts staying in the Queen Anne room.
Avera-Clarke House Bed and Breakfast
580 W Washington St
Monticello, FL 32344
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