Haunted Florida jail known for paranormal activity on sale for $140K

A haunted Florida jailhouse nestled between a residential neighborhood in Trenton can be all yours for $140,000.

But beware — the property is not for the faint of heart.

Pegged as “certifiably haunted” by listing agents, the Gilchrist County jail has been untouched since it closed in 1968.

Located at 313 NW Second St., the listing describes the structure as a unique attraction where thrill-seekers come to experience “heavy paranormal activity.”

“See apparitions walking around the grounds in broad daylight. Possibly the spirits within will voice what’s on their mind when you arrive before you even make it inside,” the listing creepily reads.

The elements have taken over the abandoned jail.
The elements have taken over the abandoned jail.
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For years after the jail opened in 1928, prisoners spent nights alone without a jailer — and that’s when things would take a turn for the worse. Without any authoritative figure present, all the gruesome toppings of what you would expect to happen if criminals were left unattended inside a jail — including murders, grisly stand-offs and beatings — became the norm.

A house for the jailer wouldn’t be attached until 1966, only two years before the whole structure was abandoned. 

The listing describes the jail as an 8 bedroom, 8 bathroom property.
A brown rusty door and shattered glass are shown in the jail.
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One of the jail cells pegged as one of eight of bedrooms with a sink and a toilet.
One of the jail cells pegged as one of eight of bedrooms comes with a sink and a toilet.
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A jail cell.
A jail cell door.
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The iron beds that the prisoners used to sleep on.
The iron beds that prisoners slept on.
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“As you can imagine, that opened the door up for extreme nefarious activity,” the listing continues. “It’s no surprise this location is loaded with visible and audible paranormal activity.”

There’s even a blog dedicated to ghost-hunter types and their experiences at the former jail.

A closer look of the sink and toilet used by the prisoners.
The sink and toilet in another cell are accompanied by a wall scribbling that reads “Ann Williams loves Bob Cribbs.”
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A creepy mannequin in a prison suit appears in one of the common areas.
A creepy mannequin in a prison suit appears in one of the common areas.
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“Great night with SPARS! A little drizzle never hurt anyone, and it sure did not stop the spirits from coming out to play,” one visitor wrote. “It was fun to get to come in and finish out their night with them and see how other teams do investigations and check out the setups. Arlene and I had a great time and got to hang out with a lot of shadow dudes as well!!”

The Old Gilchrist County Jail sits on a .23 acre lot.
The old Gilchrist County jail sits on a 0.23-acre lot.
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An exterior shot of the Old Gilchrist County Jail.
Some worn exteriors.
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Black dusting has drenched the concrete structure.
Black dusting has drenched the concrete structure over the the past few decades.
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The listing, which first hit the market on March 12, goes on to describe the property as a perfect business opportunity.

Currently, there are eight cells, each with its own sink and toilet along with functional plumbing.

This is a common area likely used to check-in the inmates.
This is a common area likely used to check in the inmates.
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Another expansive room, likely used as an office.
Another expansive room, likely used as an office.
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The stairs that lead to the second floor, which houses five of the eight jail cells.
The stairs that lead to the second floor, which houses five of the eight jail cells.
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