Charbonier House
Charbonier House decorated for Halloween

Pensacola, Florida – On a trip to Pensacola last week, I saw the Charbonier House and had to find out more about this home.  Not only is this a beautiful old cottage, there’s lots of stories about this house being haunted!  Neat history of this amazing old home.

Charbonier House, built around 1885

This is one of my favorite houses in Pensacola – and there are many great old homes here.  Turns out this house was built by Antoine Charbonier, a grocer, around 1885.  His wife died before completion of the house.  There were 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.  Reading about the Charbonier family, they went through a lot – Yellow Fever, Lunacy, Stroke, and left at the alter…The two daughters never married, and lived in the home their entire lives.

Delores and Pauline Charbonier were known in later years as spinster sisters – and remained in this home as the neighborhood changed over the years.  One of their brothers, Frank died in 1889 at the age of 28.  He had purchased a rental house in 1886, and it was managed by the remaining siblings until 1939.  According to some reports, Frank haunts the house, and is an angry spirit!

Delores lived until 1939, and managed the family’s affairs.  Over the years, she and her sister became more reclusive.  And according to some, THEY also are ghosts in this house.

 

Delores Charbonier (Historic Pensacola Facebook Page)

There are several stories about what happened to Pauline – many indicate she was left at the alter by a sailor.  Poor Pauline!

Pauline Charbonier

There’s talk that a book written in the 1930s is based on the two sisters – who were considered spinsters by this time, and lived a quiet, genteel life.

Sign in front of the house

The house changed a lot from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Looking at the 1964 photo below, appears that the house was divided up – notice the front doors where windows had been.

Charbonier House in 1964 (Library of Congress)

Fortunately this house has been restored to it’s original beauty – and I thought it fitting to share the ghost stories of this house while it’s all decked out for Halloween!  Thanks so much for reading the blog today.

 

 

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