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was a beacon for African Americans and celebrities in the days of segregation. Here slept folks like Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Come night, Burgoyne said, the spectral sounds of music, though faint, have been heard from within. And an elderly woman, perhaps the apparition of longtime hotel owner Pearl Bonner, has been seen standing on the porch —waiting, it is said, for guests to arrive.

Then there is the Life Saving Station Museum—once the real thing—now reportedly haunted by the spirit of a young boy.

“About 10 years ago, a child, about 4 years old and wearing a shirt and shorts, walked into the museum at closing time. Employees expected hismother to follow, but she never came—and when they turned around, the boy had disappeared inside,” Burgoyne said. “They searched