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The story of Fort Lauderdale’s possibly haunted Stranahan House

October 28, 2010 03:00PM

The Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale

In honor of Halloween, Zillow brings us the top 10 haunted houses in America, including Fort Lauderdale’s Stranahan House (No. 9), which also happens to be Broward County’s oldest remaining structure. The home, built in 1906 along the New River, was among the first developments in the area for builder and landowner Frank Stranahan, who established the Stranahan Trading Post and together with wife Ivy Cromartie, became what is considered to be Fort Lauderdale’s “first family.” But Stranahan was also plagued by depression, and between the financial hardships he faced after a hurricane destroyed many of his businesses and the Great Depression, he drowned himself in the New River in 1929. His ghost is said to haunt the Stranahan House today, as is the ghost of his wife, Ivy, six other family members and an Indian servant girl. [Zillow]