Built by Frank Stranahan in 1901, 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
Some say Frank and Ivy have never left their Fort Lauderdale home.
Legendhas it that Stranahan's ghost emerged from the watery depths and returned to his home. At the hour
of his death, his wife, Ivy, stopped all the clocks in the Stranahan House as it was a custom in the 1900s. Ivy
spent the rest of her life on the upper floors while renting the first floor to outsiders for use as a restaurant.
Ever since his tragic death, there have been reports of strange apparitions and ghostly noises inside the old
Stranahan House. Angry banging sounds have been heard on the walls of the building. One homeless man
reported being chased away from the home by an unseen but angry spirit that only broke off the pursuit
once the vagrant had left the property. The ghost of Ivy Stranahan, who died in an upstairs bedroom in
1971, is also reported to appear accompanied by the strong scent of an old perfume. In the bedroom where
Ivy died, the beds show an imprint as if someone had sat down on the bed. This occurs even though the
bedroom is off limits for most of the day.
The uneasy ghost of her father, Augustus Cromartie, who died in that same bedroom years before, is
reported to make his presence known on occasion. Other ghostly residents include Ivy’s brother and sister
and the apparition of an Indian servant girl seen outside the rear of the building. The third floor attic space
is the site of much activity. Employees who sometimes have to go to the attic have reported the presence of a
spirit in the area and sometimes the cold touch of a hand upon their back.
While Stranahan House does not have a bloody history, it still has had numerous paranormal occurrences.
Days after the house became a museum, the clock in the parlor began to tick on its own.
There have been many reports of spirit manifestations over the years, including Frank, who is said to
continue supervising the home's operations and scaring away unwanted visitors by banging on the house.
Ivy's presence, which reportedly comes with the smell of her perfume, tends to lay a gentle hand on guests to
help them up the stairs to the attic. Ivy's cantankerous father Augustus has been seen in his old bedroom,
throwing books around to show his displeasure. Ivy's brother Albert, who rented a room in the home at one
time, has been heard flirting with some visitors and telling others to get out. Ivy's sister Pink, who had
trouble having a child when she was alive, has been seen in the house holding a baby. And finally, a candy-
loving Seminole girl has been heard singing and has supposedly moved tasty treats into a pile in the attic.