The widows walk.

Don’t miss Daytona Beach’s oldest beachside home, where history comes alive. This historic home is a great example of Italianate High Victorian architecture — one of only two in Volusia County, Florida — and features high ceilings, crown moldings and heart-of-pine floors. 

The Lilian Place tower also originally featured a “widow’s walk,” an outdoor platform designed for mariners’ wives to watch the sea for their husbands’ return. The sad name of this architectural detail came about because so many women waited in vain, only to later find that the sea had taken the lives of their missing men. 

Lilian Place actually sheltered one man the ocean couldn’t quite claim. 


Stephen Crane

In 1897, the writer Stephen Crane — perhaps best known for the Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage — was traveling to Cuba to work as a journalist when his ship sank after hitting a sandbar. The press reported that Crane and three other men had drowned, but they were stranded at sea for 30 hours. They tried over and over to pilot their rowboat, barely big enough to hold them, through treacherous currents to reach land. Their tiny boat capsized during their final attempt, and one man died. Crane was taken in by residents of Lilian Place, where he recovered from his ordeal. He wrote the short story “The Open Boat” based on the experience, and many consider it his finest work.


Ghostly sightings

Ghostly sightings have been reported at Lilian Place over the years. The most frequent tales of visitation involve a mysterious woman in a white dress who has been named Lucile by Daytona Beach residents.  Most recently she has made it known her name is really Lucy.


There have also been reports of sounds of laughing children (when no children are present), lights turning on and off, doors open by themselves...


And a man resembling Stephen Crane walking the halls. Most incidents have been reported in the bedroom where Crane recuperated from his near drowning in the inlet just beyond Lilian Place.

Visit Lilian Place and you may see or hear one of the spirits!

Sorry the November 13th event is cancelled...please check back for future paranormal events or check out the private tours below...thank you!

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Our new Paranormal experience!

Join the GASP Paranormal team at Lilian Place Museum for an evening of History, Spirits and Legends! 

 Experience a real ghost investigation with the professional GASP Paranormal Investigators to communicate with the spirits of 1884 Lilian Place!


Ghostly sightings have been reported at Lilian Place over the years. The most frequent tales of visitation involve a mysterious woman in white who walks the halls.  Now you too can communicate with the spirits of Lilian Place! 

From 7:30-10pm you can join in the paranormal experience!

7:30-7:45 sign in
(view previous investigation findings at LP, learn the history and legends of Lilian Place)

7:45-8:00 (receive your investigation instructions)

8:00 your investigation begins, walk the halls, communicate with spirits using professional ghost hunting equipment.

10:00 the investigation ends, present your findings!


Don't miss this opportunity for this unique experience! 

Limited space nightly! 

Only $37.50+tax per person - Choose your night below

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GASP paranormal investigators Ed and Martin are a professional investigation team out of St. Augustine, FL.  Their goal is to solve or explain uncommon occurrences and unexplained phenomena, encounter the afterlife and find the truth behind these encounters.

Ready to dive into a private paranormal investigation? Join professional investigators Ed and Martin on a 3+ hour private investigation!  Learn spirit communication techniques, and use paranormal equipment not used during the group investigations. Go beyond the typical ghost tour and be the Investigator as seen on the ghost hunting shows. View eye-opening evidence with fascinating factual histories and true stories.  Small groups of up to 6 people per investigator.

"Semi-private Investigation" $100 per person/per night

(Must have 10 people to conduct the semi-private private investigation per night.)

3+ hour - "One-on-One Investigation" with either Ed or Martin - $500 per person/per night

Email to reserve your spot
- mention One-on-one or Semi-private in your subject line and date you would like to investigate.  We will contact you to set up the investigation!