This city’s roots date all the way back to the mid 1800s. In 1876, James and Josephine Lockhart bought land and built a house, which is now the center of the city. Punta Gorda is also home to two haunted places. One, the Sandlin house, is over 120 years old. In 1909, the 14 year old daughter of the owner was ironing on the porch when she spilled kerosene all over herself, caught fire, and died. Since then, the closet in her bedroom refuses to stay closed. The other site is Indian Spring Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries around. Many people have reported seeing paranormal activity here, including ghost lights, unexplainable shadows, and disembodied noises that sound like screaming and moaning.