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Harder Hall
Sebring, Fl 33870

County: Highlands
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Harder hall is a large hotel that was first built in the 1920's. It has changed hands MANY times, and every owner has died under extremely strange circumstances, most of the time, right in the hotel. There have been many accidents in the hotel, and all of which had at least 1 fatality. Some of the accidents include: fire, flood, floor collapse, innumerable suicides, murders, and others. Witnesses see lights inside and hear music. Most anyone can see the people peering out from the windows, and/or see the multitude of people roaming around in the courtyard, searching for something. August 2004 update: they are remodeling it and there are rumors of them making it into a museum.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 25459     1/5/2009 11:50:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

me and a few friends went into harder hall and it was really intense we also went in st night and without flashlights floor to floor all the way up to the belltower we heard many strange noises and were totally freaked out

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 25460     1/5/2009 11:53:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

It has been about 7 years since we went in would love to go back and investigate more

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 47122     1/23/2010 4:22:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 1/23/2010 3:48:00 PM  
I'm planning a trip down there. Is it worth it? Is there spots that have more activity then others?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 47417     1/28/2010 10:17:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Good luck getting in People. Its located in a heavily populated area and the police force there isn't kind to the curious.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 51860     5/14/2010 4:30:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Im Cliff With Highlands Ghost hunters and we are trying to work out a deal with the city of Sebring to let us have access to Harder Hall to do Haunted Ghost tours inside the building. One of the last people who worked in there did sheet rock and every time he reached for his cordless drill it was back out in the hallway at the top of the stairs.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 57253     8/27/2010 5:10:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 8/27/2010 5:04:44 PM  
The article says, "There have been many accidents in the hotel, and all of which had at least 1 fatality. Some of the accidents include: fire, flood, floor collapse, innumerable suicides, murders, and others." I am only speculating, but I would say, without researching the issue, that the fires are likely due to the intentional and/or careless acts of guests, staff, visitors and/or loiterers. The flooding and floor collapses are likely due to the Hurricanes in 2004 or 2005. This is, to my best knowledge, the reason why the hotel is shut down, and the property condemned/abandoned. It is an extremely old building for the area. Plus, the foregoing change in management, and the fact that Sebring isn't really an economically "happening place", except for Saint Patrick's Day Weekend.

As for "It has changed hands MANY times, and every owner has died under extremely strange circumstances, most of the time, right in the hotel.", I don't know unless I search public record for any evidence of truth behind this. As for the alleged "murders" and "suicides", I cannot currently confirm these either. Either way, I will look into it, and post my findings.

"Witnesses see lights inside and hear music. Most anyone can see the people peering out from the windows, and/or see the multitude of people roaming around in the courtyard, searching for something." That's funny, I've been in the area bunch of times during the evening/late nights, and I've not seen anyone running around the courtyard. Of course, I wasn't illegally trespassing, either. I was outside, and on legal and legitimate grounds, or simply passing through. This building does have huge, multi-level balconies (if I'm not mistaken), which make it easy for your eyes to play tricks on you. I remember this happening to me while I was standing outside the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida, during the evening time, looking up from a distance.

I was hoping that I'd have the chance to investigate with a few friends of mine, but we never made it. If anyone's serious about it, and if it won't be a mere waste of time and effort, or a safety issue, feel free to contact me. I'm not looking to make illegal entry.

ken xyzzy

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 57319     8/29/2010 10:45:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

my bestfriend and i plan on parking somewhere close to there and just watching outside the gate to see if there is a woman who jumps from the bell tower..buaha

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 57472     9/1/2010 2:57:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

harder hall is off limits to the public, there is a cop car on the property, probly for show, but u better be careful if u sneak in

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 76678 ReplyTo# 57472     2/25/2012 4:59:00 PM     Edit          

Yeah, me and a couple buddies went into harder hall last year and we walked through the whole building checking every room, but heres the kicker.  some doors were shut and locked on the way up, and were unlocked on the way down.  we have no proof of this, but just go on in and see for yourself.  p.s.  the cars just for show, the motor harldy runs.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 57473     9/1/2010 2:57:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

harder hall is off limits to the public, there is a cop car on the property, probly for show, but u better be careful if u sneak in

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 57634     9/5/2010 12:07:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Okay, well first off, most of the cops in Sebring are "dummies", especially the traffic cops (and I don't mean just mean "Sparky"). Either way, you'd be wise not to sneak in. Don't do anything you'll regret. Suppose there is no cop there watching over the place, and no security, and someone were to be injured, and you couldn't get help? Then what? Bad idea. Expect the unexpected.

Aside from the idea of sneaking onto private property to investigate being wreckless, immature and stupid, it also tarnishes the name of individuals who wish to actually provide some credible result from their "ghost hunt". It doesn't matter whether or not you capture anything interesting on camera or audio recordings. It doesn't even matter if you don't go there to try and record any "haunted" activity. You ruin it for those who have permission to be there and actually accomplish something, even if it means seeing and hearing nothing but the sounds and sights of a hotel which was closed down due to unmanageably and disinterest on the part of its owners (living or dead).

xyzzy ken


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 64354 ReplyTo# 57634     12/21/2010 1:14:00 AM     Edit          

Hi, I just found this site, and was reading some of the reports and postings on Harder Hall. I can actually answer a lot of these first hand, seeings how I was born and raised in Harder Hall (the housing behind it, not the hotel). As far as the cops go. Yes, it is patrolled by the Highlands County Sheriffs Department, there is a small office inside the lobby area that someone stays 24/7. I know this to be a fact because my dad is one of the ones who works the site from time to time for overtime. (Also, I do agree with everyone, HCSO is a bunch of good ole boys back asswards dumb hill billys... I moved to Los Angeles, CA when I was 18, I'm 29 now) As far as ghost sightings goes.... When I was 17 I went there to take my dad dinner just a little after dark. When walking onto the grounds, you get a feeling as though someone is following you, or right behind you. When you get inside the lobby area, its oddly cold (during summer of 98+). At that time, there was a few working bathrooms in the place, located on other floors however. I remember sitting in the lobby area with my father, and hearing a toilet, remind you they were up on other floors, none worked in the lobby area. I also remember feeling as though someone touched my arm while inside the hotel. I don't know for a fact if its haunted, but I'm sure of one thing, there is some weird CRAP that goes on in there that you can't explain. I do know for a FACT that EVERYONE who has bought the place, has died. One died in a plane crash, other fell to his death in the hotel, one the roof of the kitchen area fell in on him and killed him, another one hung himself. For the flooding inside, there was some flooding, but nothing that would kill someone. The toilets and water lines are always breaking inside the place. Why they have running water on in the place is beyond me. Seems like a waste to me. Never the less, if you are wanting to come see the place, do it from a far. There is one cop on duty at all times. The best time to try and enter, would be in the back, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm (shift change) They work 12 hour shifts FYI. Or did the last I knew anyway! Good luck, and be careful, that craphole has a lot you can get hurt or killed oN.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 59938     10/12/2010 11:47:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Ok Well harder hall is not watched very well. The  police  officers dont watch the building. There is a police car infront of the building but the glass is broken cause people threw rocks at it. Harder hall is indeed haunted.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 62715     11/16/2010 8:46:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I have looked into this and found no evidence of anyone dying in harder hall except one lady that jumped after her husband died in war.  There is no talk of owners dying, or anyone else...   All I found was Sebring was stupid enough to buy it back in 2007 after someone else flopped on the deal.  Every site I visit about Harder Hall says the EXACT same thing that the details on this page says, except Wikipedia  (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harder_Hall ) which actually gives history.  I think that Highlands county just wants to say they have something even though they really don't.  I also found this post by bskapp WHO SAID IT BEST, AND THANK YOU!!!----->  Posted by (bskapp) on 07/16/2010 at 02:41 pm.
These old buildings are things of the past. They are all outdated, filled with mold and who knows what else. They need to go - i.e., torn down and the propery sold. No one is going to get the money these days; so let's face reality and end the story.
Thanks again, Harder Hall is just another hole, just like Highlands County.   
Anonymously posted by ---->JeevesNuts
As for the "museum"  myth, its only another HC myth...  like everything here.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 63653     12/3/2010 7:54:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Harder Hall is filled with silent alarms. And the police arrest everyone they catch on property. Have fun.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 69172 ReplyTo# 65320     4/4/2011 8:47:00 AM     Edit          

Absolutely, there is some dumb shenanigans going on in this county and I feel for the officers that have to deal with it day to day, my hat is off to you Sir's.  And especially for the ones that have lost their life due to ignorance that did their time and seen light at the end of the tunnel only to be shot down!  Every time you think this county cannot get any worse...  FL is getting a bad rap this year already in 2011 for all the officers killed and we are only 4 months in...  When will the bull crap change?  Bulldoze harder hall, make a nice (how about a beautiful large) park for the people of Sebring that live here and deserve to have somewhere to go and relax in this county.  If Sebring would have been smart enough to do this, all the money they wasted in buying the place back, it could have already been done and I would not have to be posting about it.  Think about it.......   Eye sore...... Beautiful park... What sounds better?  Stop wasting our damn tax money HC!!!!!!!!!!!!  Peace and chicken grease 
Anonymously  posted by JeevesNuts.  JeevesNuts for Mayor!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 67192     2/19/2011 11:46:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

My ex husband and I used to caretake the property after being split from the golf course in the 90's. There were more vagrants than ghosts. We were constantly chasing them out. But the fact remains that this building was and could be a showpiece here in Highlands county again with the right buyer with the right vision.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72116     7/7/2011 10:24:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

i dont know about you people but my friend and i thought that we could try to take photos of the building from across the street after we heard that it might be haunted so we thought we could catch something on camera, then after we turned on the camera we could see the figure of a man in a tuxedo what looked like he was making his way to the back entrance doors. my friend and i froze and after we stood there, we ran back down the road where we came from. it scared us and we both thought that was enough to believe in the spirits that roam the courtyard. we went back the next day to the exact spot where it looked like the figure was standing, and we found no footprints, none. we were wondering what if it couldve been someone cutting through the courtyard to get to the golf course. well for one, that person would not be dressed in a tuxedo, second it was around midnight when we witnessed it, and there is no way that me and my friend were hallucinating the same description of the same person in a tuxedo at the same time. and the fact that it didnt have a flashlight handy, that tells u something else. another one of my friends told me in 2009 he said he witnessed a dog hanging from the bell tower, but thats another case i dont have any concrete info on.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 73845 ReplyTo# 72116     9/30/2011 2:46:00 PM     Edit          

Let me get this straight.....    You could see a man in the middle of the night (pitch black since there is not really any light at all around harder hall to light it up) for starters??.... Then, you had a recorder, but you don't have any pictures....  THEN you went onto the property just to check it out?  o.O
Meth is bad, Jesus Is good
anonymously posted by--> JeevesNuts


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72456     7/20/2011 12:42:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Me and a whole bunch of friends stayed out and watched it and we saw something on like the third floor below the big pillar things and it kept moving then out of no where this weird light thing came on and floated  across the whole building and we were like WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 84747 ReplyTo# 72456     4/22/2014 8:49:00 AM     Edit          

Lord bro it sucken skary all ya  haunten crap true

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 73843     9/30/2011 2:31:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

^ ^LIKE WHOA like BLACK ROB??^ ^  It is funny they just had an article in the Highlands Today about Harder a few months ago and it is still a pissing match, and how much $$$$$$$$$$$$$ it it cost me and the other poor suckers of Highlands county and I WAS going to quote the article then but I had better things to do, OH WAIT, HERE IS THE LINK LOL

and I just found this.........another flop!!


Sorry I got carried away..... 
"Everybody we've spoken to says it's difficult to find money."  Obviously NOT if you can spend that much on a dilapidated building to sit every year dip shit!

"Anyone who looks at Harder Hall the way it is in and wants to restore it needs to have their head examined," he added.

If he had his way, he'd bulldoze the building, rezone to higher density the 13 acres on which Harder Hall sits, and auction off the property.

"The building has mold; there are leaks in the roof; it's in the wrong spot. ... It's cheaper to build new," he said.

I retract what I said before, Harder Hall IS  100 haunted!!!! :-D
Anonymously posted by the one and only --->JeevesNuts

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 79762     9/28/2012 3:32:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Trespassing on private property is foolish. Whoever does it only has themselves to blame if they get injured and arrested. Not cool. Don't do it. As for the structural and ownership status of the building, it's neither here nor there, other than to say, if you don't have permission to go there then you shouldn't be there. You could be arrested, injured or killed. Not worth seeing ghosts over it. The ghost you see may be your own. Think before you act, and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble.

By nature, I automatically discredit ghost stories from illegal trespassers or from those who commit breaking and entering to reach an allegedly haunted area. People who commit acts of dishonesty or deceit eventually lose credit for themselves, anyhow. I would not ghost explore with anyone who'd put me or themselves at greater risk than needed just for the sake of scoping out a place for ghosts. It's a cardinal rule of ghost investigation. This type of behavior should be actively frowned upon.

-- Advent

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 80028     10/16/2012 1:02:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I have been living in Sebring my whole life and so has my family. When I was 5 me and my family went to stay at the hotel. All I remember from that trip is, a really tall man in a suit walking around. My dad had the same experience in the 1970's, he was sleep, and was awaken up by door slamming shut, when he went to go check it out he saw, a man with a suit on opening and closing the door.
My uncle worked there in the past, and 2 years after he started his job he mysteriously died. He worked there as an janitor, one night he worked a late shift and the next day he never came home. The manger said he slipped on a wet floor and fell down the stairs, my family didn't believe them because my uncle never went to any of the other floor.
I have no intentions to ever go back there.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 81221     1/29/2013 8:41:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

notice there arent any interior photos of it in its abandoned state...that shows you right there that people arent getting in. talk is cheap...if you get inside, get photos or gtfo!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 83503     12/22/2013 2:46:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i would like history on this place how do u find history besides the net cause i cnt find anything. im doing research on old abandoned buildings like hotel hospitals and old schools.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 83589     12/31/2013 12:38:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

In the mid 90's my best friend and I sneaked  in the back through a hole in the glass. We  went to the main entrance and it felt like we step back in time.We didn't even know where to start exploring, the hotel was so big. I also remember a lot of  news papers laying around, not sure how old they were. We found a court yard in the middle of the hotel. There was a broken down golf cart, we were playing on it. Next thing we knew there was a huge swarm bees. We freaked out and ran right back out from where we got in. Part of me wishes we would of looked around more then we did. The hotel was really amazing.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 83691     1/11/2014 3:09:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I worked the old hotel in 1984. I can tell you that sebring owns the thing. Private property is just that....meaning you always ask permission to set foot on it. Perhaps that takes the fun out of it. I was hurt working in the kitchen. Then myself and a chef I worked with were burned terribly from a broiler. I don't know about hexed, I would just say its a creepy thing to think of. I actually walked up to the tower and that was amazing. in its day, people were hired from other areas to work season as they felt that local people would steal. we worked many hours and stayed in the hotel

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 86762     2/21/2015 6:24:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Me and my friends from Tallahassee worked at the Harder Hall summer camp around 1970. One of my friends arrived a few days early and stayed at the hotel by himself before the power was turned on. He said the place was haunted and it scared the sh*t out of him. He would hear people talking and moving things but he was only one on the property.

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I worked there in the house band the winter of '74-'75.  I lived in the hotel for about 5 months. I think I was on the second, maybe the third floor near the circular staircase.  We played in the dining room and lounge 6 nights a week  It was a great musical experience. We backed two shows a week out on Miami.  I never saw anything strange while I was working there. I believe the owners first name was Victor.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 88377     3/24/2016 9:38:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

In reply to Comment# 83691. I was the chef that burned by the broiler in 84. Wasn't that bad. I lived in the Hotel for a year. Never experienced anything unusual with the exception of dreaming of the water heater boiler blowing up the night before it blew up. Hotel needed major repairs back then.




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