I’ve decided to insert a series of ghost stories into my blog purely for your enjoyment. I’ve gathered these from here and there, and as far as I know they are told in earnest. If you’re like me the thrill comes just as much from speculation as seeing or hearing something!
I’ll start with one of my favorite places in the world, The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The Myrtles websites touts it as one of America’s most haunted homes. Here in Louisiana, it’s a popular place to spend Halloween night, if you have the cojones.
The home was built circa 1796 and the stories about the ongoing hauntings have websites dedicated to both debunking and proving their validity. Whatever you believe, visitors and paranormal investigators alike claim to have witnessed the sights and sounds of a truly haunted house.
Here are some of the ghost who haunt The Myrtles:
1. Chloe – A slave who allegedly poisoned two children and was subsequently hung on the property.
2. The ghost of those children have been seen playing on the Veranda.
3. William Drew Winter – lived at the Myrtles in the Mid 1800’s. It was reported that he was shot on the porch by a stranger. William left the porch just after the shooting and began to make his way to the second floor. It is said that he died on the 17th step and that the sound of his footsteps can still be heard.
4. The ghosts of several slaves have approached visitors asking if there is any work for them.
5. People have reported that the grand piano in the home often plays by itself.
Even with all the spooks who hang around, The Myrtles is one of the most beautiful plantation homes in South Louisiana. Put this one on your list of must see locations should you find yourself in this neck of the woods!
Monique O’Connor James author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu and The Mulligan Man available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
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