Louisiana is quite famous for it’s unique and memorable, jazzy heritage, attracting over 50 million yearly visitors (as of 2018). If you’ve been lucky enough to have visited or if you plan to take a trip in the future, don’t forget about what else Louisiana is known for: the hauntings. There are dozens upon dozens of historical and haunted locations throughout the state, making it a great destination if you’re interested in the spooky and the macabre!
The LaLaurie Mansion
Being widely known across New Orleans and located in the French Quarter, the LaLaurie Mansion holds a dark past. It was acquired by a woman named Marie Delphine McCarthy (Her last name later became LaLaurie due to her third marriage), who had been a high-standing member of society, known for her wealth and lavish parties. But soon, rumors had spread about LaLaurie’s cruelty as one woman claimed to have spotted a young girl fall to her death from the rooftop while fleeing from LaLaurie. Others stated and believed that her chef was even kept chained up to the kitchen stove. And due to a fire that broke out in the mansion, the disturbing truth about her surfaced. Firefighters had discovered that she was holding slaves in the upper floor as they had been chained and brutally tortured in a chamber. While some stories were widely exaggerated, Madame LaLaurie would no longer be welcome in New Orleans after the truth of her cruelty was revealed. She left and fled to Paris, where she spent the remainder of her days.
Today, you can partake in a New Orleans ghost tour as the mansion is the most visited spot, believed to be haunted by the souls of the tortured and mistreated. But paranormal activity dates back centuries (after the fire) when the mansion was converted into an apartment building where on occupant was murdered. Many believe his ghosts haunts the mansion as well. Then later in the 19th century, it was converted into an all-girls school where many of the students had experienced odd experiences and physical attacks.
St. Louis Cemetery #1
Although there are three St. Louis Cemeteries, number 1 is the most popular and the oldest, having opened in 1789 and became the city’s main burial ground after a fire in 1788. It’s located about eight blocks from the Mississippi River, one block beyond the border of the French Quarter. Just like any expansive and historic cemetery, many notable figures are buried here including Etienne de Bore (a wealthy pioneer and the first mayor of New Orleans), Ernest N. Morial (the first African-American New Orleans Mayor), as well as renown voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau.
While it’s the oldest, it’s also said to be the most haunted as investigators and paranormal enthusiasts travel from all over to capture evidence of the wandering deceased. The eerie atmosphere and creepy vibes seem to resonate more prominently at night but it’s enticing nonetheless.
The spirit of Henry Vignes is one of many that haunts the burial site as his story is quite the tragic and sad one. He was a sailor in the nineteenth century but had no real place to call home until he made one at a local New Orleans boarding house. When he left on another voyage, he was betrayed when his family tomb was sold. When he returned, he soon succumbed to an illness and was buried in an unmarked grave. Many people claim to see him and describe him as being tall with blue eyes and he appears often as being solid and so realistic, people have had conversations with him. His apparition was caught on camera along with his voice on EVP as he said, “I need to rest!”
Another ghost that haunts the cemetery is no other than Alphonse as he is known to grab the hands of visitors, pulling them to a stop and with a big smile, he asks them to bring him home. He apparently has also been spotted relocating flowers from other graves to place on his resting place.
The most famous ghost (as stated before) is that of Marie Laveau, a feared yet worshipped voodoo priestess who became the most recognized practitioner in New Orleans history. Although she roams the cemetery (and is often very aggressive), people have spotted her in many different locations in the French Quarter, including strolling by her old house on 1022 St. Ann Street. She is very noticeable with her red and white turban and her brightly colored clothes. While many follow her, she’ll disappear from sight, leaving behind fright and confusion. More on the St. Louis Cemeteries HERE.
The Oak Alley Plantation
Located near Vacherie, Lousiana, this historic plantation is a thing of beauty and hauntings of course! Originally named Bon Sejour, the plantation was established and bought by French Creole Valcour Aime, for the growth of sugarcane. He was known as the ‘King of Sugar’ and was one of the wealthiest men in the South. The mansion itself was likely designed by Joseph Pilie (family architect) and was finished in 1839 under the command of Aime’s brother-in-law, Jacques Telesphore Roman and built by the working hands of his slaves. After Roman’s death in 1848 (of tuberculosis), ownership of the plantation went to his wife, Marie. She didn’t have the management skills needed so, in 1859, her son Henri took control but later, he underwent severe debt and the plantation was sold for $32,800 to John Armstrong. Then when the upkeep became too much, it went into despair. The mansion was then sold to the Stewart family and in the 70s, they left ownership to the Oak Alley Foundation as it’s now opened to the public.
Today, those who are employed here often witness ghostly shadows gazing out a window and they hear the sound of an invisible horse and carriage making its way up the alley. Perhaps the oddest thing to have happened is when a candlestick flew across the room during a tour with 35 visitors. The location was visited by the Ghost Hunters in August of 2008.
The Myrtles Plantation
Built in 1796 by General David Bradford, the Myrtles Plantation is a popular haunted hotspot. After Bradford’s death, his wife Elizabeth continued to run the plantation until 1817 then handed management off to Clarke Woodruff, a former law student of Bradford. He later left the plantation to the caretaker and sold the home, land, and slaves to Ruffin Gray Stirling. He died in 1854, leaving ownership to his wife.
Though Myrtles Plantation survived the American Civil War, many of its valuable furnishings and accessories were stolen. It had since been tossed around between owners, eventually landing in the care the current owners, John and Teeta Moss as they offer overnight stays and tours of the plantation.
Myrtles has been featured in numerous magazines, television shows, newspapers, and books. Author Frances Myers wrote about the history and hauntings of the planation, labeling it as the most haunted home in America. The rumor that it was constructed on top of an ancient, Indian burial ground helps to fuel the discussion of its possible hauntings as well as the story of ten murders occurring in the home. Many believe it houses at least twelve entities, one being a man named William Drew Winter, an attorney who lived in the home from 1865 until 1871 and who was tragically shot by a stranger. Shortly after trying to climb the stairs, he died on the seventeenth step. Many employees say they hear his footsteps. Chloe is another popular spirit as she is the one who apparently sparked the hauntings. She was a slave who was punished for eavesdropping on the family. As revenge, she baked a birthday cake riddled with poison and within hours of consumption, three of the family members were dead. Myrtles was the center of attention on an episode of Ghost Adventures, where the crew had numerous, unexplainable malfunctions. More on the Myrtles Plantation HERE.
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Landing back in New Orleans, the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is loaded with history as the site of the hotel dates back to 1775. Records reveal that the plot of land had originally belonged to Don Andres Almonester y Rojas (he operated the majority of real estate in the French Quarter during that time). It was later sold and was passed between multiple wealthy families. In 1968, the main house of the hotel was built to resemble a French Quarter townhouse, then the hotel officially opened the following year on August 15th.
Today, the hotel is no stranger to paranormal activity and ghost sightings. As I stated before, the land that the hotel resides on has been utilized since 1775, so with all those that have passed through the land, the numerous ghost stories shouldn’t be surprising. Many employees and visitors have spotted ghostly apparitions of Civil War soldiers that wander the courtyard as well as a disturbed yet whimsical woman that is often seen dancing in the courtyard, many seeing her as a fast-paced light. They theorize that she could have been employed by the bordello and became an alcoholic. Others claim that there is more than one ghostly presence that resides in the bar, one being a Creole soldier.
Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium
This Deco-style performance venue was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and resides at 705 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was built as a memorial to the servicemen of World War 1. From 1994 to 2004, the auditorium underwent renovations, improving the air conditioning and the restrooms while installing an elevator and ramps. It seats a crowd of about 3,200 people and is currently used for concerts, Broadway plays, boxing, and other entertaining events. It was deemed a National Historic Landmark due to the rich history and national significance. The auditorium also sparked the careers of many well-known country and rockabilly music singers, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
But there is another layer to the auditorium as many have experienced frightening and unsettling activity. For starters, there is an entity named “Sarge” who likes to mess and play with women’s hair, stroking long hair and tussling shorter hair. But he’s not the only spirit as another known ghost is that of a little girl that runs around the arena floor, opening and closing doors. This phenomenon has also been caught on camera by many visitors. “Mary” is a ghost that lingers on the stage and other ghosts have been captured in photos, sitting in empty seats.
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