Louisiana is home to so many ghost stories and scary tales. But there are a few that stand out from the rest. Here are 10 of the most freaky haunted places throughout our state.
1) The Crying Woman of Grady Hill
Legend has it that a “crying woman” ghost haunts the area between Many, LA and Zwolle, LA. There are a variety of reasons given for her grief, a popular story being that it is the cries of a woman who’s baby was stolen.
2) Le Beau Mansion (burned down), Arabi, LA
This mansion in Old Arabi succumbed to fire in 2013. Before this, it had been a hotel, boarding house, and even an illegal casino and was always surrounded by rumors of ghosts. The fire was started by 7 men exploring the home looking for ghosts.
3) Tomb of Marie Laveau, VooDoo Queen of New Orleans
Although it was restored last year, rumor had it that Laveau would grant wishes if you drew an X on the tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, and yell out your wish. If it was granted they had to return to the tomb, circle their X, and leave Laveau an offering.
4) Caddo Parish Penal Farm (aka The Pea Farm), Shreveport, LA
South of Shreveport, this abandoned prison is said to be haunted by the beatings and murders of prisoners during its heyday in the early 20th century.
5) Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Site, Gibsland, LA
The spot where Bonnie and Clyde's lives ended. Legend says that on full moon nights you can hear gunfire.
6) Myrtles Plantation
Known as one of America’s most haunted homes, this plantation is said to be haunted by the individuals who had to endure slavery here. Many have reported capturing photographs of former slaves while around the plantation, as pictured here.
7) Marian Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes
Located in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, the oldest surviving church in New Orleans, this shrine’s walls have been darkened by smoke from the candles over the years.
8) Elise Reuss Memorial School
This abandoned school in Iberville parish was erected in 1907 in memory of Elise Bertha Christine Reuss, the daughter of the successful and well-known sugar planter George B. Reuss.
9) Forbing, Louisiana Railroad Tracks
These tracks are said to be haunted by a headless man who was decapitated by a train years ago.
10) Manchac Swamp
Known by some as Ghost Swamp, this place is reportedly haunted by Julie Brown, a Creole voodoo priestess. According to legend, when she died, a hurricane hit the town with a 30-foot tidal wave that killed a lot of people, many of whom ended up in a mass grave in the swamp and still haunt the area today.
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