10 Truly Haunted Places Throughout Louisiana
Are you a believer in the paranormal? Louisiana is home to so many ghost stories and scary tales, it’s hard to keep track. But there are a few that stand out from the rest, and you might just have a paranormal encounter of your own if you choose to visit these places. Here are 10 of the most
haunted places in Louisiana. Please keep in mind that many of these locations are on private property and consider this your friendly reminder that trespassing is illegal. 1. The Crying Woman of Grady Hill - Zwolle
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 whose baby was stolen.
2. Le Beau Mansion (burned down) - Arabi
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 - New Orleans
Although it has been restored several times, 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. Today, you can't visit the cemetery without a licensed tour guide, and drawing on the tomb is not allowed, but it's still one of the
in the state, where many ghosts of Louisiana are said to dwell.
4. Caddo Parish Penal Farm (aka The Pea Farm) - Keithville
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.
Explore more of this haunted Louisiana penal farm in this YouTube video from Shreveport Shenanigans:
5. Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Site - Gibsland
The spot where Bonnie and Clyde's lives ended. Legend says that on full moon nights you can hear gunfire and screaming, a seemingly paranormal loop of the deadly shootout that took their lives all those years ago.
6. The Myrtles Plantation - St. Francisville
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. You can even
spend the night
if you're brave enough!
7. Marian Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes - New Iberia
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 - Iberville Parish
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. Railroad Tracks - Forbing
These tracks are said to be haunted by a headless man who was decapitated by a train years ago.
10. Manchac Swamp - Ponchatoula
Known by some as
, 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.
If visiting places like this is something you enjoy, you could always
pack up the car and set out on a haunted Louisiana road trip! Have you ever been to one of these haunted places in Louisiana, or had a paranormal experience of your own? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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