Louisiana March 01, 2018
This Louisiana Plantation Is Among The Most Haunted Places In The Nation
Sometimes, there are things that just cannot be explained rationally. Maybe it’s the sound of footsteps in an empty house, perhaps it’s the feeling of a cold presence or even being touched by something unexplained, or even hearing disembodied voices. This particular plantation is known for being one of the most haunted plantation in the country—and for good reason. Are you a believer?
You’ll find the Myrtles Plantation nestled in the heart of St. Francisville, surrounded by century-old live oak trees.
What was once a working plantation is now quite the popular B&B.
Before we get to the haunted side of the planation, a little history is in order.
The plantation was built in 1796 by General David Bradford and was originally named "Laurel Grove". He had fled to the area to avoid punishment for his role in the Whiskey Rebellion.
After Bradford died in 1808, his widow Elizabeth continued running the plantation until 1817, when she passed management duties to one of Bradford’s former law students, Clarke Woodruff, who ran it until 1834.
Ruffin Gray Sirling purchased the house from Woodruff and began an extensive remodeling job, most of which is still visible today. It was during this time that the plantation name was changed to "The Myrtles" after all of the crepe myrtles that grew in the area.
Stirling died in 1854, leaving his wife Mary Cobb Stirling, to run the plantation.
She hired William Winter to help manage the plantation. Winter was married to Winter’s daughter Sarah, so the plantation stayed in the family until the family lost the majority of their fortune in the Civil War and they were forced to sell the plantation in 1868, although they managed to buy it back two years later.
In 1871, William Winter was killed on the porch of the house.
Allegedly by a man named E.S. Webber. As the story goes, he was shot on his porch and stumbled inside, attempting to make his way up the stairs, but collapsed and died on the seventeenth stair.
Sarah remained in the plantation with her mother and her siblings until 1878 when she died.
Afterwards, ownership of the plantation changed around a good bit until Harrison Milton Williams purchased it in 1891.
Today, the plantation operates as successful B&B, but it’s also known as the most haunted planation in the country.
The plantation is supposedly the home of at least 12 ghosts. While it’s rumored that at least 10 murders have occurred at the house, only one is on record—Mr. Winters.
One of the most popular ghosts is Chloe.
Chloe was a slave who was owned by Clark and Sarah Woodruff. According to legend, Chloe was eavesdropping on the Woodruffs when she was caught and as punishment, one of her ears was cut off. To hide the injury, she wore a green turban.
Afterwards, Chloe decided to get revenge.
She baked a cake that contained the extract of boiled oleander leaves, which are extremely poisonous. Her plan was for Mr. Woodruff to eat the cake, but her plan backfired. Instead, Sarah and her two daughters ate the cake and died from the poison.
There’s a mirror in the plantation that is believed to house the spirits of Mary and her children. It was believed that after a death, mirrors should be covered but this particular mirror was forgotten about and supposedly now houses their spirits. There have been reports of people seeing figures in the mirror as well as mysterious handprints.
But that’s not all.
There are also reports of someone (or something) staggering up the stairs, stopping near the top. These noises are believed to be that of William Winters, who was shot and crawled up to the seventeenth step where he died.
You can find the Myrtles at 7747 U S Highway 61, Saint Francisville, Louisiana 70775. You can swing by for a tour, or you can stay in one of their rooms for the night… if you dare…