Louisiana October 01, 2018
9 Historical Homes In Louisiana With Incredibly Spooky Pasts
It should come as no surprise that Louisiana is a state rich in history. Sometimes, when you have an attraction that is incredibly old, there may be a ghost story or two attached to it. These nine historical homes in Louisiana have been around for ages, and some believe that there are spirits trapped inside. Be sure to click the links for more information to learn more about these interesting spots.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Myrtles Plantation
Known as the most haunted plantation in the south, the Myrtles Plantation was built in 1796 by General David Bradford. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it’s been converted into a charming bed and breakfast where you can take a tour, learn the history of the property, and stay the night… if you dare. Legend has it that the property is frequented by several spirits, most notably the ghost of Chloe, a former slave at the plantation. Learn more about the ghost of Chloe
Address: 7747 U.S. HWY., 61, St. Francisville, LA 70775
2. T'frere's House Bed & Breakfast
This 1880 Acadian Colonial Cajun Cottage makes for an absolutely delightful weekend getaway if you don’t mind the ghost stories floating around. As the story goes, a schoolteacher named Amelie went to the well to wash her face one day. Some say she was pushed, some say she jumped to her death, but her death was ruled a suicide by the local Catholic Church. She was then buried outside of the cemetery, separated from the love of her life, who had died years before. People have reported seeing the spirit of Amelie walking through the house, and out near the gardens.
Address: 1905 Verot School Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
3. The Houmas House
This beautiful plantation tucked away on Historic River Road dates back to the mid-1800s and there have been a few ghost stories throughout the years. From a little girl that many believe to have been awakened during construction of the plantation to the oak trees on the grounds. Yes, many believe the oak trees to be haunted by spirits from the past. It’s quite an interesting story, and you can learn about it
4. Hotel Bentley
Built in 1907 by Joseph Bentley, this exquisite hotel located in Alexandria also served as Mr. Bentley’s personal residence. He built a large apartment on one of the top floors and also installed a private elevator. Many believe that Mr. Bentley’s ghost still roams the halls today, and there are other reports of people seeing the spirit of a woman who was believed to have fallen to her death down an elevator shaft.
Address: 200 Desoto St., Alexandria, LA 71301
5. Nottoway Plantation
Built in 1859, the Nottoway Plantation is the largest antebellum mansion in the south, and it’s truly a sight to see. Many guests who choose to stay the night have reported strange occurrences, from lights flickering to feeling touched. Rumor has it that room number 14 seems to have the most paranormal activity, so if you end up staying in that room, you may want to sleep with the lights on.
Address: 31025 Hwy. 1, White Castle, LA 70788
6. The LaLaurie Mansion
Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, the LaLaurie Mansion was once the home of Delphine LaLaurie, a New Orleans Creole socialite and murderer who tortured and murdered slaves in her home. Many of these tortured souls are said to still remain, trapped within the walls. The building is a private residence now with no inside tours, but just walking past this spooky building is enough to give you chills. Learn more
7. Woodland Plantation
Built in the early 1800s and restored to its glory as a bed and breakfast in the 1990s, you may recognize the Woodland Plantation from the Southern Comfort labels. The historic plantation was depicted on the label for 75 years! No one knows for sure what spirit(s) still roam the halls, but many have reported seeing a man in a hat, striped pants, and holding a gold cane. Others have reported seeing two women with a little boy, and hearing footsteps and furniture and artwork moving around for no reason.
Address: 21997 LA-23, Port Sulphur, LA 70083
8. Oak Alley
Perhaps the most recognizable plantation in Louisiana, Oak Alley has its fair share of ghost stories. In one such story, a few employees were leaving the plantation one evening and noticed that there was a light on in the lavender room. All of the employees confirmed that the lights were off when they left, and as they drove away they noticed the figure of a woman in the window, staring at them. Frightened, they sped away and when they looked back, she was gone.
Address: 3645 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
9. Ormond Plantation
Built in the late 1700s, the Ormond Plantation was the site of a slave uprising and a bloody retaliation, which many believe to be the root of all of the paranormal activity that’s been reported here. There have been reports of the plantation being haunted going all the way back to the 1880s and is still continues today. From dark shadowy figures roaming the halls to a man dressed in 19th century clothes being seen, this is surely one of the most haunted plantations on River Road.
Address: 13786 River Rd., Destrehan, LA 70047
Have you ever had a run in with the paranormal? Share your story in the comments below!