Louisiana October 26, 2017
The Louisiana Ghost Story That Will Leave You Absolutely Baffled
In just about every city in Louisiana there’s a restaurant, bar, or plantation home that’s riddled with trapped souls that for whatever reason, just can’t move on. If chilling ghost stories of tales from the past interest you, then keep reading. The Houmas House Plantation & Gardens has an interesting tale about trapped spirits that will leave you baffled.
The Houmas House Plantation’s history goes back more than 200 years. The history of the land goes back much further, however. The original owners of the property were the Houmas Indians, who were given a land grant to occupy the area.
They sold the land in the mid 1700s, and it passed through several different owners throughout the years.
Prior to the levee being built, there were several grand oak trees that ran across the lawn.
John Burnside, who owned the plantation in the late 1800’s referred to these ancient oaks as "The Gentlemen", and the name stuck—for years, everyone knew these majestic oaks that welcomed you to the plantation as "The Gentlemen."
The Great Flood of 1927 brought devastation to much of the Greater River Road area. Although it spared the plantation itself, it devastated much of the surrounding area and their crops, but The Gentleman stood strong.
Newer, stronger, higher levees were constructed along the area. By this time, the Houmas House was out of the sugar business and left unoccupied, except for the caretaker, Mr. Green, and his wife.
As levee construction around the Houmas House began, the crews chopped down The Gentlemen one by one, until only 8 of the original 24 remained.
This was during the Great Depression, where everyone was pretty down on their luck and always looking for a way to make a quick buck.
Several of the construction workers developed a plan to profit off of the oak trees by sending them down the Mississippi River to be milled in New Orleans. Sixteen men set off on the trunks of the oak trees floating downriver, and died for their efforts—their bodies were never recovered.
The next morning, Mr. Green was in disbelief by what he saw.
Literally overnight, the 8 remaining Gentlemen had reshaped themselves from the majestic inviting trees they were known for into melancholy, droopy limbs. These trees just looked sad.
These trees had withstood hurricanes, floods, draughts, and anything else Mother Nature could throw at them, and their appearance always remained unchanged—until now. They had completely transformed overnight and no one knew why.
Engineers reasoned that it was due to changes in the underground water systems and trauma from all of the construction. But the Greens, the local community, and members of the Houmas Tribe, had a different explanation.
They believed that the surviving Gentlemen became disfigured when they were occupied by the spirits of those men who died trying to make a profit off of these ancient oaks.
When you visit the planation today, you can still see the remaining Gentlemen.
Residents of the local community believe the spirits of those men are still trapped in these trees, doomed to spend eternity as a consequence for their greed.
You can find the Houmas House Plantation & Gardens at 40136 Highway 942, Darrow, Louisiana 70725.
See them for yourself.
Have you ever been to the Houmas House and seen the remaining Gentlemen? Do you believe the story? Let us know in the comments below!