It’s no surprise that Louisiana has its fair share of ghost stories. With a state with a history as rich as ours, it’s bound to create some fantastic stories. New Orleans may get all the ghostly glory, but there are many other places in Louisiana with a ghostly past. Here are 11 of our favorites.
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1. Bonnie and Clyde's Ambush Site, Gibsland
Bonnie and Clyde killed several people and robbed multiple banks, stores and gas stations before they met their fate in 1934. The pair was ambushed by police on a rural road in Gibsland, LA. Police fired over a hundred bullets at the vehicle, killing both Bonnie and Clyde. Today there is a monument at the death side and they say that during a full moon, you can hear gunshots.
2. Mary Jane's Bridge, Broussard
The story goes that a young girl, Mary Jane, and her date stopped at the bridge, possibly to take in the scenery. Legend has it that he raped and murdered her, throwing her body into the water. Her body was never found, and no one was ever prosecuted for the murder. Mary Jane's ghost allegedly still haunts the bridge, wandering about looking for her killer.
3. Loyd's Hall, Cheneyville
There are a few different stories behind this haunting, but they all center around the plantation's original owner, William Loyd. Legend has it that Loyd played both sides during the Civil War, and was hanged on an oak tree in front of his house for treason. He allegedly still roams the area, favoring the front porch.
4. Pleasant Hall at LSU, Room 312
The story goes that a woman and her boyfriend were living in Pleasant Hall (then called Smith Hall) in the 1950's and got into a heated argument. Things escalated so much that she shot her boyfriend before running upstairs to room 312 where she killed herself. In some versions of the story, the woman jumps out of the window. People say they can still feel her presence, doors opening and closing by themselves.
5. Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge
This building has had many different uses in the past, from a grain mill, feed store, clothing store, even a temporary morgue in 1927. Today, it's a bar. Employees and patrons have reported beer taps turning on by themselves, plates and glasses flying through the air, and reports of being touched/tapped on the shoulder
6. Susie Plantation, Centerville
This plantation is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Addie Harris, the owner's daughter, who died in childbirth in 1876. She was buried on the grounds and on her tomb a marble slab inscription reads, "Weep not for me I am not dead I only sleepth". That may be true, as multiple people have reported seeing her apparition, and residents of the home say they often smell a woman's perfume and can smell cooking, when no one has been in the kitchen.
7. Taylortown Tower, Shreveport
The Taylortown Church was built by a Methodist congregation in 1906. Membership at the church declined and after a while the church was abandoned and then used to store hay. During this time the church caught fire, and the only thing that remained was the bell tower. But local lore has a different story: a plantation owner was thrilled that his daughter was engaged to be married and built the church solely for the wedding. On the day of the wedding the groom disappeared and the bride was devastated. Some versions of the story say she died of a broken heart, while other versions say she jumped from the tower to her death. Her father was distraught from her daughter's death and torched the church, burning it to the ground. The bell tower survived the blaze, and the man decided to keep the tower as a memorial to his daughter. Locals say that when the moon shines on the tower you can see the apparition of the young woman, searching for her love.
8. Town Hall, Elizabeth
Originally the town hospital, this building was built in 1924 but today serves at the town hall. Over the years, there have been numerous reports of strange occurrences taking place. Disembodied footsteps and voices have been heard when no one else was around. In one instance, the mayor was downstairs making a pot of coffee when he heard footsteps on the second story. He went upstairs to investigate but couldn't find anyone/anything. When he came back downstairs, he found the coffee pot in the middle of the room smashed into pieces.
9. Grady Hill, Zwolle
The story goes that a woman's husband took their baby and killed it. The woman went looking for the baby and found the man in a boat with the dead baby. No one knows what happened after that, but legend has it that she still roams Grady Hill, crying out for her baby. People report that they have heard her moaning and a few claim to have seen her.
10. Highland Road near Lee Drive, Baton Rouge
In the fall, people have reported apparitions of Civil War soldiers walking out of the woods.
11. Bayou Sale Road
Drivers have reported seeing a hitchhiker on the road connecting Dulac and Cocodrie. When they slow down to pick him him, he disappears. Legend says if you try to pick him up he will request treasure or the soul of a passenger. Just another reason not to pick up random hitchhikers on the side of the road!
Have you been to any of these locations? Have you had your own paranormal encounter? Let us know in the comments below!