Louisiana December 27, 2017
The Louisiana Ghost Story That Will Leave You Absolutely Baffled
Are you a believer in the paranormal? There are dozens of plantations, hotels, bars, and buildings peppered throughout Louisiana where things happen that just can’t be rationally explained. There’s one particular plantation near Natchitoches that has had so many spiritual encounters, it has attracted the attention of several paranormal investigators who have gone in and come away with some seriously spooky experiences.
Magnolia Plantation was established in 1835 by Ambrose LeComte II and his wife Julia.
By 1860, it was one of the biggest cotton plantations in the area. The plantation took a hit during the Civil War. Union troops burned many of the crops, set fire to the main house, and many of the family members were wounded or killed.
The main house was rebuilt in the 1890s and that is the building that stands today.
While the main house is privately owned and not available to tour at this time, visitors can tour the gin/press barn, plantation store, blacksmith shop, slave hospital, overseer’s house, and slave quarters.
Like so many historic buildings and plantations in Louisiana, there are reports that the plantation is haunted.
Visitors and staff have encountered several unexplained sightings and paranormal activity all over the area. The Ghost Adventures Crew from the Travel Channel even came to investigate about six years ago. They heard disembodied voices, footsteps, eerie knocking, and one of the members even saw a ghostly apparition.
Many believe the activity is largely due to the many years of voodoo that was practiced by the slaves that lived and worked on the plantation.
Among the historical graffiti on the walls and doors in the buildings, there are several "x’s" that are believed to be related to voodoo rituals.
One of the rooms in the main room was nicknamed "the dying room" because many of the residents went in that room when they didn’t want to live anymore.
There’s one story that a Union Major died in that room after being poisoned by Confederate soldiers. People who have slept in that room have claimed to have seen the Major’s face in one of the windows of that room.
Reports of footsteps when no one around, doors open and closing on their own, voices and chanting are just some of the spooky things that have been reported.
Ghostly figures resembling soldiers have been seen roaming the property, and the motion detectors surrounding the main house have been known to go off, but when they look at the tapes… no one is there. Could it be the spirits of the slaves and soldiers that died here?
Magnolia Plantation is located at 5487 Hwy. 119 in Derry, Louisiana. Have you ever been, and did you experience anything paranormal? Let us know in the comments below.