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
Possibly one of the most well-known haunted locations in Louisiana, the Myrtles Plantation is said to be haunted by a few different ghosts, but primarily Chloe, one of the slaves. The story goes that Chloe was caught eavesdropping and her ear was cut off as punishment. To get revenge, she poisoned the owner’s food, trying to kill the owner. Her plan backfired and his wife and children ended up dying instead. She was hanged, but many say her spirit remains, unable to move on. The plantation gives daily tours, and you can also stay overnight.
2. Spanish Moon
The building has been around for almost a hundred years, having been a grain mill, feed store, and clothing store before becoming the infamous Spanish Moon Bar. Perhaps one of the reasons it’s said to be haunted is because it was once a temporary morgue during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Staff and customers have reported glasses flying across the room, pool balls jumping off the table, and disembodied voices. There’s also a story of a little girl that was killed by a horse when the building was a feed store. Could the strange occurrences people have been reporting be the ghost of the little girl? The Spanish Moon is located at 1109 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
3. Bonnie & Clyde’s Ambush Site
The famous couple met their fate on a country road in Gibsland, LA when they were ambushed by police. You can visit the monument today, and some say that during a full moon, you can hear gunshots.
4. Bentley Hotel
Constructed in 1907, the Bentley Hotel has a few ghosts that are still walking the halls. One spirit is said to be Joseph Bentley himself, who died in his private suite. Another spirit often seen is that of a little girl, who allegedly fell to her death when she fell down the elevator shaft. The Bentley Hotel is located at 200 Desoto Street, Alexandria, LA 71301.
5. Andrew Jackson Hotel
Over 200 years ago, the hotel was an all-boys school. A great fire swept through the city in 1794, consuming most of the buildings in the area, including the school. The spirits said to haunt the hotel today are five of the boys who died in the fire. It’s said that room 208 has the highest activity, as well as the staircase. One of the ghosts, a child named Armond, has been known to wake guests from their sleep with his giggling and laughter. Other guests have said that they were shoved out of the bed, or that the covers were pulled off of them. Do you think you could stay the night in room 208? The Andrew Jackson Hotel is located at 919 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116.
6. The Rougarou
Some know it as the loup-garou, some know it was the rougarou. Either way, this legend has been passed down for generations. There are many variations of this mythical beast, but it’s often described as having a human body and the head of a wolf. The creature prowls the swamps around Acadiana, searching for its next victim. Some stories say that the creature seeks Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent, others say it will take anyone under their spell for 101 days, until the rougarou can find its next victim. While these stories may have just been a way to make children obedient, others claim that the stories are true and there is a creature lurking in the swamps waiting for its next victim.
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7. Manchac Swamp
Julie White was a voodoo priestess in the early 1900s. She lived in the small community of Frenier, and was well-known in the area. When members of the community would get sick, they would turn to White for a cure, rather than traveling all the way to New Orleans. White would tend to the sick people, but she would also curse those who crossed her, and make predictions of terrible destruction. She would sit on her porch singing songs about her death and the impending doom of the town that would follow. Before she died in 1915, she was heard singing "One day I’m gonna die, and I’m gonna take all of you with me." over and over again. Shortly after, a devastating hurricane hit, killing hundreds of people. They were buried in a mass grave in the swamp, and it’s said that the swamp is haunted by those that died in the hurricane. People said they have heard disembodied voices, and even seen the apparition of White herself.
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8. LaLaurie Mansion
Delphine Lalaurie was a wealthy New Orleans woman with a twisted, dark secret. After a fire broke out in her home in 1834, it was discovered that she had been torturing slaves in unthinkable ways. She and her husband fled the city, never to be seen again. The property has been occupied by several different owners throughout the years, each owner saying the place is haunted by the tortured souls left behind. Strange noises, screams, and cries would echo throughout the mansion. The house has been abandoned several times throughout the years, perhaps because of all of the paranormal experiences? It’s privately owned today, so you cannot go inside, but if you’re in the area, it’s certainly worth a walk past.
9. The Diamond Grill
The building has been around almost 100 years, starting out as a jewelry store in the 1930s. Staff have reported hearing voices when no one else is around, glassware moving on its own, doors opening and closing for no reason, among other incidents. Several paranormal teams have investigated this place and they’ve all encountered things they cannot logically explain. Located at 942 3rd Street, Alexandria, LA 71301.
10. Oak Alley Plantation
With centuries of history behind it, it’s no wonder one of Louisiana’s most well-known plantations has a history with the paranormal. Employees have experienced an unseen presence touch their arms while they were alone, people have seen empty rocking chairs rock in unison, on their own, with no explanation. Perhaps the most chilling was when a candlestick flew across the room during a tour, several people saw it and couldn’t explain what had happened. Take a tour for yourself, Oak Alley is located at 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
11. DeRidder Jail
Built in 1914, the Gothic Style building gained notoriety for being one of the first jails where every cell had its own window, shower, and toilet. In 1928, two men were found guilty of murdering a cab driver, and were hanged for their crimes, earning the jail the nickname of "The Hanging Jail." The jail is not in use today, but you can take a tour to check out this unique building. Located at 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive, DeRidder, LA 70634.
12. The Gardette-LePrete House
Also known as the Sultan House, or House of the Turks, the story goes that a local dentist rented the building to a Turkish man who claimed to be a sultan of a middle eastern country. He brought several women, servants, children, and soldiers with him, and was known for having extravagant parties. Guards patrolled the area 24 hours a day, preventing anyone from getting close to the sultan. One day, a neighbor was walking by and noticed the gate was open, a first since they had moved in. He walked up to the door and saw blood everywhere. All of the women, children, and guards had been viscously murdered, no one survived. Police couldn’t find the sultan at first, until they went into the backyard, where they found him in a shallow grave, apparently buried alive, with his hand reaching out of the dirt. The murderers were never found, and speculation began as to what had happened. Some say it was the work of pirates, while others say it was the sultan’s brother, who was seeking revenge. Either way, people say they can smell incense wafting from the building, and late at night they can hear the faint sounds of music and laughter, but there is no one there. The building is privately owned, but feel free to walk past it and see if you smell any incense. Located at 715 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70116.
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13. T’frere’s House Bed & Breakfast
This charming B&B is allegedly haunted by the spirit of a school teacher, Amelie. Her husband died at a young age, leaving her alone. She died when she fell into the well; some say she was pushed, others say it was a suicide. The Church ruled it as a suicide, and she was buried outside of the cemetery, away from her husband. It’s said that her spirit still remains on the grounds, and people say she likes to turn the lights on and off, open and close doors throughout the house, and even sets off the alarm systems. Stay a night and see for yourself! Located at 1905 Verot School Road, Lafayette, LA 70508.