Disembodied voices, footsteps, unexplained noises… Louisiana is no stranger to haunted houses and ghost stories. From 200-year-old plantation houses to unexplored swamps, we’ve compiled a list of the top 11 reasons why Louisiana is the spookiest state.
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. LaLaurie Mansion (New Orleans)
Madame LaLaurie was a wealthy New Orleans socialite with a dark past. After a fire broke out in her home in 1834, it was discovered that LaLaurie had been torturing slaves. The mansion still stands today and is reportedly haunted by the mistreated slaves who had to endure her tortures. The property has gone through many homeowners, all claiming to have had supernatural experiences while in the house. Located at 1140 Royal Street in New Orleans.
2. Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville)
One of the most famously haunted plantations in the country, The Myrtles Plantation is rumored to be haunted by several spirits. The most famous spirit is Chloe, a former slave at the plantation who had her ear cut off when she was caught eavesdropping. In retaliation, she baked a poisonous cake for her owners, primarily targeting the head of the household, Clark Woodruff. Her plan backfired and his wife and daughters ate the cake and died from the poison. Chloe was hanged by the other slaves in an effort to escape punishment by Clark. People say that Chloe still haunts the plantation today. Take a tour and see for yourself, the plantation is located at 7747 U.S. 61 in St. Francisville
3. Oak Alley Plantation
Built in 1837, this Greek Revival style plantation was built to be a sugar plantation. Staff have reported hearing footsteps, lights turning on in rooms with no one in them, and even seeing full-body apparitions. Located at 3645 Highway 18 in Vacherie.
4. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (New Orleans)
Opened in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. This cemetery is the final resting place of thousands of people, but one in particular is said to still haunt the grounds - Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Visitors frequently leave offerings at her crypt hoping to have their wishes granted. Location: 425 Basin St. in New Orleans (Visitors must be accompanied by a tour guide to view the cemetery)
5. Manchac Swamp
Julie White (some say her name was Julie Brown) was a voodoo priestess who lived in the area. Julie wasn't the friendliest of people, and would often sit on her porch glaring at passersby, telling them, "One day I'm gonna die, and I'm gonna take all of you with me." One day, a hurricane threatened the area. Julie died before the storm hit, and she was buried on the day of the storm. The hurricane put the entire community underwater and killed hundreds of people. People say that today you can still hear Julie White singing her songs in the swamp.
6. Diamond Grill (Alexandria)
In 1931 the building was a local jewelry store, and today it's a fine dining restaurant. Staff have had unusual experiences here, and it's said that the ghost of a former employee from the 1960s remains in the building. Located at 924 3rd St, Alexandria
7. The Rougarou
The legend of the bayou rougarou is a story that's been passed down from generation to generation. This creature has a human body and the head of a wolf, and can lurk in fields, woods, bayous and swamps... Basically wherever it wants. There's a couple of different versions of the rougarou. One story tells the tale of the Rougarou that hunts down Catholics that have not followed Lent or other Catholic rules and feeds on their energy for 101 days. Another version says that the rougarou preys on bad little kids. Then there's another version that says that if you come face to face with a rougarou and you look it in the eyes, you become one.
8. Magnolia Plantation (Derry)
The slave quarters of Magnolia Plantation have a rich voodoo history, and ritualistic chanting has been heard coming from these cabins when no one is inside. Located at 5487 Hwy. 119 in Derry
9. The Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge)
Doors slamming, footsteps, and noises are just some of the things that people have reported. Some people even say they've been pushed or shoved. In the past it was a hospital for soldiers in the Civil War.. Perhaps the souls of dead soldiers still remain in the building? It's a museum now so you can go check it out at 100 North Blvd in Baton Rouge
10. Houmas House (Darrow)
The spirit of a little girl is said to haunt this historic site. Construction workers and staff have seen the little girl playing on the stairs. She is said to have dark eyes, brown hair, and a pretty blue dress, but no one knows her name. Located at 40136 Highway 942 in Darrow
11. Hotel Bentley (Alexandria)
Opened in 1908, this hotel is said to have multiple ghosts lurking around. One is Joseph Bentley, the man who build the hotel. Another is a little girl who fell to her death in an elevator shaft. People have seen figures on the stairs, footsteps coming down the hallway, and the overall feeling that their being watched. Located at 200 Desoto St, Alexandria.
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