[StBernard] Experience Haunted Louisiana
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Tue Oct 31 23:38:59 EST 2006
October at Louisiana Travel
Get to know the spirits of Louisiana's haunted plantations and hotels
Louisiana is famous for its haunted plantations, hotels and historic sites.
It makes sense, too - if you've ever been to Louisiana, you know why some
don't ever want to leave. October is a great time to visit Louisiana.
There's a chill in the air, night comes early, and Halloween is near. So
come down and experience haunted Louisiana. Book your trip today with our
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Greater New Orleans
Located on Royal Street in the French Quarter, Hotel
Monteleone is a New Orleans landmark. It was purchased by Antonio Monteleone
in 1886 and has been run by the same family ever since. So loved is the
Monteleone that people don't want to leave, and some never do. For
generations, both guest and employees have experiences that skeptics would
be hard pressed to explain away. A restaurant door that opens almost every
evening at the same time and then closes again, even though it is locked. An
elevator that stops on the wrong floor, leading a curious couple down a
hallway that grows chilly and reveals the ghostly images of children
playing. In March 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research
spent several days investigating Hotel Monteleone. While at the hotel, the
team made contact with more than a dozen earthbound entities. Among them was
a middle-aged man who identified himself as a Monteleone employee named Red.
Sure enough, decades ago, the hotel employeed an engineer who went by the
Visitors to Pitot
House on Bayou St. John have the chance of encountering a gentle spirit
known for imparting a fragrant floral aroma. More than 200 years old, and
located a short walk to picturesque City Park, the Pitot House is named for
James Pitot, a one-time owner of the property who became the first elected
mayor of New Orleans in 1804. Pitot bought the house in 1810 with his wife,
Marie Jeanne. The life of the Pitot family turned tragic in 1815, when Marie
Jeanne died giving birth to twin girls, both of who also died within months.
Pitot sold the house and moved to the French Quarter in 1819, but some say
the spirits of his wife and their daughters remain there. They reveal
themselves through the alluring scent of flowers, which arrive at odd times,
inexplicably. Visitors often will ask Pitot House staff what kind of
potpourri is used in the property. There is none there, nor any alternate
explanation for the fragrance.
Plantation is an opulent estate in St. Francisville, but it has a dark
history. It is described as the most haunted house in the United States, and
the paranormal activity is largely rooted in a single tragic event that
occurred in the early 1820s, when three members of the family that owned the
plantation - the mother and her two young daughters - were inadvertently
poisoned to death by a mischievous slave named Chloe, who was then hanged
for her actions. Employees and visitors at the Myrtles have reported seeing
the spirits of the two women and two girls on numerous occasions, not to
mention countless sightings of other paranormal activity throughout the
The Myrtles is not the only haunted plantation in St. Francisville. Rosedown
Plantation has a resident spirit all its own. Built in 1835, Rosedown is
famous for its beautiful, sprawling gardens. But it is also known for the
spirit of William B. Turnbull. The eldest son of Martha and Daniel Turnbull,
who built Rosedown, William drowned at age 27, when trying to cross a nearby
river in a small boat. William's is a playful spirit, a practical joker.
Often a Rosedown employee will turn off all the lights and lock up for the
night, only to return the next morning to find all the lights have been
turned back on. Sometimes the lights will flash off and on inexplicably
while guests are touring the plantation.
Chretien Point Plantation Chretien
Point is a majestic, 230-year-old plantation house with a turbulent history
in Sunset, Louisiana. The ramp knee staircase in its foyer is believed to be
the model for the staircase in Gone With the Wind's Tara Plantation. But
that is not the dramatic highlight of the plantation, or even the staircase.
In the early 1840's, Felicite Chretien was awakened in the middle of the
night by a band of pirates. She was descending the staircase where a
would-be robber then accosted her. She shot him between the eyes with a
pistol she had hidden in her nightgown. As the pirate died on the 11th
stair, the sound of gunfire caused the rest of the robbers to flee. The
fallen robber still haunts the place, according to staff members, as does
Felicite's daughter in law, Celestine, who is known for trying to protect
and comfort staff members. Also, Confederate soldiers killed on Chretien's
grounds in the Civil War's Battle of Little Carrion Crow Bayou in 1863 are
seen trudging about the house and the grounds.
In Ferriday, Louisiana, surrounded by fields of fluffy, white cotton, is the
Plantation, nearly 200 years old. Frogmore is popular among history buffs,
as its current owners, Buddy and Lynette Tanner, operate it as a working
cotton plantation and conduct both historical and modern tours of the
property. Slave narratives recorded in the 1930s enabled the Tanners to
offer historically accurate recreations of 19th century life at the
plantation, including thorough portrayals of slave weddings. There has been
a variety of paranormal activity experienced at Frogmore. Previous residents
have reported such - a man in white walking across a 12-foot wide hallway
and then disappearing into thin air, a woman dressed in black wearing a
black veil standing beside a column on the porch and also vanishing before
the eyes the father and son who were living there. Visitors, residents and
employees have also experienced lights flashing off and on, the sound of
chains rattling inside empty, locked rooms, as well as the sound of
footsteps on the staircase with no earthly explanation.
The oldest human dwelling site in North America, Poverty
Point, is located in Epps, Louisiana, near Monroe. Constructed between 1650
and 700 B.C., this site of more than 400 acres is unique among
archaeological sites on this continent. The central construction consists of
six rows of concentric ridges, which at one time were five feet high. The
five aisles and six sections of ridges form a partial octagon. The diameter
of the outermost ridges measures three-quarters of a mile. It is thought
that these ridges served as foundations for dwellings although little
evidence of structures has been found. This accomplishment is particularly
impressive for a pre-agricultural society. Experts have estimated that the
construction of Poverty Point required more than five million man-hours of
labor. Poverty Point is known more for its historical and anthropological
significance than for any paranormal activity, but there have been sightings
of a female apparition that is said to look like statues of the "Great
Mother" from Europe.
Source Info: Much of the information in this email was derived from
Haunted Plantations by Louisiana writer Jill Pascoe.
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