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There is a place or plantation which is so full of history, legends and of course ghosts that I can only scratch the surface in this column.
Hand prints in the mirrors, footsteps on the stairs, mysterious smells, and vanishing objects, death by poison, hangings, murder and gunfire are all part of the norm. No it isn’t scenes from a soap opera, it’s the Myrtles Plantation located west Feliciana town of St. Francisville, Louisiana.
The original owner, David Bradford (1760-?), had his run-ins with the good and bad aspects of society. Even President George Washington had a price tag on his head but Bradford never started off that way in the America so young.
Bradford was born in America to Irish immigrants and was one of five children. He became a successful attorney, businessman and Deputy Attorney General for the county. Why did Bradford leave his family and thriving business behind? We do know that he became involved in the infamous Whiskey Rebellion and legend has it that Washington placed a price on the man’s head for his role in the affair.
President John Adams would later pardon Bradford in 1799. The Whiskey Rebellion took place in western Pennsylvania and really began as a series of grievances over high prices and taxes forced on those living along the frontier at that time. In later years Bradford had such a rich and adventurous life that it would make the perfect miniseries for TV.
Over the years books were written about the place and TV shows were produced at the plantation.
Like I stated, legends are a huge part of the plantation. According to one legend, three Union soldiers were killed in the house after they broke in and attempted to loot the place. It was here that they were shot and died. Legend has it that they left bloodstains on the floor and no matter how hard maids scrubbed the stains, they simply wouldn’t get cleaned.
Hester Eby, director of tours, has been an employee and a witness to the paranormal at the plantation for over 20 years.
She explained that one of her paranormal experiences happened on a normal day. Or so it would seem.
I was getting ready to greet the guests. I saw a couple get out of their car but the man was way ahead of his wife and their little girl dressed in a pink and white dress, said Eby.
“She was right on her mother’s heel like she was playing. When the woman came in the little girl was not there. I knew I saw the girl there was no way the girl could have left so quickly.”
As Hest closed the front door she heard a child’s voice saying “hello there.”
“She started giggling from the end of the porch way. No one was on the grounds at all. We have a few neighbors but they’re at a very good distance and their children are off to college.”
There are many places at the plantation where Eby has experienced paranormal activity.
In the lady’s parlor, behind the couch, her clothes felt like it was being tugged on.
“The way a child would do if they wanted to tell you something and you’re talking to someone else,” explained Eby.
“The first time it happened I thought I had caught my clothes in something and thought nothing of it. It happened a couple more times and thought this was kind of strange. The experience was real. I could feel their (child’s spirits) little fingers.”
“I had a lot of things happen and these things are just to let you know that they (spirits) are around.”
“I had my name called before,” said Eby.
The spirits would pick up on the voice they would like so you think it would be a co-worker, she said. It happened to us so much that if that person who called us is busy in what they are doing that we just forget about the incident and we just go on. The spirits also do that to guests as well. A lot of the time the guest would ask if they were being called.
“It happens all the time.”
She admits she has scared herself before. “The only time I was concerned, very much so was when I was upstairs early one morning turning off lights that we thought we turned off the night before.”
As she was walking from one wing of the house to the next she heard very heavy footsteps walking behind her.
“It sounded as if someone had boots on and they were walking behind me.”
When she stopped, the footsteps would stop. The minute she started walking the footsteps would begin again. The footsteps stopped when she walked backwards down the stairs so she could keep an eye on what was behind her.
“I guess they thought I was going to hurt myself and it (footsteps) stopped completely.”
Eby is very excited to be part of the plantation. “It s beautiful, it’s old, it is haunted. It is a peaceful place. It is very exciting. We label the place a home of beauty and intrigue.”
The plantation has tours every week. A mystery tour is held twice a week and a historical tour every day.
“We have a little bit for everyone,” said Eby.
ABOUT RONALD WOLF
Ronald Wolf is a college graduate of a renowned journalism program at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. He has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines in three different countries.
He is a former newspaper owner who specializes in photography and writing. Historical research, research of the occult and interview skills make Wolf a natural writer of the paranormal.
His voyage into the supernatural started in the 5th grade when he read his first Hans Holzer book. Wolf presently writes a weekly column entitled Things That Go Bump in a Canadian Night.
The saga of the Antebellum South
and a lifestyle that will be forgotten lives
on at The Myrtles Plantation, a 205-year-old
home that is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. A first glimpse of the home
with its magnificent double dormers and lacy
grillwork of the 125-foot-long front veranda
envelops one with a complete sense of peace
"One of America's Most Haunted Homes"
Saint Francisville is located in West
Feliciana Parish Louisiana. A small town
on the Mississippi River. Once the Capital
of the Republic of West Florida, it is
here that John James Audubon (Birds of
America Collection) created over 80 of
his beautiful watercolors. There are seven
Magnificent Plantation homes opened for
public tours. And The Myrtyles Plantation
is the one you would not want to miss.
And with all the recent investigations
by TAPS is now fast becoming the most
famous ghost filled haunted house in America.
Exploring the myrtles you will see grand
fine antiques and architectural treasures
of the old South and you personally might
discover why The Myrtles has been called
"America's Most Haunted Homes".
"The actual haunting hour at the
Myrtles Plantation is said to be at three
At that exact hour each dark night, Chloe's
restless ghost roams the great dark haunted
The Myrtles isn't an ordinary plantation.
It's supposed to be one of the most haunted
houses in America. "
"Whiskey Dave" Bradford--former
leader of the whiskey rebellion-- built
the great haunted house on a Tunica Indian
burial ground in 1794. He was actually
the very first to see a ghost at the Myrtles
Plantation, a naked Indian girl wandering
lost on the grounds is what he is said
to have observed. But Many of the locals
state it is Bradford's' many ghostly children
and grandchildren that haunt the Myrtles
Sara Matilda, Bradford's' daughter, married
Judge Woodruff. Woodruff was said to have
kept a slave mistress named Chloe or so
the haunted tale goes....
When Woodruff grew tired of Chloe, and
she was afraid she would be sent to the
fields she is said to have started eavesdropping
on him to learn of her future fate.
When Woodruff caught her, he cut off
her left ear and sent her to work in the
kitchen. From then on, Chloe wore a green
turban to hide her disfigurement. She
devised a plan to regain the affection
of him and the family. She boiled poisonous
oleander leaves and baked them into a
Chloe believed the children would become
ill and need her to nurse them back to
health. But she used too much. Sara Matilda
and two of the children died that night
from the poison.
When the other slaves heard about Chloe's
actions, they hung her from a tree. They
then weighted her body with stones and
threw her into the Mississippi river.
Chloe still wanders the house and grounds
of the Myrtles Plantation. She sometimes
shows up in photos. The Woodruff children
are also heard playing and laughing on
the veranda on rainy nights.
The Chloe story is the most popular haunting
tale at the Myrtles, but many more people
met their untimely demise on the premises
and can be seen and heard wandering.
A Civil War soldier died on the floor
near the front door from battle wounds.
He was an avid cigar smoker who stayed
at the house before his death. The smell
of cigars sometimes fills his room. (
And smoking isn't allowed at the Myrtles...)
William Winter was said to have died
on the 17th step of the staircase after
a mysterious man shot him through the
study window in 1871.
The steps heard on the stairs in the
middle of the night are attributed to
him. Those who count claim the footsteps
stop at the seventeenth step.
Another young girl died of yellow fever
in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Her parents
called on a voodoo priestess to help her,
after all traditional medicines had failed.
When the little girl died, the parents
hung the priestess from the chandelier.
In 1927, the caretaker was murdered during
a robbery attempt. The owners claim that
he can sometimes be seen at the plantation
gates telling people to leave.
The Myrtles is now a bed and breakfast,
so guests can stay in these rooms and
see if the ghosts come out and play. The
proprietors, John and Teeta Moss, claim
that the Best Western loves the Myrtles,
because so many guests get spooked in
the middle of the night and run to the
Whether you believe in ghosts or not,
it's fun to be scared. This house has
a creepy vibe. Bursts of cold air come
from nowhere. Former owners have had church
stained glass installed in the front doors
to keep out the evil spirits. Also, the
keyholes of every door have a small cover
over them. In the nineteenth century,
people thought ghosts came into a house
through its keyholes, and these covers
were designed to keep them out.
People also believed that the ghosts
would hide in the corners until nighttime,
when they would come out to pester the
living. The Myrtles contains custom plaster
work nun and cherub charms specially designed
to keep the spirits away from the corners.
Every resident has painstakingly tried
to protect himself from wandering spirits.
Ghosts or not, everyone who has owned
the property has either seen ghosts, has
turned into a ghost, or tried to keep
the ghosts away. Mysterious figures and
spheres often show up in ghost photos.
The Myrtles has been featured in New
York Times, Forbes, Gourmet, Veranda,
Travel and Leisure, Country Inns, Colonial
Homes, Delta SKY, and on the Oprah Show,
A & E, The History Channel, The Travel
Channel, The Learning Channel, National
Geographic Explorer, and GOOD MORNING
AMERICA. It was also featured in The Hauntings
of Louisiana. And recentlyon the Sci-fi
chanal Ghost Hunters show featured by
Historical tours are conducted daily
from 9am - 5pm.
Mystery tours are conducted on Friday
and Saturday evenings.
All bed and breakfast reservations include
a complimentary tour of this National
Historic Register home filled with hand
painted stained glass, open pierced plaster
frieze work, Aubusson tapestries, Baccarat
crystal chandeliers, Carrera marble mantles
and gold leafed French furnishings. Guided
tours include the history, the architectural
significance, and the enchanting stories
of mystery and intrigue.
Relax in the giant rockers on the 120-foot
verandah or stroll through the lush ten
acres filled with majestic live oaks.
The 5000 square foot old brick courtyard
is the perfect place to unwind before
enjoying a delicious candlelight dinner
at our Carriage House Restaurant.
Located in the Legendary Plantation Country
on U.S. Highway 61, 30 miles North of
Baton Rouge between New Orleans, Louisiana
and Natchez, Mississippi.
Broken clocks tick...beds rise in the air...paintings fly across the room...locked doors fling open...crystal chandeliers shake...heavy footsteps and eerie piano music sound in the dead of night-and that's just for starters. Welcome to the Myrtles Long recognized as America's most haunted house both by parapsychologists and the media, The Myrtles is a twenty-eight-room Louisiana bed-and-breakfast once owned by Frances Kermeen. In this spine-tingling chronicle, Frances tells the story of how she was drawn to this former plantation mansion, its bone-chilling history, and the incredible encounters of the ghostly kind she had that forever changed her beliefs about the supernatural-and just may change yours. Along with the sometimes terrifying, sometimes benevolent hauntings, her years at The Myrtles also brought death threats from the Ku Klux Klan, the tragic loss of friends, a catastrophic betrayal, and other personal challenges. They would all converge with the paranormal phenomena around her into one cataclysmic event...
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Madewood Plantation, one of Louisiana's
majestic antebellum plantations,
operates a Bed and Breakfast,
allowing visitors to sleep in
the plantation home on genuine
antiques. Open for tours daily:
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.(last tour).
For information, please call 1-800-375-7151,
daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or
write to us at 4250 Hwy. 308,
Napoleonville, LA 70390.
Our fax # is 985-369-9848. Official
Web Site www.madewood.com
Oak Alley Plantation
Truly the quintessential Greek
Revival Antebellum Plantation,
it is one of the most visited
of the plantations and antebellum
homes along the river. Oak Alley
Plantation, Restaurant & Inn
3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road)
•- Vacherie, Louisiana USA
Phone: (225) 265-2151 or 1-800-44ALLEY
•Fax: (225) 265-7035
Nottoway Plantation is a great
bed & breakfast, and its grand
white ballroom is a favorite for
weddings. At the edge of sugar
cane fields, Nottoway stands overlooking
the Mississippi River. This enormous
mansion, completed in 1859, reflects
an unusual combination. Greek
revival architectural elements
blend with innovations that were
the fanciful desires of the original
owner. Not only is the floor plan
irregular, but the house contained
many elements that were innovative
and rare in the mid-19th century,
such as indoor plumbing and hot
and cold running water.
Today Nottoway is open daily to
Take a guided tour, stay overnight,
perhaps even get married in this
at Chalmette Battlefield
Site of the Battle of New Orleans
in 1814–1815, (the last
battle of the War of 1812), the
Civil War Chalmette National Cemetery,
and Beauregard House.
Also located on the Chalmette
Battlefield grounds, and serving
as a museum and visitor center,
is the Beauregard House. Beauregard
House was never used as a plantation,
and was built in 1830. It is named
for René Beauregard, its
last owner, the son of the Civil
War Confederate General, P. G.
T. Beauregard (whose monument
is at the entrance to City Park,
at the north end of Esplanade
Avenue). While many visitors arrive
by automobile, many also arrive
by riverboat, the Chalmette Battlefield
being part of the tour.
Destrehan Plantation was built
in 1787, originally of West Indies
architecture, but later renovated
to the then popular Greek Revival
Style. It is the oldest documented
plantation house left intact in
the lower Mississippi Valley.
The plantation bears the name
of its builder, Jean Noel Destrehan,
who acquired the estate from his
father-in-law, Robin de Longy.
It was here that the process of
producing granulated sugar was
perfected, and helped to establish
sugar cane as the major crop of
the area, replacing indigo. After
years of neglect, restoration
is now continuing. Today, the
house is open for guided tours,
and is available for dinner parties,
wedding receptions and special
(985) 764-9315 (Local from New
Fax: (985) 725-1929 E-mail: DestPlan@aol.com
Two historic Antebellum Plantation
Homes within 30 minutes of New
Orleans are Destrehan and Ormond
Claiming to be the oldest French
West Indies style plantation in
the lower Mississippi valley,
Ormond was also built in the late
1700's. Like most of the early
plantations of the area, it began
as a farm for indigo, but later
switched to the more profitable
sugar cane crop.
Originally acquired as a French
land grant, the plantation stretched
from the Mississippi River to
Lake Pontchartrain. During its
long history, it was the focal
point for parties and celebrations,
a prize to be captured during
the Civil War, makeshift housing
for troops heading to the Battle
of New Orleans, and more.
Today the estate is but a mere
16 acres, but is restored, as
closely as possible, to the way
it was during its prime. It is
privately owned, and the owner
lives in the house. Several rooms
are available to guests as a Bed
and Breakfast, allowing visitors
to savor the atmosphere of the
19th century, with a view of the
mighty Mississippi River from
the upper gallery. It is becoming
quite a popular place to have
weddings and honeymoons. For added
intrigue, Ormond, also, has its
own ghost story. Listed on the
National Register of Historic
Places, Circa 1787
13786 River Road, Destrehan, Louisiana
Phone 985-764-8544 | Fax 985-764-0691
Laura, a French Creole Plantation
Home, claims to be the American
Home of Br'er Rabbit. Despite
a devastating fire on August 9,
2004, Laura Plantation has continued
to offer visitors
what Lonely Planet calls "The
Best History Tour in the U.S."
The morning following the fire,
guests continued to come. And
they still do.
La Branche Plantation
La Branche Plantation Dependency
House on the River Road in St.
Rose, LA is what we call a Garconniere.
La Branche Plantation Dependency
House, on the River Road in St.
Rose, LA, is an interesting stop
on the Southeastern Louisiana
Plantation tour, because it is
a visit to a plantation home that
no longer exists. All that remains
is the Dependency House, which
had a function that is pretty
much what the name implies. It
is what we usually call a Garconniere
(French for bachelor quarters).
La Branche is now listed on the
National Register of Historic
The Zweig family, of Germany,
built the plantation in 1792.
Because of neglect, the effects
of the Civil War, the economics
during and after Reconstruction,
and the division of the property
among heirs, there is little left
to indicate what was once there,
save for "an alley"
of Oaks. The site of the main
house is on private land, and
is not accessible to anyone, without
the permission of the owners.
The Dependency House is on land
currently owned by the Lentini
family, and is open to the public.
Included in the inventory is the
actual bathtub of Zachery Taylor.
One of the most visited Antebellum
Plantation Homes near New Orleans.
It was used as the filming location
for the film "Hush, Hush,
Sweet Charolette," starring
Not only do tourists come by
the busloads, but locals may make
the drive to spend a couple of
hours on the grounds, followed
by lunch in nearby restaurants,
before returning home. Houmas
is a home with the architectural
style that most people envision
when they think of the old plantations.
It was used as the filming location
for the film "Hush, Hush,
Sweet Charolette," starring
Located in the small river community
of Darrow, LA, it sits on a few
the Mississippi River, much smaller
than the 20,000 acres that it
once had. The present Houmas House
was built in 1840 by Col. John
Smith Preston, on land originally
owned by the Houmas Indians, hence
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