Growing up I would listen to my mother recall memories of her visit to one of America’s most haunted houses: The Myrtles Plantation in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Her stories of feeling as if she were being smothered and many of the horrible events that occurred while she and my dad were on the plantation grounds are enough to scare anyone.
Anytime we would drive down Highway 61 and pass the entrance, I would imagine the unspeakable events and paranormal activity that was likely going on at just that moment. I never visited as a child. My mother refused to return. Then, one day when my brother was in high school, he came home to tell my parents that he got a part time job in a local restaurant – The Carriage House at The Myrtles Plantation.
My brother had his own encounters during his time employed there, but since he lived to tell the tale, I thought that it was time for me to make a visit. Recently I asked my kids if they would like to check out the house, but both of them refused. It seems that a group from their school had just returned from a field trip to The Myrtles with stories of crying statues, disappearing earrings, and feelings of being tapped on the shoulder.
Somehow, some way, I talked my mother into making a return visit. Sadly she refused to go inside for a tour. She mentioned something about not wanting to pass out again. As you can see in the video below, I was also too scared to go inside.
Should you be interested in touring the home, tours are available year round. During the scary season (Halloween) the plantation offers candlelight tours. I won’t tell you the stories and spoil your visit, but I did uncover some information about the hauntings that occur here. There was a project called The Federal Writers Project commissioned by the Roosevelt Administration. Writers were hired to document history, demographics, and business in various US States. Louisiana: A Guide to the State was published in 1941 as part of this Federal project.
Here’s an excerpt that mentions The Myrtles Plantation, years before it became a tourist attraction: