Haunted Louisiana: The Myrtles Plantation

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.

Front view of The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA

Front view of The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA

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:

The Myrtles Hauntings mentioned in Louisiana: A Guide to the State (published 1941)

The Myrtles Hauntings mentioned in Louisiana: A Guide to the State (published 1941)

Comments

  1. I toured the Myrtles back in high school, and while I didn’t see or hear anything supernatural I did have something a bit strange happen.

    I was taking photos inside the house and after one or two snaps, I turned to photograph a painting of someone. Suddenly, the camera stopped working. It wouldn’t click at all. I figured my batteries had just gone out on me.

    But, later when we were back outside on the grounds, I tried it again and suddenly it worked! wooooo…. ;-)
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  2. I’ve never had a haunting type experience such as described by the commenter above. Maybe that would make me more cautious about staying or visiting such places, but I am quite relaxed about it. I toured the touristy Winchester Mystery House in San Jose some years back (http://www.travel-wonders.com/2008/11/rifling-through-mystery-house-san-jose.html) and could only but smile at some of the stories of weird goings-on. But you could see many were shocked and concerned byt he same stories. Maybe they have had such experiences.
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  3. This looks like a great old place!
    I’ve stayed at Punderson in Ohio several times. There are rumors of that place being haunted, and I know of one person who claimed she was sleeping and felt something sit down on her bed. No one was in the room with her at the time. I never saw/felt the ghost in a half dozen stays there, though.
    Pilgrim House Inn in Rhode Island is also said to be haunted by a little girl. We didn’t see her in the several days we were there.
    Those were my stories last Halloween…I’ve got something else in mind this year. Seems there are haunted sites all over!
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  4. I just wanted to thank you for introducing your readers to The Myrtles Plantation. We love our visitors to share their experiences with us and never tire of seeing the images captured in their photos. Please stop in and introduce yourself next time you are in the area. Make your mom come back with you. We want her to experience how peaceful and serene The Myrtles can be!

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