Royale, New Orleans, Louisiana (504) 523-3341
Orleans is a wonderful, magical place. It conjures up feelings that must come
from an other-worldly influence. The Hotel Monteleone in the French
Quarter is proud to reveal its haunted secrets.
Generations of hotel
guests and staff have regularly experienced events that would cause even
the most tough skeptics to scratch their heads:
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 were several former employees, a man named
William Wildemere who died inside the hotel of natural causes, and a boy who
was much older when he died but enjoys returning to Hotel Monteleone as a
10-year-old to play hide-and-seek with another young spirit.
Please use the following link for the
Hotel Monteleone to learn more about this happily-haunted place:
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The Myrtles Plantation
7747 U.S. Highway 61, St. Francisville, Louisiana
The Myrtles Plantation is known to be
"one of America’s most haunted homes." Located in St. Francisville, Myrtles Plantation is about an
hours drive northwest of Baton Rouge, which is then another two hours from New
Orleans. This widely documented antebellum mansion, built in 1796, has seen its
share of murders and lurid stories. Is this why it’s so haunted? Or is it the
rumors of it being built over an ancient Indian burial ground? Stay overnight in
one of its eleven rooms and maybe you can meet one of its many ghosts yourself.
of its most well known ghost story involves Chloe, a slave of plantation
owner, Judge Clark Woodruffe, who became one of his many mistresses. He was
married with three children, but this did not stop his indulgences. He
eventually grew bored of Chloe and acquired a new dalliance. A spurned Chloe
soon began eavesdropping on Woodruffe family. However, she was caught, and to
teach her a lesson, her ear was cut off and was sent to work in the fields.
Chloe began to wear a head turban to hide her disfigurement.
Chloe’s real trouble only just started. To celebrate one of the Woodruffe’s
daughter’s birthdays, Chloe baked a cake. However, she added a few oleander
leaves to the recipe – a very poisonous plant. It is widely debated whether she
poisoned the cake intentionally to exact revenge or as a scheme to make the
children a little ill so that she would be asked to come back into the house and
take care of them. Two children and the mother ate a piece and fell ill. Chloe
was asked to come back and take care of them.
Unfortunately, all three died from the poison. The other slaves, fearful the
plantation owner would assume guilt by association, took Chloe from the house
and hung her. The ghosts of Chloe, the two children and the mother have been
reportedly seen on the property. There is a photograph which shows a shadowy
figure with a turban standing by the house
(above). She has also been seen
inside as well. The children have been seen on the verandah, hallways, and the
children’s dining room, where they ate the poisoned cake.
has been other ghostly activity besides Chloe and the Woodruffe’s. Other ghostly
activity noted at the plantation include a ghost at the grand piano who
practices the same chord repeatedly – until someone enters the room, a ghost
of a French woman who wanders from room to room seeming to search for
someone or something; a portrait that somehow changes expressions,
and a young girl who only appears just before thunderstorms.
ghostly accounts at Myrtles include a human-sized spot on the floor that refused
to be mopped. While mopping, there was some kind of force preventing the mop
onto that spot no matter how hard the mop was pushed.
is even more ghost stories reported – almost too many to recount. Guess you need
to visit the plantation and discover your own ghost story.
Please use the following link for Myrtle’s Plantation to learn more about
this hauntingly charming plantation:
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Hotel Maison de Ville
727 Rue Toulouse, New Orleans, Louisiana (504)
you come to New Orleans, you generally expect to hear non-stop jazz. However, if
you happen to be staying at the Hotel Mason de Ville and staying in their
Audubon cottage #4, don’t expect jazz – expect country. Why in heavens
could country be heard in New Orleans by golly? Well, there is an honest to god,
Shania Twain-Faith Hill-country music-loving soldier who prefers only
country in cottage #4. And did we mention he is also a ghost?
ghost first showed itself about twenty years ago. Apparently, a hotel employee
opened the door to Cottage No. 4 for a guest and both saw a man dressed in
military uniform, who then suddenly disappeared. The employee also reports
that every time she changes the cottage's radio to a classical music station,
the ghost changes it back to a country music station as well as he cranks
up the volume as soon as she leaves.
Cottage #4 is not located on the same premises as the main hotel. Cottage #4 and
the rest of the cottages are just around the corner from the main building on
Please use the following link for Hotel Maison de Ville to learn more
about this hauntingly fun hotel:
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1891 Castle Inn of New Orleans
1539 4th Street, New Orleans, Louisiana (888) 826-0540
1891 Castle Inn of New Orleans is located in the beautiful and lush Garden
District of New Orleans. It is within easy walking distant to St. Charles Ave,
thus the opportunity to take the city’s streetcar is right as your footsteps.
The only glitch to the 1891 Castle Inn: as of now, they only offer their
nine rooms for those who plan for extended stays in the city. However, if the
policy changes or you do plan on staying in New Orleans for a longer time,
staying at the 1891 Castle Inn can almost guarantee you a meeting with
one of their resident ghosts.
1891 Castle Inn’s first legendary ghost was a paid servant. He was a light skinned black
man who spoke several languages, loved the ladies and music, a drinker and a
smoker, and quite the prankster. He died in a fire set either by smoking in bed
or by knocking over a heating pot. He was too drunk too wake and perished in the
fire. Apparently his ghost is responsible for the coughing and whistling heard
in the hallways and is affectionately referred to as the "translucent man"
because he is often seen in mirrors or briefly seen out of the corner of
guest's eyes. He plays with the radios, televisions, ceiling fans, and
lights. Like the prankster in real life, his ghost still enjoys playing
pranks on the inn’s guests by moving objects to different locations or hiding
them! An example of one of his pranks is when one of the guests could not
find receipts he collected during his trip after he put them in his wallet. His
wife eventually found them all in the microwave after they searched the room
from top to bottom.
second known ghost is a little girl who drowned in the pond behind the
house. At the time, she was wearing a white dress and was barefoot. Her ghost
wanders the neighborhood in search of her mother and is a frequent visitor of
is the one responsible for water turning on and off, women being touched on
the leg (as if brushed by a cat), beds seeming to
have someone bouncing up and down on it, and the sound of bare feet
running down the hallway.
following are some guest ghostly experiences, taken from the 1891 Castle Inn
first night I saw a large shadow moving around the room for quite a long time.
The bed was pushed once and my girlfriend and I heard footsteps continuously, up
and down the stairs outside of the room until about six o'clock in the morning.
On our second night, we think the spirits in the house were used to us. The
window was rattled twice without the help of wind or traffic, and we too saw a
flash of light in the room. It was like a camera flash, very strange. We had a
great time. Thank you for the stay."
R. & Cassandra S., Room 4, 6/17/02
"We opted to sleep with the lights that night (like that would really help us).
I heard the sounds of someone moving furniture all over the house, like my
friend the two nights before. I also had a sense someone was watching us in the
room, but hadn't seen ghastly_tales_for_adults.htm. At 1:30 AM, my friend and I
starkly woke at the exact same moment, and felt an immense presence in the room.
It was much larger than the presence of a human. During this feeling, I had the
sensation of a soft caress on my foot and up my leg, followed by fingers
caressing my scalp and hair. I couldn't think about sleeping the rest of the
night, but continued to have the sensation someone was watching me until about
4:30 AM. At that point, all noises died out."
Wednesday, Sept. 25th
Please use the following link for the 1891 Castle Inn of New Orleans to
learn more about this intriguingly haunted inn:
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