Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean that all the ghosts have hung up their sheets and packed it in until next October 31. As a matter of fact, quite a few are still plying their trade, haunting visitors at various locations all over Louisiana. If you still haven’t had your fill of ghostly encounters, there’s no better place to be than Louisiana for truly haunted locations:
One of the places you must visit is The Myrtles Plantation located in St. Francisville, a beautiful, quaint town not far from Baton Rouge. The Myrtles is a full service B&B which has been hailed as “one of America’s Most Haunted Homes” by many magazines and on TV. Part of what makes this mansion so special is the frequency and variety of paranormal activity reported here. Many people are convinced that this one is the real deal. I wrote a blog about this fascinating place a few years ago, which you can read here.
Of course, if you really want to encounter some ghostly apparitions, a cemetery seems a no-brainer! If you’re daring enough to go that route, the one I’d recommend is New Orleans’ St. Louis Cemetery #1. With over 600 tombs and tens of thousands of people buried there, this graveyard is considered one of the most haunted in America. Visitors have reported seeing restless spirits roaming through the labyrinth of tombs (including the ghosts of Civil War soldiers) and have had eerie orbs show up in photos taken there. Please note that in an effort to cut down on vandalism, the cemetery doesn’t allow visitors to enter without a reputable tour guide. But I had no qualms about that because my guide, from Free Tours By Foot, was extremely knowledgeable and taught me so many fascinating things about this otherworldly destination that I never would have known.
Other supernatural sightings have been reported at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie (which lies about halfway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans) and I can see why: it is such a stunningly beautiful place that it’s hard for anyone, dead or alive, to want to leave! Many people claim to see and hear unexplained things: billowing curtains, empty chairs rocking, puzzling sounds of crying, strange images of mysterious people in photos, and items flying across the room. Oak Alley is one of the most photographed plantations in the South, and has been featured in several top movies and TV shows. So even if you don’t encounter phantom figures, feel cold spots or hear strange voices, you won’t regret visiting this fascinating and mysterious destination.
These are just a few of the places where the paranormal is just normal, and I can’t blame these spirits for hanging around in the great state of Louisiana!