Southern Discomfort: Experience a paranormal hotspot in Louisiana

With Halloween just around the corner, you'll most likely be seeing lots of ghosts in the next few days. But there are places in the Southeast where you can see ghosts year round. If that’s your thing, then you absolutely must pay a visit to The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. It has been hailed as "one of America's most haunted homes" by many magazines (including the NY Times, Forbes, and Travel and Leisure), and on TV (The Oprah Show, the History channel, the Travel channel, to name just a few.)  In fact, Oprah's producer came to research the place for a story and ran out in the middle of the night, refusing to return the plantation.  There is even a book about it.  

Part of what makes the Myrtles Plantation so special is the frequency and variety of the hauntings reported here. Many people are convinced that this one is the real deal.  As for myself, I"m not sure I believe in the paranormal.  Let's just say I'm skeptical, but with an open mind.

I haven't had the opportunity to visit The Myrtles Planation yet, but it's definitely on my list of things to do the next time I’m in Louisiana's Plantation Country. The Myrtles is a full service B&B, and I would like to spend a few nights there …just to stack the odds at my actually seeing a ghost! And I shouldn’t have a problem with that because supposedly there are 12 spirits who call Myrtles Plantation their home!  According to what recent visitors have reported, here are a few of the otherworldly occurrences that may be in store for me:

  • Feeling as if someone is tucking you in when you are in bed…I don’t think I’d like that, but then again, if it’s a chilly night…
  • Hearing laughter late into the night, usually from the room that used to be the children’s nursery. 
  • Seeing orbs — bright ball shaped lights.
  • Hearing a chord played on the grand piano when no one is in the room.

And of course, there are the usual things you’d expect to experience in a haunted house: hearing footsteps, doors opening and closing, seeing shadowy images and odd reflections in mirrors, etc.

To learn more about the things that go bump in the night, take the Mystery Tour, which details the legends and the spirits that seem to live on in the home. Of course,  the ghost stories cannot be proven, but have been passed down for generations to help explain the many apparitions seen andhaunted Louisiana photographed in and around the house. The Mystery Tour is only on Friday and Saturday nights, so take that into consideration when planning your trip. (The cost is $10.00 per person, and they strongly advise that you make a reservation.)

For a more normal and less "paranormal" experience, you can just take the Historical tour of the plantation. There are many intriguing stories of this home's past, describing the lives of the people who have lived here. The real history of this Antebellum home is woven around two wars, romantic loves, untimely deaths and tragic murders.  ($8:00 per person / $4:00 children 12 and under. If you stay at the B&B, the tour is included).

Located in the heart of Louisiana's Plantation Country, St. Francisville is home to many beautiful and historic plantation era homes.  While they are not all haunted, they each have their own stories and history.  If you plan a visit, leave yourself plenty of time to tour a few of these gorgeous antebellum homes.

You can learn more by visiting The Myrtles Plantation website.

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