A female slave who is said to have poisoned her slave owners, is still hanging around at the Myrtles Plantation. According to Shadowlands Haunted Places Index, this female slave poisoned the owner’s wife and children in an effort to avoid being sent to the field. The slave had intended to poison the family so that they would be sick and she would have to stay in the home to nurse them back to health, but instead, she accidentally killed the family.
Although this is a captivating story, the only reported murder that happened at the Myrtles Plantation was the murder of William Winter. This man was a lawyer who lived at the haunted plantation from 1865 to 1871. An unknown stranger shot Mr. Winter while he was outside the house. He staggered inside, wounded and tried to climb the stairs where he died. The sound of disembodied footsteps on the stairs are frequently reported by visitors to the plantation.
There are rumors that the Myrtles Plantation was built on an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground.
Online sources say that there are 12 ghosts that haunt the plantation grounds including one ghost who has been given the name, “Chloe”.
Unsolved Mysteries filmed a show at the Myrtles Plantation in 2002. The haunted plantation was also featured on Ghost Hunters in 2005. The paranormal investigation team known as Ghost Augustine did an investigation at the Myrtles Inn Plantation as well. This group offers additional insights into the ghosts and paranormal activity at this New Orleans haunt.
The plantation home was originally built by General David Bradford in 1796. Today, the building functions as a museum complete with history and mystery tours as well as a restaurant and bed and breakfast. It has been dubbed one of “America’s Most Haunted Homes”.
History tours are offered from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
Mystery tours take place on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Book a room at this bed and breakfast for to take a complimentary tour of the building.
History of the Myrtles Plantation:
The plantation was built by General David Bradford in 1796. The man unwisely constructed the plantation on land that was used as an Indian burial ground. When his Whiskey workers discovered evidence of the cemetery, he ordered the remains to be burned.
One of the most well-known ghosts to inhabit Myrtles Plantation is Chloe. Her ghost is observed due to the history surrounding her presence at the plantation. She was a slave who was unfortunately involved in a romantic affair with David Bradford’s son-in-law. She would eavesdrop on him out of concern for her well-being and was caught one-night in the act of listening-in on a conversation. A sword was drawn and Chloe’s ear was cut off.
Chloe then had an idea. She thought that she would bake a poisoned birthday cake for one of the Bradford children and then heroically nurse it back to health. Unfortunately, however, the cake killed Bradford’s wife and two of the kids instead.
The other slaves were scared for their lives after Bradford’s wife and two children died and so they lynched Chloe. She was hung from a chandelier in one of the slave’s quarters.
Today, the Myrtles Plantation functions as a hotel. Indeed, it is rated fourth as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States.
747 U.S. 61, St Francisville, LA 70775
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