Friday, October 09, 2015

Scary October: The Myrtles Plantation

In celebration of my favorite month, October, I'm featuring a different scary story every Friday. This week I'm telling you about a house that is often called one of the most haunted places in the country, The Myrtles Plantation.



The house is said to be haunted by at least 12 ghosts, with 10 people supposedly having been murdered in the house. As chilling as that is, though, there is only one murder on record--William Winter. This was his room:



William Winter, husband of one of the children in the household, was hired to manage the plantation in the 1860s. In the early 1870s, he was shot on the front porch when he went outside to greet an approaching man on horseback. Legend says after being shot, he stumbled back inside and died in his wife's arms on the 17th step. People have reported hearing the sound of clomping footsteps as an unseen entity enters the foyer and climbs the steps.



While there may have only one murder on record, there have been numerous deaths over the years. One of those deaths is linked to the most famous ghost on the property, who is thought to have been a young slave named Chloe. She is the apparition they say was captured in this famous photo taken on the property:



There are many legends surrounding Chloe, but the most interesting (and therefore, most often repeated) is that Chloe was having an affair with the owner of the property. He broke it off, legend says, and to get back at him, she put poison in his cake--unfortunately, his children ate the cake and died. The other slaves, outraged, supposedly hung her from a tree.



But the real draw is a mirror hanging in the entryway. This mirror is supposedly haunted, with numerous guests having produced pictures of images caught in the mirror.



Of course, the mirror is located in a room where light bounces off of numerous objects. Also, there's a permanent smudge in the center on the right side. That seems to be the cause of the majority of the "I caught a ghost" pictures of that mirror.



If you're ever in St. Francisville, Louisiana, though, it might be worth stopping by The Myrtles Plantation. Or, better yet, spend the night!

Come back next Friday for the next stop on my ghost tour:



70 comments:

  1. I just checked the site - tours and you can stay there. Think I'll just do the tour. Ghost tours are fun - been on dozens. (Best one was in Edinburgh, Scotland in the old underground section of the city.)

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    1. I always thought it would be fun to spend the night into a haunted place until my mom told me about staying in one. I realized it would just be creepy. It would feel like you were being watched. When I imagine waking up in the middle of the night and remembering I'm in a haunted place, I realize it would just be a long, sleepless night!

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  2. I'm always amazed at how many people say they've had experiences of ghosts. I'm quite open minded about such things but I've never experienced anything to sway me either way.

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    1. I haven't either...they say you have to be "open" to it, but I'm not sure what to do differently to make myself "open" to it. I seem to know plenty of people who have personally seen ghosts, so I must just be too boring. Ghosts don't want to meet me!

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  3. wouldn't it be fun to come back as a ghost and do shenanigans with tourists? :)

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    1. If I were going to be a ghost, that would be the way to go--tourists at least would give you plenty of entertainment! An ordinary house seems like it would be boring. Just the same old family doing the same old boring stuff.

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  4. What a cool idea to feature a scary story every Friday. I'll swing back by for more! :)

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    1. I love October, if you can't tell!

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  5. Stephanie, touring in a group may be exciting and fun but spending a night in a haunted house even with a group is not for me. The safest and most comfortable is just to listen or to read your haunted stories.

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    1. Yeah, not for me. I'd rather just watch other people do so on ghost hunting shows...

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  6. A tour might be fun, but I don't think I have the guts to stay overnight. And I'm okay with that. :)

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    1. I agree...and tours at night are a little scarier than those during the day, even if they're indoors.

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  7. I've actually heard of this house before. In fact, I think I ran a short video tour of it on a post I did a while back about Louisiana. Pretty interesting. I wouldn't mind visiting it sometime. During the day, of course. :)

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    1. They're very public about being haunted...they've been on all the ghost-hunting/paranormal shows. I think some places have figured out how to monetize the whole ghost craze.

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  8. ok pretty sure I'll never stop in, ever! haha

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    1. It's a little off the beaten path--I think it's close to Baton Rouge. I can't think of any reason I'd ever go to Baton Rouge on purpose!

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  9. I think i need to find a haunted house, could do tours and make some extra cash haha that is a lot of ghosts in there though, if true, must have quite the party going on.

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    1. It does seem to be a great way to make money. You have to buy a house that has quite a few legends attached to it, though.

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  10. OOooooo...I Love Ghost Stories and this is a good one. Thank you Stephanie!!!

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  11. I wouldn't mind seeing this during the day, but I'm not spending the night. I scare pretty easily.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Daytime tours are the safest if you don't like to be scared!

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  12. house with all those ghosts. You'd think they have parties

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    1. Ghost parties...what a concept. They wouldn't need liquor because they'd have all the spirits they'd need. Hahaha.

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  13. I loooooove ghost stories! I don't believe in ghosts (maybe that's why I love them instead of getting scared?), but the legends and folklore surrounding them fascinate me. Yes, I'd definitely be one to skip up to the plantation and happily spend the night :) Will be back for more!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. You're brave! I always think it might be fun, but I have a feeling I'd be a scaredy-cat once I tried to spend the night there.

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  14. Sounds like a fun place to visit. Both my brother and sister are huge fans of spooky/haunted places and like to go ghost hunting. I'll have to pass on the info to them.

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    1. I don't have the patience for ghost hunting. Hours and hours of sitting around with equipment. I do like ghost tours, though!

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  15. ooh I think I will give this one a miss!

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  16. Zoinks! I still think it was old man Peabody trying to scare everyone away from the abandoned gold mine he discovered in the basement.

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    1. LOL, you're probably right. Where's Scooby when you need him?

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  17. I feel like I've heard of this one, but I'm not sure. It sounds awesome and I'd love to check it out.

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    1. It's one of the most famous haunted places in the country, mostly because they let every single TV show come in and film there. There are a lot of more haunted, more interesting places that don't want all that attention.

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  18. I am quite certain that strong emotions (good and bad) flavour a place. Haven't we all walked into a place which gives us the creeps, or a home which makes us instantly comfortable...

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    1. I agree...I think there's something to be said for the energy of a place, whether it's because of ghosts or not. I believe things that happen in a space over time somehow change that space. There's a theory with ghost hunters that many hauntings are "residual," which has a lot to do with the energy being stored in a place. But the early seasons of Ghost Hunters debunked a LOT of hauntings as just faulty wiring and leaky plumbing. They've gotten away from that in recent years and now they just say everything's a ghost, sadly.

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  19. I recently read that 40% of people believe in ghosts. That's a lot!

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    1. That's very interesting! I think we all have to admit that there's a LOT we just don't know, whether we believe in things or not. That goes for extraterrestrial activity, spirituality...almost anything we believe/disbelieve but never see. Whether we believe or not, we likely know very little of the actual truth!

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  20. I love touring old places with darker histories like this.

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  21. I want to know why that statue is showing some leg. Maybe it's the bad taste that keeps affecting people over the years.

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    1. That is a rather...um...tacky statue! It kind of has the excess of New Orleans.

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  22. I initially read this as 'goats.' I was very confused.

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    1. I went back and reread it with "goats" and it made me laugh out loud! "The house is said to be haunted by at least 12 goats."

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  23. Oooh...With all those deaths there is a high possibility that these ghost stories are true.

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    1. Could be! We went on a ghost tour in Savannah and heard this horrifying story about a house where one girl died, then later two girls died at a slumber party. I came home and looked up the legend and it turns out NONE of those deaths are documented. The tour company said the owner of the house is the surviving girl and she doesn't want to talk to any ghost hunting groups or TV shows...turns out NONE of that is documented, including any of the deaths. Nobody can find any record of any of it. These ghost tour companies take local legends and state them as fact...they really shouldn't do that!

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  24. I have a feeling that story about Chloe was told by those still alive after her death, and they may have glossed over some things there. That would be an interesting story--what really happened to Chloe.

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  25. Oh that is a famous photo and it gave me the chills! I would want to visit this place for sure. You know, I heard footsteps in my home. This was the first year I lived in the home. My dog Katie was with me and we were watching a pretty sad film with Marilyn Monroe called the Prince and the Showgirl. I was sitting on my couch having a glass of wine when i heard men's footsteps coming from the back door leading up to where I was sitting. I thought at first it was my husband but knew he couldn't be home from work yet. Then I thought someone broke in and I was prepared to throw my wine at him. Just when I thought I would see him the footsteps stopped. Katie heard them and walked out and I followed and found her in the library. I do know a man died in my home in the mid 70's and he always wore regular shoes not boots or sneakers.

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  26. I'm not sure I could handle seeing ghosts... it would probably be okay if I was with a lot of people. Another scary story Steph xox ♡

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  27. A real chilling story and photos, Stephanie! Perfect time of year for it, too, with Halloween coming and all. :)

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  28. A real chilling story and photos, Stephanie! Perfect time of year for it, too, with Halloween coming and all. :)

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  29. Oh man, I am such a wuss. There is a good chance I will have a nightmare about this, lol.

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  30. I used The Myrtles as inspiration in one of my YA historical fiction manuscripts. I fictionalized it, but kept a few of the legends, such as the haunted mirror, and also tied in the Devil Baby legend from New Orleans. It's one of my favorite manuscripts, but since it is the third book in a trilogy -- and book #1 has not yet found a home with the perfect publisher -- I don't know if it will ever see the light of day unless I someday choose to self-publish it.

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  31. Oh, wow...juicy!!!!! I love a good ghost story. I hope the story about Chloe is just a myth. It makes me sad to hear about dead children...

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  32. Ghosts don't bother me. Maybe because I've lived with a few. Okay, more than a few. It got so I finally took a course at the university. Some think it's just energy left over like a double negative photograph.

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  33. Ooh, this is fun. Though, the ghosts may not think so. I'd hate to be stuck in the moment of my death.

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  34. Spooky! I'd love a tour of this haunted place. Can't wait to see what you have next week. :)

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  35. Interesting! Though I say Chloe in the picture is just some ivy climbing up the wall. Guess I'm not too open to it either, lol! And ooh, looks like the next stop is New Orleans!!

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  36. Spooky is not for me but I guess haunted house is a money maker because people are curious.
    It looks like a beautiful mansion. I bet a lot of these storeys have been fabricated on superstition and fears over the years and people come to believe . Still, I'd rather not visit a haunted house.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    hugs,
    JB

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  37. So, I'm the type who keeps saying ghosts aren't real, but that's more to convince myself than anyone else. ;)

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  38. That's a lot of ghosts. That place is super creepy.

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  39. I just love the idea of a haunted house and that one certainly is beautiful inside!

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  40. Love ghost stories and look forward to more of your posts. Great photos also!

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  41. Oh my! Not one ghost? One is enough for me!

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  42. What a lovely looking house - ghosts or not. Imprints of history on a place is always intriguing. Thanks for sharing, Stephanie. Wishing you a lovely and productive week.

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  43. Definitely a little too scary for me!

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  44. What a neat place! I would love to visit.

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