Autumn is here, and with it comes fall colors, cooler weather, and piles of pumpkin spice. You’ll also find many opportunities for creepy entertainment, and while you could visit some spooky haunted houses where someone in a rubber mask jumps out at you, Louisiana is full of haunted history that is sure to bring chills. Here’s a list of five haunted spots in Louisiana that you can visit.
Go Ghost Hunting in Louisiana
The Myrtles, St. Francisville
Reportedly housing 12 different spirits, the Myrtles has been named one of the Most Haunted Places in America. The plantation was built in 1796 by General David “Whiskey Dave” Bradford. His daughter, Sarah, took over the plantation with her husband, Clark Woodruff, in 1808. Today, the plantation is a bed and breakfast with a reputation for great service and lots of paranormal activity.
The most famous spirit on the plantation is named Chloe. She was a servant in the Woodruff household who was hanged for poisoning the children in her care with a cake she made. Photographs taken in 1992 showed the ghostly figure of a girl standing between the buildings. Other guests have claimed to also see the two children she murdered. Another spirit, William Winter, was a lawyer who was murdered on the plantation. Visitors and employees claim you can still hear his dying footsteps on the stairs where his body was found.
The Hotel Bentley, Alexandria
The Hotel Bentley was built in 1907 by a logger named Joseph Bentley, and officially opened in 1908. Bentley was a life-long bachelor who called the hotel the only wife he’d ever have. He lived in an apartment on the second floor of the hotel until his death in 1938. The hotel closed in 1960, and went through several owners and renovations. It currently operates as the Mirror Room Lounge, which opened on May 1, 2015.
The building is said to be haunted by various ghosts, including Joseph Bentley. Visitors say you can see him wandering around the halls of the building during the day. Visitors to the hotel also claim to hear the voices of Generals Patton and Bradley discussing war strategy in the Mirror Room Lounge. Others talk of the spirit of a seven-year-old girl who fell to her death in the elevator shaft, who tugs on pant legs. Guests also mention the elevator door reopening as though someone was walking in or out, but no one is there.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans
Above-ground vaults are already spooky, but New Orleans is called the “City of the Dead” because the rows of tombs resemble miniature neighborhoods. One such cemetery is St. Louis No. 1. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this cemetery is the oldest, most well known resting place in the city and many well known New Orleanians rest here. One day the actor Nicolas Cage will be buried in a large, pyramid-shaped tomb on the property.
Who haunts St. Louis Cemetery No. 1? Here are a couple ghostly residents:
- Sailor Henry Vignes, who is buried there in an unmarked grave, walks around the cemetery, attending burials and asking for directions to his tomb.
- A man named Alphonse will take your hand and ask you to bring him home.
Want to visit? You’ll need to take an official walking tour with Cemetery Tour New Orleans. Experienced guides take small groups each day every 15 minutes.
Old E.A. Conway Memorial Hospital, Monroe
The old E.A. Conway Memorial Hospital (there is a new hospital with the same name) was built in 1941 as the Monroe Charity Hospital, but was renamed to honor the Louisiana Secretary of State E.A. Conway in 1948. In 1987, the hospital closed its doors for the final time and was abandoned. The building still stands, however, and is a popular site for ghost hunters.
People walking the halls of the creepy, rundown building claim to see the spirits of the patients who died at the hospital. Others claim to hear doors slam closed and the creaking sound of rusted hospital beds being moved.
Alice Penny Taylor’s Gravesite, Baton Rouge
In a cemetery at the Zachary crossroad, just outside Baton Rouge, is a single above-ground grave. It holds the remains of Alice Taylor, a young woman who died in 1859. Legends began to circulate, however, that Alice may have been a witch. Her grave had a small fence around it, and people claimed that if all the posts fell down, she would come back and kill the town.
During the 1950s, people discovered the grave’s marble slab covering was removed on three separate occasions, and her remains were found outside the grave. Heavy iron bars were placed over the grave to hold her spirit in. Locals claim Alice will walk around the cemetery at night calling for her loved ones. Others claim she is searching for a way to escape, so she can go on a killing spree. An unknown person still cares for the grave, occasionally leaving flowers, perhaps in an attempt to keep her spirit at rest.
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