The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville is the main reason for me wanting to visit Louisiana in the first place. Being known as one of America’s most haunted places, and having seen unexplained, irrefutable evidence captured from paranormal investigators, both on television (Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters) and off-screen, I was intrigued to visit the plantation. At first we had planned on staying overnight when I booked this trip months ahead, but because of food restrictions, we thought it would be easier to stay in New Orleans and decided against it. With a two-hour drive from New Orleans, we didn’t want to waste time driving back and forth and decided last minute during our trip that we would stay in St. Francisville for the remainder of the time. Unfortunately, Myrtles had no rooms available, and I lost out on my chance to conduct our own paranormal investigation of the mansion. Nevertheless, we toured the plantation, and it was still fascinating to be present inside the house.
Myrtles Plantation was built in 1796. The drama of Myrtles began when General David Bradford, also known as “Whiskey Dave” of the Whiskey Rebellion, fled the United States to avoid arrest and imprisonment. Bradford arrived at Bayou Sara, then a Spanish Colony, and obtained a land grant of 650 acres from the Baron de Corondelet to begin a new life. In 1820 The Myrtles was sold to his son-in-law, Judge Clarke Woodruff, who remodeled the mansion. Just like any old home, it is rich in history. This is only one piece of Myrtle’s story. Telling it all, including its haunted stories, would make this a longer post. So instead, I leave with you pictures to let your imaginations run wild.
The tour inside the mansion, pictures were not allowed except for the entrance room. This mirror inside the entrance has these visible dark markings and streaks on it. Every time the workers have replaced the frame with a new mirror, these unexplained markings have returned over and over again.
There are lots of ghost stories from the staff, visitors, and those who have stayed overnight. Skeptics leave as believers. Believers get a good scare. And some check out early because they are too frightened from their experiences. Despite innumerable paranormal activities, the ghosts on site are harmless but like to make themselves known for being mischievous.
It was a fun visit, to be inside the house and explore the plantation grounds. But staying overnight and catching my own experience and evidence of the paranormal would have been truly amazing and more gratifying than the plantation tour alone.