Myrtles Plantation

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 just 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.

This picture looks normal, but off to the right side I noticed something abnormal appear in the picture. I won’t give it away because I’m not sure I can say I captured something paranormal. I took 4 shots of this angle of the house, and the first two pictures did not have this appearance; the last two, which includes this one, did. However after analyzing it, Nick and I noticed the first 2 shots were slightly at a different angle, which makes it hard to conclude that what we see is indeed paranormal. We agreed it’s probably not even though what we see looks like an apparition observed here on the plantation. What do you think? Can you see what it is? If so, compare the spot to the picture above on the right and you’ll see that it’s not there.

Backside of the mansion

Slave Cabins. These cabins are also available for overnight stay.

Exploring the plantation grounds, past the slave cabins and next to the fenced-in swamp and gazebo.

During 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 by 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.

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