Myrtle’s Plantation

Even though I am a hardened skeptic, I had always wanted to go to Myrtle’s Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, supposedly the most haunted house in America.

Legends tell of a slave woman named Chloe who haunts the grounds and of General Bradford who can be heard walking up the stairs in heavy boots every night. This is the kind of stuff that I love to hear about and would love to experience one day.

And so, on a return trip from Florida in 2010, I finally got my wish and visited the Myrtles. It is a beautiful place to visit and a beautiful place to stay. I stayed in the General Bradford Suite in the main house and stayed up all night waiting for a paranormal encounter…

…and nothing happened. Not even an ominous creak in the floor.

I told you I’m a skeptic.

Still, it’s a beautiful home despite its sordid and terrible past which you can’t really talk about without mentioning the slavery that was prevalent in the area before emancipation. They really made no attempt to hide that as we toured the home. We heard of the cruelty that was visited upon the slaves and the conditions that they were held in. It was refreshing honesty. Disturbing, but refreshing.

I would like to go back one day and spend a proper 24 hours there. As it was, I arrived late and left early and didn’t really get a good chance to explore, but that just builds anticipation for my next visit.

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