America's Most Haunted Places

Myrtles Plantation
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Katie Lowder

At these haunted hotels, bars, and asylums, the locals have been around for centuries and things go bump in the night.

Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, LA

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The best-known ghost story connected to this 1796 plantation involves Chloe, a slave forced to be her owner’s mistress. When he grew tired of her, legend says she baked a poisoned cake that killed his wife and two kids; the other slaves hanged her from a tree, and she’s roamed the property since. In 1871, lawyer William Winter was shot dead on the porch. His footsteps are often heard at the plantation, now an inn with historical and evening ghost tours. While staying in the Ruffin Stirling Room, guide Mark Leonard says the bed started shaking violently “like it was made of Jell-O. I watched the two posts at the bottom of the bed wave like pom-poms.” Other guests, he says, have been dragged from bed, watched pianos play themselves, and heard invisible kids laughing. Once a Confederate soldier appeared with a message: “Kindly remove yourself from my room.”

 

Myrtles Plantation

America's Most Haunted Places

Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, LA

The best-known ghost story connected to this 1796 plantation involves Chloe, a slave forced to be her owner’s mistress. When he grew tired of her, legend says she baked a poisoned cake that killed his wife and two kids; the other slaves hanged her from a tree, and she’s roamed the property since. In 1871, lawyer William Winter was shot dead on the porch. His footsteps are often heard at the plantation, now an inn with historical and evening ghost tours. While staying in the Ruffin Stirling Room, guide Mark Leonard says the bed started shaking violently “like it was made of Jell-O. I watched the two posts at the bottom of the bed wave like pom-poms.” Other guests, he says, have been dragged from bed, watched pianos play themselves, and heard invisible kids laughing. Once a Confederate soldier appeared with a message: “Kindly remove yourself from my room.”

 

Katie Lowder
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