Sitting in my old French Quarter cottage, it’s not hard to imagine that my house is haunted. It’s no surprise then that this city’s most famous landmarks are also shrouded in terrifying stories of murder, ghostly disappearances, and unexplained happenings. I often wander through the Quarter imagining what the city was like in the late 1700s when it was a hub for pirates, outcasts, and renegades. More than a few times I’ve been rattled by strange sounds or cold chills in beautifully spooky places like the banquet halls of the famous Arnaud’s Restaurant. There is no shortage of spooky tales of ghosts wandering the French Quarter. They even have several haunted history tours dedicated to the city’s ghoulish stories. Check out some of New Orleans more haunted spots from bars and hotels to apartment buildings, and you’ll be hard pressed to not feel a tingling on the back of your neck.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
As one of the oldest continuously open bars in the country, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is awash with terrifying stories that span back hundreds of years. Built in the early 1700’s this tavern is a local favorite for people looking to pay homage to the ghost of Jean Lafitte. Regulars of the bar frequently catch glimpses of the famous privateer leaning against the bar having a drink.
May Baily’s Place
Originally a bordello in the historic Storyville District of the French Quarter, May Baily’s is now a hotel bar. Sultry portraits taken by famous photographer E.J. Bellocq decorate the walls of this beautiful space. Now while having a drink doors often open on their own, and occasionally your drink will move on the bar all by itself.
In 1832, Delphine LaLaurie and her husband moved into their mansion which is situated on the 1100 block of Royal Street. Over the course of her life in this house, it’s said that she had a room in the attic where she brutally tortured dozens of slaves in a truly barbaric fashioned. Now the house serves as a collection of luxury apartments, and as an important stop during most haunted tours of the French Quarter.
Erected over the site of a Civil War era war hospital, The Provincial hotel is commonly referred to as one of the more frequently haunted spots in New Orleans. Guests of the hotel often report seeing men in military uniforms, bloody and in pain, crying out in agony.
The Monteleone Hotel
Home of the famous Carousel Bar, the Monteleone has another popular draw – ghosts. Hotel guests frequently report their creepy encounters to the staff, most of them coming from the 14th floor where a young boy can supposedly found endlessly searching for his parents.