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Castle Inn of New Orleans  

Built in 1891, Castle Inn is a large Gilded Age mansion in the Garden District of New Orleans.  When the current owners took over the inn in 1998 they had no idea they had a spectral permanent guest.  One of their staff had seen an apparition of a man standing by the window in Room 11 many times.  Guests also started reporting strange events.  Included in these experiences are: lights/appliances turning on and off by themselves, footsteps unaccounted for, faucets going on and off on their own, and an apparition of a man on the front porch during the nighttime.  Based on investigators’ readings/impressions the owners believe there are two spirits at Castle Inn, a servant (a driver or butler) and a little girl who drowned in a previously existing pond who searches for her mother.  Both are thought to have lived about a hundred years ago.  The inn has 9 suites/rooms, most of which have private baths, and some have a porch or balcony.  Phone: 888-826-0540  or  504-897-0540.  1539 4th St., New Orleans

 

    The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans

 Several spirits still stay on at this hotel on Bourbon St. in New Orleans.  In the 1800s the Quadroon Ball was held there, where young African American/Creole women made their social debuts. The story goes that a young  woman and a gentleman met at one of the balls here and fell in love.  He went off to fight in the Civil War and never returned and she committed suicide. A few times a year a couple from that era are seen separately in the large ballroom area, apparently searching for each other.  Another ghost is said to be that of a gambler who lost his house in a poker game in one of the parlors there used for card games.  Upon handing over the deed he shot and killed himself.  From 1881 to 1963 the building was a convent.  The nuns in the convent took in many orphans, some of whom died there of yellow fever.  A nun has been seen, children’s voices are heard, and sometimes children’s faces are seen in the windows of the upper floors.  Crying comes from one room, and water faucets will turn on by themselves.  Oh, and be sure to look up as well as around when you enter – chandeliers in the hotel sometimes swing for no reason. The hotel has 211 guest rooms including suites. They have a restaurant, bar and pool onsite and offer a “New Orlean Spirits” package that inlcudes a Gray Line Ghosts and Spirits walking tour for two.  717 Orleans St., New Orleans LA  504.523.2222

  

    Dauphine House, New Orleans          

A ghostly couple in Victorian clothing has been seen at the top of the stairs in this small bed-and-breakfast in the French Quarterby both employees and guests. A gentleman has also been seen walking on the front balcony as if waiting for someone.  This historic residence built in 1860 has only two guest rooms (the innkeeper, Karen Jeffries, lives onsite) and is located only two blocks fromthe French Quarter.  Breakfast is a basket of fruit and muffins.  1830 Dauphine, New Orleans, LA  504.940.0943

    Lafitte Guest House, New Orleans

 The spirits in this inn in the heart of the French Quarter is also host to the ghosts of two children.  One is a baby who guests hear crying. The other is a girl, age 8-10.  The innkeeper, Andy Crocchiolo believes it is the daughter of one of the earlier owners, the Gleises.  Their daughter died around that age during one of the yellow fever epidemics that struck the city.  Two young girls who stayed at the inn saw and spoke to the spirit. In room 21 a guest interacted with the ghost of a woman who may have been the little girl’s mother.  Things in that room turn on and off by themselves.  There are 14 rooms all with private baths and many with private balconies. 1003 Bourbon Street, New Orleans LA  800.331.7971 or 504.581.2678

    Loyd Hall Plantation, Chenyville

The ghosts of this antebellum mansion are quite active. Tables set for the meals are often lacking some item – a piece of silverware or napkin mysteriously gone missing after the table is set and checked. Footsteps of the original owner, William Loyd are heard. A slave nanny, Sally Boston, who lived in the house with the Loyd family has been seen in her white dress, customary wear for a nanny in that time.  The smell of food often accompanies her presence, when no food is being prepared in the house.  The sound of someone running their finger across the keys of the piano is heard when no one is near it, and it is thought that the ghost responsible for this is Inez, a niece of William Loyd. Her fiancé had abandoned her, and she died from a fall out the 3rd floor window, possibly suicide. Then there’s Harry who deserted from the Union Army and hid in the attic of the mansion while it was unoccupied. When the returning owners discovered him there he did not get a warm welcome and never left the plantation house in body or spirit. Harry was a violinist, and his violin music can be heard late at night.  Guests of the inn have witnessed much phenomena. Not only are there apparitions and sounds (music, screams) but also an empty rocking chair rocks, bowls slide on tables in the dining room, doors open and close, and lights go on and off.  Ask for room 2,3 or 4 to have the best chance of an other worldly experience. There are 5 cottages (starting at $125) and 2 suites in the Big House ($250) amid a 640 acre working farm.  292 Loyd Bridge Road, Cheneyville, LA  888.602.5693  or 318.776.5641

    The Myrtles, St. Francisville

One of the best known haunted places in the U.S., this plantation located between New Orleans and Natchez MS is now an inn. The story goes that the haunting is by Chloe, a slave who had worked in the main house. After many warnings about her habit of eavesdropping, Chloe listened at the door one time too many. Mr. Woodruffe, owner of the plantation, had her left ear cut off as punishment. Thereafter, Chloe wore a green turban to hide the wound. When Mr. Woodruffe was away, Chloe baked one of his two daughters a birthday cake laced with oleander, a plant with effects similar to arsenic.  The girls and their mother died. It could have been revenge, or to make the girls sick and then nurse them back to health thus getting back into the family’s good graces. People have seen Chloe, and also two young girls. The Sterlings, who lived at the Myrtles next, had terrible luck there. Their son was killed in the dining room over a gambling debt, and their 8 year old daughter died of yellow fever. Their son-in-law was shot on the front porch and died halfway up the main stairs, trying to reach his wife. A woman crying there on the stairs has been heard, as well as footsteps that go up and stop. Some guests are greeted at the gate by a surly caretaker who they later learn has been dead since 1927! Doors open and close, conversation comes from empty rooms, and unoccupied rocking chairs rock. Some of the ghosts have shown up in photos taken by guests.

INTERESTING INFORMATION:  The famous ghost hunter Troy Taylor looked into the facts behind this story.  As reported in his book "So, There I Was...more confessions of Ghost Hunters" there is no evidence that a slave named Chloe (or Cleo) ever existed at The Myrtles.  The Woodruffes had a girl and a boy - not two girls, and Mrs. Sara Woodruffe was not murdered, but died of yellow fever in 1823.  Her son and daughter died about a year later she did. A third child, a daughter was born after the supposed poisoning incident (where the mother, Sara is said to have died) and she married and lived to a ripe old age.  Having done thorough research in historical records and documents, I find Mr. Taylor's claims credible.  In light of this it would appear that the whole Chloe story is a legend and not historically accurate.  While there does seem to be paranormal activity at the plantation, people should keep an open mind as to who the spirits may be.

The inn has ten guest rooms/suites. 7747 U.S. 61 North, St. Francisville, LA   800.809-0565 or 225.635.6277