New Orleans is a special place full of rich history, delicious food, and a unique culture that really can’t be found anywhere else in the world. When you visit New Orleans, all five senses will be stimulated with the colorful sights, delicious smells, and our music that is sure to delight the soul and keep your feet tapping. Mystery surrounds New Orleans due to the age of the city and its many ghost stories and legends that have been told by tour guides, bartenders, and local strangers that you happen to meet. You may hear the word “ghost” spoken in a hushed tone that makes you lean in and listen more intently. New Orleans has its fair share of haunted places with histories of the weird and gruesome. Here are just some of the places that are considered the most haunted in all New Orleans.
If you are a fan of the TV show American Horror Story, you will already be familiar with the horrors that are connected with the LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street. Madame LaLaurie and her husband at the time (she was married three times) were incredibly wealthy and, as was socially acceptable at the time, had many slaves. A fire that started in the kitchen revealed the gruesome horrors that were secretly going on. LaLaurie’s slaves were subjected to torture. Male and female slaves were chained in the attic, children were trapped in cages and the attic was strew with body parts. LaLaurie was later chased out of town. Today the ghosts of those who perished there and Madame LaLaurie haunt the grounds.
St. Louis Cemetery
If you are looking for the resting place of New Orlean’s many interesting, famous, and infamous residents, you will most likely find them at the St. Louis Cemetery. This cemetery is considered one of the most haunted cemeteries in the US. Many ghosts are known to be spotted there nightly, including those who fell to yellow fever. The most famous phantom to haunt the cemetery is Marie Laveau, New Orleans’ Queen of Voodoo who had a large following during her lifetime in the 1800’s and whose legacy still lives on, particularly with those in New Orlean’s voodoo community.
The Myrtles Plantation
The Myrtles Plantation built in 1796, sit’s on the plantation of the same name and is considered one of the most haunted homes in America. It is believed that this property is the haunt for over a dozen ghosts. Though only one person was murdered on the property, it is rumored that the plantation was built on an Indian burial ground and that the ghosts of slaves and young children haunt those who choose to step foot inside the home. The ghosts of a slave girl and a young Antebellum era girl have been photographed there.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is said to be the oldest structure in New Orleans. The now tavern was used by Jean and Pierre Lafitte’s smuggling operations. Jean Lafitte was an infamous pirate and privateer who is rumored to have amassed a large sum of treasure from his pillaging in the Gulf of Mexico. The fireplace in the basement is said to be the final resting place for the treasure and is guarded by a pair of red eyes that stare out from behind the grate. This ghost is rumored to be that of a pirate left to guard the treasure; the ghost of Jean Lafitte is also said to haunt the tavern today.
If you are looking to visit another one of New Orlean’s most haunted places, Hotel Monteleone should be one your list. The hotel was built in 1886 in the Beaux Arts-style with a rotating Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge. At night, restaurant doors open and shut and the elevators stop on the wrong floors, encouraging guests to wander down passageways and halls that feel cold and eery. The ghost of William “Red” Wildermere, an employee who died on the property, has been seen wandering the halls and so has the spirit of Maurice, a toddler who also died at the hotel.
New Orleans was a place that seemed to attract personalities that had an appreciation for the extravagant, as well as the gruesome. The Gardette-LaPrete Mansion is located in the French Quarter and was home to a rich man from Turkey and his harem. The day after an extravagant party, the door was broken in when blood was reportedly oozing out the bottom of the door. What awaited the police was a bloody massacre: Heaps of bodies littered the floor and the man who lived there was found in a shallow grave nearby. The one responsible for the massacre was never found. Screams of guests can still be heard and their ghosts still stalk the halls.
The Jumani House
The Jumani House, a gay bar in the French Quarter became infamous after a fire claimed the lives of 32 patrons, making the event one of the deadliest fires in the history of New Orleans. An angry patron who was kicked out that day is said to have started the fire; his suicide possibly confirmed his guilt. The general public at the time turned an indifferent shoulder to the tragedy, causing the ghosts of the dead to still be heard begging not to be forgotten.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
The original owner of the pharmacy, Louis Joseph Dufilho Jr. was the first fully licensed pharmacist. He sold medicine, as well as treatments and potions brewed by a local voodoo priestess. Later, he sold the place to Dr. Dupas, who filled his time with cruel experimentation on pregnant slaves. Dufilho’s two children, who died there, haunt the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, as well as Dr. Dupas himself.
Come See For Yourself!
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