The Myrtles Plantation was built in 1794 by General David Bradford and remains today an excellent example of antebellum architecture along the Mississippi River. The Myrtles Plantation is located just three miles north of St. Francisville, Louisiana and not far from the haunted mansion used in the film, THE ST. FRANCISVILLE EXPERIMENT.
The house is open to the public. According to the U.S. Tourist Bureau the Myrtles Plantation is one of the authenicated haunted houses of America.The 205-year-old Myrtles Plantation is said to host the spirits of several long-dead former inhabitants. Over the years, those spirits have been heard and seen around the grounds of the plantation.
No one really knows why there have been so many reported happenings at the plantation. The house does sit on an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground. And there have been at least 10 homicides and suicides on the property since 1796.
The most famous haunting here is that of Chloe, a slave, who was also the sexual slave of the Judge. There are many variations on the story but the just of it is...that the Judge soon grew tired of Chloe and took another slave for his mistress...Chloe, weather afraid she would be sent to the fields or angry at being replaced decided to poison a birthday cake that was being made for the Judge's daughter.For some reason the Judge did not eat any of the cake ...but both of his daughters and his wife did...They all three died later that evening...and the Judge ordered Chloe hanged and her body thrown in the river. Her ghost is seen haunting the Myrtles to this day!
There are numerous other ghosts at the Myrtles also...Two small girls have been seen playing on the veranda..some believe these girls are the Judge's daughters.One spirit is that of a French woman who wanders from room to room and searches for someone she never seems to find. Another spirit that makes himself known is William Winter who owned the Plantation between 1860-1871, his spirit is said to linger because of the strange circumstances surrounding his death. He was called out on to the porch one night where he was shot in the chest, he then staggered back into the house and managed to climb 17 of the 20 stairs where he died in his wifes arms. He is now heard climbing the stairs but he only makes it to the 17th one.
A confederate soldier marches across the porch, a man in khaki waits at the gate to warn customers away, no-one living is posted there. A VooDoo preistress spirit is seen from time to time chanting over the still form of a young girl. The piano has been seen numerous times playing by itself.
A gateman, was hired to greet guests at the front gate each day. One day, a woman in a white, old fashioned dress walked through the gate without speaking to him. She walked up to the house and vanished through the front door without ever opening it. The gateman quit his job and never returned to the house. · Some have seen a candle - either carried by a woman or floating on its own - going up the stairs. Once the owner tried to follow the candle. They entered the house from the porch and found the room to be ice-cold.
The sounds of babies crying have often been heard. The ghosts of children have been known to jump on the beds messing the sheets as well as the ghost of a woman who remakes the beds... In addition to the murders committed by Chloe, there have been at least 10 homicides and suicides on the grounds over the history of the plantation. This track record leads some to believe that the disenchanted sprits of some of the dead still inhabit the grounds. Numerous photos have been taken by the owners and guests alike with ghostly anomolies in them...This has truely got to be one of the most haunted houses in America!