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St. Francisville Spooks

by Erin Z. Bass

Deep South spent Halloween weekend in St. Francisville, Louisiana, a land of rolling hills, crepe myrtles, beautiful plantations and a few lingering spirits about 20 minutes from Baton Rouge. Those of you who followed our trip via Facebook and Twitter know we didn’t actually see any ghosts, but I made sure to take lots of pictures during our tour of The Myrtles Plantation (one of America’s most haunted homes) as well as our stay at The Cottage Plantation down the road. Back home, going through all of the photos, I found two that may have captured some sort of spirit. (All the photos will be up on Flickr later today.) Take a look and tell me what y’all see!

This photo was take at The Myrtles Plantation, which dates back to 1796 and is believed to house 12 ghosts. The most well known is Chloe, a slave who baked a poisonous birthday cake that killed the mistress of the home and her two daughters. Chloe was supposedly hanged after the incident. Another ghost is reported to be that of a young girl with blonde hair, about 9 years old, who is trapped in the front hall mirror after being shot and killed there. In the above photo, the face of a young girl, with blond hair, is visible through the windowpane that isn’t covered with fleur de lis.

This photo was taken at the family graveyard on the grounds of The Cottage. Our tour guide, Miss Sheila, said the home isn’t haunted and doesn’t believe there to be any lingering spirits there, but this little graveyard is pretty spooky. Check out the back right corner of the photo, where it looks like there’s a white mist rising from the grave. The mist isn’t there in the photo taken before this one, and when I zoom in, it kinda looks like the face of a man (below).

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  • Mary at Deep South Dish / November 3, 2010

    Okay. That is definitely creepy!

  • Christy / November 3, 2010

    LOVED the Myrtles when I went. St. Francisville is quaint and there is also Tunica Falls just over the state line in Mississippi in the Clark Creek area. So much to do in that little spot for a great long weekend!

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  • Marcelle VanVleck Bell / November 4, 2010

    Oh….. I love these photos! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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