Is This the Most Haunted B&B in the US?

posted: 03/10/16
by: Rachel Black
The Myrtles Plantation
Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

St. Francisville, Louisiana is home to many historic buildings. However, there's one antebellum plantation in town that has earned a reputation for more than its architecture. Built in 1796 by General David Bradford The Myrtles Plantation is said to be haunted by as many as twelve ghosts and has been labeled "one of America's most haunted homes."

There are a variety of theories about who is haunting the plantation and why. It's rumored that the house is built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground. And, as was typical of the times, slaves lived and worked on the plantation. Plus, various family members of the owners died there from yellow fever and typhoid. One of the obvious candidates for top ghost is William Winter an owner of the plantation who was shot on the porch by a stranger. After being shot he staggered into the home and died as he struggled to climb the stairs.

Probably the most famous ghost of the plantation is Chloe, a young female slave who purportedly had an affair with the plantation's owner Judge Clark Woodruff. When he took up with another servant Chloe, concerned that she'd fall even further out of favor, poisoned the Judge's daughters believing she'd be able to nurse them back to health. The daughters didn't survive. Fearing retribution the other slaves hanged Chloe to save themselves. There's even photographic evidence of Chloe's apparition standing between two plantation buildings.

Chloe Haunts The Myrtles Plantation
Photo via The Myrtles Plantation Website

Today, The Myrtles Plantation is a bed and breakfast offering rooms named after inhabitants of yesteryear. Rather than running from the home's haunted history, the proprietors fully embrace the spirits they live amongst. Guests of the plantation can choose to stay in the Judge Clarke Woodruff Suite which includes a "private sitting area near the staircase on which William Winter died" or the William Winter room where, according the the B&B website, "a local voodoo priestess was brought to attempt to save a child who was severely ill with Scarlet Fever."

While John Moss, the owner of the B&B, and his staff are accustomed to the stirring spirits, shaking beds, swinging chandeliers, and mystery footsteps, it's not for everyone. Moss is on record as saying that, "About once a month, someone leaves. People absolutely get freaked out."

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