by Luna Lovewell
The Myrtles Plantation, one of Louisiana’s most infamous and haunting locations, is located just a short drive from Hathian. Tragedy and loss have plagued the plantation over the years, leading to rumors of ghosts, hauntings, and paranormal activity since its history dates back to the late 1700s.
Local folklore says that the plantation is home to several ghosts, including a former slave named Chloe who allegedly poisoned her owners and their family with oleander leaves. Another ghost that roams the property is that of a little girl named Sara Woodruff and her parents, who were murdered in the home during the Civil War.
Several paranormal investigation groups have visited the Myrtles Plantation over the years, attempting to capture evidence of the spirits that are said to haunt the property. One such group claimed to have captured an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) of a male voice saying “get out,” while another group reported seeing apparitions in the mirror of the plantation’s grand staircase.
The property is also known for its stunning architecture and breathtaking gardens, despite its spooky stories and haunted history. Visitors can tour the home, which has been beautifully preserved to reflect its history, and take in the stunning views of the property’s gardens, ponds, and fountains.
We spoke to a few residents in the nearby town of St. Francisville to find out if they believe in the haunting stories and ghostly tales. While some were skeptical of the paranormal activity, others had their own experiences to share. “I used to live down the road from the Myrtles,” said local resident Emily. “I would hear strange noises coming from the property at night, like doors slamming and footsteps in the hallways. I never actually saw anything, but it definitely gave me the creeps.”
Another resident, Tom, shared his own encounter with the paranormal while visiting the plantation with friends. “We were taking pictures in front of the home, and when we looked back at the photos, there was a weird mist hovering in the background. We didn’t see it with our own eyes, but the photo definitely gave us chills.”
There’s no denying the allure and mystique of the Myrtles Plantation, which is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the supernatural or Louisiana’s rich history. So, the next time you’re in the mood to get out of Hathian for the day, take a drive to St. Francisville and experience the beauty and eeriness of the Myrtles Plantation for yourself.