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Haunted Houses

One of my favorite types of homes is a haunted one! There is nothing quite like the character and history in an old home and if you have no fear of the dead, they can be fun to fix up. The south has many homes known for their style and charm but there is one that is extra special...

Notorious for its ghostly haunting, is the old history Myrtles Plantation home built in 1796 in St. Franciscville, LA. Draped with Spanish moss and set in the countryside, this beautiful old estate boasts of mayhem and ghostly visits. 

in 1808, Clark Woodruff took charge of the plantation from his deceased father-in-law, general David Bradford, where he kept things running along with his wife, Sara, and three kids. Legend has it that Woodruff also took a special liking to a slave he owned named Chloe. But Chloe was immensely jealous of Woodruff's family and baked a birthday cake filled with poisonous oleander leaves. Woodruff's wife, Sara, and two of their children died. Chloe confessed, but fellow slaves retaliated, hanging Chloe and dumping her body in the Mississippi. 

Lots of other natural deaths occurred in the home, but the only other murder was when plantation owner William Winter was shot and killed in 1871 while standing on the front porch. He supposedly staggered inside, dying on the 17th step of the home. Myrtles Plantation is also reportedly built on the site of an old Indian burial ground and during the Civil War, Union soldiers ransacked the home. 

Popoular sightings of ghosts around Myrtles Plantaion include the large mirror in the home that contains the spirits of Sara Woodruff and her children, ghosts seen around the 17th step and, of course, Chloe who is outside, tending to her plantings. The house is on the National Register of Historic places and is now a bed and breakfast. *zillow


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