The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, La.
Built in 1796 by General David Bradford, the Myrtles Plantation is home to centuries of history — and, allegedly, its fair share of ghosts.
Upon his death, Bradford gifted the plantation to his daughter and her husband, Clarke Woodruff. The couple did not have a happy life while they lived inside the home and were faced with many tragedies. Of the three children that the couple had, only one made it to adulthood.
The most famous ghost reportedly roaming the plantation is Chloe, a slave who became Woodruff’s mistress. Chloe was terrified that Woodruff’s wife would find out about their affair so she eavesdropped on the family’s conversations. However, she was caught snooping and had her ear cut off for her crime.
Hungry for revenge, Chloe poisoned the food of Woodruff’s wife and two of their children while he was away, and after a few days, they were dead. The other slaves were afraid of what Woodruff would do upon returning and hung Chloe themselves for her deadly actions.
They removed her dead body from the tree from which they hung her and then threw it into the river, but legends say that her spirit lived on and still haunts the house.
Another family, the Meyers, purchased the home in the 1970s and opened it as a bed and breakfast. Almost right away, strange things were said to have started happening.
Guests claimed to hear strange noises, and some even said they saw the spirit of Chloe. In 1992, the owner claimed to have captured Chloe’s spirit in a photograph:
This isn’t the only time the guests claimed to have seen the ghost of one of the home’s former residents. Some people claimed to have seen young girls in antebellum clothing in the windows and others say they’ve seen the ghosts of Woodruff’s children in the mirror near the room where they were supposedly poisoned.
All in all, 10 murders are allegedly supposed to have happened on the plantation’s property, but many, if not all, are chalked up to legend. If you would like to figure out for yourself whether this is one of America’s most haunted places, the plantation is still open as a bed and breakfast.