Are these places enchanted, or is this just an entertaining way to explore Louisiana? We'll let you decide.
The brave of heart can spend the night at the bed-and-breakfast at Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana (25 miles from Baton Rouge). It's said that a slave named Chloe haunts the grounds, as well as the former owners who were mysteriously murdered. If you aren't willing to sleep within these spooky walls, there are tours offered daily.
Count Arnaud Cazenave opened this grand New Orleans restaurant in 1918. Some say he still watches over the dining room at Arnaud's Restaurant. Guests and staff members have reported seeing a tuxedo-clad ghost. Dropped trays are often blamed on Count Arnaud being displeased with a server. It's worth a visit to Arnaud's for the amazing creole cuisine alone, and if you get a visit from the haunted proprietor you'll have an even better story to tell.
Hit several spooky hot spots on a ghost tour of New Orleans. There are multiple tours to choose from, but many will take you to the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the final resting place of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. You might also pass by the LaLaurie Mansion, former home of the cruel Madame LaLaurie. When firefighters responded to fire in the home, they discovered her torturous treatment of slaves. Some say it's the most haunted place in New Orleans, and they can still hear the screams of the tortured souls. Others say it's all legend.
Perhaps this location is more scenic than spooky, but the picturesque Oak Alley Plantation has experienced a few disturbances that have left staff and visitors wondering. On several instances there have been reports of the clip-clop of horses coming down the path when there are no horses around. Shadowy figures, objects moving from place to place, mysterious candle lights, and other mysterious events occasionally catch people's attention.
The original owner of Loyd Hall Plantation in Cheneyville, Louisiana, was hanged by Union soldiers when he was caught as a double spy in the Civil War. Several other tragic deaths on the property have led people to believe that the strange happenings on the plantation are the work of ghosts. If you stay at the bed-and-breakfast during a full moon, don't be surprised if you hear a spirit playing a violin. Or so the story goes …
Security officers claim that there are things that bump around in the night within the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The sound of heavy footsteps and doors slamming, and triggers on motion sensors, have initiated sweeps of the building that always come up empty. A few even claim to have felt a presence bump into them. Many wonder if it's the spirit of an impassioned legislator who died of a heart attack during a dramatic speech or the souls of Civil War prisoners who were housed in the basement jail.
Thousands of theatergoers have enjoyed concerts, comedians, and sporting events at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium without incident. But a few claim to have felt an invisible hand on their hair. And there have been photos taken of the empty auditorium where a young girl appears to be sitting in one of the seats. Mysterious opening and closing of doors also raises a few eyebrows.
Walking around in the dark can be alarming without the fear of ghosts lurking around the corner, but the Folsom Spirits Walking Ghost Tours near Covington, Louisiana, incite your curiosity with evening tours that include ghost stories told around a campfire. They encourage you to take pictures as you walk through groves of oak trees to try to capture orbs or faces of spirits in the woods.