Ghost Photo: Plantation Phantom

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Here’s another pic from the infamously haunted Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA. Legend has it a murderous slave and ghostly children haunt the 214-year-old estate. Is that one of the spirits in the photo?

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2 thoughts on “Ghost Photo: Plantation Phantom

  1. I have to start by saying I’m a huge fan of ghost tales, and that I’m enjoying this blog very much. And while I don’t deny the possibility of hauntings at The Myrtles (for over a century, they’ve had continuing reports of ghosts), I must point out my frustration with this particular story.

    I’m a tenth-generation Louisianian and have studied the state’s history extensively, and while researching this particular house many years ago, I discovered that property records show that at the time the supposed poisonings of the mother and two daughters took place, the family did not own any female slaves. On top of that, it is well-documented (this was a wealthy family, after all) that the family had a son and a daughter, not two girls, and that the son and mother did die — a few months apart, during one of many yellow fever epidemics that swept the state in the 1800s. The daughter Octavia and the father went on to live in New Orleans after the actual tragedies, which were more unfortunate than they were sinister.

    So it is fairly certain there were no poisonings, and that the tale of the slave “Chloe” attempting to kill her owners with an oleander-laced birthday cake was merely a soap opera-inspired publicity stunt that emerged from a woman who owned the house in the mid-twentieth century. Prior to that, there were reports of footsteps on the staircase, the piano playing itself, an old woman in a green bonnet who watched people sleep, and what appeared to be a naked Indian girl lounging by a pond. There was also one account of a ghostly caretaker who told tourists the house was closed, though I can’t establish when that tale emerged. By the end of the millennium, however, the story had been elaborately embellished to create the “Chloe” character who, conveniently enough, wore a green headscarf.

    My point? Who knows what’s in these images! Ghosts? It’s possible — most of the other tales of the history of the house are at least in the ballpark of accurate. Perhaps it’s the spirits of those other actual residents — William Winter was indeed shot to death there, and many generations of several families lived and died there. But there was never a “Chloe,” or any poisoned daughters.

    Thanks for your blog; it’s excellent. 🙂

    • Thanks for the info. I have since discovered the same about Chloe. That is, that she never existed. In fact, many of the legends I cover on this blog have absolutely no historical evidence. It’s a bit disappointing really. I’m thinking of making a list of famous ghost legends and pointing out which ones have no historical evidence supporting the back stories and which ones do.

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