The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA bills itself as one of the most haunted homes in America. Dozens of legends surround the historic property, though the tale of Chloe the killer slave is by far the most famous. But is it true?
According to popular legend, a slave named Chloe baked an oleander-laced cake and poisoned three members of the prominent Woodruff family: Sarah, the lady of the plantation, and her two daughters. Some say Chloe purposely killed the family, while others insist she only meant to make them ill. In any event, Sara and the children died and are now trapped inside a large mirror inside the plantation, or so the stories go.
Today, hand prints and strange “drip” marks appear on the mirror, marks that no amount of cleaning can remove. Visitors also report seeing figures in old-fashioned clothing lurking inside the mirror’s warped glass.
While the Myrtles mirror may seem strange, it’s highly unlikely that Sarah, her daughters, or even “Chloe” is to blame. Plantation records show no record of a slave named Chloe (or even a slave owned by the Woodruffs at all). Plus, none of the Woodruffs died of foul play. In fact, one of the Woodruff daughters survived well into adulthood while the other daughter perished from yellow fever. Sarah Woodruff also succumbed to the disease.
Lack of historical evidence aside, plenty of people believe that ghosts walk the Myrtles Plantation. Below are just a few spooky photos to emerge from the historic site. What do you think of the legend of Chloe?