Truth or Legend? A Killer Slave Haunts the Myrtles Plantation

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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?

The Legend

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.

The Truth

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?

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Chloe beside the home?

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Ghost face in the mirror?

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Haunted mirror?

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2 thoughts on “Truth or Legend? A Killer Slave Haunts the Myrtles Plantation

  1. They should tell the truth. The plantaion is haunted by the judge wife and two of his kids. Which is a son and daughter. They died of yellow fever . Like the wife. And the other person to get killed the lawyer did not climb 17 steps after being shot in the chest. He died in back of the house. You could say that his ghost try to make it to the steps calling his wife only making it to the 17 steps only to disappear on the anniversary of his death. It makes mad when people lie .especially when it comes to slavery If you don’t start telling the truth you could be sued

  2. The blur behind the woman with the red hair is what I saw in the photo at first and the missing stair spindle. I don’t know what the black marks on the wall are suppose to be depicting, but the blur is really is spooky.

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