Haunted Louisiana Adventure/New Orleans & Myrtles PlantationBev Greenfield
It was unusually cold for February in New Orleans, when the group of six researchers traveled to the Crescent City. The first night we joined the Haunted History Tour. This is a walking tour through the French Quarter of the city. We not only learned a lot, but also had the first unexplained phenomena of the trip. The tour ended at a place called Pirate's Alley. This part of the city has a wide walkway with long multi-use buildings on each side of a large, gated garden. It was here that Jenny and a man on the same tour both witnessed flashing lights. The lights came from a second floor unit on the other side of the garden. Excited and confused, Jenny ran over to us and described what she had just seen. It was close to midnight at the time, and the tour guide told us that the flashing lights came from a closed real estate office and that no one was there.
This photograph was taken from the restaurant balcony. It looks like the form of a woman in the balcony across the street. There was no one visible when I took the shot. The top image is enlarged and cropped. Regarding the woman in the window, the style dates the very tailored look of the "ghostly clothing" and hat at between 1890 and 1905. The hat appears to have some sort of plume or decorative object on it.
Photograph from the restaurant balcony, image has been slightly cropped. Images © 2003, B. Greenfield
The next day we were off to spend the night at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA., which operates as a Bed and Breakfast.
For a detailed history of the Myrtles, and its hauntings check out this site, www.prairieghosts.com/myrtles.html
The following is a recount of our experiences at the Myrtles Plantation on 2/9/03.
Bev also saw some dark spots, but dismissed them as her eyes playing tricks on her. Bev finally went to sleep with her partially filled water bottle next to her on the night table. Some time later Bev woke up and tried to open the water bottle. The cap was on so tight she could not open it. She gave up and went back to sleep. When she woke up again, the top was off the bottle and lying next to it on the night table.
Throughout our stay, Vicki's tape recorder was on in hopes of recording electronic voice phenomena (EVP). She succeeded in capturing sounds of whispering female voices.
2/10/03: The next morning we took more outdoor shots before leaving the Myrtles. Karen got a remarkable photo that we believe to be an apparition of a Confederate soldier.
An apparition of a soldier is seen under the tree to the right! Shot with Kodak digital camera; Fill flash; Auto Exposure; Quality -Best. Photo was taken as we were preparing to leave. No rain, intermittent clouds, sun just coming out. Did not see anything while photographing; just shooting the overall property. (Image by K. Lee)
We returned to New Orleans and checked into the haunted Andrew Jackson Hotel. Many years ago, several children died in a fire on the same site. Sounds of phantom children are sometimes heard playing in the courtyard. There is also a haunted guest room. A man hanged himself in this same room.
That night we had dinner at the Royal Cafe in the French Quarter and took more pictures. Bev took a photo of what appears to be an apparition of a Victorian lady. The ghostly figure was standing on a second floor balcony across the street from the restaurant. After dinner, we walked back to the Andrew Jackson, taking photos on the way. At the hotel, Vicki once again captured orbs on the video camera, most of them flying over the roof of the Andrew Jackson and the adjacent buildings.
Sadly, the next morning our haunted adventure had to end. The experience left us with a sense of awe, but we were also eager to get home where we could seriously analyze our findings. We discovered first hand that Louisiana has enough unexplained phenomena to captivate any paranormal researcher.
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