One fun fact about Louisiana is that it has the tallest state capitol building in the whole of United States. Another is that there are a lot of music festival taking place in the area and they are known for seafood dishes.
What many do not know is that Louisiana is home to one of the most haunted homes in America, which is the Myrtles Plantation. Rumor has it that around 10 murders have taken place in that home making it really a scary site.
The Myrtles Plantation. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrtles_Plantation)
History of the Myrtles Plantation
According to reports, many murders took place more than 150 years ago at the Myrtles Plantation. Many plantations are said to be haunted but Myrtles Plantation is a bit more famous because of the restless spirits that still reportedly roam the area to this day. It is specifically located in St. Francisville in Louisiana and was built by the Revolutionary War General named David Bradford back in 1796.
Bradford has been living in the home that he built for a number of years until he was pardoned by President Adams because of his role in the revolution. He then brought his family at the plantation to live with him. When he died, the plantation was inherited by her daughter and her husband.
A photo of Clarke Woodruff. (Link: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153511935/clark-woodruff)
The husband of the daughter, identified as Clarke Woodruff, reportedly has a very active sex drive. The family had servants and so one of them caught his attention. The servant, named Chloe, reportedly knew that if she refused Woodruff’s sexual urges, she would be sent to work in the cotton fields. During that time, working in the cotton fields meant working for long hours despite the heat and overseers were armed with whips. Anyone caught making a mistake would suffer from the hands of the brutal overseers. Due to this, Chloe and Woodruff started to have a sexual relationship. Because Chloe feared that Woodruff’s wife would know about their relationship, she began eavesdropping on the family’s conversations. Woodruff caught her one time so her ear was cut off. Because of that, her ear was disfigured and Chloe began wearing a turban.
Because of the unfortunate incident, Chloe wanted revenge. One evening, when Woodruff was away, the servant made food for the family. She placed poison in their food and it killed Woodruff’s wife and their two children. Only one of the children survived.
However, the other servants feared what would happen to them if Woodruff found out. They then decided to hang Chloe from a nearby tree. When she was already breathless, they cut her body and threw it into the river.
The Ghostly Apparitions
Woodruff eventually died and the plantation had other owners. Eventually, in the 1970s, the Myrtles Plantation was purchased by the Meyers family. They operate the plantation as a bed and breakfast. However, on the first day that it was supposed to serve as such, something strange took place. Guests claimed that they heard strange noises and they saw a young girl wearing a turban. Many believe that was the spirit of Chloe.
Years have passed and more people claimed to have seen the spirit of Chloe. Others claimed that they saw the kids of Woodruff in a mirror in the room where they were poisoned.
This is the mirror where the apparitions have reportedly been seen. (Link: https://www.whereyat.com/the-worlds-most-haunted-house-the-myrtles)
One man named William Winter was also reportedly shot on the front porch of the Myrtles Plantation. He was teaching a Sunday school lesson when someone on horseback approached the home. The man, who was a stranger to Winter, claimed that Winter had a business with him. When he went to check on who the man was, Winter was shot. To this day, the killer of Winter has not been identified and unpunished.
Probably, Winter is still asking for justice. The ghost of Winter was allegedly seen crawling up the stairs as he was writhing in pain then disappearing when he reached the 17th step.
A photo of the porch of Myrtles Plantation. (Link: https://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?1598-Myrtles-Plantation-St-Francisville-Louisiana)
The grand piano on the first floor of the home reportedly plays by itself and it reports the same chord numerous times. When someone tries to see who is playing the piano, the music will stop. It will resume once there is no one in the area anymore.
A part of a series called “The Long Hot Summer” was shot at the Myrtles Plantation. According to the cast and crew, the area is really haunted. The crew said that they moved the furniture from one room to another then they left. When they went back, all were put back in its place. This happened several times so they just did what they could do to get the shots they needed. The cast and crew were reportedly happy when they were done shooting at the Myrtles Plantation because they did not want to experience anything creepy anymore.
A photo showing one of the rooms at the Myrtles Plantation. (Link: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/307018899571438754/)
What Others Are Claiming
Many said that the family of Woodruff was not poisoned. For one, no slave named Chloe was ever recorded by the Woodruff. Another reason for the possible death of Woodruff’s wife and two children was because of the prevalent Yellow fever during that time. However, the ghost of a woman wearing a green turban is said to be true. What is contested is the myth of Chloe. One of the families that lived in the Myrtles Plantation did say that they saw the ghost of the woman in a green turban but they never identified her.
Also, other people are saying that there was only one murder at the Myrtles Plantation and that is the story of Winter.
If you want to see the Myrtles Plantation for yourself, there is a tour from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. seven days a week. Check out the details here: https://www.myrtlesplantation.com/tour