contains some of the most interesting architecture seen in the south; lacy
ornamental ironwork outside and plaster friezes inside the large airy rooms.
The Myrtles Plantation also has been featured in such magazines as Life,
Southern Living, The Wall street Journal, USA Today, Family Circle and many
other publications. Many T.V. stations have also done features on this
house. Not all publicity had to do with the architecture. According to the
U.S. Tourist Bureau the Myrtles Plantation is one of the authenicated haunted
houses of America.
It seems the Myrtles Plantation of Louisiana has many different
spirits that roam its beautiful landscaped areas outside and inside the manor
itself. The most famous ghost would have to be Chloe, she was a governess for
Judge Clark Woodruffe's children. The Judge also carried on a affair with the
mullatto woman. He soon tired of her and banished her from connection with
the family. He then caught her eavesdropping on a conversation of his. In
anger he decided to make an example of Chloe and have her ear cut off. After
that she wore a green turban to hide her deformity. She extracted her
revenge however, she asked to bake a birthday cake for one of the Judges
children, a peace offering in a way and was granted permission. While mixing
up the cake she added a few choice ingrediants to the batter that wasn't in
the recipe. She poisoned two of the judges children and his wife to death.
She was hanged for her wickedness, her corpse was then thrown in a nearby
The ghost of Chloe has been seen several times roaming around the mansion
in the middle of the night. Sometimes a baby's cry is heard when she is
seen. She also likes to disturb the sleep of the guests by lifting the
mosquitto netting that surrounds the beds. Some say she is still checking on
the Judges children she used to govern.
Another spirit that makes himself known is William Winter who owned the
Plantation between 1860-1871, his spirit is said to linger because of the
strange circumstances surrounding his death. He was called out on to the
porch one night where he was shot in the chest, he then staggered back into
the house and managed to climb 17 of the 20 stairs where he died in his wifes
arms. He is now heard climbing the stairs but he only makes it to the 17th
Other sketchy sightings at the Myrtles Plantation have included a pool of
blood, apparitions of two little blonde girls peering through the windows, a
mischievous child entity who likes jumping on freshly made beds, he is
followed closely by a young woman in a maids uniform who smoothes the rumpled
bed linens. A confederate soldier marches across the porch, a man in khaki
waits at the gate to warn customers away, no-one living is posted there. A
VooDoo preistress spirit is seen from time to time chanting over the still
form of a young girl. Legend has it she was unable to use her powers to save
the girl from a fatal disease.
All these spirits and more are seen, felt, and heard at the Myrtles
Plantation. It really is a house of spirits...