Myrtles Plantation is a historic home and former antebellum plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. It was built in 1796 by General David Bradford. The plantation is on a hill and built in the Creole cottage-style that characterized many of the state’s plantation houses in the 19th century. The house has twenty-two rooms spread over two floors, a spacious entry hall, and a French Baccarat crystal chandelier weighing more than 300 pounds. Myrtles Plantation has been listed as one of America’s most haunted homes in dozens of publications throughout the building’s life.
The plantation house is rumored to be built atop an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground. The home is allegedly the home of at least 12 ghosts. It is reported that ten murders occurred within the house, but historical records only indicate one: an attorney shot by a stranger in 1871. The man was William Drew Winter, and he lived in the plantation from 1865 until his death. After being shot, he staggered inside the house and died while trying to climb the stairs. Visitors and employees report to still hear his last footsteps ascending the staircase.
However, it is likely the case that several slaves died on the land while the plantation was in operation. One of the more gruesome examples is that of a former slave named Chloe, who had her ear chopped off by a plantation foreman after she was reportedly caught eavesdropping. Chloe got her revenge by poisoning a birthday cake and killing two of the man’s daughters but was then hanged by her fellow slaves. She reportedly wanders the plantation in a turban designed to conceal her severed ear.
In 2002, Unsolved Mysteries filmed a segment about the alleged hauntings at the plantation. The crew apparently experienced severe technical difficulties during the production. If you’re interested in exploring the home and grounds for yourself, the plantation house is currently a bed and breakfast. Staff members offer both historical and mystery tours, which highlight the land’s paranormal history in great detail.