Some say the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville is one of the most haunted places in America. It was built in the 1700’s and has been subjected to it share of tragedies over the years. Those tragedies have many believing that those who have lived on the grounds never really left.
Now a Bed and Breakfast, the mossy oaks that shade the property and the main house will take anyone out of the 21st century and into a time that was not so kind to some.
“Everyone has heard the story of Chloe,” Hester Eby started. “Judge Woodruff took on the Mistress Chloe and she was caught eavesdropping on family business–that was not allowed. In response, he cut off her left ear. It left her so upset that she baked the birthday cake for his oldest daughter and used the juices from the oleander. It let off a liquid similar to arsenic and it killed the judges wife and two of their children.”
All these years later, Eby said, Chloe still roams the halls of the old plantation. Eby said that Chloe is not alone–from previous owners to slaves that once worked the property–the Myrtles is considered one of the most haunted places in America.
“We see pictures all the time, I love it! My vision is so bad…sometimes I can see and sometimes I cannot,” Eby said as she spoke to one of the guest. “One of the guys that stayed in the upstairs room showed me a person on the staircase as well. Isn’t that great? Thank you, Darlin’!”
Eby has worked at the Myrtles for several decades. She said, over the years, she has heard it all–from the man on the stairs to the children playing in the courtyard.
“You never get away from the Myrtles being haunted….just the Myrtles being itself.”
After all of those years of working on the property, Eby has her own stories to tell. One in particular deals with her daughter and an expensive coat.
“She came by here and her father picked her up later,” Eby said. “I said, ‘where is your coat?’ she told me she gave it to the little girl. I asked her what little girl and she said the little girl that works with you. She was cold mama…she works with you. She told me she gave the coat to a little girl here…she told me the little girl was cold….all I know is I’ve never seen the coat again.”
Whether you are coming to relax or hoping for a fright—you are guaranteed to leave with a story to tell.