Hello my little horror fans. Count Baconula here. Thank you for staying with me during this 31 Days of Spook. Today, let’s talk about haunted houses.
When I think about the most haunted house here in the United States, the first one that always comes to mind is the Myrtles Plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana. Today, it’s a quaint little bed and breakfast. But before, there was an ugly past that took place that made it the spook fest that it is today.
Back in the day of plantations, there was a despicable thing that southern plantation owners did and that was called having slaves. It was a horrible act to ‘own’ another person just because of the color of your skin. Thank goodness that those days are long behind us and we have progressed to the point of not ‘owning’ someone ever again.
But back in the day of the Myrtles when Mark and Sara Woodruff owned the plantation, they had many slaves, one in particular was Chloe. Chloe was caught eavesdropping on a conversation of the Woodruffs. For punishment, one of Chloe’s ears was cut off and she wore a green turban to hide it. Chloe, to say the least, was very upset over having one of her ears cut off.
In order to get even, Chloe baked a birthday cake containing the extract of boiled and reduced oleander leaves, which are extremely poisonous. Her plan was to make Mr. Woodruff sick but it backfired. Only Sara Woodruff and her two daughters ate the cake and all three of them died from the poison. All of the other slaves were very upset over Chloe doing this and supposedly they hung Chloe and then threw her body into the Mississippi River.
To this day when the circumstances are just right, you can see Chloe wearing her green turban walking through the Myrtles Plantation or the grounds. And, if you look closer, you can see the Woodruff children playing on the front porch just like they did when they were alive.
And there are rumors about a mirror in the plantation. Shivers. This one had my fur standing straight up on edge. Back in the day, when there was a death in the family, people covered all of the mirrors in the home. Perhaps with everything going on with Chloe and the three deaths, a mirror that hangs in the foyer got forgotten. It’s rumored that this mirror holds the spirits of Sara Woodruff and her two children. So if you are visiting the plantation and primping in this mirror, give it a close look. You might see some little hand marks on the glass.
But let’s now stop here with Chloe. There are still others that haunt the plantation. The house itself is reported to be built over an Indian burial ground. Legend is there is a ghost of a young Indian woman that can be seen around the grounds.
And during the Civil War, the house was overtaken by Union soldiers. It’s claimed that there were three soldiers killed in the house in the doorway. There in the doorway is a blood stain where the three soldiers were killed roughly the size of a human body that will not come clean. Legend states that people that try to use a mop or broom on that one particular area are unable to push the mop or broom in that one spot.
Have you had enough of this plantation yet? Is your fur standing on edge? Let me end with one more story of the Myrtles Plantation.
There is also the ghost of William Winter. He was shot on the front porch of the plantation. He came back inside and crawled up the stairs to the 17th step where he collapsed dead in his wife’s arms. Often, you can see a ghost walking or crawling up the stairs and disappearing on the 17th step. Doesn’t this make you want to go ghost hunting now?
10/11/2013 at 4:19 am
Wow! people would have to brave to stay there. Great stories! 🙂
10/11/2013 at 8:37 am
Mom has always wanted to go and spend the night there. Perhaps one day she will make it – it’s on her bucket list. XOXO – Bacon
10/11/2013 at 6:22 am
These stories are getting us in the mood for Scream-o-Ween!
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
10/11/2013 at 8:38 am
I really hope so my friend. I’m trying hard to get us there. XOXO – Bacon
10/11/2013 at 7:26 am
10/11/2013 at 8:38 am
Thank you! I’ll take it easy on ya’ll for the weekend. Can’t get everyone worked up and too scared. But next week, there are some good ones that I’m working on – snorts. XOXO – Bacon
10/11/2013 at 8:46 am
Bacon, you’ve done your research. The Myrtle’s is considered the most haunted house in the US. I would love to visit it some time. Stories like this don’t make my fur stand up. They only make me “want to go to there.”
10/11/2013 at 9:11 am
Exactly my friend. We are the same way. We don’t hesitate – we jump right in (some of us with four legs – snorts). Glad you enjoyed this posting. I’ve worked hard all month to bring some really good stories to my blog. XOXO – Bacon
10/11/2013 at 9:17 am
Oh boy that was scary. Poor Chloe, I feel sorry for her, even when her cakes had a bad after effect (like my mom’s cheesecakes) But I rather would spend the night at Norman Bates Motel than in this house :o) Thanks, Count Baconula for a really scary story!
10/11/2013 at 9:55 am
You are so welcomed my friend 🙂 Mommy wants to go to this plantation and spend the night. Of course, she won’t be able to tell daddy where they are going cause he’s easily spooked – snorts. It would be fun!… or not. XOXO – Bacon
10/11/2013 at 9:56 am
I’m not sure if your pawrents schould spend the night there. Your dad had a sppoky adventure in a haunted house… but if please tell them, that they shouldn’t eat cake there :o)
10/11/2013 at 10:05 am
Most definitely – NO CAKE! But next week, I am telling a tale of when they went to the mountains and what spooks they heard/saw there. It is most scary! Those two parents of mine. I just don’t know what to do with them. They are forever getting into trouble! I don’t know how they are going to make it on vacation without me keeping them out of trouble. They need help… XOXO – Bacon
10/11/2013 at 11:39 am
Bacon, did you know there’s a movie called ‘Chaw’ from South Korea? It’s about a mutant killer pig, pretty scary. It’s all I think about when I see your portraits now! Great post though 😉
Chaw link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1198396/
10/11/2013 at 11:44 am
OMP (oh my pig) – shivers to mergatroid! Now *that* is some scary stuff my friend. I’m nothing like that… except around food time daddy says – snorts. Oh WOWSER – I’m going to have to see if perhaps I can get that on my Netflix account. We can all watch it this weekend… maybe with one hoove over my eyes. XOXO – Bacon
10/11/2013 at 2:24 pm
Sounds like a creepy place to me. I wouldn’t get any sleep there.
10/11/2013 at 3:28 pm
🙂 snorts. I’m sure in between the howling, creeping of the floorboards and the ‘booing’ of the ghosts, we would find some sleep? Maybe? 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
10/13/2013 at 11:28 pm
I live less than 45 minutes from the Myrtles . . . far enough that I think we’re safe from the ghosts. I love to join my humans for relaxing weekends in St. Francisville. We stay at another plantation bed and breakfast, which as far as I have seen is not haunted. 🙂
10/14/2013 at 9:08 am
OMP (Oh my pig!) That is awesome! Mom/dad want to go one day. When they do, I’ll let you know. Maybe you humans can meet up for dinner one night. It would be the highlight of the trip!! XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
10/14/2013 at 10:36 am
My humans would love that, but what if they talk about us while we’re not there? It’s ok; I’m sure that they’d only say nice things. 😉
10/14/2013 at 10:52 am
of course they would *only* say nice things about us. What’s bad to talk about – snorts? XOXO – bacon
10/16/2013 at 11:50 am
Bacon, The Myrtles is my favorite plantation in Louisiana! I am actually from Louisiana! I have stayed at the Myrtles twice and it was crazy spooky! Chloe even stole one of my earrings! But I didn’t mind; she needed it more than I did 😉
10/16/2013 at 12:41 pm
OMP (oh my pig!) That is so cool and fascinating my friend. My Aunt Tina used to live in Louisiana and we came close one time in going but something came up. One day though, mom says she is going to make a field trip and go. So very neat on the ear ring! XOXO – Bacon