It has been labeled as “one of America’s most haunted homes,” currently residing on a hill in Francisville, Louisiana. One thing is for certain, it is shrouded in its dark past. Read on to be immersed in the history of the Myrtles Plantation.
Previously called the Antebellum Plantation, the Myrtles Plantation was constructed in 1796 by a man named General David Bradford. It consists of twenty-two rooms along its two floors and is characterized by the Creole cottage-style, typical in 19th century Louisiana. The entrance doors are decorated with hand-painted stained glass and etched after the French cross – an attempt to ward off evil forces. The most distinctive of the plantation features is the 125-foot long veranda (roofed platform alongside the outside of the house) that wraps around the southern part, representing beauty as it remains intact.
After the house was finished, Bradford lived there for several years until he was dismissed from his role in the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion (1799) by President John Adams. Bradford then moved his family – his wife Elizabeth and five children – into the plantation. After his death in 1808, Elizabeth continued running the plantation until 1817, which she then passed management responsibilities onto one of Bradford’s former law students by the name of Clarke Woodruff. He and his wife (Elizabeth’s daughter) and their three children lived in the house until tragedy struck and his wife and two of the children passed away from yellow fever. Bradford and the surviving daughter moved to Covington, Louisiana, leaving a caretaker to look after the plantation. Bradford sold the plantation, the land, and its slaves in 1834 to Ruffin Gray Sterling and his wife, both of whom began costly renovations. The building nearly doubled in size and contained furniture imported from Europe and the name was changed to the Myrtles after the crepe myrtles flower that grew in the area. Sterling left the plantation to his wife upon his death in 1854.
Although robbed of its imported furnishings and expensive accessories, the Myrtles survived the American Civil War. After in 1865, Sterling’s wife, Mary hired a man named William Drew Winter to aid in the management of the plantation and as her agent and lawyer. Mary’s daughter was William’s wife and they had six children, one of whom died at the age of three from Typhoid fever. The family’s fortune was then lost due to being caught up in Confederate currency and in 1868, the Winters were forced to sell the plantation but then obtained ownership again two years later. After William’s gruesome death on the porch – a murder at the potential hands of a suspect named E.S. Webber – Sarah (wife of William, daughter of Mary) remained at the plantation with her mother and siblings until she died in 1878. Mary died three years later, passing ownership to her son Stephen. He had hefty debts regarding the plantation, selling it in 1886. The plantation then went through many more owners until finally landing in the hands of those who run it today – John and Teeta Moss. They allow the home to welcome tourists and overnight guests as it is now a bed and breakfast.
Even though the plantation has been through countless owners, there are restless, spirits that will always claim the property. The home is rumored to rest upon an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground, which as we all know, that basically means it’s a nest for paranormal activity. And the many deaths and the ten, yes, TEN murders rumored to have happened also fuel the occurrences. Today, twelve ghosts are known to reside here. William Drew Winter is a popular apparition, he was shot on the front porch by a stranger and staggered inside the house, passing away on the seventeenth step and those footsteps are still heard on the same staircase. Paranormal investigators experience unusual technical issues and a range of personal experiences.
Below, is an image taken by a visitor on a digital camera on October of 2014, capturing an apparition in the window. Interperate this image in any way you think but I am curious to know your opinion. What do you think about this image? Tell me in the comments below!
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