Welcome to Friday’s in October. As we explore Haunted places in Louisiana. Today it’s about Plantation Ghost.
A sugar plantation; an abandoned investment property; a cattle ranch; a landscape of defiance in the face of the Army Corps of Engineers–Oak Alley has been many things in its over 200 years of history. Today it is a historic site, dedicated to preserving and interpreting each chapter of this plantation’s memory. Our mission, established by Mrs. Josephine Stewart is as follows:
The focal point of the plantation is the main mansion, the Big House (you may recognise it from Brad Pitt’s Interview with the Vampire or Beyoncé’s Déjà vu music video). Around it there are 28 acres of lush landscape, telling the story of a plantation in its evolution, as well as fascinating exhibits – the Slavery Exhibit, the Sugarcane Exhibit and Theatre and the Blacksmith Shop. Finally, nestled behind the mansion, you’ll find the restaurant and cottages. Cottage guests get access to the grounds before and after the main visiting hours – so it really is like having this magical place to yourself (great for uninterrupted photography.)
Oak Alley Ghost story :
n the small Mississippi River-side town of Vacherie lies the Oak Alley Plantation, a stunning property with over 200 years of history. Over the years several ‘odd happenings’ have occurred at this mansion. Employees have been touched when working alone, objects have been known to inexplicably fly across the room, and many have heard the sound of a child crying or the sounds of horses. This plantation has a long history of enslavement and many say that their souls are still on the property.https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1309106/
The Ghost story:
It is often reported that 10 murders occurred in the house, but historical records only indicate the murder of William Winter, who was shot by a stranger and after being shot, he staggered inside the house and died trying to climb the stairs, only making it to the 17th step. People still recount stories of hearing his dying footsteps to this day.
Some believe a woman wearing a green turban, named Chloe, haunts the plantation. She was reportedly a slave owned by Mark and Sara Woodruff. According the stories, Chloe was either forced into becoming the mistress of Mark Woodruff or was caught eavesdropping in on one of his private business conversations. After being caught, Chloe was punished by the removal of one of her ears, and she wore a green turban to hide it. Chloe baked a birthday cake containing extract of boiled and reduced oleander leaves, which are extremely poisonous, seeking revenge. To her demise, only Sara and her two daughters ate the cake, and all died from the poison. Chloe was then hung by the other slaves, and thrown into the Mississippi River.
As it was custom during the time, mirrors throughout the home were to be covered after a death. After the murder of the Woodruffs, one particular mirror was overlooked. The uncovered mirror reportedly trapped the spirits of Sara and her children after their untimely death, and these spirits are occasionally seen or leave handprints in the mirror.
Another haunting legend comes from an event during the Civil War. The house was ransacked by Union soldiers, and legend claims that three were killed in the house. Supposedly, there is a blood stain in a doorway, roughly the size of a human body, that will not (or would not) come clean.