The Myrtles Plantation is touted as one of America’s most haunted places, and arguably the most haunted of all. It has been featured in several television shows, books, and even movies. Paranormal experts agree that the house easily qualifies as one of the scariest places on Earth.
Chloe is the most popular ghost which supposedly haunts the house. Although there is nothing to support the existence of Chloe, she is believed to be a former slave who was also the mistress of Clark Woodruff. In order to know that she was pleasing to her lover, she would listen through the door of Woodruff’s study. However, one day, Clark caught her listening and as a punishment, her ear was cut off. As an act of revenge, she put poison on a cake which she was asked to bake. Members of the family, except Clark himself, died from eating the cake. Chloe was hung as a result.
William Drew Winter is also a very popular character in the plantation. He was an attorney who lived in the plantation from 1865 until 1871. He was shot by a stranger. After being shot, he staggered inside the house and died trying to climb the stairs. He died on the 17th step of the stairs. Until today, visitors, as well as employees in the hotel, still hear his dying footsteps.
The grand piano inside the plantation has been heard playing by itself, repeating the same haunting chord. The ghosts of slaves have been allegedly seen around the house asking if there are any chores for them to do.
Built in 1796 by General David Bradford, also called “Whiskey Dave”, The Myrtles Mansion used to be called Laurel Grove. The kind general lived alone in the plantation until his wife, Elizabeth and the rest of the family moved from Pennsylvania to be with him. After the general’s death in 1808, his daughter Sara Mathilda and her husband Clark Woodruff managed the plantation for Elizabeth. In 1851, the plantation was sold to Ruffin Gray Stirling.
The new owners, Ruffin Gray Stirling, and his wife undertook an expensive and extensive remodelling. Aside from remodelling, the couple also decorated the home with elegant European furniture. After the remodelling, the house was almost twice its original size. It was around that time that the name was changed to The Myrtles Plantation. When Stirling died in 1854, he left the property to his wife. The plantation had several owners over many years until 1891, when it was bought a man named by Harrison Milton Williams. The house also changed hands in the 20th century. Today, it is owned by Teeta Moss.
Today, the Myrtles Plantation is one of the most popular bed and breakfasts for its impeccable service. Although it is not as large as other more popular hotels, it continues to draw a lot of visitors and tourists. The home just has one problem, it has a hard time getting customers to stay the full night because of the many paranormal occurrences. It has been investigated by various paranormal shows, including TAPS team and the SyFy Channel.
The house has one guest room in the 1st floor and 5 guest rooms on the 2nd floor. There are also 6 guest rooms in the plantation’s grounds. The plantation’s restaurant serves delicious meals to visitors. The Myrtles Plantation is most often booked for parties, gatherings, corporate events, seminars and even retreats. Visitors will surely enjoy the authentic hand-painted stained glass, Aubusson tapestries, gold leafed French furnishings, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, as well as Carrera marble mantles of the Myrtles Plantation. The plantation also has 10 acres filled with live oaks.
- Private bath and shower
- Great selection of wines
- Full bar
Things to Do
The hotel’s restaurant, The Carriage House Restaurant, is a must-try for anyone who is looking forward to a sumptuous meal. The restaurant is open every day except on Tuesdays. Lunch is served between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and dinner is served between 5:00-9:00 pm. People who like all things paranormal are advised to join the Mystery Tours which are conducted every Friday and Saturday evening at 6, 7 and 8 pm. Reservations are recommended for the tours. There are also history tours daily from 9 am to 5 pm, every hour and half hour.
If you love The Myrtles and would like to see other plantations, you will be delighted with the other plantations in the surrounding areas, such as the Butler Greenwood Plantation and the Oakley Plantation. You can spend a few hours exploring nature in St. Francisville. The Afton Villa has more than 250 acres of formal gardens. Some of the plants you will see there are tulip trees, camellias, wild ferns and fuscatas. During spring, you can see and walk through more than 80,000 daffodils. Aside from flowers, you will also see an abundance of birds.
Located near the downtown area of St. Francisville is the Cat Island National Wildlife Reserve. This is a place where you can find numerous wetlands, trails and wildlife. The reserve has been put up for the conservation and preservation of migratory birds, as well as endangered plants and animals.
Double occupancy rooms start at $175
Rooms with bunk beds start at $250
Family rooms start at $400