New Orleans is known for being a bit eclectic. With a rich and often dark history, there are ample spots around the city that some say are haunted by those who have gone before. Whether you believe or not, the evidence is clear that something strange is happening at these haunted New Orleans locations.
The Gardette Le Prete House, also referred to as the Sultan’s Palace, was known for its extravagant parties back in the day. But, one party went a little too far one night, and an unknown attendee or townsperson slaughtered every single person there, including the Turkish Sultan who was renting the place. He was found buried alive in the backyard. To this day, people say you can still hear the faint music in the background broken up by the screams that ended the party.
New Orleans has always been known for its Voodoo, so the resting place of Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, lurks in the cemetery where she is said to be buried. While her body is not in the tomb which is labelled with her name, she is said to haunt the place, often in the form of a snake. The rumour is that she may grant wishes as well if you ask correctly.
An incredibly interesting museum in itself, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum holds the artefacts and stories of America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis Joseph Dufilbo Jr. But, when his time came to an end, the building was sold to a Dr. Dupas who conducted his own experiments. These were most often horrific procedures, often on pregnant women. To this day, employees and visitors alike hear Dr. Dupas skulking around the third floor, sometimes getting angry and throwing items off of the museum shelves. Whether this happens or not, you’ll have to check it out yourself.
Boasting as the oldest building to currently house a bar, the Lafitte Blacksmith Shop dates back to the 1700s. Sometime in the 19th century, a pirate by the name of Jean Lafitte conducted his business from this building. With no harm or killing happening here to our knowledge, the ghost of Pirate Lafitte is said to hang around the corners of the bar, simply watching the happenings of the evening. So, for an easy and less terrifying introduction to haunted New Orleans, check this place out first.
Built in 1832 for Dr. Leonard Louise LaLaurie and his wife Delphine LaLaurie, this mansion was quite elegant and stately for a while. However, when a house fire led to some fire-fighting visitors, a torture room was discovered upstairs. Exactly what they found is still being debated. Some say that their slaves were chained to the walls, having clearly been malnourished and tortured, while others say there were body parts strewn about. Whether it was just one of those or both, all can agree that this is a gruesome tale. Visitors to the mansion often hear the slaves still at work inside, and a lucky few have said to have actually seen the ghosts of the aforementioned slaves.
Whatever haunted things most intrigue you, New Orleans is ripe with eerie corners, strange stories, and less than appetising back alleys. So, start channelling your inner ghostbuster as you embark on this tour of haunted New Orleans. But, keep your eyes peeled as there are ample other places where friends of old may be lurking.
This blog was written by Ella, Content Manager for trekbible. Ella is a writer and content specialist with a predilection for learning and exploring new places and cultures around the world. With family scattered throughout the U.S. and South Korea, she loves to see cross-cultural influences around the world. Her favourite thing to do on her travels is to taste the local cuisine of each destination.
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