Historic Emmitt House destroyed by fire

Again with the lack of respect!!! I’m starting to hate people.

WAVERLY — A historic — and believed to be haunted — landmark in downtown Waverly was destroyed by fire Monday night.

The blaze at the Emmitt House restaurant at the corner of U.S. 23 and Market Street caught fire about 9 p.m. Monday. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the building appeared to be a total loss.

U.S. 23 through Waverly was shut down to allow firefighters from several departments in Pike and Ross counties to battle the blaze. The conditions they worked under were far from ideal, with temperatures dropping from 0 degrees when the initial calls came in about 9 p.m. to 6 below at 11 p.m., with a wind chill factor of 31 below.

“It’s been an uphill battle since we got here,” said Waverly Fire Chief Randy Armbruster, who estimated there were about 60 firefighters from various departments on the scene. “It (the cold weather) has taken a toll in trying to get a handle on it.”

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Gore residents devastated after rumoured ‘ghost church’ burns to ashes

This is appalling. People have no morals anymore. They think they can go anywhere and do anything without consequences. It’s truly a sad state of affairs.

Residents in a small town south of Morin Heights are devastated after their tiny, ancestral church was burnt to the ground.

For years, the community of Gore fought to preserve St. John’s Shrewsbury Anglican Church, built in the 1830s. Due to rumours the tiny church was haunted, it was vandalized repeatedly over the years, but no one imagined it would be destroyed by arson.

Once the heart of a vibrant community, the church was a powerful symbol, said local resident Jason Morrison, who serves as one of the town’s municipal inspectors.

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LeBeau Plantation, Arabi, Louisiana

For those of you unaware, a tragedy occurred over the weekend just south of New Orleans when vandals destroyed a plantation home by setting it on fire. True, it was in a pretty dilapidated state and true, also, the group of individuals who are responsible for the arson claimed to be ghost hunters, but to me they were vandals, pure and simple.

I fully acknowledge that not all investigation groups are above board, honest or even working with a full deck, but to my knowledge, none has ever destroyed a place they were allegedly investigating. Straight up vandalism is what it was, getting high and drunk and setting things on fire with their stupidity.

Apparently, though, before it was burned down, the LeBeau Plantation had a reputation for being haunted. Though the windows of the cupola are boarded up in the photo above, this has not always been the case. Prior to it being boarded up, there were reports of lights being visible in the cupola, despite there not being any electrical connection since the 1980s. It apparently also had the reputation for being the most haunted house in the area.

The land on which the house once stood was granted in 1721. Various plantations occupied the land for the next hundred years or so, then the land was turned into a brickyard. In 1851, Franciose Barthelemy LeBeau purchased the land and built the house that was recently destroyed.

According to some, the LeBeau family was just as bad as the LaLauries when it came to mistreatment of slaves. They would beat their slaves to death on occasion and then would order the living ones to bury their dead out in the field. It seems, though, that the dead slaves were able to exact revenge by haunting the LeBeaus and driving them all insane. Nearly all of the family committed suicide.

Artist's rendering of LeBeau Plantation as it appeared in the 1800s.

Artist’s rendering of LeBeau Plantation as it appeared in the 1800s.

The light in the cupola is not, however, any of the murdered slaves. In the 1970s a family resided in the house for a short time, but left soon after the death of their daughter. She fell from the cupola, allegedly pushed by unseen hands. The family moved out soon after.

Perhaps between the holidays, I will drive down to Arabi and see the remains for myself and take a few photos. It saddens me greatly that a piece of our local history was destroyed in such a senseless manner. Looking around online, you can see photos of the vandals and they don’t look like the brightest individuals in the world, which kinda enforces my belief that they weren’t real “ghost hunters” but used it as an after thought thinking they might get a “pass” on any prison time because they were “working”.

Sources:

http://old-new-orleans.com/NO_LeBeau.html

http://earthfiles.net/articles/plantation.cfm