Fire at Famous Myrtles Plantation

It’s notable for being Louisiana’s most haunted house and most recently it’s become notable for one building that is no longer there.


The Myrtles Plantation to the right and the concrete foundation of the restaurant to the left.

Easter weekend of this year, my friend and I took a weekend trip just to get away from the stress of life. Our travel timing was such that we arrived in St Francesville, Louisiana around lunch time and since she doesn’t like eating at chain restaurants when we travel I suggested that we stop at the Myrtles Plantation because I recalled they have a restaurant on the premises. When we arrived, however, the place that the restaurant was located was just a flat slab of concrete. There were other new buildings I didn’t┬árecall seeing before so I figured that the restaurant had been moved to one of the new buildings. Not so! My friend went to the gift shop and enquired about the missing building and was told that it was the responsibility of those Damn Yankees and would take about a year and a half to return.

We chuckled at the response, but never thought anything of it. In the end, we enjoyed a filling lunch at a new restaurant and smokehouse called The Frances.

Fast forward to last Friday, April 28th, and I’m with my cousins when I mention the trip and mention the restaurant at the plantation being missing. My cousin informed me that there had been a fire in the restaurant that completely destroyed it. The Carriage House Restaurant was taken down to the foundation and will be rebuilt. Although my cousin didn’t give me a specific date for the fire, a quick search revealed that it happened at the beginning of March of this year.

Fire leaves Carriage House restaurant at Myrtles Plantation partly burned and charred


Haunted Lodgings: Myrtles Plantation

Today I’m kicking off a month-long series here at The Witching Hour about haunted hotels, bed and breakfasts and any other form of lodging which might be haunted by former guests.

They say if you stay overnight at the Myrtles Plantation and the covers happen to end up down around your feet in the night, you just might feel yourself being tucked back in. On dreary cloudy days, one might hear the sound of children playing where none should be.

This 214 year old plantation home nestled in picturesque St Francisville, Louisiana has been made widely known by cable television’s Travel Channel and History Channel. While one well-known historian and paranormal enthusiast dismisses outright all of the stories associated with the Myrtles and while he may be the only one to do so, I do not intend for this to be a debate either way. In all cases of the paranormal, I encourage anyone to explore and experience for themselves and draw their own conclusions. I personally have visited the plantation on a few different occasions and once thought I captured a photo of one of the little girls said to haunt the home, but the photograph was lost in various moves in 2005.

Pricing and other info. can be found on the home’s website. The above referenced historian has his version of the famous story here.