Rosedown Plantation

Literally down the street from the more prolific Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana is where you’ll find the pulchritudinous plantation and vast gardens of Rosedown. An inviting alley of live oaks and enchanting gardens showcase the lovely neoclassical Doric columned facade constructed by Wendall Wright from cypress and cedar trees directly from the lands surrounding the plantation. It’s no wonder the picturesque plantation has captured the heart of at least one old resident who refuses to leave.
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Loyd Hall Plantation

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Set in the farmlands of Central Louisiana, sits a modest two and a half-storey house built by William Lloyd of the Lloyd’s of London insurance dynasty. It is surrounded today by 640 acres of working farm land, though the plantation is a bed and breakfast inn.
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The Meeting (Jadewik)

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Oh, the car ride to our lodging in Batesville, Mississippi was a hoot! I was in excellent spirits at being given the chance to go “adventuring”– that’s what I call traveling. Skatha picked me and ScoobyFan up from the airport. Fortunately, our flights arrived within an hour of each other, so it wasn’t that long of a wait before we were on the road. (I was only modestly molested by airport security, for which I’m thankful.) We were all in good spirits and excited to finally meet one another. The meet up was Skatha’s idea, and it was kinda nice to get to see my virtual friends in person– especially since they’re all so fun. (I was glad we got the chance to meet up!)

Batesville Plantation

A cool plantation style house near where we stayed. I can't seem to find my photos of the plantation we stayed at.

Pulling up to the plantation was delightful, albeit a little chilly and a lot humid. (“Chilly” is relative to someone from the Sonoran desert…) The plantation style house with veranda was so picturesque– almost like it was something out of a Samuel Clemens book– I had to jokingly ask if Tom Sawyer lived next door. I was dying to hear some of the history of the great south too. I’d Googled some local tourist sights and bookstores because it always seems you can never find good ghost story books about a location unless you’re at that location. I didn’t know if I’d be able to do anything with that, but I had the information just in case.
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The Meeting (ScoobyFan)

Batesville, MS

There are two things that you need to know about me….The first is that I love the mystery of the paranormal.  I love watching ghost hunting shows, going on ghost tours and reading pretty much anything I can get hold of about the paranormal.  The second thing is when I’m actually confronted with the paranormal, that love dissolves and all that is left behind is fear.  I admit it, I’m a coward, just like Scooby Doo!

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Haunted Lodgings: Oak Alley Plantation B&B

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Contrary to popular belief, the elegant row of oaks that lead visitors to the front porch of Oak Alley Plantation were not planted to grace the drive of this prestigious home.  Instead, this beautiful historic house turned bed and breakfast was built where it stands specifically to take advantage of the picturesque avenue with its intertwined canopy of leafy branches that run the length of the drive almost to the banks of the Mississippi River. The vista is one of the most photographed in all of Louisiana, so the déjà vu you may experience as you walk up the path to the home is probably not other worldly. Cinematographers also enjoy the scenery as well, so you may have glimpsed Oak Alley on the small screen or silver screen.  Arguably its most famous film appearance was in the movie version of Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire.

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Myrtles Plantation

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There are varying versions of this tale and one highly respected historian/ghost hunter has even boldly stated that the tale so often told is not right in any way. But as I enjoy the tale, I’m going to tell it anyway and maybe someday someone will find the true tale of this house which needs to be told. I have visited this plantation a total of two and a half times. I say half, because we went with every intention of taking the tour, but after a prolonged wait, they decided to tell us there would be no tours due to renovations in the house.

Our story takes place in the small town of St Francisville, Louisiana, nestled among the gently rolling hills and cypress trees not far from the state’s capitol. The home was built in 1794 by David Bradford, of Whiskey Rebellion fame, who had fled south from Pennsylvania because then-president George Washington had put a price on his head for his role in the Rebellion. He managed to aquire 600 acres of land along Bayou Sara (where the town of St Francisville now sits) and built a lovely 8 room home which was then called Laurel Grove. Time passed and Bradford was eventually pardoned for his role in the Whiskey Rebellion and he was able to bring his family from Pennsylvania to this new home in Louisiana.
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