Gas Tank Getaways: St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Plantations can be found in almost every city-parish in Louisiana, dating back to the 1800’s or earlier.

While most of them share the same background; one of them is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

Surrounded by centuries-old oak trees, this plantation is known as the South’s most haunted plantations with ghosts appearing on walls, mirrors, and photographs.

However, the story behind the ‘Myrtles’ dates back to 1796. The man behind the house (at the time) was General David Bradford, also known as “Whiskey Dave.”

“He led the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania, and [he] came to Louisiana to stay [and] paid $1.25 an acre,” said Hester Eby, a tour guide.

“Whiskey Dave” obtained a land grant of 65 acres from the Baron de Corondelet. 

In 1820, the plantation was sold to Judge Clarke Woodruff, the son-in-law of Whiskey Dave. Woodruff soon remolded the mansion and took on a house slave named Chloe. 

“That’s where the haunting stories began,” said Eby.

To book a tour or get the full story of the Myrtles Plantation visit their website.

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