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The Myrtles Plantation

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12404 La Highway 10 (FBC-SF Sits at the Corner of Hwy 61), Louisiana 70775 USA (225) 635-6277

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We operate year round as a full service Bed & Breakfast. All rates are based strictly on double occupancy, with the exception of The Caretaker's Cottage, which sleeps 4, The Coco House, which sleeps 6 and The Cottages at The Myrtles Plantation, which sleep a maximum of 4 each. All rooms include a continental breakfast and a Historical Tour of the home. According to legend, 12 ghosts haunt the property, the result of a violent past (including 10 rumored murders).

Known to be one of the most haunted houses in the US, this plantation is actually now a bed and breakfast where you can spend the night with ghosts. It all started when the house was built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground. According to legend, a whopping 10 murders have occurred in Myrtles Plantation, and 12 ghosts haunt the property. One legend claims that a slave named Chloe served a poisoned birthday cake to the lady of the house and her two daughters- all three died, and Chloe was hanged by the other slaves as punishment. 

The Myrtles Plantation was built in 1796 by General David Bradford and was called Laurel Grove at the time. General Bradford lived there alone for several years, until President John Adams pardoned him for his role in the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion. He then moved his wife Elizabeth and their five children to the plantation from Pennsylvania. David Bradford died in 1808. In 1817, one of Bradford's law students, Clark Woodruff (or Woodroff) married Bradford's daughter, Sara Mathilda. Clark and Sara Woodruff managed the plantation for David Bradford's widow, Elizabeth. The Woodruffs had three children: Cornelia Gale, James, and Mary Octavia. Sara Bradford Woodruff and two of her three children died in 1823 and 1824 of yellow fever.

When Elizabeth Bradford died in 1831, Clark Woodruff and his surviving daughter Mary Octavia moved to Covington, Louisiana, and left a caretaker to manage the plantation. In 1834, Woodruff sold the plantation, the land, and its slaves to Ruffin Gray Stirling. Woodruff died in New Orleans in 1851.

Stirling and his wife, Mary Catherine Cobb, undertook an extensive remodeling of the house. When completed, the new house was nearly double the size of the former building, and its name was changed to The Myrtles. They imported fancy furniture from Europe. The Stirlings had 9 children, but five of them died young. Stirling died in 1854 and left the plantation to his wife.

In 1865, Mary Cobb hired William Drew Winter to help manage the plantation as her lawyer and agent. Winter was married to Mary Cobb's daughter, Sarah Stirling. Sarah and William Winter lived at the Myrtles and had six children, one of whom (Kate Winter) died from typhoid at the age of three. Although the Winters were forced to sell the plantation in 1868, they were able to buy it back two years later.

In 1871, William Winter was shot on the porch of the house, possibly by a man named E.S. Webber, and died within minutes. Sarah remained at the Myrtles with her mother and siblings until 1878, when she died. Mary Cobb died in 1880, and the plantation passed to Stephen, one of her sons. The plantation was heavily in debt, however, and Stephen sold it in 1886 to Oran D. Brooks. Brooks sold it in 1889, and the house changed hands several times until 1891, when it was purchased by Harrison Milton Williams.

Touted as "one of America's most haunted homes", the plantation is supposedly the home of at least 12 ghosts. It is often reported that 10 murders occurred in the house, but historical records only indicate the murder of William Winter. In 2002, Unsolved Mysteries filmed a segment about the alleged hauntings at the plantation. According to host Robert Stack, the production crew experienced technical difficulties during the production of the segment. The Myrtles was also featured on a 2005 episode of Ghost Hunters.

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May 28, 2014

This is a beautiful house on great property. The trees are amazing. The tour guide at the house left some to be desired but it was still really cool. I would definitely recommend stopping here. They have evening ghost stories I kind of want to check out. Very spooky.

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Rated 4.0 August 6, 2014

According to many who were brave enough to spend the night, Myrtles is home to over 12 different ghosts, each with its own fantastic yarn. None are quite as recognizable as Chloe, the most infamous ghost of Myrtles Plantation. The house is also supposedly haunted by William Drew Winder, an attorney who was shot in 1871 and who died on the 17th step of the house as he attempted to climb the stairs. There's also a famous mirror inside the plantation that's rumored to hold the spirits of Sara and her two murdered children. Often times people will see them reflecting back, or will find handprints on the glass when no one's around to leave them.

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Rated 4.0 March 19, 2016

Took the walking tour. Nice grounds.

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Rated 3.0 August 28, 2015

It was a nice place with beautiful grounds and a good restaurant.

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Rated 3.0 August 28, 2015

I was here about 10 years ago on my way from FL to NV. It's a cool place with a nice restaurant and grounds.

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Rated 1.0 June 18, 2015

I wrote a review on Travel Advisor a couple of years ago and I stand by my words and posted pics. Although the property is a beautifullly green site, or was terribly overcommercialized.
We slept in the General Bradford's room on the ground floor (it's the largest room on the bottom floor) and it was shabby, broke down, mismatched and utterly disappointing.
we paid a little under $540.00 for a two night stay stay. The only frightening thing around that joint was the teaming our wallet received. 😠

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Rated 5.0 January 28, 2015

This is a beautiful place and a MUST see!! The tour was excellent as well as the tour guide Mrs. Lisa, who was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about everything. She explained everything in each room we toured. I know that we could not tour the upstairs and pictures of these are posted online under reservation for those of you who want to see them. I cant wait to spend the night!

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Rated 2.0 December 11, 2014

Do not spend the night! The property is beautiful and the haunted history is fun. The rooms are uncomfortable and none too clean.

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Rated 3.0 October 24, 2014

This is a pretty cool plantation to tour especially at night when they do they haunted tours. The grounds are nice also. The only downside is you can't tour the upstairs because it's also a bed and breakfast and the rooms are rented out.

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Rated 3.0 October 24, 2014

This is a pretty cool plantation to tour especially at night when they do they haunted tours. The grounds are nice also. The only downside is you can't tour the upstairs because it's also a bed and breakfast and the rooms are rented out.

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November 4, 2013

That's pretty wild, I did not know that, My ex husands family lived in Folsom La but went to Covington for school as it was the closest Town. This is not hte plantation that President Johnson's wife owned? I thought it was ZeMarys Gardens But it has been a while since I was there. It was a Beautiful Plantation.

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