Did you know New Orleans is considered the most haunted city in the world?! Yes, although most think of this place to get drunk and ‘earn’ some beads; New Orleans is filled with other types of disturbing scenes as well. To tell you the truth, I would have figured those angry witches in Salem, MA would have gotten them beat. However once you hear about all of these spooky sites to visit in New Orleans, you too will understand why this city is not some place you really want to test any superstitions.
Even though overtime Canal Street at City Park Avenue has become a major city intersection, any place that contains 13 cemeteries has to be haunted! From spirits seen walking hand in hand down the wide avenues of Greenwood Cemetery, to the plaintive, disembodied voices that call to bus riders waiting at the corner near Odd Fellow’s Rest, the reports are truly astonishing. If you happen by this particular intersection remember: here the dead truly outnumber the living, and they are not restful.
1140 Royal Street; that is no average street address. In fact, if you stay up-to-date on haunted sites this one will not surprise you that it is on the top of this list. Just picture this: In 1834, when a fire broke out in the Lalaurie home, firemen smashed open a locked interior door and came face-to-face to seven beaten slaves chained and suffocating in the heat and smoke. Upstairs, in a sort of old school laboratory, the fire patrol found more slaves! Some dead, others barely alive with limbs amputated or purposefully deformed. Preserved organs and other body parts completed the picture. Yeah, not exactly somewhere you should go after lunch.
This house was originally built in 1826 for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier but is most known for its former residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard and author Frances Parkinson Keyes. In a house as old as the Beauregard-Keyes House, you know there’d be a ghost or two haunting it. It has been said that “Men with mangled limbs and blown-away faces swirl in a confused dance of death,” Victor C. Klein wrote in the New Orleans Ghosts. “Horses and mules appear and are slaughtered by grapeshot and cannon. The pungent smell of blood and decay permeates the restless atmosphere.”
Well then, head on over to Lafitte’s Blacksmith shop. Built in the late 1700s as a blacksmith shop (hence the name) has now been turned into a French Quarter bar. But what makes this not-your-average bar is the fact Jean Lafitte himself is said to haunt his former shop and ‘smuggling’ headquarters. Here he is said to keep a watchful eye over the fireplace, where his personal supply of gold was stored. So go ahead, grab a beer just be careful not to get too close to that fireplace.
Posted : Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 10:00
Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.