A real ghost story at the Myrtles Plantation
Carla Ledbetter has three published suspense novels under...
ALEXANDRIA, LA (10/19/2010) — Located in scenic St. Francisville, La., the Myrtles Plantation was built by General David Bradford circa 1796. Today, visitors to the historic manse have a chance to view the home’s exquisite interior via hourly tours, eat an absolutely divine lunch or dinner, or spend a few hours strolling among the many walking paths that wind their way through stands of towering oak trees that surround the house.
And for a state that has a passion for celebrating life and death, it makes sense that the Myrtles Plantation is often listed amongst the most huanted of haunts in the U.S.
Something I first experienced while partaking in the daily ghost tour; a tour where the ghosts seemed to have taken a liking to me, as they appeared on the tour and then came visited me in my room, keeping me awake well into the morning hours.
During an afternoon tour I spent a few minutes taking pictures of the front hall mirror where a specter is clearly seen moving around on the glass. The shape begins in the middle right hand side of the mirror and moves higher and higher.
All these photos (below) were taken during a three minute period of time. The movement cannot be explained away by saying I moved my position while taking the photos, because I did not.
And if you look closely on the first two pictures below, you can see around the edges green flares from the spirit’s orb. A green orb I encountered later.
After the excitment of the tour, I looked forward to spending a quiet night at the Myrtles. Ensconced in the General Bradford Suite, located on the first floor, the huge, comfortable bed with the massive canopy that nearly reached the 20-foot-plus ceiling, called to me for a night of luxurious sleep.
Until the pillow began moving back and forth. And no, I could not find a wire or magnet. But the picture I took does show that green orb, which is thought to be the energy, or the spirit, of the deceased.
Other orbs are clearly seen around the bed as well.
I began to re-consider the wisdom of my room choice when the closet doors kept banging open and shut. Looking at the photo, you can see a faint orb at the top of the right handle as well as light signatures around the handles.
But it was time for bed. Work beckoned in the morning, and as the pillow had quieted down, I decided to go to bed only to find that one of the home’s numerous spirits climbed into bed with me.
Yes, into my bed!
That’s the only explanation for the way the entire bed (headboard to footboard) got ice cold. I’d set the room thermostat to 78 degrees, so at first, I thought the a/c unit froze over. However, when I climbed out of bed and padded into the middle of the room, I realized that the room was warm.
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