There are many legends and ghost stories that have arisen from the Myrtles Plantation. However, which are actually true? To understand some of the legends behind the plantation, you should understand the history behind it. The Myrtles Plantation is an antebellum plantation that was built around 1796 and 1797 by General David Bradford, also known as “Whisky Dave” in St. Francesville, Louisiana (Kermeen 43). Bradford lived there alone for a while. He then moved his wife, Elizabeth, and his five children to the Louisiana plantation from the northeast. Once his daughter, Sara, was grown, she married Bradford’s law student, Clark Woodruff. When Bradford died in 1808, Sara and her husband cared for the plantation for her mother (Kermeen 43). Sara and Clark had three children while married: Cornelia Gale, James, and Mary Octavia. In 1834, Woodruff sold the plantation, the land, and its slaves to Ruffin Gray Stirling (“Myrtles Plantation”).
Stirling and his wife, Mary, moved into the plantation and remodeled it. The plantation had doubled in size and got its name, The Myrtles Plantation. In 1854, Stirling died leaving the plantation to his wife. Mary hired William Winter, whom was married to her daughter Sarah, to manage the plantation. William and Sarah lived in the plantation with their six children. William was shot by an unknown person on his porch and died. Sarah stayed in the home with her children and her mother until Sarah passed in 1878. Not long after Sarah died, her mother did also, which gave Stephen, one of Mary’s sons, the plantation. Stephen sold the plantation to persons whom in turn sold it to many other persons (“Myrtles Plantation”).
The plantation bounced from many owners within the next seven decades. Finally in the 1950s, it was purchased by Marjorie Munson. During this time, odd things and mystical happenings started being noticed in and around the plantation. Such things were hearing footsteps and cries of children. Also, if the furniture was moved or rearranged in certain rooms of the plantation, it would be moved back into its original positions when you returned (“Myrtles Plantation”). The plantation was then restored in the 1970s and sold again to James and Frances Kermeen Myers. While staying in the plantation, Frances kept an account of all supernatural occurrences she experienced (Kermeen 2). The Myrtles Plantation is now a bed and breakfast owned by John and Teeta Moss (“Myrtles Plantation”).
The Myrtles Plantation is deemed haunted for many reasons. It has been noted that there are as many as twelve ghosts that roam the plantation and the lands is resides on. There have also been ten murders reported in the plantation but only one is proven with historical documents. The most known haunting on the plantation is from a slave named Chloe. Chloe was owned by Clark and Sara Woodruff. According to legends, Clark forced Chloe to be his mistress. After Clark got tired of Chloe, he moved on to a new mistress. Fearing she would be sent to work in the fields, Chloe spied on Clark’s conversations to see if she would be allowed to stay in the house (Taylor and Wiseheart). Chloe was caught by Clark. To teach her a lesson, he cut off one of her ears. This is why she worn a green turban on her head (“Myrtles Plantation”).
Chloe craved the attention she once received from Clark. She baked a cake in honor of the oldest daughter that contained poisonous oleander leaves. She figured that knowing the anecdote to the poisonous plant, she could treat the family and save them. She thought they would see how much they needed her afterwards. However, only Sara and her two daughters, Cornelia Gale and Mary Octavia, ate the cake. All three of them died because Chloe made the mistake of adding too much poison. This left only Clark and his son, James, residing in the plantation. Legend says Chloe was hanged by other slaves and thrown in the Mississippi River as punishment or escape from punishment by Clark. The dining...
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