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New Orleans is often considered one of the most haunted places in the country, if not THE most haunted. This reputation extends beyond the city limits into the surrounding parishes where the specter of slavery still looms over all.
There is a little saying in the region that preservation comes about through neglect. We have poverty to thank, rather than wealth, for the designation of well over a hundred plantations as National Historic Landmarks or listings in the National Register of Historic Places. Though this number is drastically reduced from what it once was, and nature or industry continue to threaten these monuments of a bygone era, what remains are echoes of the past.
William Ryan Smith and Cheryl H. White visit the most notorious of these haunted plantations, well known not just for their place in history but for their alluring folklore. Among these are Oak Alley Plantation, boasting at least four ghosts. The bloody victim of an illegal duel roams Cherokee Plantation. At Houmas House, the grounds’ remaining eight oak trees mysteriously withered of their own accord. And the spirit of a horribly mutilated enslaved girl haunts the halls of Myrtles. The indelible loss of human life on the plantation is felt as the authors explore the darkest corners of our past.