Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

The Myrtles Plantation

This estate in St. Francisville, La., built in 1796 by General David Bradford, is considered one of America's most haunted locales. Some say it has witnessed as many as ten murders. Though it allegedly hosts several ghosts, one of the most popular tales concerns a former slave named Chloe, who, as legend goes, had her ear chopped off by her master for eavesdropping. She allegedly sought revenge by poisoning a birthday cake, which killed two of the slave master's daughters (their spirits are also said to haunt the plantation). According to the story, Chloe was hung by fellow slaves, and lingers around the plantation, her severed ear concealed by a turban.