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We left off at Muriel’s Jackson Square. Did you stop in for a bite? Jealous just thinking about those yummies! But enough of that, it is time to move on…
Head down St Ann to Royal, make a left and a quick right on Orleans.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel | 717 Orleans St
Before the Bourbon Orleans was a hotel, it was the historic Orleans Ballroom and Theater and then later converted into a convent in the late 1800s. Like the Hotel Monteleone, the Bourbon Orleans hotel is ranked as one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans and has been featured on psychic reality shows. The specific entities that haunt this hotel include a confederate soldier that haunts the 3rd and 6th floor along with a few nuns and children.
The Yellow Fever epidemic hit the area when the hotel was the convent and a large amount of children died at this location. A small girl child has been reported on the 6th floor playing with her ball. A nun is said to haunt room 644. There are also reports of a lonely dancer that twirls under the ballroom’s chandelier and hides behind the curtains.
Head North past Bourbon, the Sultan’s Palace will be on the left on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans.
THE GARDETTE-LAPRETE HOUSE | 716 Dauphine St
The ghost of the sultan is one of the most famous New Orleans French Quarter ghosts. The murdered Turk is still said to wander the halls of the four-story house that he occupied before he was brutally murdered.
Visitors and residents of the home have reported hearing the “tinkle of Oriental music” and the odor of incense floating around the house. Residents have also reported hearing shrill screams coming from different parts of the home.
The sultan himself is the main player of this particular haunting though. He is seen walking around the house looking confused and often seen by onlookers from the sidewalk below as he peers out of the windows. He is distinguished by his foreign “oriental” dress.
Head East on Dauphine and make a right on Dumaine St. Corner of Bourbon & Dumaine.
Cafe Lafitte in Exile | 901 Bourbon St
Cafe Lafitte in Exile is well-known, or more appropriately renown, as one of the oldest gay bars in the country. Because of its longstanding gay patronage, the ghosts that haunt this establishment are said to be gay also, including a poltergeist-type spirit dubbed Mr. Bubbly. Mr. Bubbly likes to pinch guests on the petunia and loves to wave at tourists from the balcony. The bar is also said to be haunted by a few famous ghosts, specifically, playwriter Tennessee Williams and author Truman Capote. Williams can be spotted in his usual spot at the far end of the bar and Capote is often spotted in the stairwell looking to chat it up.
Make a left on Bourbon and head East. You can’t miss the blacksmith shop.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop | 941 Bourbon St
Lafitte’s Blacksmith shop looks out of place from the buildings that surround it. Yes, it sports the traditional New Orleans shutters, but that is about the only traditional look about it. The squat two-story building is just a little plain house in the middle of grand French Quarter homes and businesses. But the building, while plain, is considered the oldest structure in New Orleans, reportedly constructed in the early 1700s The building is one of only a few of the original French structures remaining in the Quarter.
The building, now a bar, got its name because it was once owned by the pirate, Jean Lafitte, and was his blacksmith shop until he was run out of the area by the authorities. Since you can go in Lafitte’s and poke around, look into the fireplace, which is said to be the focal point of many occurrences, and dark hauntings, according to staff and patrons. Lafitte has also been spotted sitting in the back drinking his favorite beverage and smoking a cigar. If you smell cigar smoke, Lafitte is nearby.
Leave Bourbon and head down St. Phillip toward Decatur. Left on Chartres to the Provincial.
Hotel Provincial | 1024 Chartres St
The Hotel Provincial is a lovely, upscale hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. The hotel is made up of five buildings that each have a lengthy history of their own.
Some of the buildings were used as a Civil War Confederate Hospital where many soldiers died from their war wounds. Building 500 is said to have the most manifestations of hauntings. The building is said to be haunted by soldiers from the 18th and 19th century.
Guests have reported seeing the horrendous view of the military hospital for just a second when the elevator opens to the second floor. Ghostly doctors and patients are seen often reaching for help and moaning their distress to guests.
Hotel Provincial has been named one of the top ten haunted hotels in the U.S.
Head East past Ursulines Ave on the left is the Beauregard-Keyes House.
The Beauregard-Keyes House | 1113 Chartres St
General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Civil War general in disgrace. Thousands died under his command and he was forced to retreat. The battlefield is said to still haunt his residence and owners have reported seeing General Beauregard himself in full Civil War dress whispering “Shiloh” the name of the battle that disgraced him.
The house has been in existence since 1826 and the Confederate General occupied the home from 1865-66, not a long time, but enough to make quite an impression on the home. An actual battle is supposed to recreate itself in the main hall of the house described as “Men with mangled limbs and blown-away faces swirl in a confused dance of death,” by Victor C. Klein, a New Orleans ghost author. But current museum employees claim these accounts are merely an author’s fantasies and the house is actually only haunted by a few friendly spirits including the spirits of a few animals that don’t want to leave their old home.
Head East to Gov. Nichols and make a left. On the corner of Royal is the LaLaurie Mansion.
The LaLaurie Mansion | 1140 Royal St
Our tour ends at the LaLaurie Mansion. This is THE haunted destination in New Orleans. The LaLaurie Mansion has one of the most sordid and macabre histories, tales of murder, death, torture, and mutilations, all by one couple, the LaLauries. The LaLauries were part of the social elite of New Orleans in the 19th century culture and were celebrated until their extracurricular activities were discovered.
After the couple was forced by a lynch mob to flee their home, the mansion has become a few different venues, a saloon, a girl’s school, music conservatory, apartment building, and furniture store. The home has been owned by actor Nicolas Cage and is now currently a private residence.
Agonized screams have been heard coming from the home along with the figure of a slave girl running across the roof have been seen. Attacks by ghosts have also been reported. Black men in chains that grab for you as you pass, a matron woman standing above a baby’s crib. The property is said to be cursed and everyone that has owned it supposedly ends in ruin, for example, Nicolas Cage’s current career and subsequent bankruptcy even the LaLaurie house was taken from him by the bank.
There have been reports of the current caretakers of the house getting repeated phone calls from the main house’s number even though the number was disconnected after Cage lost the home to foreclosure. The maids have also reported seeing the shape of a body pressed into the duvet right after they made the beds in the morning. Most residents of the house do not stay long.
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