Sometimes when we travel, we don’t have a destination in mind, but this time we did. We went to New Orleans for two reasons: to take a cooking class that promised amazing gumbo; and to take a glimpse into the past of a great grandfather […]
Choosing what to do on our last day in St. Francisville was easy. We would divide our time between two plantations: Laura and Myrtles. Since nighttime is the best time to tour a haunted house, we made the Myrtles reservations for 8:00 pm. It’s […]
When Garden & Gun magazine ranks a city number #1 on a list of “Sweet and Soulful Southern Hideaways”, you know you’re in for something special. After all, who would know the Deep South better than a publication that is a must-read for all those who drink sweet tea on accessorized porches. Don’t let your first glance at the town’s main street discourage you. There is just a scant block of shops. This town isn’t about shopping. It’s about the people who lived here long ago and the spirits that many say still linger today.
For us, this was one of many trips heading east on I-10, but once we turned north at Baton Rouge, we realized that this part of Louisiana is unlike where we’d been before. Instead of swamps and coastal landscapes (and that bridge that’s way too long), we followed a winding road upward onto the bluffs of West Feliciana Parish. We were told that these bluffs are actually a part of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains; that Andrew Jackson passed by on his way to the Battle of New Orleans; and that the longest battle of the Civil War was fought just down the road.
Ghost stories are an integral part of the history here. In some circles, they are accepted as fact. Maybe the spirit world is more active because St. Francisville began as a burial ground for eighteenth century Spanish settlers. Or maybe it’s because over twelve thousand Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives at nearby Port Hudson. (more…)