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Published on Oct 25, 2007
Today we went to the infamous Myrtles Plantation. This Plantation is known on National Geographic Channel, Oprah, Travel Channel and many others as America's Most Haunted House! The story of the Ghosts haunting the Myrtles is as Follows:
The owner of the home was a wealthy white businessman. He decided to take in a slave named Chloe, as his mistriss, and therefore brought Chloe into the home to tend to the children he had with his wife, Sarah. Chloe lived inside for 7 years and became quite accustomed to the plushness of life inside the home, and frequently got to sit in on important family meetings. Since she got to know most of the master's business, she would go out to the other slaves and tell them all the recent gossip. One day the owner was having a business meeting in the Brandy room and she heard their voices begin to rise. She got curious and opened the door just slightly to listen in on the coversation. The businessmen and the owner all saw her listening in, and since everyone saw, he had to punish her. He took her out into the yard and cut off her ear lobe. He then banished her to the kitchen, which in the 1800's was seperate from the house (that way if it burned down, they wouldn't lose their home too). She began wearing a scarf on her head to hide the missing earlobe. But Chloe missed being in the house. Living off the kitchen wasn't what she was used to. So she devised a plan to get herself back into the home. The children (a boy and girl) had a birthday party coming up, so she decided that she would boil some oleander leaves and put the tea inside the birthday cake. That way, the children and their mother would become ill and she would be brought in to care for them. Unfortunatly, she put too much in the cakes, and Sarah and the children all died. When they found out what happened, they hung Chloe and weighted her down with rocks and threw her into the Mississippi River.
Its said that Chloe, Sarah and the children still haunt the plantation today. While we didn't get to go upstairs we got to look around through all the downstairs. It was very neat learning the history of the place and the reasons for hte many cupids around the home (Sarah was very paranoid of evil spirits and therefore had cherubs and crosses all over the place, including the front windows. She even had the keyholes filled in to prevent the spirits from getting in through there!) While I didn't see anything while I was there, there was an erie feeling for sure. And when I got home I was able to look at my photos closely and noticed a few of the hundred or so I took had images that were strange!:)