New Orleans with its mixture of voodoo culture, antebellum era mansions long and storied history is considered by many to be one of the spookiest cities in the world. From the pirates that sailed into port from the Gulf of Mexico, to the French and Spanish who struggled for control over this beautiful southern city; this creole melting pot has attracted those with nothing but good intentions, as well as some with evil in their hearts.
Among the Top 10 haunted locations in New Orleans is the famed St. Louis Cathedral. Reports have been made of hearing a former pastor of the church, Pere Dagobert, singing or kneeling in prayer; as well as strange lights moving around the building in the dark. Other areas within the cathedral that can be toured and said to contain the spirits of those departed include the Bell Tower and Organ Loft.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, located next to the cathedral, was established in 1789 by the Spanish. The tombs there hold many of the first citizens of New Orleans and its more infamous personalities. The body of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is there, and visitors claim to have seen her ghost wandering the grounds. Followers who wish to invoke her good will leave offerings of herbs, flowers and other items at her tomb.
The Le Petit Theatre offers up more than performing arts. Built on grounds that once housed Civil War soldiers; specters of a Union officer and others have been viewed walking the hallways of the building. The ghost of a long-gone actress is said to continue to haunt the backstage of the theatre, and conversations of those who are no longer there have been heard by workers.
The LaLaurie House, at 1140 Royal Street, was the scene of the horrible torture and maiming of slaves by Madame LaLaurie. Discovered after a fire in the home, the owners were forced to flee and the place is now haunted by the ghosts of the slaves who once lived there.
Amid the luxury of the Le Pavilion Hotel roam the ghosts of a young girl, a couple from the 1920’s and a well-dressed man who pulls pranks on the hotel employees. Nicknamed “The Belle of New Orleans”, guests and staff report odd nighttime noises and numerous apparitions.
In business for over 80 years, you can find classic Creole fare and those who are departed at Arnaud’s Restaurant. It is frequented by the misty figures of the founder Arnaud Cazenave and his daughter Germaine.
Ghastly visions from the Battle of Shiloh have been witnessed by those visiting the Beauregard-Keyes house in the French Quarter. Built in 1826, the mansion has been the site of many supernatural experiences.
Ghosts roam the vast halls of the Hotel Monteleone, and are even said to be friendly spirits by the staff. This opulent historic hotel and its supernatural beings have even been featured on television.
The murder of a Turkish man and his beautiful so-called harem of women are behind the screams and music sometimes heard at the Gardette-LePretre Mansion. Located at 716 Dauphine Street, this opulent home is haunted by what locals call the Sultan’s Ghost.
Café Lafite in Exile is a hot spot for spiritual sightings. Famous ghosts who people claim to have seen on the dance floor or roaming the club include Truman Capote, Jean Lafitte and Louis Armstrong. Located right on Bourbon Street in the Quarter, it is a popular spot for Mardis Gras activities, drinks and ghost hunting. For more information on ghostly tours while in the Big Easy, please contact us at the New Orleans Tour Center.