If you are interested in a different sort of experience when you visit the crescent city, ghost tours in New Orleans will give you a glimpse of the dark side of New Orleans. This is a city with a long and colorful past, from plundering pirates to statesmen, and voodoo queens. Some people are convinced that the city is the most haunted city in our country. Local historians attribute hauntings to the great number of violent deaths and bizarre occurrences in a relatively small area of the French Quarter of the city. With these strong emotional events, it is no wonder that the paranormal activity abounds.
One of the saddest occurrences is the legend of Madame LaLaurie and her torture chamber. She resided with her husband, Dr. Louis LaLaurie in a mansion on Royal Street in the French Quarter in 1882. Dozens of slaves lived in her home and managed the mansion. A kitchen fire revealed the inhumane and cruel activities that occurred. Enslaved men and women were found chained. Visitors can often hear screams and cries when they pass the mansion. No doubt lingering spirits cry out to tell their story.
Another stop of your walking tour is a small tavern, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar on the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street. This tavern is the oldest bar in the United States. The legend is that this tavern was used by Jean Lafitte, who was a pirate and privateer in the late 1700’s, as headquarters for his smuggling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Reports abound that ghostly red eyes can be seen by visitors. Many believe that the spirit of Jean Lafitte occupies the tavern.
These are just a few examples of what to expect on this amazing tour. This is one opportunity that you will not want to miss. For more information, visit New Orleans Haunted Tours Facebook.