Since I am moving back to my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana in less than two months, I have some plans to take you guys to all of the haunted places this historic city has to offer. First of all, I know you Turning Grace fans love anything spooky and scary. And second, it gives me good reason to tour my city after being away for so long!
As some of you may know, New Orleans is located in Louisiana. It is a major United States port and the largest city in the state. The name comes from the Duke of Orleans, who was reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723, and the city was established by French colonists, who strongly influenced the place with their European culture.
New Orleans is often referred to as the “most unique” place in the United States…and for good reason. It is known for it’s amazing cuisine, jazzy music, annual festivities, and of course, the infamous Mardi Gras celebration. Hurricane Katrina also helped to make New Orleans known to many people.
While New Orleans is known for many things, lots of people refer back to hearing about its haunted roots. Since Nola (New Orleans, Louisiana) is 100s of years old, so are the many architectural structures that still stand around the city…and so are many of the stories. Slaves, fires, and voodoo queens are all a part of some of the creepy stories you will hear on haunted tours around the city. Some of these tales could very well be true, I guess it just depends on if you believe in them.
One story I remember distinctly originates in the 8,000 acres of the New Orleans City Park. There is a street called Mona Lisa Drive.
As I was growing up, I was told that this oak tree-lined street was haunted. According to locals, a girl was murdered on the road many years ago. After her death, residents began reporting that they would see a female ghostly figure either walking down the street or in the trees that aligned the road as they drove down it late at night.
Being the adventurous and thrill-seeking teenager that I once was, my friends and I decided to check it out for ourselves. We drove slowly down the long, narrow, eerily dark street once and decided that was enough. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the poor lost soul of this innocent girl, but it was still a chilling experience. This story has been around for many, many years and just thinking that there could be a possibility of seeing a ghost kept us on edge and quiet the entire 5 minutes it took us to drive down Mona Lisa Drive.
Here is a photo:
Looks pretty normal, wouldn’t you say? Try at night, with no street lights!
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other haunted places in New Orleans. I just wanted to give you guys a little bit of history and a taste of whats to come when I visit and share these great places with you all.
Until then, have any of you guys been to some spooky places? Please share!