Posts Tagged ‘WIlliam Winter’

An antebellum plantation sits located in St Francisville, Louisiana, USA and is well known as a haunted hotspot. Possibly this could be down to the rumour of it having been built on an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground (and yes they are always ancient). The house was built in 1796 by General David Bradford he lived alone for several years until he was pardoned by President John Adams, for his role in the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion.

It is said to have at least 12 ghosts, and though it’s said to have been the site of ten murders there has been only one of them confirmed. That is William Winter.

One of the ghosts is Chloe, a slave that was owned by  Mark and Sarah Woodruff, and one story has it that Mark used Chloe as a mistress against her will. Another legend says that one of the two of them found her listening in on their business and cut off her ear for it. From then Chloe wore a green turban on her head to hide this.

Chloe was also said to have baked a cake laced with poison, either to get revenge or to be garnering someone’s favour, but the plan went awry and left on Sara and the children dead. The other slaves then threw her into the Mississippi River. There is not enough evidence to support this actual event, however this does not seem to have stopped the legend that she walks around in a green turban haunting the area.

Another story is that during the civil war the house was ransacked by Union Soldiers and now there is a bloody strain by the entrance on the floor that will not come clean. It is the size of a human, this may or may not have been a rumour that carries on today. Perhaps someone can tell me?

Another rumour has a young girl who died in 1868, after the aid was given by a Voodoo priest. Now it is said that she haunts that room and will try the voodoo on anyone sleeping in that room. To be honest this one makes little sense to me. Perhaps someone could elaborate?

There is also a ghost of a man who walks/staggers up the stairs and stops on the 17th step. Of all the rumours of hauntings this might be the only one linked to an actual verified murder, that of William Winter.

Whatever the truth is the place is now a thriving hotel and offers ghost tours.